CAEN Computer Labs

  • CAEN computer labs are spaces located mostly in Michigan Engineering buildings where students can 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, or the instructors that teach them; requiring full CAEN Access to log in.
  • All CAEN lab computers run the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE), which provides access to applications on both Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Some departmentally-managed CLSE computers not located in CAEN labs may be Windows-only or Linux-only.
  • The CLSE is also provided on designated computers in the Duderstadt Center, and ITS-managed computing sites, such as residence halls.

CAEN Computer Lab in the NAME Building

CAEN computer labs are collaborative areas in Michigan 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 the engineering software administered. The computers in these locations are only available to Michigan Engineering students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for CAEN Access.

Note: Some buildings may be closed to non-departmental individuals during evening and weekend hours. Building access is controlled by the Michigan 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 Michigan Engineering students. Both the Windows and Linux versions of the CLSE are available on all CAEN lab computers via dual-boot selection.

The Duderstadt Center

The Duderstadt Center (DC) provides all University of Michigan faculty, staff, and enrolled students with access to hundreds of computers running the CLSE. CAEN Access is not required to use the computers in the DC, however, students must be enrolled in at least one University of Michigan course during the current term.
Note: Due to licensing restrictions, sponsored affiliates and/or visiting scholars may not have access to log into these computers.

ITS Computing Sites with the CLSE

ITS manages computers running the CLSE in many non-Engineering locations, such as residence halls, the Michigan Union, and the Ross Academic Center. While these locations are not operated by CAEN, full CAEN Access is still required to log in.

Additional Information & Policies

Michigan Engineering has set policies in place to ensure CAEN computer labs and the CLSE are used appropriately, while also providing a comfortable and productive environment for every student.

Students are encouraged to contact the CAEN Help Desk to report any problems accessing CAEN computer labs.