Hi! I’m Kelly Siman, and I’m excited to be back in the Northeast Ohio area where I grew up. I’m the first Education Fellow to join the UA Biomimicry Team. My main task while at Lake Ridge Academy is to develop inter-disciplinary Biomimicry curriculum for grades 6-9, which will then be deployed to the public schools throughout greater Lorain County.
I originally earned a Bachelors in Aeronautics, with a private pilot certificate. I then went to work at the South Pole Station, Antarctica, for a couple years and it was during this time that I fell in love with the beauty of the natural environment and decided to dedicate my career to making the world a better, healthier place for future generations. While earning my Masters in Geography from the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech, I learned about Biomimicry, and it has been in my sights since that time. However, it wasn’t until a few years later after working in Singapore, New Zealand, China, and running a private foundation in Hawaii, that I heard about the Doctoral Program in Biomimicry. I immediately decided to pursue Biomimicry 100%, resigned from my position in Hawaii, and moved back to Northeast Ohio. In addition to pursuing my research within the nexus of Biomimicry, Climate Change, and Education, I also enjoy volunteering with Great Lakes Biomimicry, as well as practicing my Mandarin Chinese on Bill.