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.
SFU’s brain technology laboratories housed at Surrey Memorial Hospital are joining a digital innovation “superhighway” that will pave the way for future national and global collaborations in medical technology research.
The labs are connecting to Canada’s CANARIE infrastructure, that links to a network of major academic and hospital centres across Canada and the world. Joining CANARIE will expand the labs’ ability to collaborate with network members on data-intensive research.
SFU’s newly announced Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering building and its associated programs are not just good news for Surrey—they will also play a pivotal role in leading B.C. to greater economic prosperity and social well-being. SFU President Andrew Petter delivered that message this week to a Surrey Board of Trade audience.