Faculty Computing at Michigan Engineering

Welcome to the College of Engineering! Several computing and information technology (IT) services are provided to you as a College of Engineering faculty member, designed to support your instructional and research success. There are three main campus IT providers you may work with:

  • Departmental IT Support Staff – Your department’s local support staff can assist you with daily desktop and IT support needs.
  • CAEN – The College of Engineering central IT group provides instructional technology and research computing support.
  • ITS – The University of Michigan’s central IT organization providing a standard set of computing services.

Your Computing Access

Faculty and staff participate in a College training workshop

As a College of Engineering faculty member, you are eligible for  CAEN access, which provides a set of Engineering-specific computing services, such as the ability to log in at CAEN computer labs or access your Engineering online file storage allocation.

Your CAEN access should be active within a week after your start date. If you require access prior to that date, your departmental IT support staff may submit an early access request on your behalf. If you arrive on campus and have any problems logging in, contact CAEN for immediate assistance.

All U-M faculty receive access to a standard set of computing services from ITS (Information and Technology Services), including your main University login, also known as your uniqname. You will use your uniqname and corresponding UMICH password to login and access the majority of computing and online services at U-M.

Connecting to the Network

Wireless (Wi-Fi) network access is available to all faculty in University buildings. MWireless allows you to securely connect your devices to the Internet. If you have visitors or guests to campus, a network called MGuest allows them to easily connect and receive basic internet connectivity.

Wired (Ethernet) access is also available in all College of Engineering buildings, which is especially important if you work from a desktop computer. Your departmental IT support staff can assist you with connecting your office computer.

Classroom & Instructional Technology

Many resources are available throughout the College of Engineering to support faculty instruction, including classroom presentation systems, a lecture recording service, live-streaming stations, and a campus-wide LMS (learning management system) for publishing course materials online.

Research Computing

The U-M Advanced Research Computing (ARC) group provides access to Great Lakes, a Linux-based high-performance computing (HPC) cluster available to all researchers at the University. Other ARC services include very large working-set data storage, a broad range of applications and development tools, and basic consulting services.

CAEN research computing consultants can work with you to provision the resources that fit your needs. Contact them via email at coe-research-computing@umich.edu.


The software library available in CAEN computer labs includes a large set of engineering-specific applications covering a wide range of disciplines, as well as productivity applications. College of Engineering faculty have access to this library for use in instructional activities. In addition, a number of applications are also licensed for research use.

ITS provides a set of specialized software applications for all U-M faculty to access from campus computing sites.

CAEN consultants are available to assist faculty who are interested in exploring how software can be integrated into their courses or research.

Online File Storage & Backups

As Engineering faculty, you have multiple online file storage options. Every faculty member at the University receives unlimited cloud storage from U-M Box and U-M Google Drive. CAEN also provides you with an additional allocation that can be easily accessed for storing and working with files on CAEN lab computers.

There are other campus storage/backup services available to faculty, including MiStorage which provides an option for storing large amounts of data. These options are backed up regularly to protect your important files, and are recommended over using external media which can be broken, lost or stolen. Faculty should speak with their departmental IT support staff, or contact CAEN, for assistance with determining the best option for their work.

Website Hosting & Publishing

Engineering faculty are eligible to host and publish website(s) using CAEN’s WordPress web publishing service. This service can not only be used for a personal profile website, but also for a site dedicated to your research group, lab, or center. In order to use the service, a standard Michigan Engineering theme is required on the site, but faculty have complete control over the content they publish (CAEN consultants are also available to assist with content updates.

Equipment Checkout Service

An equipment checkout service is available to College of Engineering faculty. The program is administered by CAEN, and checkout is performed by the Library Reserves/Information Desk on the second floor of the Duderstadt Center.

Information Technology Security

IT security is a shared responsibility, and every member of the U-M community has an important role to play. It can be especially important for faculty who work with research data. CAEN works with representatives from across the University to coordinate and leverage information technology activities to meet unit requirements and support College’s mission.

Questions or Problems?

Additional details on the topics described above, and more, are available via the CAEN Knowledge Base. Consultants are also available to answer specific questions about CAEN services, or your local departmental IT resources.


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