Biomimicry – Inviting Nature @ Our Innovation & Design Table

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:00pm-7:30pm EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
1910 W St Andrews Rd
Michigan Molecular Institute bldg
Midland, MI 48640
United States

The October MMAIChE meeting will be co-sponsored by Midland Section of ACS and will feature France Guertin, Environment Footprint Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company speaking on:

Biomimicry – Inviting Nature @ Our Innovation & Design Table

When: Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Michigan Molecular Institute bldg.

Address: 1910 W St Andrews Rd, Midland, MI 48640

Complimentary sandwiches will be available (first come, first serve) at 6 pm with France’s talk starting at 6:30 pm.

The lecture qualifies for one continuing education hour.  CEH certificates are needed for licensed Professional Engineers to maintain their license and certificates will be provided to interested attendees.


Through billions of years of evolution, Nature has generated some remarkable systems and substances that have made life on earth what it is today. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth. The discussion will provide a general overview of the concept of biomimicry and methodology in support of innovation and new product design and share recent success and innovation efforts in the domain of chemistry.

About the Speaker:

France Guertin holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She started her career in 1986 with Dow Chemical Canada where she worked in various technologies and manufacturing roles for twelve years in both the US and Canada. She then took a leave from Dow to travel around the world and work in the renewable energy sector for a non-profit organization, The Pembina Institute and Northern Power Systems in Vermont . Always looking for the perfect venue to create sustainable solutions, she recently completed a professional certificate in Biomimicry. Exploring the science of Biomimicry, she has realized that “Chemistry” is at the heart of creating a sustainable world and decided to join Dow again as a Lead Environment, Health and Safety Manager within the Environmental Footprint Solutions group as part of the Global Environmental Technology Center. In this role, France serves as the technical lead for the Dow’s Nature Goal working with manufacturing sites and businesses to implement projects and tools that plan, manage and invest in smarter, more productive ways that fit seamlessly within Nature. She lives in Orchard Park, NY with her husband John, her two daughters, Charlotte and Rosalie, and their dog Zach. To stay positive in her views of the human world, France shares her passion of nature and science with children by volunteering in schools, libraries and museums where she integrates biomimicry, environmental sciences with the practice of yoga.

France’s favorite quote: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  -Albert Einstein

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