In 2017, the project continued to impact students at JMU in projects such as the redesign of a bicycle helmet using the delicate structure of a bird skull for inspiration. Engineering student Branden Gross researched the materials currently used in bicycle helmets to understand the function of each material. Then he compared the structure of those materials with similar biological structures, such as the skulls of birds and other vertebrates. The trusslike shapes found in bird skulls, for example, transfer any compressive load from the center to the outside of the vertebrae. After planning his helmet redesign, Branden created computer models of the bio-inspired design and ran simulations to test its effectiveness for absorbing shock.