On February 5th, Dr. Kaveh Kabir from Macquarie Univeristy in Australia came to speak with us about optimizing mechanical structure. Dr Kabir is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and expert in materials science and engineering. Kaveh’s research focuses on composite materials, biomimetic and biological structures, and biofluidics. He specifically discussed his research with echidna which is a cousin of the porcupine. The spine structure has potential to be used in foam reinforced tubing as well as other applications. He brought a unique perspective on ways to use biomimetic ideas to the club.