SIPA Computer Labs
This section provides history of the SIPA computer labs, and information about the lab fees, lab hours and the schedule for the Picker Instructional lab (510A IAB). Users should familiarize themselves with the summary of the lab rules and regulations listed here. A complete list of policies and procedures is available here.
The SIPA computer lab was first created in 1985 with a grant from the Aurora project. The expansion of SIPA's computer resources in the Nineties reflected the transition of international affairs and public administration from a qualitative to a quantitative science. In 1995, the lab was named the Picker Computer Center to honor former SIPA dean Harvey Picker, whose generous gift enabled the school to expand and upgrade its computer resources. The lab developed into an instructional facility providing students with the skills needed to compete in the current job market. Students learn the fundamentals of research design, measurement, and data analysis using statistical packages. Computer-based simulations supplement classroom instruction in economics and security courses, and all students can use the facility for hands-on training in financial management, cost-benefit analysis and accounting.
To meet the School's increasing demands, the computer center is upgraded regularly. The instructional lab is located in 510A IAB, a smaller lab in the Lehman Library (321B), and a 24-hour computers on the 6th floor These are equipped mostly with Core i5/i7 systems, laser printers on the SIPA network. The labs support programs essential for the SIPA curriculum. These include Microsoft Office, SPSS, Stata, ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premier Elements, Adobe Acrobat Pro X, Adobe DreamWeaver and Internet services. SIPA's computer labs are open over a hundred hours each week during the academic year, in addition to the 24-hour computers.
SIPA labs are open to all SIPA students. Non-SIPA students have limited access to attend classes in the Instructional lab. See complete details.
All SIPA classes in the Instructional Computer Lab (room 510A) are scheduled by the Office of Academic Affairs, room 1418 IAB. If you need to schedule a special session, please contact the office of Academic Affairs. All students must have a valid SIPA Lab ID to use the resources.
Fall Lab Schedule (PDF)
Spring Lab Schedule (PDF)
Summer Lab Schedule (PDF)
- The lab schedule is subject to change. Please refer to additional information posted in the lab.
- The Instructional lab is closed to all users except those in the class during a scheduled class.
- No Food, drinks or phone calls are allowed in the labs.
By logging in to the SIPA Network, users agree to comply with all of the University and SIPA IT and acceptable use policies.
Network disk quota is limited to 5GB for school work related file storage. This storage is a community resource, and this policy is intended to ensure equitable usage of this shared commodity.
Do not save any personal information, such as tax returns, credit card statement, CD images, program installer or any sensitive/confidential data on the desktop or the network drive.
Do not store audio or image files on the network unless they are class related. All video media files must be saved to personal removal media.
Do not backup files from your personal computer onto the network.
Disk and storage space will be monitored and multimedia files may be removed if the user has exceeded space provided or multimedia files are not work related.
Remember to logoff the system when you finish work, This will help to protect your data and prevent any unauthorized access.
The lab hours vary by location. See the complete schedule for Fall, Spring and Summer for the 510A, 321B and 6th floor IAB.