Simon Fraser University

MENRVA Research Group

Menrva is an international and multicultural research group at Simon Fraser University led by Dr. Carlo Menon. The Menrva lab is located in Metro Vancouver
Research Interest: (1) Robotics, (2) Smart Materials, (3) Nano/micro technologies.
Main Fields of Application: Space and Biomedical
Design ApproachBiomimetics
Keywords: robotics, mechatronics, biomimetics, bionic, artificial muscles, smart materials, smart structures, dynamics,  MEMS, NEMS, actuators, sensors, adhesion, exoskeleton, prosthesis, rehabilitation, rover, climbing, servicing, space engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering.


Bits of History (Wikipedia)
Menrva was the goddess of wisdom and arts in the Etruscan civilization (civilization of ancient Italy, 1200BC-550BC). She was the Etruscan counterpart to Greek Athena and to Roman Minerva. Many Etruscan beliefs, customs and divinities became part of Roman culture, including the Roman Pantheon.
MENRVA is affiliated with the 4D LABS, the Institute for Micromachine and Microfabrication Research, is part of the SFU Robotics Group and is based in the School of Engineering Science at SFU.
Simon Fraser University (SFU):
SFU ranks 1st among the comprehensive universities in Canada according to Macleans (7th in Canada according to the 4 International Colleges & Universities) and 38th in North America (42nd worldwide) according to Ranking Web of World Universities.