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  • Kakani Katija, Bioengineer and Research Diver

A former member of the U.S. International Figure Skating Team, bioengineer Kakani Katija now studies the graceful movements of life below the surface. Join her for a fascinating look at one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet—the ocean’s midwaters—and learn how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design. 

Designers and engineers have drawn inspiration from our natural world for decades, creating innovations as groundbreaking as manned flight, and Katija’s own early work has led to energy efficient jellyfish-inspired robotics. Now, she studies little-known sea creatures that have the potential to make a big impact on some of our world’s most critical problems. As a certified research diver, Katija conducts field studies around the world, gathering data to help her develop technologies for exploring this ocean twilight zone and imagining—and creating—possibilities for the future. 

 

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Kakani Katija
About the speaker
Kakani Katija, Bioengineer and Research Diver

Kakani is dedicated to developing underwater technologies to better observe biological and physical processes where they happen in the ocean.

Speaker Highlights
Received her PhD in Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology
Principal Engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011
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