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Academic Computing Environment (ACE)

Fordham University’s Academic Computing Environment (ACE) is a digital space for faculty to conduct research and experiment with innovative technology projects.

As part of our “Building Learning Spaces” grant funded by the New York State Economic Development Agency and working with the Faculty Senate Technology Committee, we designed and built an infrastructure where virtual server builds are available to faculty who can administer their projects themselves, with Fordham IT support available in the background.

Features of ACE

A “Sandbox” Environment
ACE purposefully lends itself to experimentation and research on projects before bringing them to teaching or funding environments. This can be a private space where you work on and test a project before making it public.

Furthering Grant-Based Research
Faculty members can now include ACE resources as part of projects that support university initiatives, such as Faculty Innovators grants, Growing Research at Fordham grants, and others where computing resources such as ACE are necessary evidence for the academic viability and institutional commitment in successful grant applications.

ACE can also be a collaborative space where faculty can work on a project with your colleagues at Fordham and beyond.

Types of Projects
Projects will be quite varied: from hardcore data crunching to large scale survey analysis to digital humanities projects, from meta-text ventures to media presentations. Projects for ACE will come from faculty exclusively and will be faculty-driven.

Types of Applications
The current applications include SAS, Omeka, WordPress, Sage, WebWork, Mediawiki, WebMo, FromThePage, GeoServer, Repast, Simphony.

For more information on ACE and to see if the system will meet your needs, please contact the Faculty Technology Center (

To request space or an installation on ACE, please submit an ACE Server Request via the Tech Help page under My Pages in the portal.