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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Geographic Information Science Laboratories

The Department of Geography at Minnesota State University, Mankato is home to two computer laboratory facilities devoted to Geographic Information Science (GISc) with emphasis on geospatial and locational analyses and modeling through research and teaching in GIS (geographic information systems), satellite remote sensing, GPS (global positioning systems), aerial photo interpretation, topographic map interpretation, historic map analysis, geospatial statistics, and cartography. Read more about the GIS Lab »


The Minnesota State Mankato High Performance Cluster (HPC) or, supercomputer—a kind of computer that accelerates research taking place across the university—transforms what would normally take months of work and processing time and condenses it into a matter of hours or days. The Center and its fellows use the HPC to model, simulate and visualize highly complex and difficult problems. A sampling of current research using the HPC includes: modeling and visualizing the combustion in engines to improve energy efficiency; modeling and simulating the movement of sediment in polluted rivers to improve water quality; forecasting long term economic changes to benefit the Minnesota economy; and modeling educational reform scenarios to improve the learning outcomes of students. The Center welcomes enquiries from business and industry regarding use of the HPC to benefit their operations through analysis of complex and long term issues.

Medical Simulation Lab

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