2610 Ellison Hall

Jeffrey L. Star Lab (Ellison Hall 2610) [36 seats]

The Star Lab is a locked facility, but is unlocked during scheduled class times.     Lab Rules

Do you need access to the Star Lab outside of class times? See the keycard access page.

Photo of Star Lab from security camera

The Jeffrey L. Star lab is named after a Lecturer in Geography who helped to establish the core curriculum in remote sensing in the early 1990s, and who, along with Jack Estes, identified the need to integrate remote sensing and GIS. Jeff had a PhD in Oceanography from UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography and was a brilliant computer scientist; his life was cut short by cancer.

The Star Lab is maintained by the Department of Geography. The lab is an undergraduate computing facility with 36 PCs used primarily for instruction. Only Geography students and students enrolled in Geography courses are authorized to use the lab.

To streamline processes and minimize interruption to users in the lab, each quarter the Star Lab Manager will query the faculty and graduate students on software needs one month prior to the beginning of the next quarter. The response time for this query is two weeks. At the end of the two week deadline, the lab manager will disseminate a message to all faculty and graduate student mailing lists with the revised software list of the PCs for the upcoming quarter.

The Star Lab will then be closed the week prior to instruction so that the Star Lab Manager has time to re-image the machines before the quarter begins. The lab will also maintain “no access” periods for two hours each week so that lab manager may address issues that arise after instruction begins.

Please contact the Geography Department IT Team at with any inquiries pertaining to software changes in the lab.


  • Panasonic PF-1000NTU Wireless WideScreen (16:9) Projector
  • Draper Targa 120″ x 72″ Motorized Projector Screen
  • Thirty-six Intel Core i7-860, 8GB DDR3 RAM, PC Workstations

Current Software List

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
  • 7-zip v9.20
  • Adobe Media Player 1.8
  • Adobe Design Premium CS5 (on Stations #33 – #36)
  • AQTESOLV for Windows Pro v3.50.008
  • BCAL Lidar Tool
  • EdGCM v2.5
  • ENVI v5.1
  • ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.2
  • Flex Projector
  • Flow Mapper v1.1.5
  • GIMP 2.8.10
  • GeoDa
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth v7
  • GRASS-64 6.4.0RC6
  • Hydro Desktop
  • IDL v8.3
  • Java SE 6
  • LandSerf v2.3
  • MapWindow GIS v4.8.1
  • MATLAB R2014a
  • MicroCAM for Win32
  • MicroDEM Freeware GIS v9.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Microsoft Clip Organizer v11.0.5510
  • Microsoft Fortran PowerStation 4.0
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Professional, 64-bit
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005,2008,2010,2012 Redistributable
  • MLwiN 2.23
  • Mozilla Firefox 30
  • NLOGIT 4
  • Notepad++ 6.6.4
  • NASA WorldWind v1.4.0.0
  • OpenGeoDa v0.9.8.14
  • PowerISO 5.9
  • PuTTY 0.63
  • Python 2.7.7
  • QGIS
  • R 3.1.0
  • SAS 9.4
  • Shockwave Flash
  • SketchUp Viewer 2014
  • SWMM
  • TauDEM 5.1
  • Tectia SSH Transfer Client 3.6
  • TerraGo Toolbar 6.0.03005
  • Tinn-R Editor
  • USDA-ARS, Hydrology Laboratory – WinTR55 v1.00.0009
  • VIPER Tools 1.5
  • Visual MODFLOW Classic
  • Visual MODFLOW Flex 2013.1 1.0.437.1
  • VLC media player 2.1.3
  • WinRAR v5.10.0
  • WinSCP v5.5.3
  • WinTR-55 1.00.08
  • Xming-mesa
  • Xpress MOSEL 7.7
  • XTools Pro 10.2