Computing Facilities

The Harvard Chan School operates its own Instructional Computing Facility (ICF) dedicated to serving the dissertation, course work, and academic computing needs of students and faculty. It is located on the lower level of the Kresge Building in rooms LL-6, LL-15, and LL-19. The Administrative Office may be reached by calling 617-432-4357. The User Assistance line may be reached by dialing 617-432-3165.

ICF provides free academic computing and data processing resources in a distributed computing environment. Resources include 100 Dell PC’s running on a Novell Network and a wide array of software including Microsoft Office, PC-SAS, STATA, Smltree, Loglin, S-Plus, ARCView, Endnote, and anti-virus software. Laser printing is available at a modest fee for service basis after an initial free quota is depleted.  A fax machine and a scanner are also available in the ICF.

New this year, students will now be able to access the ICF software from their own computers using Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) technology, after downloading and installing a small software application program.

All of the Harvard Chan School buildings are wired for high speed data networking and wireless access, and connections can be made to the university’s data network, as well as to the INTERNET and the Web. The School utilizes Harvard branded Gmail accounts for students for e-mail and calendaring, and the system is provided at no cost. Students can access their e-mail through PC’s in the ICF, or kiosk stations located around the School. E-mail can also be accessed from home or anywhere on the internet using just a web browser on any PC or Mac.

The facility is open daily throughout the entire year. During the academic year, a knowledgeable staff of user assistants is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to advise and assist with computing questions and problems. Teaching assistants from courses which have computing assignments are also available. Telephone support, walk-in consultations, documentation, and short introductory courses and seminars are offered during the year on how to utilize available hardware and software.

Additional Computing Resources

Many individual departments in the School provide additional computing resources for students in their department. Students should check with their department administrators to determine what resources are available to them.

Funded research computing accounts are available in Cambridge on FAS’s High Performance Computing Cluster for a fixed annual fee.

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is Harvard’s central computing organization which offers members of the university many additional services (some for a fee), such as classes on various computer topics, user groups, technical support, and discounts on hardware and software purchases.