Farewell to MCN’s Operations and EHS Manager

Paul Spizzirri has decided to move on to his next chapter and will be leaving his position as Operations and EHS Manager at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) after more than eight years in the role.

Paul joined the MCN in May 2011, bringing with him over 20 years of extensive laboratory experience with the last 13 years focused on silicon processing technologies applied to the fabrication of a solid-state quantum computer.

As a farewell message, Paul said: “MCN and the ANFF-VIC Node have been amazing environments to work in. The people, technology, and opportunities have been life changing and I’ve enjoyed my journey immensely. It has truely been a privilege to with this team who I know will go on to deliver amazing outcomes for Australia and the ANFF community.”

Paul has done a truly outstanding job managing the operation of central infrastructure and equipment that supports MCN’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, helping to grow the MCN’s capability portfolio, user base, and its reputation.

Messages from the network:

Commenting on Paul’s fantastic career at MCN, Professor Nico Voelcker, MCN/ANFF-VIC Director, said: “Paul has been an extraordinary leader and will definitely be missed. The systems and processes Paul has developed and implemented have allowed the MCN to operate at the highest level, and it’s done so safely. On behalf of everyone at MCN, I would like to thank Paul for his many contributions over the years and wish him the best of success in future challenges and endeavours.”

Dr Jane Fitzpatrick, ANFF Chief Operating Officer, stated: “Paul has provided an amazing level of value to both ANFF-Vic and the whole ANFF network throughout his time at MCN. His skills, knowledge and demeanour have earned him the greatest levels of respect and friendship across our organisation. Although ANFF will be sorely disappointed to see him leave, we wish him all the best in his coming endeavours.”

Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO Chief Scientist, said: “Paul, thank you for all your work and inspiration for the ANFF Vic Node. You have been instrumental in creating a world-class facility that has an incredible impact on Australian research that is enduring. You leave an amazing legacy that you should be very proud of, and good luck for your future endeavours.”

Professor Ian Smith, Monash University Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) said: “While I am sorry to hear you are leaving us, I wish you all the best for the next steps. In addition to those that have gained from your endeavours at MCN, Monash University has also benefited enormously from your leadership, selfless contributions and drive to ensure we are all working in an as healthy and as safe environment as possible, so thank you.”