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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.


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!

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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