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2012 Breakthrough Innovation Challenge

The 2012 Breakthrough Innovation Challenge focused on Biomimicry. PACE challenged UH students and faculty to submit fresh ideas that are inspired by nature—innovative solutions (products, designs, services or processes) that mimic nature to solve human problems. The Challenge was organized in partnership with the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Engineering and the William S. Richardson School of Law.


  • 1st Place - Chameleon Skin
  • 2nd Place - The Powerplant
  • 3rd Place - Bio Computer
1st Place: Chameleon Skin 2nd Place: The Powerplant

Chameleon Skin
Chameleon skin-inspired thermal insulation

An affordable method to control temperature in any
building structure.

Team members: Trent Robertson, Cody Hayashi,
John Hirano and Richard Ordonez

The Powerplant
Electric eel-inspired energy converter

A renewable energy that uses modified plants as self-replicating, self-repairing solar panels.

Team member: Aaron King

3rd Place: Biocomputer  

Biocomputer (formerly Saltatory Conduction)
Human nervous system-inspired information processing

By utilizing the basic structure of biological components such as DNA, advances in nanobiotechnology will allow
the manufacturing of biocomputers capable of completing complex tasks both inside and outside of the body.

Team member: Brendan Mulligan