Jeanette and Louis Brooks Computer Center

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The Jeanette and Louis Brooks Computer Center is available to all students and faculty. It provides a centralized administration and technological support for all academic computing needs,and allows students to take advantage of rapidly emerging hardware and software technologies. The center maintains an ample supply of computers of all major types—Intel® based machines, Apple Macintosh ® ,   Oracle Sun ® ,  Dell® and IBM ® are examples. The machines are concentrated in computer classrooms, offices, laboratories, the residence hall and special centers. 

The Department of Information Technology provides a wired and wireless network designed to give a rich and reliable computing environment. It is locally accessible through the intranet,which connects all but specialized stand-alone systems. Students have access to all of the major operating systems such as the varieties of Microsoft Windows ® ,  Mac OS®, Oracle Solaris ® and Linux®.

The Department of Information Technology has both formal classroom instructional facilities and informal drop-in accommodations. Currently, there exist no restrictions or charges for computer time and availability of machines is widespread. A full complement of applications, programming languages and Internet tools are available. High speed laser printing is available in a variety of formats including color, tabloid and duplex. Multimedia hardware includes audio/video capture and output, print and film scanners, digital cameras, CD/DVD burners and large-format color plotters.  Student operators and staff members provide knowledge and assistance in using the many complex software packages.

Data communications with the outside community are maintained via multiple, dedicated, high-speed Internet connections.
Students and faculty have access to software packages and programming languages on the local network and can download content from all Internet sites worldwide. Students are expected to pay careful attention to copyright and ethical uses of the Internet and to conduct themselves professionally at all times.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.