The lab is available for general use during regular lab hours. During class hours which coincide with the regular lab hours, classes have first priority, but students can use any open bay or the projects room. However, during class hours, please keep voices down and do not be disruptive. The lab is NOT available outside of the regular hours, except for extended hours, scheduled classes, and events. You must be an active student, faculty, or staff of the University and have your PennCard to access the lab during extended hours, and must sign-in and sign-out with staff on duty.
In general, the lab can be used for group meetings, as a study space, personal activities, etc. as long as activities follow these rules and are not disruptive to other lab users. Disruptive or destructive behavior will result in being removed from the lab and access to the lab will be revoked.
The lab space, equipment, and software are for student educational use only, whether through coursework or independent learning, exploration, and development. The facilities may NOT be used for research.
If you need specific equipment, supplies or procedure/protocol information, find them using the Equipment & Inventory link on this website. Make sure to review all of the literature available on the website. If you are unsure about anything, contact the Lab Staff. Note that lab sessions may not allow the use of equipment or supplies beyond those provided - consult your instructor, TA, or Lab Staff if you are unsure.
Return all equipment back to where it was taken from. If you would like equipment to be relocated for the purposes of a project for more than one day, obtain permission from the lab staff and return the equipment to the original location(s) after use. If you use a piece of equipment after another student, YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE for returning the equipment to its correct location. You can find its location by using the Full Inventory with Locations link on the website.
We have pictures posted in the lab of what all areas in the lab are supposed to look like. If you use any equipment or lab bench, YOU are responsible for returning the area to the state depicted in the photo.
Clean up your area or equipment after you are finished with your work. Everything should be returned just as it was when you arrived. Clean up information is available here.
The lab does NOT provide storage space for any student materials. Specific classes have cubbies available in the main entrance of the lab, and lockers are available outside of the lab for senior design. These senior design lockers must be reserved by providing the lab staff with your locker number choice and using your own lock.
Rooms 211 & 214 are off-limits.
If items in these rooms are needed, please ask the lab staff. Most items from the office (211) can be borrowed with a valid PennCard for students in authorized classes and programs. Items not returned when required will result in an incomplete, lower grade, or other penalty.
You should not loiter outside of these spaces. If students need to interact with the staff in the room, it should be done in a quick and efficient manner, so you do not hinder other students from interacting with the staff
You should direct all of your questions regarding the lab to staff members who are actively on duty. That is any Full Time Staff member (during Regular Hours) or any Student Employee wearing a green lanyard.
Do not wait until a supply of materials is depleted before asking the staff to place an order for more. If supplies are dwindling, inform the lab staff immediately. There is a turnaround time of at least five (5) days for all orders. This applies to the CO2 tanks as well. Keep an eye on tank and line pressure.
All bags and coats MUST be stored in the cubbies under your lab bench. Aisles must be kept clear.
You MUST push in and return all stools and chairs to their proper location after using them.
You cannot remove any of the equipment allocated at each station in the lab.