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Impact - Fall 2005

Wireless capability, other upgrades benefit students, faculty

As technology advances, so does UDM. Recent enhancements provide high-speed wireless internet connectivity for all users throughout the Engineering and Science buildings.

“Students and professors will no longer be tethered to specific locations for internet access. They are free to learn and communicate anywhere within the Engineering and Science buildings and also with the other 85 percent of the McNichols Campus that now has wireless connectivity,” explains Edward G. Tracy II, UDM’s director of Information Technology Services. 

For several years, Engineering has had a small wireless network. In September, all of its access points were upgraded to accommodate significantly higher speed service. Work to install wireless capability in the Life Sciences and Chemistry buildings was completed in early November.

Tracy adds, “At this time, we are pleased to have 100 percent of the Engineering and Science buildings completely wireless. Wireless in Life Sciences nicely complements the newly updated auditorium and technologically impressive Fr. Albright Hall. We look forward to finishing the remaining 15 percent of wireless access for the academic buildings on campus over the next year, as well as the residence halls for 100 percent coverage.”

Other enhancements include a new roof for the Chemistry Building and renovation of Life Sciences Room 115.