ANFF-VIC General Manager appointed

The Australian National Fabrication Facility’s Victorian Node (ANFF-VIC) has named its new General Manager, Dr Sean Langelier.

Dr Langelier has been a part of the Senior Leadership team of ANFF-VIC’s flagship facility, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), for a number of years and will now work more broadly to amplify collaboration and integration within the node and its various hubs and partners.

Dr Langelier holds a masters and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He came to Melbourne in early 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow in the MicroNanophysics Research Laboratory (MNRL), where he worked to develop surface acoustic wave actuators for a variety of microfluidic applications.

The ANFF-VIC node houses tools and expertise required to devise, develop and deliver the next generation of micro and nano technologies. It is one of eight nodes within the wider NCRIS-funded ANFF network.

In addition to handling the operational aspects of ANFF-VIC, Dr Langelier will be working closely with ANFF-VIC's new Director, Professor Nicolas Voelcker, to grow and develop relationships with  academic and industry users and establish programs and initiatives that boost use and awareness of the node’s various capabilities.

“The extensive range of tools, environments and expertise within ANFF-VIC represent a unique opportunity to facilitate Australian research and entrepreneurship in a number of emerging fields,” Dr Langelier continued.

ANFF-VIC is a joint venture partnership providing access to equipment and expertise located at CSIRO Manufacturing, Deakin University, La Trobe University, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and headquartered at MCN.

“I’ll be enacting a number of short and long term projects that will directly benefit the Victorian, Australian, and international research and technology communities,” Dr Langelier added.

“These plans are intended to increase collaboration between academic researchers; reduce the overall cost of research projects by providing all clients with access to equipment; and enable a crossover between commercialisation and technological development.”