Micromachine Summit
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Micromachine Summit European Delegations

Chief Delegate, Benelux: Albert van den Burg

Biography not yet available

Delegate, Benelux: Kees (C.J.M.) Eijkel

Kees (C.J.M.) EijkelDr. Kees Eijkel holds the position of technical-commercial director at the MESA+ research institute at the University of Twente. Together with the CEO of MESA+ he is responsible for this Dutch institute in micro/nanotechnology with over 450 people and an integral turnover of over 50 Meuro. He has special attention for commercialization, which has resulted in a well-developed strategy and network which supported the formation of over 25 start-ups over the past 15 years.

Kees is currently serving as the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF) President. Kees has been active with MANCEF for many years.

He is board member of two non-profit foundations supporting commercialization and education in micro/nano in the Twente region, and of the Dutch Association of Micro/Nano Companies MINACNed. He is CEO of MTF Ltd, which develops offices and labs, focussed on further development of the regional commercialization strength.

MESA+He is co-initiator and co-architect of the 250 Meuro Dutch Nanotechnology Initiative. He is responsible for the nano-chapter in the Dutch Foreign Trade Minister's trade mission to Silicon Valley in January 2004 and Boston in June 2005. He was speaker, keynote and/or session chair in a large number of international conferences, with emphasis on conferences addressing the commercialization issues around scientific research.

Chris van HoofDelegate, Benelux: Chris van Hoof

Integrated Systems Department Director, IMEC, Leuven, Flanders, Belgium

EDUCATION: University of Leuven, Belgium PhD/1992 Electrical Engineering

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Integrated Systems, MEMS, Sensors, Hybrid Integration


Chris Van Hoof received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Unversity of Leuven in collaboration with IMEC in 1992. His research concentrated on quantum-effect components. He became a laureate of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences based on his postdoctoral research.

He became successively head of the detector systems group (in 1998), Director of the Microsystems Department (in 2002) and Director of the Integrated Systems Department (in 2004).

The work of his department has contributed to two spinoff companies and is contributing to industrial technology transfer. His work has also contributed to two cornerstone European Space Agency flight missions (Rosetta, launched in 2003 and Herschel, to be launched in 2007).

As Director of the Integrated Systems Department (100 staff), he is responsible for the Microsystems activities, the RF systems activities, and the above-IC and 3D integration and packaging activities at IMEC.

Since 2000 he is also a guest professor at the University of Leuven. He is currently the promotor of eight doctoral theses.

He has authored more than 100 publications (over 80 based on peer review) and he has given 20 invited presentations.

Delegate, Benelux: Huub (H.W.M.) Salemink

University of DelftChairman of the Dept. of NanoScience, TU Delft

Salemink was professor of Semiconductor Nanophotonics at the Eindhoven University of Technology since 2001. In Delft, professor Salemink succeeds professor Hans Mooij as Chairman of the department of NanoScience (Faculty of Applied Sciences).

Salemink was a part-time professor from 1996 to 2001 in the Delft groups that went on to form the department of NanoScience.

After obtaining his PhD in Nijmegen, Salemink worked at Philips Research, the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (National Institute for Public Health & Environment) and spent 15 years at IBM Research in Zürich on the subject of scanning-probe applications. His activities fall within the area where fundamental and applied sciences meet. In addition to his scientific work he is actively involved in the management of science and is a member of the Board of the large-scale, national programme "NanoNed".

Chief Delegate, European: Dirk Beernaert

Dirk BeernaertHead of Unit "Micro and Nanosystems" in Directorate General "Information Society and Media", European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

EDUCATION: University Gent (Belgium), 1976: Engineer in physics, in nuclear and material

Head of Unit "Micro and Nanosystems" in Directorate General Information Society and Media, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Dirk is an engineer in physics, in nuclear and in material science (University Ghent -Belgium - 1976). Before joining the European Commission, he worked in statistics and was involved as engineering and technology manager in setting up a laboratory and subsequently a manufacturing site in micro-electronics where he was responsible for 20 engineers and for organising technology transfer.

He has joined the European Commission in 1990 where he has been responsible for research initiatives in micro-electronics under different European Frameworks for Research in cooperation with the Eureka program. He was also responsible for setting up the workplan for research in in e-work, e-business, e-commerce and for starting up the Microsystems' activities under FP5.

Dirk Beernaert (B) is now the Head of Unit G2 - Micro- and Nanosystems in the Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission, were he is responsible for running the Unit of "Integrated Micro and Nanosystems", dealing with the implementation of Framework 6 activities on Micro/Nanosystems; interfaces and displays, and large area integration and with planning the future 7th Framework activities in this field.

Owner of 2 patents and close to 100 articles on diverse research topics, on commercialisation, on innovation and research strategies in the field of micro-nano-technologies and miniaturisation.

Delegate: Stefan Dimov

Stefan DimovOperation Directors of MEC, Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC), Cardiff University, Cardiff , United Kingdom


  1. Moscow Technological University, 1984: Dipl. Eng., Mechanical Engineering
  2. Moscow Technological University, 1989: PhD, Manufacturing Engineering

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Micro-Engineering, Mechanical Micro-Manufacture, Micro-EDM, Micro-Milling, Laser Ablation

4M (Multi-Material Micro Manufacture) Network of Excellence NUMBER OF TIMES ATTENDING THE MICROMACHINE SUMMIT: 2

Delegate, European: Hans Hartmann Pedersen

Hans Hartmann PedersenProgramme Officer, EC Official, European Commission – RTD Directorate General, Brussels, Belgium

EDUCATION: University of Aalborg, Denmark, 1979: Engineer, Mechanical Engineering

Scientific or Professional Field: Programme Management, Micromanufacturing


Programme officer in the unit on "Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production Technologies".

6th FrameworkJoined the European Commission in 1992 and has since worked as project and programme in the field of production technologies, the last 2 years in the field of micromanufacturing.

Before joining the EC 13 years of industrial experience from mechanical, ship and offshore construction projects, including international project management experience from Norway, UK and Finland

Emmanuel BiglerChief Delegate, France: Emmanuel Bigler

Emmanuel Bigler, Professor, Optics and microtechnology at FEMTO-ST CNRS and ENSMM, Besançon, France



  • ENSET-CACHAN (FRANCE), 1989: Agrégation in physics
  • Université Paris Sud Orsay, 1982: PhD. thesis in optical engineering

Scientific or Professional Fields:

• X-ray microscopy and micro analysis (Ph.D)
• Piezoelectric devices, bulk and surface wave resonators and sensors (research)
• Precision Time and Frequency Control (research)
• Optical engineering and microtechnology (teaching)

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Time and frequency control, piezoelectric resonators and sensors

NUMBER OF TIMES ATTENDING THE MICROMACHINE SUMMIT: Freiburg 2001, Maastricht 2002, Grenoble 2004

Delegate, France: Jean Christophe Eloy

Directeur Général/General Manager, Yole Développment

Jean-Christophe Eloy

Yole Développment

Since 1992, Jean-Christophe Eloy has been involved in Mems and compound semiconductor market analysis, developing markets and applications for capital equipment, and materials for developing and manufacturing devices.

He was a marketing department manager at LETI (France) for 6 years, and subsequently established Ernst & Young's European semiconductor division.

In 1998 Jean-Christophe Eloy founded YOLE Développement, which has become a worldwide leader of market research and strategic consultation in the fields of Mems, nanotechnologies, compound semiconductor and biology instrumentation.

He is board member of Semi's International Mems Steering Committee, overseeing worldwide industry statistics, and is on the boards of several European and American companies.

Delegate, France: David Holden

Biography not yet available

Delegate, France: Gaetan Menozzi

V.P. Corporate R&D, MEMSCAP, Aix-les Bains, France

Gaetan MenozziProfessional career

  • Member of the "politburo" of ISHM France
  • 10 years in managing R&D programs for VHP MEMS: very High Performance MEMS for avionics & defense
  • Crouzet-Sextant Avionique - Thomson-CSF Sextant (now Thales Avionics)
    20 years background in interconnects & packaging: PCBs, MLBs, Hybrids &
    MCMs for aerospace applications
  • 31 years in Aerospace & defense
  • Director, Major Programs, MEMSCAP

Education: 1967, Graduated Engineer in Physics and Electronics of I.C.P.I of Lyon

Chief Delegate, Germany: Roland Zengerle

Roland ZengerleHead of Microfluidics Laboratory at IMTEK, University of Freiburg, and Director of Microfluidics Department of HSG-IMIT, Villingen-Schwenningen, Freiburg, Germany

PAST AFFILIATIONS: Head of Microfluidics Department at HSG-IMIT


  • Technical University Munich, 1990: Diploma in Physics
  • Universität d. Bundeswehr Munich, 1994: Dr.-Ing. Engineering

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, biochips & microarrays, nL & pL dispensers, nanofluidics, (implantable) drug delivery systems


Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle was born in 1965 and studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. From 1990 till 1995 he was a research engineer in the microactuator group at the Fraunhofer-Institute of Solid State Technology in Munich (today: FhG-IZM).

Dr. Zengerle received his PhD degree from the "Universität der Bundeswehr" in Munich with the development of an electrostatically driven micropump.

HSG IMITFrom 1995 till 1999 he was the head of the Microfluidics Department at Hahn-Schickard-Society (HSG-IMIT) in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

Since 1999 Dr. Zengerle has been a professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Currently, he heads the IMTEK laboratory for MEMS-Applications. This laboratory is a foundation of industry in order to stimulate the cooperation between industry and university. The laboratory of MEMS applications currently employs 30 research engineers and 10 master students.

Since May 2005 Dr. Zengerle has also been a director of HSG-IMIT in Villingen-Schwenningen. This institute currently employs 70 research engineers.

Dr. Zengerle's research focuses on the field of microfluidics and incorporates highly parallel sub-microliter dispensing techniques, miniaturized autonomous liquid handling systems, miniaturized and implantable drug delivery systems, lab-on-a-chip systems, and micro- and nanofluidic simulation.

Dr. Zengerle is a member of the International Steering Committee of the IEEE-MEMS Conference and will be the general Co-Chair of the MEMS 2006 conference taking place in Istanbul. He also serves on the programme committees of various international conferences like the IEEE-Transducers conference, the International Conference on the Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems (COMS), or the Actuator Conference. Dr. Zengerle is also the European Editor of the new Springer journal "Microfluidics and Nanofluidics".

Delegate, Germany: JEgen Berger

Jürgen BergerMicrosystems Technology Business Manager, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin – Teltow, Germany

EDUCATION: Humboldt University, 1982: Diploma, Physics


Jürgen Berger received his diploma in physics at Humboldt University Berlin in 1982. Subsequently he joined the fiberoptic division of Werk für Fernsehelektronik in Berlin. He worked as a development engineer and group leader in the field of semiconductor lasers for fiber optic communication techniques.

Since 1990 Jürgen Berger has been working with VDI/VDE-IT, at first as a scientific consultant. In 1994 he became the head of the department sensors and actuators, and since 2000 he has been responsible for the microsystems activities of VDI/VDE-IT as a business manager. For more than ten years he has been involved in the conception and implementation of national funding schemes for microsystems technologies.

VDI/VDE-ITVDI/VDE-IT (VDI/VDE Innovation + Technology GmbH) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 by the two largest German professional associations VDI (Association of German Engineers) and VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technology). It has a staff of approximately 100 and achieved a turnover of about 12 Mio € in 2004.

VDI/VDE-IT consults and supports technology-based enterprises, credit institutions and investment companies in technical, economical and sozio-economical items. For the Federal Government, the Federal German states and the European Union VDI/VDE-IT designs and manages technology oriented funding programs. Up to now VDI/VDE-IT has supported more than 6000 innovation projects and more than 500 start-ups with a total volume over 1 Billion €.

A technical focus of VDI/VDE-IT is microsystem technology. In this field VDI/VDE-IT manages the German funding program on Microsystem Technologies on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 1990. Further innovation supporting measures accompany the funding program e.g. the initiation of educational activities and the organization of international visits of companies and research institutes.

Delegate, Germany: Theodor Doll

Managing Director, Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, 55129 Mainz, Germany

  • Theodor DollDirector of ZMN 2002 - 2004
  • Deputy Professorate - Since Sept., 2000
  • Humboldt Fellowship - 1998-2000 Caltech, U.S.A.
  • Habilitation in Micro Systems - July 1999
  • Assistant Professor - since 1998, Bundeswehr University, Munich
  • Head of R&D - 1989-1991 KWS Ltd., Germany

PAST AFFILIATIONS: Director of Micro- and Nanotechnologies Center, ZMN, Technical University Ilmenau


  1. Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München, 1989: Diploma Physics
  2. Universität d. Bundeswehr, München, 1995: Dr.-Ing. El. Engineering
  3. Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 9/96- 3/97: Post doc Appl. Physics
  4. Universität d. Bundeswehr, München, 1999: Habilitation Micro Systems


Research Areas

  • Chemosensors - Metal Oxide Gas Sensors, Solid State Sensor
  • MEMS - MID, Micro Electron Sources
  • Nanofabrication - Photonic Bandgap Devices - Low-Cost Nanofluides, porous media
  • Electronics - Polymer Transistors
  • Integrated Passive Components - MEMS Inductors

Institut für Mikrotechnik MainzOn February 1, 2004, Prof. Dr. Theodor Doll took over the responsibilities of the Scientific Head of Institut of Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH.

In his previous position, Prof. Doll was the director of the Centre for Micro- and Nanotechnologies at the Technical University of Ilmenau. Acting as the deputy of Prof. Dagmar Schipanski, he also held the chair for Solid State Electronics.

After his physics diploma from the University of Munich, he spent two years working for the management of a medium-sized industrial enterprise. Following his Ph.D. from Bundeswehr University, Munich, Professor Doll received his habilitation in Micro Systems in 1999. He then worked as Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH, USA)

His main fields of research are sensors, nanofabrication and micro electro chemical systems (MEMS). Various publications and patents prove him to be an excellent scientist with international experience and a strong focus on market-oriented solutions to applied problems Contact: http://www.imm-mainz.de

Delegate, Germany: Norbert Fabricius

Norbert Fabricius

Nano- and Microsystems Physicist and Program Director, Forschungszentrum, Karlsruhe, Germany

PAST AFFILIATIONS: JDS Uniphase Photonics (Germany), IOT – Integrated Optical Technology (Germany)


  1. University of Essen (Germany): Diploma Physics, Plasma Physics, Laser Physics
  2. University of Essen (Germany): PhD, ps-Laser Spectroscopy

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Microsystems Technologies, Nanotechnology, Micro-Nanofabrication, Commercialisation Aspects

Christine Neuy

Christine Neuy received her PhD in metal-organic chemistry with a supplementary degree in economics and diploma work in biotechnology.

IVAMSince 2001 she has been the managing director of IVAM, a European MEMS, microsystems and microstructures industrial trade association. IVAM supports its members with high-tech marketing, business contacts, events and trade fairs, and public relations. The website at www.ivam.de contains over 130 microsystems technology companies and institutes in its directory. Company profiles in the "Members" section can be printed out just like index cards with all relevant information. The search engine spiders more than 30,000 microtechnology company documents.

Chief Delegate, Mediterranean: Paolo Dario

Paolo DarioPaolo Dario received his "Dr. Eng." degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy in 1977. Since 1986 he has been an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa. Since 1992 he is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechatronics at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa.

At the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Prof. Dario established in 1989 the Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems (ARTS) Laboratory, presently staffed with more than 60 investigators, and in 1991 the Microfabrication Technologies (MiTech) Laboratory, presently staffed with 25 investigators. He is currently the Director of both laboratories.

He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Medical Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, and has developed, beginning in 1992, a new undergraduate course in Mechatronics at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa.

Scuola Superiore Sant'AnnaProf. Dario's current research interests include microengineering, sensing and artificial perception in robotics, and medical applications of robotics, mechatronics and microengineering (especially to computer-assisted surgery, rehabilitation and space). In particular, he has been the scientific coordinator of two different studies on the application of micromechatronics to the space sector for ESA, and of a research project on micromanipulation of biological samples in space for the Italian Space Agency (ESA).

Prof. Dario is very active in the definition and scientific coordination of large national and international research projects (especially with support from the European Commission), which aim at the development of complex robotic and micro-mechatronic systems with the contribution of many different research teams from universities and industries. At the moment, he is the Coordinator of 5 European projects.

Prof. Dario has published over 60 journal papers and 150 conference papers, is the editor and co-editor of two books on sensors and robotics and holds 3 patents in the U.S., 1 patent in the Netherlands, and 4 patents in Italy.

Mario Zen
Istituto Trentino Di Cultura-IRST Microsystem Division

Delegate, Mediterranean: Mario Zen

Division Head, Istituto Trentino Di Cultura-IRST Microsystem Division

Carles CanéDelegate, Mediterranean: Carles Cané

Prof. Carles Cané is a National Coordinator for the Technologies for Communications and Electronics Program of the National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation (Plan Nacional de I+D+i) promoted by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Government of Spain and is associated with the Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (Spain)

Chief Delegate, Nordic: Henrik Jakobsen

Institute Leader, Institute for Microsystem Technology, Vestfold University College, Horten, Norway


EDUCATION: University of Oslo, 1969: C and.real, Semiconductor Physics

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Silicon process technology, MEMS, Interconnection and Packaging, MEMS Applications


Delegate, Nordic: Peter Enoksson

Biography not yet available

Delegate, Nordic: Jorgen Hoeg

Director of Business Development for HymiteA/S and Chief Technology Officer for Olicom A/S

HymiteHymite A/S develops and markets silicon based technology for packaging of MEMS devices and photonic components. Olicom A/S is a Danish venture capital firm investing in Scandinavian high technology start-up companies.

Prior to his current responsibilities he held positions as vice president of product marketing and vice president of business development for Olicom, then a leading manufacturer of LAN products. He joined Olicom in 1994 from a position as president and CEO of CR Systems, a Danish data communications company which he co-founded in 1989.

Before starting CR Systems he worked for BBN Communications and Christian Rovsing A/S in various R&D management positions.

He holds a master's degree in electronic engineering and a PhD in physics from the Technical University of Denmark.


Delegate, Nordic: Hannu P. Kattelus

Research Professor, Group Manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland


  1. Helsinki Univ. Technology 1980: MSEE
  2. Helsinki Univ. Technology 1984: Lic.Tech.
  3. Helsinki Univ. Technology 1988: Dr.Tech.

MEMS Fabrication Technology, Thin-Film Technology-

VTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandH. Kattelus has been investigating various aspects of thin-film technology at VTT since 1980, including solar selective coatings, III-V epitaxy, EL display technology, and silicon IC and passive integration technology. He made his thesis on diffusion barriers mostly based on his work at the California Institute if Technology. He is presently the leader of the MEMS Technology group at VTT Information Technology as well as a Research Professor in Microsystems Technology.

Chief Delegate, Switzerland: Nico de Rooij

Director, Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

PAST AFFILIATIONS: University of Twente, Cordis Corporation.

OCCUPATION: Full Professor


  1. State University of Utrecht, 1974: MSc, Chemistry
  2. Twente University, 1978: PhD, MEMS



Delegate, Switzerland: Philippe Fischer

FSRMDeputy Director, FSRM Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology, Neuchatel, Switzerland


EDUCATION: EPFL, 1985: Master, Microtechnology

HONORS: President of the Swiss Society for Sensor Technology


Delegate, Switzerland: Sean Neylon

Sean NeylonSean Neylon obtained a Physics degree from the Imperial College of Science & Technology in London, in 1977.

He joined GEC where he was responsible for establishing new design, development and production facilities for SAW crystal filters. Subsequently posts within GEC included Microwave Technology Research & Development, RF Component Production lines, and Microwave Sales & Marketing within GEC.

In 1994 he led a new automotive business group supplying innovative RF electronic subsystems to first tier manufacturers. In January 1999, he joined CSEM as Executive Vice-President responsible for the Microsystems Manufacturing Division with the specific mission of preparing it as a spin-off.

ColibrysHe is currently CEO of Colibrys SA.

Sean is a member of the steering committee of NEXUS and member of the management board of EURIMUS.

Chief Delegate, UK: Geoff Beardmore

Geoff BeardmoreCEO and Principal Consultant, Myriad Technology (Consultants in Emerging Technologies), Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK

PAST AFFILIATIONS: Smiths Industries Aerospace & Defence Systems

  1. UMIST (Manchester University), 1964: BSc.Tech. (hons.), Mechanical Engineering
  2. University of Aston, 1974: PhD, Fluid Mechanics/Gyro Gas Bearings

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Recent involvement in major MNT programmes relating to packaging, bio detection systems, Design for micro-manufacture (DFMM), and deep space astronomy.


Myriad TechnologyDr. Geoff Beardmore is currently CEO and Principal Consultant of Myriad Technology UK. Dr. Beardmore founded Myriad Technology in 1981. Myriad and its Associates currently provide consultancy and support services to emerging technologies, and in the fields of Mezzo, Micro and Nano Technology in particular. Clients include Regional Development Agencies, the UK Government, large companies and SME’s. Dr. Beardmore has been closely involved in the establishment of a National Microsystems Packaging Centre in the UK, and is on the Industrial Advisory Board for a specialist optical MEMS packaging centre based in Scotland.

Prior to this, he worked in the aerospace and defence industries for 41 years, with much of this time spent researching and developing micro-engineered products and their associated manufacturing technologies. This resulted in some 20 patents and over 45 papers. Subsequent roles included production process development, marketing, programme management and internal consultancy/problem solving.

He obtained his first honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at UMIST (Manchester University) in 1964, and was awarded his doctorate for work on micro-engineered self-acting gas lubricated bearings by the University of Aston in 1974. A Fellow of both the IMech E and the IEE, he also held a post as Visiting Professor in Microtechnology at the Nottingham Trent University for 13 years, together with various positions as external examiner, industrial supervisor and funding assessor for both University and industrial based research programmes. He is currently Chief UK Delegate for the World Micromachine Summit and assists the UK Government’s DTI in assessing funding applications for MNT Capital Infrastructure projects.

Current interests include the implementation of wearable whole-cell bioassay techniques using micro-nano technologies. Myriad Technology is part of a recently formed UK consortium established to exploit these emerging biotechnologies and develop a range of products and detection systems based upon them. In addition, he is closely involved in two other major UK MNT programmes: a University led programme to develop `Dfmm’ (design for micro-manufacture) packaging techniques and a deep space astronomy project using adaptive optics to control the mirror of a 100m-diameter reflector telescope scheduled for final completion in 2020.

Delegate, UK: Malcolm Gower

Malcolm GowerChairman, Exitech Ltd. Oxford, England, UK


  1. University of Hull, 1967: BSc, Physics & Pure Maths
  2. University of Western Ontario, 1970: MSc, Physics
  3. York University, Toronto, 1973: PhD, Physics

HONORS: Member of the Order of the British Empire; Fellow of Institute of Physics & IEE

PAST AFFILIATIONS: NASA-Ames Research Center, Univ California Berkeley, Oxford University; Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

ExitechMAJOR PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST: Laser micromachining, micro & nanofabrication, semiconductor photolithography, displays, nano-metrology equipment


Delegate, UK: Ron Lawes

Ron LawesResearch Engineer, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

PAST AFFILIATIONS: Director Engineering, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

EDUCATION: Imperial College, London, 1961, Bsc. Eng, Electrical Engineering

HONORS: Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (also Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Institute of Physics and the City and Guilds of London Institute)



Ron Lawes recently retired as Director of Engineering at the Rutherford Appleton and Daresbury Laboratories, CCLRC. A key responsibility was Head of the Central Microstructure Facility, which he founded in 1977 and developed into a major centre of excellence for new microtechnology and nanoscience. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

While principally involved with the UK academic community, he has a long track record of working closely with industry. He was Director of a $40m programme funded by UK industry and government to develop industrial microfabrication techniques and Chairman of the Research Board for the $4B JESSI project (now MEDEA) to develop Europe's industrial technology for semiconductors.

Ron was a founding member of NEXUS, Europe's main industrial-academic organisation for microsystems technology and recently worked on the NEXUS Market Analysis and the NEXUS Product-technology Roadmap. He held the contract for Europractice, a pan-European programme to provide microsystems manufacturing services for European industry and academia. He is a director of a start-up microsystems company MINIFAB, based in Melbourne, Australia.

He is currently a member of an Executive Panel set up by Government to recommend projects to develop the UK's manufacturing infrastructure for industry and academia.

Ron is continuing his scientific career as a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London and Birmingham University. His research interests are mainly in the fields of microfabrication technology, including electron beam and laser lithography and UV and X-ray LIGA for high aspect ratio microstructures. He is Chairman of the Microtechnology and Nanotechnology Professional Network of the UK Institution of Electrical Engineers and is keen to develop MANCEF's international contribution to the commercialization of microsytems technology.

Delegate, UK: David Tolfree

Executive Director, Technopreneur Ltd

David TolfreeDavid Tolfree is a Chartered Physicist, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and one of the founders and Executive Directors of Technopreneur Ltd, an independent micro and nanotechnology consultancy company. He has over 40 years experience in research, project management and the marketing of research facilities which, before 1998 were obtained working at the CCLRC’s Daresbury Laboratory. Being the author of over 100 scientific and technology papers, articles and many conference reports, he has been interviewed on TV and radio programmes on MNT issues. He is an internationally recognised authority in the applications and market exploitation of micro-nanotechnology, co-authoring chapters in the MANCEF Microsystems and Nanotechnology Roadmap and in a number of books.

David is the Vice-President of the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialisation Education Foundation (MANCEF), which organises annual international conferences on the commercialisation of micro and nanotechnology (COMS), and a founder and Fellow of the Advisory Board of the UK Institute of Nanotechnology. He has extensive contacts among both academics and industrialists in the UK, Germany and the US. Currently he is a consultant for the UK Government Programme for the exploitation of Micro-nanotechnology.


Updated: 26 April 2005