CAEN Computer Labs

  • CAEN computer labs are collaborative areas in College of Engineering spaces where students can conduct Engineering course-related, instructional work on desktop computers operated by CAEN.
  • The computers in CAEN labs are "engineering-only," requiring a full CAEN Account to log in.
  • All CAEN lab computers run the CAEN Lab Software Environment, available for both the Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux operating systems.
  • CAEN lab computers may be used 24 hours a day, subject to the hours of the buildings in which they reside.
  • The CAEN Lab Software Environment is also available on computers in locations that are not CAEN computer labs, such as 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. Several CAEN computer labs are located on North Campus. 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.

CAEN Lab Software Environment in Other Locations

Computers running the CLSE can also be found in many residence halls, the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Angell Hall, and the Ross Academic Center. A full CAEN Account is required to log into these computers even though the locations are not CAEN-managed computer labs.

The Duderstadt Center

The Duderstadt Center provides access to hundreds of CAEN computers. A CAEN Account is not required to log into these computers; only a regular U-M uniqname and UMICH password are needed. These computers offer the same CAEN Lab Software Environment that is available in engineering-only computer labs, and are available when the Duderstadt Center is open.

Additional Information

Refer to the list of all CAEN computer labs and other locations running the CLSE to find a location near you. Contact the CAEN Hotline with questions or concerns regarding CAEN labs and computers.