Materials can think, so long as you ask them the right questions.
I grow slime moulds to design cities. I study microscopic sea creatures to construct zero-energy buildings. And I help out Charlie Katrycz with self-assembling fluid 'computers' to optimize network structures.
I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, affiliated with the Functional and Adaptive Surfaces group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of Toronto.
Additionally, I am a Visiting Fellow within the Biomineralization and Biomimetics Lab (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) at Harvard University.