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Bioinspired Materials and Structures-Singapore

Program Details

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Signapore, Singapore
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/18/24 to 06/01/24

Program Leader

Name Andres Arrieta
Email arrieta@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Join Prof. Andres Arrieta in beautiful Singapore! 

The purpose of this program is to introduce bioinspired principles as a source of engineering design and functionality and to inspire multidisciplinary thinking and intercultural perspective as a tool for working in diverse and international settings. The course methodology includes lectures introducing bioinspiration for engineering design and a series of case studies illustrating bioinspired solutions for improved engineering systems.

Examples of case studies that will be included in the course can be found here:

Earwig and origami: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuI0w70u9NU&t=2s

Venus flytrap and design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZNbSfXTYxI

4D printed morphing structures inspired by Venus flytrap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-VJQj50uvU

Class held daily with visits to:  MacRitchie Rservoir Hike, Botanical Gardens, Kampong Glam and Arab Street, Masjid Sultan Mosque, Night Safari, Chopsticks tutorial and cooking class, Nanyang Technical University (NTU) Hive and student gardens, School of At, Design, and Media Building (grass roof), lab visits at NTU, Natural History Museum, Wetlands in Singapore, ArtScience Museum (Lotus Flower), Gardens by the Bay and Marina Barrage, Changi Jewel, and Little India.



Academic Credit

Students will earn 3 credits for ME 49700.  This is a Tech Elective for ME students.  Students in other majors will need to check with their academic advisor to see how this course can be used in their plan of study.  


Students in any Engineering major who have reached sophomore status through seniors.  Students on academic probation will not be considered.  Students in related majors such as Biology are also welcome to apply. 

**Please note that vaccination and boosters against COVID 19 may be required for entry to Singapore.  Please plan accordingly**


Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated cost is $4500.00  Price includes:  Academic credits, all housing, ground transportation in country, all activities on the itinerary, breakfast daily, Welcome and Farewell dinner, and International Health Insurance. 

Additional costs:  Round-trip airfare, most lunches and dinners, Passport, personal activities, and personal spending money. 

*Please note there is no financial obligation to apply.  Students will not be committed financially until after acceptance and a deposit is made* 

*Purdue Moves Scholarships available!  Please see the "Financial Resources" tab on the Study Abroad website*

Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until 20 spots are filled.  

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.