Please note that ALL engineering and other software that you need to complete your coursework will be available on computers in Armstrong Hall and the STEM building. Although, some students choose to purchase and load student-versions of engineering software on their personal computer. Be sure to look at the system requirements of various software that you may want to download on your personal computer including but not limited to Solidworks, MATLAB, Mathematica, Ansys, Xilinx Vivado, and spice tools. Additionally, some programs may only be available for Windows operating systems therefore if you decide on purchasing a MAC operating system you should consider installing Boot Camp.
Computer Recommendations – Students should have full-time access to a computer that meets or exceeds the following specifications:
o Form – Laptop computers are recommended, although desktops are acceptable.
o Release Year – All components within the system, including the processor, should have been released within the last two years, preceding the purchase. For example, a computer purchased for use in fall 2020 cannot employ an Intel Coffee Lake Processor released in April 2018. Any new machine purchased from a major retailer should meet this requirement.
o Operating System – Windows 10 64-bit Home or Pro, not operating in the limited capability S-mode. Students are strongly discouraged from buying a non-Windows device. They are responsible for handling ALL compatibility problems associated with the use of AppleOS or LinuxOS computers. Students should NOT rely on machines like tablets, iPads, or Chromebooks as their main computing device.
o Screen Size – Greater than 13.3 inches.
o Video Card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1600 or better. Alternative brands with similar performance may be acceptable.
o Processor – Intel Core i7 or higher. AMD Ryzen 7 or higher.
o RAM – 16GB or higher. 32GB recommended.
o Hard Drive – 512GB or higher. 1TB+ recommended.