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 ( 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 

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}

Office Hours in Moore 202: 

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

3D Printing and Makerspaces on Penn’s Campus

Library : 

Biomedical Libraries :

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} AND eseseniordesign{at} 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., and 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.