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Official opening of the WA Node

March 2011

WA Opening Alistar RobertsonAlthough operating for many years now, the ANFF facility at The University of Western Australia was officially opened on 1 March 2011, becoming the eighth node of the ANFF.

Previously the UWA facility operated in partnership with the ACT node at The Australian National University. The facility at The University of Western Australia will continue to enable the development of unique technologies that will revolutionise daily life in fields as varied as health, agriculture, mining, automotive industries, communications, data storage and defence.

The WA node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility in the University's School of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering, was opened by UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Alistar Robertson (see picture, left). Other people in attendance included ANFFL's Chief Executive Officer, Ms Rosie Hicks; WA Node Director, Prof. Lorenzo Faraone; ACT Node Director, Prof. Chennupati Jagadish; Access Committee Chair, Prof. Jim Williams, Facility Managers, Res. Prof. Mariusz Martyniuk (WA) and Dr Fouad Karouta (ACT), and about 20 other invited guests.

In his opening speech Professor Robertson said "The launch was a proud day for the University in its aim to make a difference to the wellbeing of local, national and international communities".

The node would enable collaboration and facilitate the transfer of research into applications in industry. The WA node provides, via the ANFF, access to state-of-the-art semiconductor device technology and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication processes for industry and the broader Australian and international research communities. These UWA-based capabilities are in high demand and unique in Australia, (and in some areas, such as MEMS/HgCdTe infrared (IR) technology, unique in the world), and are already being accessed locally and internationally.

Additional photographs from the opening are available here.