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Omaha Performing Arts Designed by Nature with bioengineer and research diver Kakani Katija Holland Performing Arts Center National Geographic

Kakani Katija takes you deep into the midwaters of the ocean – one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet. She shares how its inhabitants could lead to advances in bio-inspired design.

 

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Kakani Katija takes you deep into the midwaters of the ocean – one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet. She shares how its inhabitants could lead to advances in bio-inspired design.

Engineers have drawn inspiration from our natural world for decades. They've created innovations as groundbreaking as manned flight. Katija’s own work has led to energy efficient jellyfish-inspired robotics. She studies little-known sea creatures that have the potential to make a big impact on our world’s most critical problems.

As a certified research diver, Katija conducts field studies around the world. She gathers data to help her develop technologies for exploring this ocean twilight zone and imagining – and creating – possibilities for the future.

As a child, she dreamed of being an astronaut. She trained as an aerospace engineer but became captivated by an even less explored environment than space: our Earth’s oceans. Instead of searching space for signs of life, she studies the waters that are teeming with it.

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