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Martin AmsProfessional Officer - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Alastair DowlerExtrusion and Fibre Fabricator - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Dr Heike Ebendorff-HeidepriemUOA Node Manager - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Jena, Germany, in 1994, where she continued her research on optical glasses until 2000. During 2001-2004 she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK, working on novel photosensitive glasses and soft glass microstructured optical fibres with record high nonlinearity. Since 2005, she has been with the University of Adelaide, Australia. Currently, she is one of the leaders of the Optical Materials & Structures Theme at the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing at The University of Adelaide. Heike has published over 170 refereed journal papers and conference proceedings. Her research focuses on the development of mid-infrared, high-nonlinearity and active glasses; glass, preform and fibre fabrication techniques and surface functionalisation of glass.

Prof Simon FlemingManager - University of Sydney, OptoFab node

Prof. Simon Fleming received his PhD degree in 1987 from Leeds University, UK for research on characterisation of single mode fibres. Subsequently as a Senior Research Fellow at BT Labs, UK he researched fibre amplifiers and lasers. In 1994 he joined the University of Sydney working on fibre lasers and fibre devices. From 1996 to 2008 he headed the Optical Fibre Technology Centre, which included the management of a major national fabrication facility, and from 2004 to 2006 was CEO of the Australian Photonics CRC. He is currently a Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. His research currently includes induced optical nonlinearity, fibre devices and, most recently, metamaterials. He has authored ~290 publications, including many patents, and has been involved in organising ~50 conferences, including as General Chair and Technical Program Chair. He has served on a number of company and advisory boards and been involved in the commercialisation of university research. He is a member of the Council of the Australian Optical Society and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Herbert FooGlass Fabrication and Surface Functionalization - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Dr Peter HaCVD Diamond facility Engineer - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Peter received his PhD at the University of Sydney (USyd) under the Australian Postgraduate Award in industry (APAI) with project title “Carbon Coatings on Cutting Tools for Industrial Applications.” In 2004, Peter received the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award (EACKA) which supported him to a Joint PhD program with the City University of Hong Kong. Upon completing his PhD studies in 2005, Peter took a post-doc position in the Microelectronics Division of the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was a senior Research Fellow in the Nanoelectronics Laboratory at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Working on the “High Performance Polymer Devices”. Recently Peter completed an appointment in Physics/MQ photonics, working on an ARC Linkage project with partners at the ANU and BluGlass Pty Ltd. Currently, he is manager of the CVD Diamond Facility at Macquarie University, Optofab node.

Ethel IlaganStepper Processing Engineer - Bandwidth Foundry International, OptoFab node

Ethel Ilagan joined Bandwidth Foundry International in 2010 as a Process Engineer. Her career has concentrated on developing, optimizing, sustaining and improving existing & new processes as well as technology transfer. She has been working in the semiconductor/electronics field since 2003 and started as a Manufacturing Engineer in Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines. In 2007 she became part of Littelfuse Philippines Inc. an American International Company which manufactures a wide variety of circuit protection solutions, as a Manufacturing Engineer. She has been in-charge of Photolithography & Electroless plating process of a Thin Film fiberglass (FR4) Electronic Fuse. In 2008 she led the technology transfer of this product line from USA to the Philippines. She concentrated the remaining years at LIttelfuse on sustaining and improving the existing process & liaising with Development Engineers in introducing new products & processes. She was involved in Just-in-Time manufacturing.

Evan JohnsonProfessional Officer - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Dr Benjamin JohnstonOptoFab Facility Manager - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Ben completed the Bachelor of Technology in Optoelectronics with Honours at Macquarie University in 2004, and completed his PhD in optical physics, also from Macquarie in 2008. He has been involved in laser micromachining projects for both academic and commercial purposes since 2002. Ben currently manages the Optofab node and operates the nano and femto-second laser machining facilities at Macquarie University.

Maryanne LargeProfessional Officer - University of Sydney, OptoFab node

Tony LeggattProfessional Officer - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Mark LeworthyProfessional Officer - University of Sydney, OptoFab node

Luis Lima-MarquesLaboratory Manager - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Luis Lima-Marques has worked in commercial research and development for over 30 years, and has spent over half of that time in various management roles, including intellectual property. He is named as an inventor in over 65 international patents including 8 United States patents. Luis is currently laboratory manager at the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at The University of Adelaide.

Dr Richard LwinTechnical Officer - University of Sydney, OptoFab node

Richard Lwin has a BE (Aeronautical) and a PhD from the University of Sydney. His PhD topic concerned the optimization of mPOF fabrication and performance, and he is undoubtedly the leading expert on mPOF fabrication in the world. He has nearly 9 years experience in the production of mPOF, both practical and in terms of modelling and design. He was one of the winners of the Australian Museum Eureka Award for ICT Innovation, and is a founder of Kiriama PTY. LTD. He is now the working for The Australian National Fabrication Facilities as a Technical Officer at the OptoFab Fibre Draw Tower Facilities at The University of Sydney.

David O'ConnorOperations Manager - Bandwidth Foundry International, OptoFab node

Mr. David O’Connor is the Operations Manager of Bandwidth Foundry International. He has been working in the optical fibre industry since 1980, starting out with the building of the facilities for Northern Telecom Canada in Saskatoon at the dawn of the Optical Fibre industry. While with Northern Telecom, David participated in the technology transfer of Optical Fibre Manufacturing to Korea. In 1990 David moved on to a consulting role with contracts in Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia over a ten-year period. Dave left the consulting field to take up a position as General Manager with an Application Specific Optical Fibre manufacturer in Australia, in 2000. In 2002, David moved into a senior project management role with the Bandwidth Foundry, with main responsibilities for building an interim facility and the goal to provide a permanent home for the foundry over the next five years. Subsequently David took over the operations management of Bandwidth Foundry International and has been in this role since 2006.

Linda ShoboulOffice Manager - Bandwidth Foundry International, OptoFab node

Dr Graham SmithLaser Apps Engineer - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Graham received his MSci in Physics (Hons) from University of Birmingham in the UK in 2005, following which he received his MSc in Photonics & Optoelectronics (Hons) in 2006 from the Universities of St Andrews & Herriot Watt during which he worked at Denfotex Ltd working on photo-activated disinfection in new biomedical applications. Graham completed his PhD in “Advances in Femtosecond Micromachining and Inscription of micro and nano photonic devices” at Aston University UK in 2012 during which time he worked closely with Oxford Lasers Ltd, National Physical Laboratory (UK) and many universities on a range of application based research. Graham joined OptoFab in February 2011 and has since been working to develop the femtosecond direct-write facilities for the OptoFab group as well as the OptoFab website and outreach materials. Graham was awarded the 2011 Frater award for work on developing OCT phantoms. Graham has a strong interest in femtosecond inscription and micromachining, optical coherence tomography phantoms, microfluidics, optical sensing and application based research and development.

Alex StokesProfessional Officer - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Lijesh ThomasProfessional Officer - University of Adelaide, OptoFab node

Anita VerinderExecutive assistant - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Anita Verinder is the executive assistant for the node based at Macquarie University, currently on maternity leave.

Prof Michael Withford OptoFab Node Director - Macquarie University, OptoFab node

Professor Michael Withford is the director for the MQ Photonics Research Centre, the Macquarie University node of Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence: Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and the ANFF OptoFab Node. He was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University in 1995 for his investigations developing high power metal vapour lasers. His current research activities range from laser device development, laser applications, microphotonics, astrophotonics and quantum photonics.

Handri ZakariaStepper Maintenance Technician - Bandwidth Foundry International, OptoFab node

Handri Zakaria, is an Engineering Technologist devoted to the development and implementation of existing technology within the facilities in Bandwidth Foundry International. In his primary role, Handri is responsible for the monitoring and daily maintenance of the process engineering equipment and facilities used in the Photolithography process used at Bandwidth Foundry International. In addition, Handri has process responsibilities and often works with researchers in a wide variety of projects by applying advance engineering principles and technical skills to develop products for those engineers and researchers. Handri has studied electronics and electrical engineering and qualified Supervisor Certificate license number - 51169S in Sydney Australia. Handri was a service engineer/technician with a semiconductor manufacturer company Perigrine Semiconductor Australia at Homebush Sydney from 1994-2001. Then Handri moved into a Field Service Engineer role with the Robatech Australia for 2 years and subsequently joined Miele Australia in Product Support and service for 3 years, with the main responsibility to install and service the products with the main goal to provide customer service, before he joined Bandwidth Foundry.