CHFE at UCLA will operate by appointment only to essential experiments during the Lockdown

Dear PIs and CHFE users:

This message serves to provide an update on operations of the UCLA CHFE(Center for High Frequency Electronics) in response to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) crisis that is affecting our community. Based on guidance recently provided by the Vice Chancellor for Research, we have been instructed to plan and implement a ramp-down of our facility operations and suspension of all non-essential research activities.

While our CHFE has been working on your urgent last minutes’ equipment/instrument check out/returning, fabrication, dicing, and bonding requests, we understand the urgency of this rapidly evolving crisis and are taking all necessary steps in support of the public health.

Effectively immediately, we request that all users of the CHFE and their PIs take steps to complete ongoing research activities, and return the CHFE equipment/instrument back to CHFE by Monday, March 23rd per guidance provided by campus administration.

As we are finishing the current semiconductor backend services including dicing and wire bonding, please stop by to pick up your finished sample by Friday, March 20th, 5PM.

If you feel that your research activities will be irreparably harmed by this change in operations and qualify as “essential experiments” as defined in the attached memo, the Vice Chancellor for Research has provided a mechanism to submit an exception request.

– UCLA faculty and researchers should submit these requests to their respective department Chair or Dean. It is important that these requests provide a concise (~ one paragraph) description of the research activities, the names and titles of those involved, the specific resources required (including personnel), and a projected timeline for completion.

CHFE will operate and continue the service to those essential experiments during the lockdown time by appointment only according to administrators’ instruction. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us through chfelab at gmail.

As always, the CHFE @UCLA will continue our effort to deliver
better services and thank you for your support during this challenging time.