MiniFAB's Board of Directors
Meet our experienced, committed and focused board
Michael Wilkinson Executive Chairman
Michael Wilkinson (B.Eng.) has over 20 years of executive experience in the pharmaceutical and construction industries.
Michael is also a Board Member of the Small Technologies Cluster (STC), a cluster organisation aimed at encouraging the uptake of small technologies in industry. Michael is actively involved in community development and helped in the establishment of the South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct (SEMIP).
As the Chairman and a founding investor of MiniFAB (AUST) Pty Ltd, Michael has been intimately involved in the development of the company since its inception in 2002.
Dr Erol Harvey Co-Founder and Director
Erol has successfully combined a distinguished academic career and entrepreneurial spirit. With a PhD in Plasma and Laser Physics from Monash University, he spent time in Oxford, UK before returning to Australia in 1999 to become Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University.
His team was the seed for the subsequent formation of the CRC for MicroTechnology, an AUD$75M vehicle that brought together Australian academia and industry, attracting such names as Cochlear Ltd, Robert Bosch Australia, and the Australian Institute of Sports.
In 2002, together with Michael Wilkinson, he founded MiniFAB. A founding Director of the Australian Nano Business Forum (ANBF), in 2006 Erol was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Dr Bruce Whan Director
Dr Bruce Whan has been actively involved in innovation and commercialisation for over 20 years. He is currently the Director of Swinburne University of Technology's commercialisation unit, Swinburne Knowledge and is the CEO of Swinburne Ventures. He is also a Board Member for Commercialisation Australia.
He was Executive Director then Chairman of INNOVIC, the Victorian Innovation Centre Ltd for over 20 years, helping entrepenuers, inventors, and innovators achieve commercial success. He also has extensive experience in training and teaching.
He was the General Manager, Training and Innovation for the Strategic Industry Research Foundation and has provided sessional teaching input on innovation and creativity to Swinburne's Master of Entreprenuership and Innovation program.
Previously, Dr. Whan has held a range of research, technical, operational and management positions in industry.