Technology developed from Basic Science Research

Wilson McCord has a diverse and impressive background in engineering and design. Before entering graduate school Wilson studied and worked as a designer. While a graduate student in Anthropology he focused on Science, Technology, Design and Art. His thesis in Space Medicine / Bone Biology was chosen for its applicability to bioengineering design solutions for living in space. Wilson worked in important laboratories with a focus on adaptation to stress environments using the locomotor apparatus as a model for measuring changes in an organismic system. After graduating Wilson interned at an important Biomedical Industrial Design Firm, was a Visiting Professor of Drawing at the most prestigious Design School in the World; and worked as an exhibit specialist at one of the World's most important Wildlife Conservation Organizations and Zoological Parks working on Natural History, Biological and Living Exhibitions. His exceptional work in biological mechanical and physiological design led to his work on a government funded biorobotics project. He considers all of his work; Research and Design based, conceptual and realized, building blocks for creating better design Inspired by Nature in the future.

Turn On Sound
Ocean Observatory is a bio-inspired design project that will provide an intermediate diving platform and laboratory anchored in the ocean. It will serve as a station between scientific collection points and home laboratories. The station would give scientists the ability to analyze data during and immediately after collection as well as monitor the ocean science data ranging from ocean physics to marine biology. Investigators will be able to view the ocean from beneath the observatory through a thick acrylic base. Limited sleeping space will allow a few scientists to stay for short periods. numerous institutes and universities collect scientific data from buoys and stations that require a round trip excursion with little time at sea to rest or analyze collected data. The diving platform was conceived by Wilson McCord who is also a nature-inspired designer. His science platform would allow experts to check their research at the diving station before returning to their home laboratories. 

Bioengineering and Reverse Engineering from Biophysical Research

With a unique background and extraordinary research collaborations in bioengineering, physiology, biomedical research, experimental biology; Wilson's unique concentration on science, technology, design and art during his graduate education in anthropology, and an accomplished and highly developed expertise in design, synthesis and the application of these techniques to the discipline of bioengineering and reverse engineering allow the creation of new technologies. Early on, the technical skills Mr. McCord acquired while working as a designer; his internship as an industrial designer in a biomedical Industrial and human factors focused firm, greatly contribute to his work in experimental bio-physics and research design, set-ups and the ability to design successful experiments that produce excellent results.

Wilson McCord's work has included very successful experiments synthesizing bone remodeling, promoting bone maintenance and healing in the Rat fibula and cranial regeneration. Research studies of biomechanics in numerous animal models have contributed to his understanding of biomechanical design, kinematics, motor control and mechanisms involved in locomotor physiology and biomechanical function.

Wilson McCord's thesis with NASA comparing the tissue mechanics at 0g, maintenance at 1g and regeneration of the rat femur at 2g and observations of a cartilage engineering project while enrolled in a biomedical engineering design course has aided in a clear understanding of reverse-engineering principles.

His biomechanics research is pivotal to the design of the new biorobotics frontier. And, the discovery of novel biomechanical and neurophysiological system dynamics in an animal have been used to build a functioning robot for DARPA (The Department of Defense). Wilson's electrophysiological research experience at Cambridge University, used in the study of neural control and motor activity, lends itself to the development of biosensors, signal analysis and medical implants, both neural and neuromuscular.

All of the research Wilson McCord has completed from planetary environmental pressure on organismic systems down to the subcellular microenvironment can be applied to the creation of newly engineered technologies.

Underwater Research Facility Concept

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