Students in CPS Lab

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies Centers and Laboratories

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies (CCPS) centers and laboratories are a series of innovative workspaces developed to support the academic and experiential learning of all CCPS students.


Our labs are located in St. Augustine Hall, where they are easily accessible to students and faculty.

This is a flexible space dedicated to faculty and students that enhances interdisciplinary communication and collaboration across majors of study. The dynamic layout allows for swift room redesign depending on the needs of the audience. The technology embedded in “the commons” enables distributed and online connectivity, videoconferencing, distance and hybrid learning, and more. Displays are further integrated with the laboratories existing on the same floor (and eventually our film and TV studios) to create a common space for distributed work.

The Computer Science Lab provides a space for faculty and students to work on research projects, including ongoing grant development. Faculty supervise and provide support for students’ class projects and homework. The space is also used for tutoring, meetings of the Computer Science Society, and special presentations and speaker events for specific groups of students in various computer science programs. Servers in the lab are dedicated to testing applications in data mining, health care informatics, and other special software.


The Cyber Security Lab provides students with the opportunity to learn, apply, and practice cyber security. Students work with software and employ techniques for intrusion detection, vulnerability mitigation, network perimeter defense, incident response, network forensics investigation, and malware analysis. The lab is used for both digital and hands-on forensic analysis and uses 2D and 3D cameras and visualizers to capture the hands-on activities and rebroadcast them “live” across the classroom and online.

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The Homeland Security/Emergency Management Simulation Lab provides a true-to-life virtual reality environment where students supplement theoretical examination with the practical experience, decision-making skills, and confidence critical to the successful resolution of future real-life incidents and emergency management scenarios. The lab can create, simulate, and escalate a variety of large-scale incidents, either natural or manmade, including floods, landslides and mudslides, terrorist attacks, structural collapse, WMD and nuclear strikes, wildfires, civil disorder, hazardous material and biological releases, and severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes or tornados all in a realistic, physics-based environment. The lab is used as a classroom and research center supporting the Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

The IDEA Lab is a creative space for students in the mass communication program who work closely with the faculty through the student-led advertising club, Category 5. Mentored by faculty, students work in the lab to produce new content (digital and print) and test ideas. Digital screens display their work-products, photos, and social media content. This is an informal space for review and critique of the digital and physical (prints / art / posters / photos) artifacts produced.

This lab is a hands-on design and test space where students learn how to develop new ideas and products and how to transform them into final “sellable” content/output. While innovation can be of any type and come in many forms, the lab is a hub for high-tech discovery, virtual reality experimentation, 3D printing, and mobile application testing. Teams working on lab-to-market projects are invited to use the space under the guidance of a faculty or an industry mentor.

CPS Mad Lab

This is a state-of-the-art collaborative space where students focus on all forms of the digital design and commercial arts. The students who use this lab from CCPS and St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences study advertising, animation, graphic design, Illustration, mass communications, photography, public relations, and television and film. In this lab, it is the belief that a design-centric approach is one of the best ways to learn. We have professional-level Mac Pro workstations equipped with 4K Wacom Cintiq Pros, writable walls, a large table to critique or work, and a museum-quality format printer to print out large designed pieces.

Mad Lab

The exterior of the lab serves as a marketing showcase for displaying course-related creative content that was produced by our talented students in class. The “MAD” lab also shares resources with Information Technology; for example, students can also study 3D modeling and additive manufacturing here and have their design prototypes 3D-printed in the next room at the University Makerbot Innovation Center.

Centers and Institutes

Our centers/institutes are located throughout the University, placed in strategic locations to align and support the educational goals of our students.