The Computing and Statistical Technology Laboratories in Education (CASTLE) are computer labs available to students and faculty for data analysis and research consultation. There are two locations, one on the main campus in TA 305 and one on the downtown campus in DPAC 302-M. The lab computers are equipped with various quantitative and qualitative software packages including SPSS, SAS, AMOS, LISREL, Multilog, Mplus and Nvivo. The lab instructors provide instructional services to graduate students and faculty, which include research design development, demonstration of software packages, guidance for processing quantitative and qualitative data, and some statistical troubleshooting.

There are four lab instructors with a variety of skills and specializations. They are:



Dr. M.H. Clark
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research design, causal inference, univariate statistics, and multivariate statistics; she is familiar with SPSS, SAS, and Excel.

Dr. Xiangping ‘Coco’ Gao
(Downtown Campus)

Specializes in survey methods, program evaluation, quantitative data manipulation and analysis; she is familiar with SPSS and Excel.

Dr. Shiva Jahani
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research methodology, advanced data analytics, data collection, and technical writing; she is familiar with SPSS, Mplus, SmartPLS, WarpPLS, and Excel.

Mr. Suat Babayigit
(Main Campus)

Specializes in data mining and big data analysis; he is familiar with SQL, R, and Python.

Feel free to contact Dr. Clark or Dr. Gao if you have any questions about the lab or would like to schedule an appointment.


January 6th – April 24th

NOTE: CASTLE is only open when classes are in session.*

Main Campus

Teaching Academy, Room 305


10:00am - 1:00pm


2:00pm - 5:00pm


10:00am - 1:00pm


2:00pm - 5:00pm

On four Saturdays:
(January 11th, February 22nd, March 21st, and April 11th)
10:00am – 1:00pm

Downtown Campus

Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, Room DPAC 302-M


10:00am - 1:00pm AND by appointment

The downtown lab doesn’t not currently have computers, therefore, you will need to bring your own laptop for the consultation.

Online Consultation

Dr. Gao is available for Skype consultations on Thursdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. To make an appointment, please contact her at xiangping.gao@ucf.edu.

* CASTLE will be closed on:

  • Monday, January 20th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, March 9th, through Thursday, March 12th, for Spring Break.