Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences

Computer Resources

Computer Resources


Welcome to the Earth Sciences Departmental Computer Resources page. Here lists all the resources available to faculty and students.  


  • Computer lab:

Our Computer lab is located in room 204A and consists of 9 computers: 9 Voyager Desktops with Windows 7.


  • Data Storage:

5GB online file storage is available to all Univeristy of Minnesota faculty and students via NetFiles. If you need more space for research, access to the University of Minnesota's Active Directory (UMNAD) file server can be arranged by contacting ESCI IT support.


  • Faxing:

Faxing is available through the fax machines in the Main Office. 


  • Printing:

Our lab has both black & white and color printers available for free printing and supports both simplex and duplex printing. Faculty and students who would like to print from personal laptops or other devices can be arranged by contacting ESCI IT support.

Poster Printing is also available and must be arranged with ESCI IT support in advance.  Supported poster paper widths are 24*, 30”, 36”, 42”, and 60" but the availablity of paper widths varies and so please check with IT staff for availability.  Posters cost approximately $5.50/square foot and are charged to an EFS account number, please see your advisor regarding this number. 

A copier is available in the Mail Room, room 108. Contact ESCI IT support for access to the copier, if needed for teaching purposes. 


  • Scanning:

            Scanning is also available. Our lab has 2 flatbed scanners.


  • Software:

Our lab computers offers many software for faculty and student use. Software installed are: Adobe CS4 Suite (We are in the progress of upgrading to Adobe InDesign CS6 Suite), ArcGIS 10.1 with Service Pack 1, Geochemist's Workbench 9.0, Matlab 2012b, Microsoft Office Professional 2010, and Origin 8.1.

The Earth Sciences department has licensing for the following software: ArgGIS, Matlab (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix), Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (Windows and MacOSX), and Origin. Access to these software are available If you have a University-owned computer in the Department. Other software may also be available upon request, contact ESCI IT for more information regarding software.

The University of Minnesota reccomends the usage of Symantect Endpoint, which is a free downloadable antivirus software available to all University of Minnesota faculty and students. This software can be downloaded via the University of Minnesota's Office of Information Technology's (OIT) website. 


  • Support:

Computer related problems? We can help. IT support is available to all Earth Sciences faculty and students. Please contact us at regarding computer help and needs. Our convenient student and senior IT staff will get the job done for you.  

*Special projects may need to be charged to an EFS number. This includes, but is not limited to, virus /spyware cleanups, assistance with software installation, computer setup, web site work, etc. See your advisor.