In the Department of Architecture, you will depend upon personal computers for communications, scheduling, research and personal work. Computer use is also required in many courses.
There is one dual-boot Mac lab in the Fine Art Center. It is open for student use when classes are not in session. There are other computer workstations available in the Learning Commons at the UMass library. While you may find these resources useful, it will be difficult for you to be productive without your own laptop computer.
The University provides many software packages for free and others at a significant educational discount. Before purchasing hardware or software, it is worth reviewing the resources available to you.
The Department of Architecture maintains a plotter room with large format plotters and a laser cutter shop with a Jamieson Laser Cutter model CMA. Both resources are student managed. Students are trained as part of the digital technology sequence in the first year of the graduate program and in selective undergraduate studios. Students matriculating after the first year may contact the plotter and laser cutter TA to find out when the next training session will take place. The 2014-2015 TA is Yakun Liang (email@example.com).
The Department has one Techno LC4896 computer numerically controlled (CNC) router. It is located in Ag Engineering. The CNC router is managed by trained teaching assistants. Once the technician gets your part started, you are required to observe the router while it is in operation. Only trained teaching assistants or technicians may start the CNC router. Students must stay with the router Students are trained as part of the digital technology sequence in the first year of the graduate program and in selective undergraduate studios. Students matriculating after the first year may contact the cnc router TA to find out when the next training session will take place. The 2014-2015 TA is Evan Janes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
First stop for all things UMass and technology including your email account and academic software purchases: http://www.oit.umass.edu/
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