Welcome to CAEN Computer Labs!

Windows Software

To install software, simply find an application from the menu or by searching in the search box at the top of the software page and click the green “Launch” button on the right. Note that there is a link to this software page in the Start Menu (press the “Windows” key) as well.
Detailed how to use
General Windows guides

Linux Software

To install software, find the module name listed in the software library, then run the command “module load <module-name>” in the terminal. The terminal can be found either by searching in the applications menu, or by using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Alt + T”.
Software Listing
Detailed module information

Software Restrictions Notice

Please note that some software is available only to specific roles or courses. To find software available to students, you can filter by role in the software listing linked above. By default, taking those links will automatically filter for the student role. Please see here for more details and course specific software: Software Access & Licensing Restrictions – CAEN (umich.edu)

Frequently Used

Online Orientation to Computing at Michigan Engineering

A Canvas based orientation designed to introduce Michigan Engineering students to computing services at the University of Michigan.

Remote Access and VPNs

VPN services are available to all students free of charge. These can be used to gain access to on campus servers when not on the university network, for personal use, for security, and any other VPN needs.

Knowledge Base

Knowledge Base is an excellent resource for any questions related to CAEN or ITS at the University of Michigan. If you have common questions, or simply want quick and easy solutions, this is a great first place to look.

Computer Labs & CAEN Access

CAEN provides access to reservable computer labs and other computing services to engineering students 24/7. Some eligibility restrictions apply. Please note that there are iPads outside each lab which display a schedule for when the lab has been reserved. Please consult this to be sure you aren’t running into someone else’s reservation.

More Resources

Online File Storage & Backups

Several options for file storage and backups are available to students at the University of Michigan including third party storage through Google Drive and Dropbox, our own storage options through MiStorage, and several others.

Selecting a Personal Computer

Personal computers can be hard to select, which is why we offer this guide as a resource to help make the decision easy. Ultimately, any personal computer can be incredibly useful, but certain features may make your experience at the University of Michigan just a little bit better. The best decision for you can vary based on your major or finacancial situation however, so if you’re worried, please don’t hesitate to contact your major or intended major’s department for advice.


The University of Michigan provides printing services to all students. These can be found in libraries, workspaces, and many other facilities across the university.

View Lectures Online

CAEN provides lecture recordings for most engineering (and some other) courses at the University of Michigan. Your professor may provide a link to recordings on Canvas, or you can check here for recordings of all of your courses.

Learn about ITS Accounts & Access

ITS (Information & Technology Services) is designed to help you with technology. Whether you need help with University Accounts, software access, or DUO two-factor authentication, ITS can help every step of the way.

Wi-Fi & Networking

The University of Michigan provides high speed internet campus-wide, as well as access to networks at different universities, research networks, and more.

Looking for more general resources?

Try some of the University’s other sites!

Wolverine Access

Stay connected with links to all of UMich’s websites you’ll need to manage classes, finance, and scheduling.


Get access to the University’s world class Libraries here.

Looking for a job?

Find out more about student employment at CAEN and the College of Engineering.

Helpful Tip

Watch for Suspicious Emails!

There has been an increase in phishing attempts (malicious emails or websites used to steal personal information) against Michigan Engineering faculty, staff, and students. Review the U-M Safe Computing tips to learn how to spot suspicious emails, how to report phishing attempts, and what to do if you get caught.

Contact CAEN

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Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Phone & Walk-up Help

(734) 764-2236
Duderstadt Center 2nd Floor (map)

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Duderstadt Center Suite 2161
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094