She was very nice and gave me a list of books, list of articles and a list of people in Ottawa to connect with. These resources will be very helpful for my primary and secondary research. I've realized that I have a lot to learn about biology before I can apply natural design to rapid prototyping / rapid manufacturing.
Here is her list to me:
Here are some of the books I would suggest (based on our conversation):
Design and Nature (series I and II). Ed M. W. Collins et. Al. 2004
This one is a comprehensive introduction to common scientific laws of both the natural and engineered worlds.
Design Lessons from Nature. Benjamin De Brie Taylor. 1974.
This is a good book on the study of forms in nature.
Secret Design Rules of Nature (Optimum shapes without Computers). Claus Mattheck. 2007.
Great demonstration of how the rules underlying appropriate shape and form in nature can be applied to manmade designs.
Cats’ Paws and Catapults by Steven Vogel
When you go to talk to Jeff Dawson, he would recommend some more books by Vogel, as I would say, he is awesome at bridging functional biology and biomimetics.
Invention and Evolution by Michael French
Fantastic book! A must read.
Design in Nature: Learning from trees by Claus Mattheck
This one will open your eyes to how nature manufactures.
And here's some articles I reviewed on my blog and are a good starting point as well: