CAEN Computer Labs

  • CAEN computer labs are located in College of Engineering spaces where students can conduct Engineering-related work on desktop computers operated by CAEN.
  • The computers in CAEN labs are "Engineering-only," requiring a full CAEN Account to log in.
  • All lab computers run the CAEN Lab Software Environment, available for both the Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux operating systems.
  • The CAEN Lab Software Environment is also available on computers in other locations that are not CAEN computer labs, such as residence halls and the Duderstadt Center.



CAEN computer labs are collaborative areas in College of Engineering spaces where students conduct Engineering course-related, instructional work on desktop computers operated by CAEN. These labs comprise a highly integrated and specialized environment that utilizes hardware and network file services to take advantage of engineering software administered by CAEN. The computers in these locations are only available to College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff who have a full CAEN Account.

CAEN computer labs are open 24 hours a day on a first come, first served, drop-in basis, except when reserved. Some buildings, however, may be closed to non-departmental individuals during evening and weekend hours. Building access is controlled by the College of Engineering Facilities Management Office.

CAEN Lab Software Environment

The CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) is the desktop computing environment installed in CAEN computer labs. It is a highly integrated and specialized collection of software for Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux, and is designed to provide a standardized computing environment to support the course-related, instructional needs of College of Engineering students. Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux versions of the CLSE are both available via dual-boot computers.

Other Locations with the CLSE

Computers running the CLSE can also be found in many non-Engineering locations, such as residence halls, the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Angell Hall, and the Ross Academic Center. While these locations are not operated by CAEN, a full CAEN Account is still required to log in and run the CLSE software on the computers.

The Duderstadt Center

The Duderstadt Center provides all enrolled U-M students access to hundreds of CAEN computers. A CAEN Account is not required to log into the computers in this building, however, students must simply be enrolled in courses during the current term. These computers offer the same CAEN Lab Software Environment that is available in engineering-only CAEN computer labs, and are available when the Duderstadt Center is open.

Policies & Additional Information

Several policies are in place to make the CAEN lab environment as comfortable and productive as possible for every College of Engineering student, while maintaining the high level of service that CAEN strives to provide. Contact the CAEN Hotline with questions or concerns about using CAEN labs and computers.