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

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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.

 

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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

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How do I get trained 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.  the The listing of certified users for each tool can be found on the bottom of the Tool Pages.
    • 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
    • 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

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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.

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How do I bring my own chemicals into the SMFL?

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