The greatest innovations in history have come from people bold enough to explore possibilities and take novel approaches. Simon Fraser University is built on this premise.
“The diversity of innovations from SFU ranging from virtual reality, robotics, clean technology, data analytics and advanced materials highlights the various ways technology can have an impact on our lives,” says Joy Johnson, vice-president of research and international and SFU Innovates leader.
Imagine if a manual wheelchair could be adjusted as easily as an office chair.
This seemingly simple idea could have a radical impact on the future of wheelchair design—and SFU mechatronics student Louise Thomas’ research is key to making it a reality.
“You only sit at your desk for part of the day, so you would expect a wheelchair, which a person spends their entire waking day in, to be adaptable,” says Thomas, a master’s student specializing in biomechanics.
When Peter Johnston turned his childhood interest in gadgets and robots into a career as a product engineer for Volta Air Technology, he joined the nearly 85 per cent of SFU Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) graduates who’ve stepped into jobs after graduation. Even sweeter, the company is based in Surrey, where he grew up, giving him the opportunity to apply and advance his clean-tech skills at home.
For the second year in a row, Simon Fraser University is a proud Innovation Industry Partner for the #BCTECH Summit, co-hosted by the BC Innovation Council and the Ministry of Technology, Industry and Citizens’ Services. The summit is fast approaching on March 14-15 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Simon Fraser University's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) team, known as Team Guardian, has added new technology and aircraft to its fleet to compete in two North American competitions this spring.
The student contests are held by Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) in Alma, Quebec (April) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Maryland (June). The competitions offer real-world challenges for the evolving UAV community.
A Simon Fraser University venture that is poised to disrupt the global hearing aid market has taken the best overall $30,000 prize at the University’s annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition.
A special delivery arrived in the Applied Sciences Building last week. And as everyone stared at the item in awe, one thing was certain: computer technology has come a long way.
The delivery was an SOL-20 Terminal Computer. Introduced by Processor Technology Corp. in 1976, it quickly became a hit, leading the way in building user-friendly personal computers. The SOL-20 is believed to be the first computer to have a keyboard, video driver and memory storage all in one portable unit—a combination we take for granted today.
Timing is essential when it comes to achieving commercial success for science-based companies according to a new research paper by SFU’s Beedie School of Business faculty. The study, published in leading journal Nature Nanotechnology is part of a broader multi-year project on the global nanobiotechnology industry led by professors Elicia Maine and Jon Thomas.
SFU associate dean of education Rina Zazkis was named the new Research Chair in STEM Teaching and Learning at an announcement last December in Toronto by the Honourable Kristy Duncan, minister of science.
STEM is an acronym representing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Canadian government and educators are striving to encourage more students to pursue these academic subjects.