3620 Ellison Hall

Star Lab (Ellison Hall 3620) [28 computer stations]

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.

Star Lab

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

View the Current Software List