Staff Directory


The nanoFAB staff are here to act as resources to assist you in your project needs while working in the facility. Our team of dedicated staff leverage years of research & industry experience to help find creative solutions to your most demanding problems.

In order for our staff to operate efficiently and effectively, please take the time to be prepared when meeting with staff members so that the value of your time together can be maximized. You can often save a lot of time be searching through our website for answers to the most common problems.

Dr. Eric Flaim (Director)

Dr. Eric Flaim

Dr. Eric Flaim

Responsibilities
  • Scientific & Engineering Support
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finances

Background

With a PhD in analytical chemistry, specializing in fabrication of devices for non-labelled detection of biomolecules, Eric provides support to users and projects facing novel and complex fabrication and characterization challenges.  While serving a dual role as the Director of nanoBridge, Eric helps users move from the laboratory to the market.  While notoriously difficult to find in his office, he can regularly be spotted in the hallways of the nanoFAB working with staff and users.  Email is by far the best method to contact him, where he claims a less than 24 hour response time, unless he is traveling.  Test him!

Contact

  • Phone: 780.248.1621
  • Office: W1-053 ECERF

Email Eric

Michael Hume (Operations Manager)

Michael Hume

Michael Hume

Responsibilities
  • Day to Day Operations
  • Plasma Processing
  • Website Administration
  • Lab Management Systems

Background

With formal backgrounds in both electronic hardware & software, as well as IT and systems solutions, Michael tries to bring a holistic view to systems and operations within the nanoFAB. Responsible for the day-to-day operations within the facility, he is equally comfortable within the dual role of IT management, developing and deploying lab management solutions within the facility.

Contact

  • Phone: 587.879.1519
  • W1-055 ECERF
Email Michael

Dr. Aaron Hryciw (Fabrication Group Manager)

Dr. Aaron Hryciw

Dr. Aaron Hryciw

Responsibilities
  • Scientific & Engineering Support
  • Fabrication Fee-for-service Project Coordinator
  • Electron-beam Lithography

Background

After receiving a PhD in physics from the University of Alberta, where he investigated applications of silicon-based nanocomposite materials for optical communications, Aaron cut his nanofabrication teeth as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.  Returning to Edmonton, he worked as a research associate at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, designing and fabricating nanophotonic devices for optomechanical sensing and quantum information processing.  At nanoFAB, Aaron coordinates fabrication fee-for-service projects, as well as providing support for electron-beam lithography process development and training.  Whether you have a quick processing question or need guidance for a large project, feel free to send Aaron an email or drop by his desk to chat.

Contact

  • Phone: 780.940.7938
  • Office: W1-055 ECERF
Email Aaron

Peng Li (Characterization Group Manager)

Responsibilities
  • Scientific & Engineering Support (Characterization)
  • Characterization Fee-For-Service Project Coordinator
  • Advanced Electron/Ion Microscopy

Background

With solid knowledge of electron/ion microscopy and extensive experience in nano-material characterization, Peng facilitates and oversees all scientific and engineering activities within the characterization group at the nanoFAB, including coordinating user training, collaborative & fee for service projects, as well as providing support for advanced electron/ion microscopy. Should you have any inquiry about your material analysis, do not hesitate to contact Peng and he will try to provide the best solution to meet your characterization needs within the available infrastructure or by reaching out to our trusted instrument vendors.

Contact

  • Phone: 780.918.2094
  • Office: W1-055 ECERF
Email Peng

Stephanie Bozic (Applications/Research Specialist)

Stephanie Bozic

Stephanie Bozic

Responsibilities
  • Lithography
  • Wet Processing
  • Training

Contact

  • Phone: 587.879.1515
  • Office: W1-028A ECERF
Email Stephanie

Bob Brebber (Systems/Infrastructure Specialist)

Bob Brebber

Bob Brebber

Responsibilities
  • Lithography
  • Plasma Processing
  • Wet Processing
  • Facilities

Background

Bob joined the nanoFAB team back in 2002 after spending over 27 years in consumer electronics.  He got his Journeyman Electronics Technician certification through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1979.  His duties at the nanoFAB include optical and electron beam lithography support, wet processing support and facilities support.

Contact

  • Phone: 587.879.1514
  • Office: W1-028A ECERF
Email Bob

Glenn Elaschuk (Systems/Infrastructure Specialist)

Glenn Elaschuk

Glenn Elaschuk

Responsibilities

  • PVD
  • LPCVD
  • Dicing
  • Test & Inspection
  • Facilities

Background

Glenn has been with the nanoFAB since 2005 and provides service and support for the 10k area, LPCVD and facilities.  Glenn received his diploma from NAIT in Electronics Engineering Technology but has proven to be equally adept in the many mechanical systems throughout the nanoFAB.

Contact

  • Phone: 587.879.1518
  • W1-028A ECERF
Email Glenn

Devin Fortier (Systems Technician)

Responsibilities

  • Building management system
  • Plasma tools
  • Instrumentation support
  • Facilities

Background

Devin joined the nanoFAB in 2017 to provide technical service and support in facilities. Devin received his diploma from NAIT in Instrumentation Engineering Technology.

Contact

  • Phone: 780.868.6480
  • W1-028A ECERF
Email Devin

Aditi Ganji (Process Technician)

Aditi Ganji

Aditi Ganji

Responsibilities
  • Physical Vapour Deposition
  • Chemical Vapour Deposition
  • Training

Background

Aditi joined the nanoFAB in 2017 to provide fabrication training, service, and technical support, primarily in the areas of physical and chemical vapour deposition. Aditi received her diploma from NAIT in Nanotechnology Systems.

Contact

  • Phone:
  • W1-058 ECERF
Email Aditi

Melissa Hawrelechko (Administrator)

Melissa Hawrelechko

Melissa Hawrelechko

Responsibilities
  • Administration
  • Billing & Finance
  • Item Resale

Background

Melissa has been working at the University for over ten years, and provides all administrative support to the nanoFAB. She can provide guidance and assistance regarding user fees, policies, accounting or other general inquiries.

Whether it’s helping a user purchase consumables, or addressing complicated account inquiries, her helpful demeanour and experience are relied upon heavily.  Melissa is the first point of contact for many of our community members, and is always willing and able to offer helpful advice to get users pointed in the right direction.

Contact

  • Phone: 780.492.0167
  • Office: W1-051 ECERF
Email Melissa

Dr. Anqiang He (Applications/Research Specialist)

Dr. Anqiang He

Responsibilities
  • Surface Characterization

Contact

Email Anqiang

Davor Karačić  (IT Specialist)

Davor Karacic

Davor Karacic

Responsibilities
  • Network Administration
  • IT & Software Support
  • Desktop Support

Background

At home in datacentre and desktop environments alike, Davor ensures smooth day-to-day operations, as well as envisioning future improvements of all aspects of Information Technology within the nanoFAB. After managing IT operations for multiple local startup companies, he is excited to apply the same dynamic attitude to nanoFAB.

Contact

  • Phone: 780.293.6477
  • Office: W1-028A ECERF
Email Davor

Scott Munro (Applications/Research Specialist)

Scott Munro

Responsibilities
  • Plasma Processing
  • Hot Embossing
  • Inspection & Metrology
  • Training

Contact

  • Phone: 587.879.1517
  • W1-028A ECERF
Email Scott

Les Schowalter (Applications/Research Specialist)

Les Schowalter

Les Schowalter

Responsibilities
  • PVD
  • LPCVD
  • Photomask Generation & Inspection
  • Training

Contact

  • Phone: 587.879.1516
  • W1-028A ECERF
Email Les

Shiau-Yin Wu (Applications/Research Specialist)

Shiau-Yin Wu

Shiau-Yin Wu

Responsibilities
  • Microscopy Lab
  • Optical Fluorescence Microscopy
  • AFM
  • Particle Characterization
  • Training

Contact

  • Phone: 780.289.4700
  • Office: W1-028A ECERF
Email Shiau-Yin

Dr. Shihong Xu (Applications/Research Specialist)

Shihong Xu

Responsibilities
  • Surface Characterization

Contact

Email Shihong

Dr. Nancy Zhang (Applications/Research Specialist)

Nancy Zhang

Nancy Zhang

Responsibilities
  • Molecular Analysis
  • Lab Mass Spectrometry
  • Chromatography
  • Peptide/Oligo Synthesis
  • Training

Contact

  • Phone: 780.289.1707
  • Office: W1-028A ECERF
Email Nancy

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