The Scientific Visualization Laboratory (Sci Vis Lab) is a cross-platform computing space dedicated to research and teaching with a focus on the natural sciences. It is designed to be both a classroom for sessions requiring the use of high-end software tools, and a place where Vassar faculty and students can work on collaborative research projects.
The lab opened in the summer of 2000 and it is located in the third floor of Mudd Hall, home of Chemistry Department. It was funded by grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Arthur Vining foundation and a donation from an anonymous Vassar College alumna.
It is equipped with high-end Lenovo workstations running Windows 7 (64-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (64-bit), as well as state of the art audiovisual hardware, including a 42″ LCD display. Users have access to various scientific software tools for numerical analysis, scientific visualization, molecular modeling, and 3D animation like Mathematica, MATLAB, Discovery Studio, Materials Studio, Gaussian, Autodesk Maya and many others.