On Saturday, May 6, Simon Fraser University will host the B.C. regional pitch competition for the global Technovation challenge, a technology entrepreneurship program for girls aged 10-18. SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences is one of four regional partners across Canada, and the only one in B.C.
Researchers at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are teaming up to develop sustainable clean-tech solutions that will provide potable water and clean food globally, in areas challenged by climate change and fast-growing populations.
The researchers are recipients of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) College University Idea to Innovation grant, valued at more than $725,000. The funds will advance their project, “From Waste to Clean Food,” as they work together with industry partners.
A new non-invasive technology that shows promising abilities to reverse depression is just one example of the exciting research led by SFU professor Faranak Farzan, recently named the inaugural chair in Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health. The chair is supported by SFU, the John Volken Academy, the City of Surrey and the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society.
Six tech startups affiliated with SFU Innovates sparked considerable interest among Chinese investors and commercialization leaders during the Canada China Open Innovation Forum last month in Vancouver. The event was hosted by SFU Innovates in partnership with Vancouver’s China Canada Cleantech Innovation Centre (CCCIC).
For computing science student Bria Kindersley, receiving the inaugural Women in Computing Science (WiCS) Alumni Award not only recognizes her outstanding achievements, it also sends an important message to other young women in the technology industry.
“I think it’s a wonderful way to tell women in computing science how much they are appreciated,” says Kindersley, former president of SFU’s WiCS student society.
“For me, receiving it was a lovely acknowledgement of all the work I’ve put in, both supporting women in computing science and in my academics.”
SFU, in partnership with Compute Canada and regional partner WestGrid, has launched its supercomputer, known as Cedar, at the new SFU Data Centre on the Burnaby Campus. This advanced research computing (ARC) system is the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada, and will serve many of Canada’s world-class researchers working in diverse fields. Cedar places SFU in the world’s top 100 supercomputer installations.
Engineering science master’s student Jordan Lui got more than he bargained for when he embarked on a research placement with the Università degli studi Roma Tre (Roma Tre University) in Rome, Italy earlier this year.
Not only is he working on novel electronics research with top Italian researchers, he has also rubbed shoulders with famed European astronauts at the European Space Agency in Germany.
SFU researchers have created a patent-pending, optical diagnostic probe capable of more safely and non-invasively detect early stage breast cancer.
Recent testing of their diffuse optical breast-scanning (DOB-Scan) probe during an initial clinical study at Surrey’s Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre found that it can conclusively confirm cancer, while also providing more detail about “suspicious tissue” than conventional methods.
An interdisciplinary team of Simon Fraser University undergraduates has qualified as one of two teams that will represent Canada at The Global Challenge to be held at the University of Oxford, UK, on April 30 and May 1.
The Global Challenge is an international competition for students to explore and present ideas around social and environmental change.