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September 4, 2018


The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Research Center, set to open its doors this fall is a 57,000 square-foot state-of-the-art building that will house brand new research labs, classrooms and faculty office space. Faculty and students will have the opportunity to work side by side in the research and teaching laboratories from a variety of disciplines across campus including forensic science, cell and developmental biology, genetics, biomedical engineering and nursing simulation. This building will also become the permanent home for the Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research (CIBER) and the Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC).

What makes this project unique is the innovative data center, which will act as the hub for the building’s data operations. The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) collaborated with the College of Mathematics & Science, vendors and the CREIC team to understand current and future needs for a data center that will house Buddy, a 37-node supercomputer funded by the National Science Foundation. Buddy is connected to the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN) allowing for high-speed data transfers (>10GB) between Buddy and other research universities across Oklahoma. Using multi-factor authentication, researchers from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Langston University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Innovation Institute (Tandy Supercomputing Center) will be able to quickly share data and other research information, providing unique collaboration opportunities. A few UCO desktop computers will be able to communicate directly with Buddy, an option not available at other universities.

OIT will manage data center operations and will ensure the IT infrastructure for fiber, network port cabling, door access control, surveillance cameras, and AV multimedia requirements are integrated with the construction project to meet the digital communication needs of campus students, faculty, and staff.

Pictured is the University of Central Oklahoma’s Chief Information Officer and nearly 700 terminated network data drops that will support office phones, computers, printers, wireless access points, digital signage, heating & air control panels, fire alarm control panels, elevator phone, exterior emergency phone, surveillance cameras, door access control.  AV Installations, also supported by the network, will serve nearly sixty displays and nine projection screens in classrooms, a lecture hall conference rooms, student workspaces, and labs.