Could a few seconds of warning be enough to mitigate the devastation of an impending earthquake? Tiny sensors being developed in a Simon Fraser University lab could help to give a pre-emptive head’s up, enough to secure critical infrastructure, such as bridges or power lines, and potentially, save lives.
Researchers in professor Behraad Bahreyni’s Intelligent Sensing Laboratory at SFU’s Surrey campus are creating ultra-sensitive accelerometers—tiny microsystems (less than 1cm2) that are capable of capturing the most sensitive seismic activities.
Last year Simon Fraser University received designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus for its commitment to social innovation leadership. This honour doesn’t come lightly, as there are currently just over 40 institutions globally that have received the designation — SFU is the first university in British Columbia to be designated.
Simon Fraser University and Nanotech Security have joined forces to commission a $4.5-million electron beam lithography system at SFU’s 4D LABS.
The JEOL Election Beam Lithography (EBL) system establishes SFU as the first university in Western Canada to benefit from its capabilities, which include creating nanotechnology up to 10,000 times smaller than a human hair.
On June 14th the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be underway in Russia, with 32 International Teams competing in the month-long tournament for the ultimate prize in world football. Tens of millions of fans will be cheering for their teams across the globe with many of them competing in various online fantasy leagues, which often include cash prizes.
That’s why SFU startup FootyStats is providing fans and fantasy soccer players free access to its advanced World Cup analytics, so that they can get an edge in predicting the outcome of games using data and statistics.
A member of the Cayuga Nation from Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario, Jonathan Boron grew up with with first-hand knowledge of the struggle Indigenous communities experience in regaining rights to their territories. That’s why he wanted to study environmental law.
Instead, however, the new alumnus is graduating this month with a master of resource management from SFU’s Faculty of Environment and has won a dean’s graduate scholarship worth $84,000 to continue with a PhD over four years.
A new Simon Fraser University applied sciences program to prepare students for the burgeoning cleantech energy sector has been approved and will be offered at the university’s newest building, currently under construction in Surrey.
The Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) program, the first of its kind in Western Canada, will feature an interdisciplinary learning environment that prepares students to work in high-demand sectors such as renewable energy, sustainable manufacturing, clean power generation, as well as in sustainable food and water solutions.
Health experts from Canada and India converged on SFU’s Surrey campus over the weekend to share details on how innovation and technology are advancing health care in these countries.
Organized by the Canada India Network Society (CINS) and co-hosted by Fraser Health and SFU, the 3rd CINI conference (also held in 2014 and 2010) focused on Health Civil Society: Building links between Canada and India via Sustainable Health through Patient engagement, social innovation and technology.
After 20 years as an Indigenous graphic designer and consultant, Michelle Nahanee returned to school to pursue a master of arts degree in communication at Simon Fraser University.
Her thesis, “Decolonizing Identity: Indian girl to Squamish Matriarch”, examines the naming conventions she grew up with and how these contributed to her identity as a Squamish person. One example, she says, is the renaming of her community from Mission Indian Reserve #1 to Eslha7án.