Notice: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usage of most CAEN computer labs has been restricted for social distancing or instructional needs. Refer to our List of Labs & Locations page for further details.
- CAEN computer labs are spaces located in College of Engineering buildings where students conduct course-related work on Engineering-configured desktop computers.
- The computers in these labs are generally only intended for use by students enrolled in Engineering courses; requiring full CAEN Access to log in.
- Any computer running the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) provides access to applications on both Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- The CLSE is also provided on designated computers in other campus locations operated by ITS Sites, 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 full CAEN Access.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAEN computer labs will have reduced hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight for cleaning. 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 Enterprise 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, full CAEN Access is still required to log in and run the CLSE software on the computers.
The Duderstadt Center
The Duderstadt Center provides all University of Michigan faculty, staff, and enrolled students access to hundreds of CAEN computers. CAEN access is not required to log into the computers in this building, however, students must be enrolled in at least one U-M course during the current term. Also, due to licensing restrictions, sponsored affiliates and/or visiting scholars may not log into these computers.
The CAEN computers located in the Duderstadt Center 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. Students are encouraged to contact the CAEN Help Desk to report any problems using CAEN computer labs.