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The 2020 Frater Awards have been announced, with three individuals and one internode team winning opportunities to undertake a range of training courses.

The Frater Awards are an annual professional development award given to ANFF staff to enable exceptional engineers to foster technical and professional growth via national or international activities. The awards are named after ANFF’s first chairman, Dr Robert Frater AO, who keenly supported the development of young researchers throughout his most distinguished career in advanced microelectronics and as Deputy CEO of CSIRO.

ANFF Chairman, Emeritus Professor Chris Fell FRSN HonFIEAust AO, said:

“Frater awardees are ANFF technologists who are to go on a high-level collaborative training program to hone their fabrication skills. Whilst COVID-19 has limited international opportunities, the 2020 recipients were chosen for the excellent quality of the programs they have proposed. The Board congratulates them and wishes them well on their respective ventures.” 

This year, there are two winners from ANFF Materials (UoW), Benjamin Filippi and Sepidar Sayyar. Ben will undertake advanced training for Lithoz’s Ceramic 3D printer with the tool manufacturer in Vienna, Austria and also visit the headquarters of two renowned laser manufacturers for tours and training, namely Trumpf in Stuttgart, Germany and Concept laser, Lichtenfels, Germany. Sepidar will undertake a course in Product Management Fundamentals at RMIT University to aid him in supporting client projects in a broader sense.

The other awardees include a multinode team from Victoria and ACT and a professional officer from Sydney.

An internode team from ANFF-VIC (MCN) and ANFF-ACT (ANU) will experience advanced electron beam lithography operator training in an online format, presented by Raith. The team includes Michael Stuiber, Tatiana Pinedo Rivera, and Guangyuan Si from MCN and Gayatri Vaidya from ANU.

ANFF-NSW’s Jacky He (USyd) will be provided with online training of Python for Klayout CAD design as well as Autocad. This software forms an essential part of a number of micro/nanofabrication practices.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all the Frater Award winners this year. As usual the standard of application was high and we are sure that these awards will bring true value to both our talented staff and the services we offer” added ANFF COO Jane Fitzpatrick.

The Frater Awards are traditionally awarded at the Annual ANFF Showcase, but due to COVID making it unsafe for us to meet in person, please enjoy the video below as the winners explain their trips and how it will benefit both themselves, and the ANFF community.


Read coverage of these awards from ANFF Materials here: