Microfabrication Process Engineering Using XperiDesk

November 6, 2019, at Edmonton, Alberta

XperiDesk Suite is a design execution system for fabrication processes at university-based micro-nanotechnology (MNT) facilities across Canada. This design environment for fabrication processes streamlines micro-nanotechnology research and development. Process Engineering in XperiDesk follows best practices used in Industry. Proven product development methodologies are used to guide the engineer from idea to product.

This training course will motivate a methodological approach for Process Engineering. Providing an overview of the methods and highlighting the key tenants of the best practices, the course teaches systematically the practical usage of XperiDesk to fulfill process engineering tasks. Adjacent techniques from areas such as DoE, 8D and lean six sigma are woven into the steps and anchor points for applying these to solve problems will be highlighted and showcased.

Topics include:

  • How to use XperiDesk to implement best practices for process engineering used in industry.
  • Identify key considerations of selecting specialized process steps to specify an abstract process flow (e.g., pre-existing topography).
  • Predict the effect of a given process step (and its variability) on overall yield and manufacturability.
  • Use XperiDesk consistency checks to increase the fab-readiness of a process flow.
  • Understand the utility of simulators to visually communicate design intent (e.g., softMEMS) and to predict process success.
  • Evaluate how a new mask design might affect the outcome of a previously developed process.
  • Synthesize aspects of device design and process engineering with tools like Design of Experiments, 8D and lean six sigma.

This event is part of NANOvember, three complementary events exploring the ecosystem of initiatives, resources, and research enabling innovation and technology for the future of living:

Target Attendees

Registration is open to academics and industrial participation. This training course builds on the introductory training of XperiDesk, videos for which can be accessed at https://community.cmc.ca/groups/rd138/blog/2019/07/18/xperidesk-how-to-videos. Attendees are recommended to review the introductory videos before this training course and to access the content. Please contact licensing@cmc.ca for the password.


Date Time Location Details
Nov/06/2019 8:00 am to 4:30 pm University of Alberta, ETLC building, E5-002 Edmonton, Alberta See the course outline.

Pricing and Registration

Attendee Group Price Registration
Trainer: See the Trainer Requirements. $100
Academic with Subscription $150
Non-subscriber $300

Equipment Requirement

It is hands-on training and systems will be provided on-site.


  1. If you plan to apply for a travel subsidy, please read all policies/guidelines/FAQs listed above to ensure that you are qualified for the subsidy and follow the procedures and requirements.
  2. Original detailed itemized receipts are a mandatory requirement for all travel-related expenses, including meals.


Photo Title Biography Topic
Dr. Dirk Ortloff Dr. Dirk Ortloff has been a graduate computer scientist since 1995 and later received his doctorate parallel to his work on development methods and knowledge management in micromechanics. His current focus is on improving innovation management through methods, techniques and tools in several high-tech industries. After excursions into the areas of telecommunications (billing between network operators during liberalization) and truck tolls (development manager for central systems and overall system architect Toll Collect), he returned to semiconductor-related industries in 2002. Process Relations, a software company for tools for research optimization, was founded by him as a spin-off of his and other doctoral theses and was taken over by camLine at the beginning of 2014.

Travel Subsidy

The prime target attendees are those who are interested in providing training and/or support for these tools to other users. To these attendees, CMC will provide subsidized travel and accommodations in accordance with the Queen’s University Travel Policy, provided the attendee:

  • Agrees to be identified and act as the designated trainer for their research group. See the Trainer Requirements.
  • Has a subscription with CMC.
  • Is a faculty, student, or research staff from a Canadian Academic Institution.
  • Limit 1 per research group


If you have any comments or questions regarding the course content or registration, please contact Priya Mangannavar at priya.mangannavar@cmc.ca.


Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course in question to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund. CMC Microsystems makes no commitments on refunds for travel or accommodations.

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