Safety Agreement Form for Project Building Remotely (this agreement is necessary for any team that is receiving parts as part of ESE senior design))

  • If you are enrolled in ESE Senior Design (Fall 2020), you will have an opportunity to work at home/off campus location.
    • Lab staff will send you parts needed to build the projects.
    • You will need to submit the required safety agreement form for project building.
  • If the senior design project requires soldering, there are additional precautions.

Safety Tips for Home Soldering

The following soldering+safety kit will be sent to team members who need to have soldering access for their senior design project.

Solder Kit: solder station, eye-wear, gloves, vent fan, desolder pump, solder, GFCI outlet.

Soldering Safety

  • A soldering iron is over 400°— stay away from the element and tip
  • Wear provided protective goggles and gloves as solder can flick
  • Don’t let the iron’s tip touch the cord
  • Dampen the sponge in your base and clean the iron’s tip frequently
  • Always return your iron back to its stand as it will burn your tabletop
  • Use tweezers and gloves when handling wires as they conduct heat
  • Make sure to turn your iron off and unplug it when finished
  • If you are in a house with young children or pets, move the iron to a safe place to cool (a room with a closed door)

Parts Safety

  • Components can explode or pop if subjected to voltages and current beyond their specifications
    • Electrolytic capacitors are polarized and can explode if used incorrectly. DO NOT exceed the voltage rating for electrolytic capacitors, as they may explode.
    • Some LEDs crack or pop when they are used without current-limiting resistors.
  • Some components in a circuit can get quite hot even though they are functioning properly. For example, linear voltage regulator ICs are often bolted to heat sinks to cool them down. Without a heat sink some of these ICs will get hot enough to cause severe burns.
  • STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK ON LITHIUM-iON OR ANY RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES as they are a huge safety hazard.
  • Never make any DIRECT connections between circuits in your experiments and the AC outlets!
  • Do not work with power supply connected to the circuit, while debugging a problem.

Personal Safety while using devices intended for medical use

  • For help with design of senior design projects, ESE Senior design will be able to buy certain products from marketplace intended for improving design experience of the team. No such devices are allowed to be used invasively or connected electrically (e.g. electrodes) to the human body. Violation of this safety could result in a serious accident or injury to the team members and others.

Workspace/Personal Safety

  • Plug the soldering iron into a grounded socket and USE THE PROVIDED GFCI CABLE
  • Work on a fire-proof surface
  • Wear provided protective eye wear, gloves and wear cotton or fireproof clothing—especially on arms/leg
  • Use only lead-free solder
  • Work in a ventilated area (with kit’s vent fan)keep your head to the side of fumes (can be an irritant for asthma)
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after soldering
  • Know where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it

First Aid

  • If burned, place affected area under cool water for 15 minutes and apply a bandage
  • If the area is larger than 3” seek medical help


Senior Design Lab Access Form (Includes access to the following labs)

  • Detkin Lab (Moore 101)
  • Ketterer Lab (Moore 200)
  • Senior Design Lab (Moore 202)

3D Printing and Laser Cutting in SEAS

Students can send requests directly to the AddLab (print3d@seas.upenn.edu) and ask for an estimate before printing. AddLab staff recommends printing on their Prusa or MakerBots until something more precise is needed. This will keep costs down and parts will be printed expediently. When you send an email to print3d@seas, please copy eseseniordesign@seas on the request.

Laser cutting is provided free of charge to engineering students! Please see RPL facilities at https://meamlabs.seas.upenn.edu/rapid-prototyping-lab/ 

Electromechanical Design Consulting and Use of Detkin Lab 3D Printer

Hal Paver is a  member of the engineering staff in ESE. He is an experienced design engineer with a history of PCB fabrication, board level circuit design, quality engineering, 3D printing, laser cutting and academic lab management.  In the lab Hal helps students conceptualize how to manufacture their projects using the resources available whether they be mechanical or electronic in character.

Contact: halp{at}seas.upenn.edu

Office Hours in Moore 202: 

Tue : 12p-2p, Thurs: 2p-4p, Fri: 1P-3P

3D Printing and Makerspaces on Penn’s Campus

Library : https://commons.library.upenn.edu/3d-print 

Biomedical Libraries :https://guides.library.upenn.edu/3d

Makerspace in Weiss Tech House (Levine 2nd Floor) 

The “Garage” at the entrance of Levine Hall provides student staffed access to drill press, basic tools and bench space. The student committee at Weiss is an amazing resource for assistance. 

Parts Ordering for Senior Design

Detkin Lab staff will manage ALL your ordering. Occasionally we may ask you to buy a software license as it may make it simpler for installation (but we will reimburse you). Use this Parts Order Form to order parts and after entering your request,  PLEASE send an email to Peng Ding @ pding{at}seas.upenn.edu AND eseseniordesign{at}seas.upenn.edu to update that the form was filled. We will update the parts order spreadsheet when parts are received and will also send an email.

ESE Senior Design Standards and Compliance

Engineering standards are important in senior design experience-it provides emphasis on constraints, stakeholder needs and compliance that can result in much more robust final product. Even though you may not familiar with compliance of engineering standards, several technologies that are in use today will not be able to operate without strict guidelines (WiFi, 802.11 standards) from engineering standards. IEEE-SA, ASTM, AAMI, and ISO 9001 are some of the most well known engineering standards organization.
A helpful resource for conducting standards searches can be found at www. nssn.org, and www.standardsboostbusiness.org discusses the value of standards.

As part of the requirement of ESE Senior Design your team will be required to explore and search for engineering standards that may apply to your project. Here is an excellent paper on including “Standards” in your capstone project.
Commonly found examples include:

  • Standards required to comply with FDA requirements for use of medical diagnostic products.
  • Management of patient data compliance (even if it is deidentified). This will be important to teams collaborating with UPHS or School of Medicine.
  • Teams that collaborate with companies off campus that have  ISO 9001 design control standards in place. You may be required to follow documentation requirements from the sponsor company as well.
  • Teams that collaborate with a team of researchers who are associated with a proposed activity that constitutes “human research” will need IRB approval. See Penn’s approval page here.

You will indicate the Engineering Standards/Compliance as part of the Senior Design Report in Fall and Spring. The Standards should also be included in the final 8min presentation in spring (ESE 451), and the  posters that will be displayed as part of the final demo day.  If the project does not fall into a standard that can be applied towards your project you need to explain it in your report.