I am an undergraduate electrical engineering student, and I have thus far in my collegiate experience lived in the library. I've learned a lot, and have written lots of embedded software and developed my own boards for various projects. I recently started designing my own ASIC (an application-specific chip) and want to make it. My university has its own fabrication facility for IC's, and some of my professors even do research in there. I was never able to do any "undergraduate research", but I want to know how I might be able to get trained on the machinery and make my chip. Money is no object, so I wouldn't need any kind of funding. I just want to know what the procedure is for using research facilities in general and if I would have to be a graduate student to use university equipment, especially if I'm not just an assistant but am doing my own thing (if thats even allowed).