An ECN Computer Lab
The Engineering Computer Network (ECN) maintains a computing environment in which faculty, staff, and students can collaborate on research, instruction, and administration. This is achieved through a two-tier support model which centralizes common infrastructure and empowers frontline system engineers.
The core of our centralized infrastructure is a model for the deployment and maintenance desktops and servers. Common services, such as e-mail, web, and file storage, are built to leverage the existing server model.
Frontline systems engineers are empowered to use and build on the core infrastructure to provide services and support to end users. A centralized User and Desktop Support group provides direct support to most of the College of Engineering. Other units employ in-house staff to leverage ECN's infrastructure.
Purdue University and the College of Engineering benefit from ECN's involvement in the shaping of Information Technology on West Lafayette campus. ECN has helped to lower the cost of purchasing computers through SMARTComputing, improved security by piloting campus wide port blocking, and reduced potential duplication of effort by expanding our capabilities to support the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, the Office of the Executive Vice President of Research & Partnerships, Discovery Park, and the School of Veterinary Medicine. We seek to continually improve our users experience and are committed to removing the barriers associated with computing for all faculty, staff, and students.