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The Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) is excited to announce Nelson Briones as the new Facility & Program Manager for our ANFF-NSW USyd Hub.

ANFF-NSW contains Hubs at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Sydney. ANFF-NSW equipment at the University of Sydney forms part of the Research and Prototype Foundry (RPF), a Core Research Facility based at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub. The RPF enables the development of optical chips, electronic devices and new quantum science and technology via outstanding lithography, etching, deposition and metrology capabilities.

After 20 years in the semiconductor industry at Analog Devices, Micron Semiconductor and Silanna Semiconductor, Nelson Briones has been a part of University of Sydney’s RPF team since 2017. His most recent role as RPF Laboratory Manager involved managing day-to-day operational activity for facilities and equipment.

‘On behalf of the ANFF-NSW Node, it is a great pleasure to welcome Nelson to his new role. As one of our own “ANFF Geniuses” I am especially thrilled to see Nelson recruited as the new Facility & Program Manager and look forward to the road ahead on his ANFF journey,’ said Dr Matt Boreland, ANFF-NSW Technical Director.

Recipient of the Research Portfolio SHINE! Awards and Commendation in 2021, Nelson brings to the ANFF-NSW USyd Hub expertise in device preparation, packaging and testing. From his career in the industrial sector, he also has experience in advanced packaging & assembly of military, aerospace and commercial products. He is a wonderful example of the calibre of people that ANFF attracts and the expertise they generously provide to every ANFF client.

‘I’m battle-hardened from my industry experiences, and I have thrived and excelled in semiconductor manufacturing. I am confident that the skills I developed through my twenty-five years of experience will be of great use as I begin this leadership position,’ said Mr Briones.

ANFF-NSW Deputy Director Simon Fleming welcomes Nelson to the leadership team. ‘I am delighted to be working with Nelson in this new role. His understanding of the equipment and processes, and ability to interpret users’ needs is excellent. This is coupled with a great enthusiasm for truly making an impact through supporting our users. I look forward to this new chapter for RPF and ANFF-NSW.’

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