In a continued effort to conserve energy, all of the lab computers managed by DECS have been configured to hibernate when they are not in use. Hibernation saves the computer’s memory to the hard drive and then the system completely powers off. This hibernation process saves an enormous amount of energy because the computers are not running 24 hours a day; the computers are only on when someone is actually using them.
A special workstation was installed in each of engineering’s public computer labs with several unique features designed to enhance usability for persons with disabilities. Each station features a motorized height adjustment desk to accommodate a wide variety of chair types. The stations can also be raised high enough to be used while standing. Adjustable monitor arms allow the monitors to be configured at nearly any height or viewing distance to aid in visibility. An aoutomatic door open was also installed on the door to the 1328 computer lab to ease access into the lab, which is open 24 hours.
In order to provide an updated computing environment, DECS upgraded all DECS managed computer labs from Microsoft Office 2007 to Microsoft Office 2010. This includes 1307, 1312, 1318, 1320, 1325, 1328, 1515 (Engineering Library), 2200, 2314, Wilson Hall room G79, and Wilson Hall room C4.
If there are any questions regarding this upgrade, please contact the DECS Support Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-353-8891.
To support the Engineering Residential experience, an engineering computer lab was installed in Wilson Hall. The computer lab provides the technology resources for the EGR 100 and 102 classes. The lab has been equipped with new furniture, high-end technology, and access to all of engineering technology resources.
In order to make instruction in the DECS supported computer labs easier, ceiling speakers and a wireless microphone system were installed in each lab. This system allows sound to be sent from the instructor's computer station to the ceiling speakers, which is especially helpful when showing a video on the projector.
DECS staff worked with campus library personnel to create group meeting "pods" in several areas of the Engineering Library.
This computer lab was converted into a new high-tech workspace. This space was designed and created to provide a lab better suited for working in groups, student collaboration and presentations. Thirteen Twenty comes complete with Smart-board, copy center, meeting tables w/plug-ins for laptops, comfort seating, and cable TV! Thirteen Twenty is the room name and it is on the first floor just across from the north entrance. Look for the sign right above the door!