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Who can work in the SMFL?

Anyone, provided their project is a good fit with the capabilities of the facility.  We host internal and external researchers in the SMFL.

What are the SMFL's Hours of Operation?

  • Monday through Friday - 8am to 5pm - the lab is open to all users with a valid safety badge.  Users with a Class Safety Badge should be in the facility with their class.
  • Monday through Friday - 5pm to midnight - the lab is open to users with Off Hours Access.
  • Weekends - 7am to midnight - the lab is open to users with Off Hours Access.
  • The lab is currently closed after midnight on all days.


How do I start a project in the SMFL?

  • External Users have two choices
    • SMFL personnel can perform the work
    • Users can perform their own work
  • Internal Users have different paths depending on whether their project is
    • Funded
    • Unfunded
    • Microelectronics Senior Project

The full process for Internal and External Projects can be found here.

How much does it cost to use the SMFL?


How do I get Safety Training?

How do I get trained/certified on the tools?

  • Users should be working on an approved project
  • Users need a Researcher level safety badge.
  • The SMFL does not typically hold tool training sessions.  Users are encouraged to;
    • Read the manual for the tool they are interested in.  Most all can be found on the Tool Pages.
    • Operate the tool under the supervision of a certified user. 
    • Once the user feels they think they know the operation of the tool, they may request to be certified by the Tool or Process Engineers
    • Print out a copy of the Tool Certification Form and bring it to be signed off at your certification session.  Turn it in to T. Grimsley when you are done.  You will then be enabled on that tool in the cardswipe system.
    • The users will be tested in a lab practical format using the Tool Certification Checklist.  These can also be found on the individual Tool Pages

How do I get Off Hours Access?

Off hours access is a privilege granted to users at the discretion of the SMFL management

  • It based on observations of the candidate’s maturity and technical knowledge as demonstrated by their work in the SMFL over an extended period.
  • Off hours users will be expected to have a higher level of safety awareness.
  • There are two levels
    • OHA - Must work with buddy that has OHA/OHS
    • OHS - Supervisory role in lab – Buddy can be anyone with a valid safety badge. Users with OHS are responsible for the people they admit into the lab.

The full process for obtaining Off Hours can be found here.

How do I bring my own chemicals into the SMFL?

The lab may not have the chemicals you need.  If this is the case, fill out the Imported Chemical Form and contact T. Grimsley before you bring the material into the SMFL

The entire procedure can be found here


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