New Technical Staff Members: Ken Speirs, Dr. Ibrahim Nsanzineza and John Nugent
Friday, October 1, 2021
Ken Speirs has taken on a new role within the Quantum-Nano Fabrication and Characterization facility as the Senior Fabrication Equipment Technologist. Ken is responsible for equipment training and maintenance of the wet benches, resist spinners, and lithography ovens. Ken originally joined IQC as a Lab Technologist after ten years of experience maintaining and repairing vacuum and thermal simulation chambers at COM DEV/Honeywell Aerospace. He has a strong background in mechanical engineering technology, robotics and automation.
John Nugent has replaced Ken Speirs as the Quantum-Nano Fabrication and Characterization Facility RAC1 Lab Technologist. In this role, John maintains and operates the equipment in the RAC1 cleanroom and RAC2 satellite labs. His responsibilities include installation and optimization, preventative maintenance and repairs, and operator training. Along with his Electronics Engineering Diploma Technician Diploma with Honours from George Brown College, John has extensive experience as a technician at Deep Trekker Inc. and Com DEV/Honeywell Aerospace.
Ibrahim Nsanzineza has a new role in IQC as the senior superconducting device scientist. Dr. Nsanzineza leads micro- and nano-fabrication work to produce superconducting quantum devices. Before transitioning to his new role, Dr. Nsanzineza worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Engineered Quantum Systems Laboratory and as a research associate with TQT. Dr. Nsanzineza holds a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in experimental condensed matter physics from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree in mathematical sciences from the University of Cape Town.
These positions were created thanks in part to funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.