The vast majority of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is housed in a state-of-the-art building with advanced computing facilities.These computing facilities include a main instructional computer lab, a smaller "information gateway" designed for research, and two dedicated studio classrooms.The computing labs include 80 workstation class computers running the Microsoft Windows 7 (64 bit) operating system. Users have access to over 4TB of online storage, two high-quality scanners, four networked black-and-white laser printers, two networked color laser printers, and two Hewlett Packard Design Jet Z5200 large-format printers. In addition, the workstations are equipped with software such as Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium, ArcGIS 10.1, Google Earth, Google Sketchup
Pro, AutoCAD 2013, SPSS 20, STATA version 12, R, and ATLAS.ti. The workstations in the computing labs are upgraded every two years.
The building provides an ideal site for conducting research, as well as for holding conferences and seminars. Additional facilities include a 180-seat auditorium with advanced audiovisual technology for presentations and special events, a large
number of well-equipped classrooms, smaller conference rooms, and numerous breakout rooms equipped with audiovisual equipment. In addition, there is a recording room dedicated to the creation of distance learning materials and self-paced instruction and an 802.11n secure wireless network that is available in all conference rooms and classrooms. The building
also has digital signage, an electronic directory, and a video wall in the lobby to promote the mission of the school to visitors.
The Bloustein School community receives support from a staff of highly experienced and knowledgeable IT personnel. The staff consists of a director, a system administrator, a desktop support person, and an
instructional technology specialist.
For more information on information technology at the Edward J. Bloustein
School of Planning and Public Policy, please see the Information Technology