Getting Connected in Chemistry @ Brown

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry! Please follow these steps to connect to the internet in the Department of Chemistry and utilize University web services and software requiring a username and password.     

Begin by activating your Brown Account. Visit and click “Activate Here” to set up your Brown username and email account.

To access Brown’s secure wireless network, visit on campus and log in with your username and password. To register your computer with the department’s wired network, please complete the following steps:

1. Install Anti-Virus Software. Computers registered with the Chemistry Department must have Brown-approved anti-virus software installed. For Windows 10, this means having Windows Defender activated. For Windows 7/8 and Mac, please install required software.

2. Register your Computer with Brown Chemistry. Email Carol DeFeciani, Systems Administrator, with the following information:

  • Brand and model of your computer
  • Operating System
  • Room in which you will be using your computer
  • MAC address/Ethernet card address of your computer 

Please remember that all Brown University computing resources, including Chemistry department file servers and printers, fall under Brown's Computing & Information Services Acceptable Use Policy. If you haven't already, please read this policy and familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities.

To resolve issues with Brown-owned research computers, faculty/staff computers, printing or for general questions, contact Carol DeFeciani or visit her office in GeoChem 321.

For assistance with scientific computing, use of or access to our cluster, or scientific software licensing questions, contact Dave Blair or visit him in his office in GeoChem 166.

Helpful Links

If you need:

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To register your personal computer for the wired network or resolve an issue with a Brown-owned research computer, faculty/staff computer or printing

Contact Carol DeFeciani

Assistance with scientific computing and for connecting to our cluster

Contact Dave Blair

To resolve an issue with your personal computer or 401-863-4357

To connect remotely using Brown’s VPN

To install Brown-licensed software  

To change your login or email password

To connect to Brown’s secure wireless network