Information Technology

Information Technology at Design

Iowa State's College of Design uses computer-aided techniques, software, and equipment in the classroom and studio. Digital and related technologies have become a ubiquitous part of our pedagogy and environment.

The college has grown both in personnel and equipment. We were one of the first colleges at Iowa State University to support wireless connections in our building, and we continue a tradition of trying experimental technology.

We offer:

  • Three public labs with 80 machines
  • Full-service output facility
  • High-end visualization lab
  • State-of-the-art GIS facility
  • Several satellite studios around the building and in the Armory
  • Ambitious laptop program serving 500 students.


Michael Miller, Information Technology Officer

Mike's job is to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. He serves on the college cabinet, executive cabinet and administrative team. Between meetings he tries to act as problem solver for the various areas and is the main contact for purchasing equipment and software in the college. His research interests include database design and web interface design.

Dan Carlisle, Faculty and Staff Support

Dan is very active with helping faculty and staff maintain and support their equipment. He was also influential in the first phase of providing wireless access in the building.

Jennifer Nieland, Lab Manager

Jennifer manages the public labs and the 20-some student helpers we recruit each year. She also manages the college's output center. Her work with OSX software and management of large groups of OSX computers has been recognized nationally.

Mitchell Versteeg, Laptop Coordinator

Mitch's job is to support and maintain the nearly 500 laptops that the college owns and re-leases to students in the enrollment-managed professional programs. His job has become more complex with the influx of new viruses and other security flaws that are more difficult to contain on mobile machines.



Computer Labs

The college supports three public labs with a total of 80 machines. These labs are open to students from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and additional hours on the weekends.

Visit the labs facebook page for up to date information

Design Output Center

The Output Center, located near the computer labs on the fourth floor, includes black-and-white printing, color printing, 3D printing, wide-format printing and three laser cutters. Please see the Output Menu for more information.

Cyber Cafe

This collection of machines, centrally located on the first floor of the college, originally was installed as part of a student design-build project. They are some of the most heavily used machines in the building. 

Satellite Labs

We also support machines in studios and in the Armory and the photo lab in the basement of the Design Center.

Projection Areas

We have expanded the projection capabilities in the college's critique spaces through several design-build projects. There are two plasma screens and one projector, all with sound capability, located in the public critique areas on the third and fourth floors. These areas help students show their digital work alongside their traditional work.