Staffing Announcement

It is with mixed feelings that I announce Keith Franklin will be stepping down as the nanoFAB Operations Manager effective August 31.

While the nanoFAB is filled with sadness to see Keith leaving, it is with joy that we see him extend his career and experiences within a new opportunity as the Faculty of Engineering Director, Facilities and Technology starting September 1.

As one of the original hires in what was known as the Microfab, Keith has worked in the nanoFAB for 16 years, and in that time has contributed to the growth and development of a leading training, service and collaboration environment designed for your success. Rising to the senior position of Operations Manager, responsible for day to day operational and administrative management of the nanoFAB, Keith’s dedication, hard work and experience has helped shape the nanoFAB into what it is today.  I have worked directly with Keith for the last 8 years and on a daily basis seen first hand this warm, welcoming and friendly nature which only added to the spirit of the nanoFAB.  He will be missed.

Moving forward, Michael Hume will be assuming the role of nanoFAB Interim Operations Manager.  Michael has been with the nanoFAB since 2005 after first working with the VSLI group in ECE. Over the years Mike has been responsible for primary maintenance support on all plasma etch tools, IT infrastructure and single handedly building and implementing the “Laboratory Management and Access Control System” (LMACS) online database. The LMACS is what brings order to the management of the 883 users, 195 tools and 3,658 samples processed by the nanoFAB.

We wish Keith all the best, having confidence from his time in the nanoFAB that he will be successful in his new role. Simultaneously, we congratulate Mike who has assumed all day to day responsibilities while Keith works to transition into his new role. Please feel free to contact Mike Hume ( for any ongoing nanoFAB questions, comments or concerns.

Eric Flaim Director – nanoFAB

Thank you Keith for all of your hard work over the years and good luck in your new role. Congratulations Mike on your new responsibilities. L – Keith Franklin C – Mike Hume R – Eric Flaim