Archives—September 2013

IT Student Workforce is Hiring!

Are you a student looking for part-time work on campus? IT is looking for students who are available for on-demand/ad hoc assignments to join its team of temporary student workers. Type of work includes:

  • Moving equipment/furniture
  • Setting up/breaking down computer equipment
  • Pulling wire/Physical Plant work
  • Maintenance of computing areas
  • Propaganda placement (posters and labeling)
  • Special events

Ideal candidates will meet the following standards:

  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Possess a good understanding of computer/network/video hardware
  • Are self-motivated and can follow instructions

Does this sound like you? If so, visit the IT Student Workforce Web Site at https://sites.google.com/a/mtu.edu/it-student-workforce/ for more information and how to apply.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.


Interns wanted!

We’re looking for a few good interns. Are you one of them?

The IT group at Michigan Tech has openings for students who are interested in internships with our department. Applications are being accepted for the following areas:

  • Database Administration
  • Information Security & Compliance
  • Media Systems
  • Telecommunications

Term of employment lasts for up to one year. After this period, successful interns may be promoted to full-time employment with the University. The expected graduation date of the applicants must fall within the academic year following the selection process. Applicants must also have a current, cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a major GPA of 3.0. Some eligibility requirements may be waived for candidates with special experience or circumstances.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013. For more information, visit it.mtu.edu/internships.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.


From the CIO: Changes in Campus Computing Environment

You have probably heard many rumors about impending changes in the computing environment, and may have already noticed the improvements being made in the Van Pelt and Opie Library related to these changes.

I apologize for the inadequate communication regarding this project. We have prepared a detailed document which explains the project, its rationale, and its timing.

Please visit the announcement online or click here for a pdf copy of the document.

We are committed to providing the best possible academic environment for our campus within the financial constraints that we face.

Sincerely,

Walt Milligan, Chief Information Officer and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Dan de Beaubien, Chief Technology Officer
Ellen Marks, University Librarian and Director, Van Pelt and Opie Library
Max Seel, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Michigan Tech IT Q&A

Where can I print?
Will I still have access to the software I used in the old computer labs?
How much does it cost for color printing?
What happens to the old computers from the labs that are migrating to the ILC?
Why are there few printers in my building?

We’re doing our best to address your questions and have compiled a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page for printing and lab migration issues. Check them out!

Lab Migration FAQ
Printing on Campus FAQ


New Computing Hardware in the Information Learning Commons (ILC)

Are you interested in the computing hardware Michigan Tech IT is placing in the new ILC?

Coming soon, the following hardware with the Common Campus Core Software will be available for use:

Item Quantity
Dell Optiplex 9020 Ai0 All-in-One with 23-inch Display 210
Dell Precision Workstation T1700 Small Form Factor with a Dell P2312h 23” Display 24
Mac Minis with a Dell P2312h 23” Display 10

The hardware specifications are listed below:

Dell Optiplex 9020 Ai0 All-in-One

Dell Optiplex 9020

  • 23-inch WLED Full-HD All-in-One Display (1920×1080)
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor I7-4770S (Quad Core HT, 3.10GHz Turbo, 8MB,)
  • 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3L
  • Intel Integrated  HD Graphics 4600 Graphics
  • 500GB 3.5inch SATA (7.200 Rpm) Hard Drive
  • 8x Slimline DVD Drive
  • 4 External USB 3.0 ports (2 side, 2 rear)
  • fixed 2.0 MP webcam with sliding door
  • Dell 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 2 Line-out (1 side for headphone/1 rear for speaker)

Dell Precision Workstation T1700 Small Form Factor

dell T1700

  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ I7-4770 Processor (Quad Core HT, 3.40GHz Turbo, 8MB, w/ HD Graphics 4600)
  • 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC
  • 1 GB NVIDIA Quadro K600 (1DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)
  • 500GB 3.5inch Serial ATA (7200 Rpm) Hard Drive
  • 8x Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive

Mac Mini

mac mini

  • 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x4GB
  • 1TB Fusion Drive

Monitor for the Precisions and Mac Minis – Dell P2312h

mac mini

  • Full-HD 23″ monitor with LED backlight.
  • 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • Two USB Ports on Left Side

We look forward to seeing you in the ILC!


New Video Board at the Ice Arena

While last year’s improvement to the ice arena—a new system for making ice—went largely unnoticed by fans, this offseason’s improvement will be quite obvious.

Funded entirely through private donations, the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena received a brand new Mitsubishi Electric video board this past spring, as well as a video production room decked out with state-of-the-art technology.

video board

The project has been a joint venture between the University’s Information Technology and Athletics departments from planning to installation to operation.

The project team, consisting of members from both departments, met for nearly two years prior to the actual installation of the video board, drawing up plans for the project. Starting with a needs analysis and encompassing all video production needs for athletics, the project team developed a system that incorporates video streaming of all Tech athletic events.

video board

The video board itself is a four-sided, center-hung unit that consists of three LED panels per side. The main panel is roughly 14 feet wide by eight feet high and high definition quality. There is a 14×3 panel above the main board that will display game scoring information. Below the main panel is a continuous LED ring that will display other information for fan interaction.

Collaboration from IT has helped Athletics tailor the new technology to its needs. The end result will be not only a wow-factor for fans at hockey games this winter, but a greater experience for fans watching athletic video streams and students and families attending and viewing online the spring commencement ceremony.


Fall Changes to Campus Computing Labs

IT has finalized the plans for campus computer lab changes for this fall. These reflect the shift in lab seats to the Library as a part of the ILC project (www.it.mtu.edu/ilc), as well as the conversion of existing labs into wireless lounges and other academic spaces.

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Important Notes

The timeline for the changes is fairly firm but may be subject to minor changes. The ILC main deployment of roughly 250 computers and related furniture, equipment, networking, printing, etc., is currently scheduled to be usable around September 16, 2013. This will mark the beginning of the renovations and conversions of the existing lab spaces around campus.

The lab spaces, which are being converted into wireless lounge spaces, will be developed in a three-phase approach:

Phase 1

The first phase is to quickly produce a functional environment holding the key elements students need: seating, tables, power points, soft seating, wireless, etc. Some spaces, but not all, will have printers. Other spaces will have a small number of PCs with the campus software suite (lab image). These are designated for short-term usage and will be available for student-faculty consultation, printing, etc. The first phase will be completed as soon as practically possible; the target date is October 1, 2013.

Phase 2

The second phase will be the installation of collaborative technology, perhaps revising furniture changes, adding whiteboards, etc. This could include some LCD screens, projectors, etc. Additional soft seating from the ILC project will be installed. This is in response to the requests from students for areas where small groups can work; the areas where we have deployed these technologies have been very well received.

Phase 3

The final phase will be to evaluate usage and identify and prioritize which of these spaces should receive a more thorough renovation or technology improvements. Many will eventually need paint and plaster type work, carpeting, etc. We will have anecdotal and statistical data which can help inform these decisions, but we should have several areas identified for development by summer 2014. Of course, this will involve the greater academic and student community, the space committee, etc.

The map below shows the availability of wireless lounges across campus.

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What’s new on remote.mtu.edu?

If you haven’t logged into remote.mtu.edu yet you should.

You may know that all faculty, staff, and students can log on to remote.mtu.edu using a Microsoft Remote Desktop compatible client for your general purpose computing needs, 24/7, from your office, dorm, or home.  What you may not have known is IT has taken the extra step of offering special purpose software beyond the basic productivity suite to help you, the campus community, do your work and complete classroom assignments.

Here’s a highlight of the additional software we’ve made available.

ChemBioOffice Ultra

This software provides biologists and chemists with an up-to-date suite of scientifically intelligent applications for increased personal productivity and
enhanced decision-making. For more information, visit: http://www.cambridgesoft.com/Ensemble_for_Chemistry/ChemBioOffice/ChemBioOfficeUltra13.0Suite/.

EndNote

EndNote enables you to move seamlessly through your research process with flexible tools for searching, organizing and sharing your research, creating your bibliography and writing your paper. You can sync your EndNote library across your desktop, online, and iPad so all your references, attachments, and groups can be accessed from anywhere. EndNote also has a Microsoft Word plug-in for ease of use. For more information, visit: http://libguides.lib.mtu.edu/endnote.

Matlab

MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications.  You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image and video processing, control systems, test and measurement, computational finance, and computational biology.  For more information, visit: http://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab/.

MestReNova Lite

MestReNova (Mnova) is the state-of-the-art analytical chemistry software suite for NMR & LC GC MS. For more information, visit: http://mestrelab.com/.

Pearson Crystal Data

This tool is a crystallographic database published by ASM International. It has its roots in the well-known PAULING FILE project and contains crystal structures of a large variety of inorganic materials and compounds. The “PCD” (as it is typically abbreviated) is a collaboration between ASM International and Material Phases Data System, Vitznau, Switzerland (MPDS), aiming to create and maintain the world’s largest critically evaluated “Non-organic database”. For more information, visit: http://www.crystalimpact.com/.

SigmaPlot

SigmaPlot helps you quickly create exact graphs, provides easy data visualization, and assists in data analysis. For more information, visit: http://www.sigmaplot.com/products/sigmaplot/sigmaplot-details.php.

What else is new?

Besides the new software available,  remote.mtu.edu has replaced many aging physical servers that were difficult to maintain and keep running. It is now  run on modern server hardware that is clustered and highly available.  Computing capacity is monitored and if needed, remote.mtu.edu can be expanded to include additional servers with no negative impact to current users.

So,  if you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to RDP to remote.mtu.edu and give it a spin.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email it-help@mtu.edu or call 487-1111.


Color Printing Charges Starting Fall 2013

Effective beginning Fall 2013, there will be a charge for color printing on Michigan Tech color printers on campus.

The printing charges are as follows:

2013 Printing charges
Black and white printing FREE
Color $.25/page – 8.5 x 11″
$.40/page duplex (two-sided) – 8.5 x 11″
$.50/page simplex – 11 x 17″

There is no charge for black-and-white printing.

Many new color printers have been added across campus, as well as in the Library. The new printers have free scan-to-email capability available to all students, faculty and staff.

Free black and white printing is also available in the residence halls. These printers are limited to 500 sheets per resident per semester; this quota does not affect on-campus printing.

Printing credits can be added to your HuskyCard at www.huskycard.mtu.edu.

For more information about printing on campus, please visit it.mtu.edu/printing to find a list of printer locations, instructions on printing from your office, personal computer, or residence hall.