Technology resources for engineering students

Not all laptops are created equal. We have compiled a list of resources to help you be successful as an engineering student during your time at UA. 


Computer Access

All students will need access to a desktop or laptop computer to keep learning. If you are a student or know a student who is concerned about the ability to continue in a course due to a lack of technology resources (such as internet or computer access), please submit a referral through Help-A-Zip.

Through the fundraising efforts of the Department of Development, and with assistance from the Information Technology Services team, ZipAssist will work with each student referral to discuss available resources.

Software

Students can purchase and download software through MyAkron, the university’s web portal, for free or at reduced costs.

  • The University of Akron’s Virtual Lab provides students with free 24/7 access to computer applications needed for class. Engineering students can access:
    • Abaqus 2019
    • ANSYS 19.2
    • ANSYS Electromagnetics Suite 19.2
    • ArcGIS Desktop 10.7
    • Autodesk AutoCAD 2020
    • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2020
    • CHEMCAD Suite 7
    • COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0
    • Google Backup and Sync
    • LTspice XVII
    • MATLAB R2019a
    • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 
    • PASCO Capstone 2.0.1.1
    • Polymath EDU Site 6.2 2019-20
    • PTC Creo 5
    • PSpice Student 9.1
    • Quartus Prime Lite Edition 18.1.0.625
    • SAP2000 19 64-bit
    • SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP03
    • Spartan Student v7.2.7
    • Wolfram Mathematica 11.3
  • UA has a campus-wide license for access to MATLAB Online through the MathWorks/UA Portal.
  • All UA students receive unlimited storage on Google Drive when they use their UANet ID email account.
  • Students may choose to download certain programs directly from publisher websites instead of going to UA’s Virtual Lab. This list, though not comprehensive, includes Abaqus, ANSYS, LabView, CREO, and SpacsGASS.

Hardware

If you purchase a computer, the following are our hardware recommendations for engineering student computers:

  • Operating System: Windows 10, 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel i5 processor above 2GHz min. Recommended: i7 processor.
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM minimum
  • Hard Drive: 500GB SSD. If students purchase a computer with a mechanical hard drive, choose one with 7200rpm or better. Also, an SSD is preferable because it is much faster.
  • Wireless: Minimum WiFi 4 or above
  • Video Card: Discrete video card with 2GB video RAM (DDR3 or 4 is fine, DDR5 is better but more expensive). Stay away from products that market themselves as “integrated” as those feature video on the motherboard which negatively impacts performance
  • Display: 14” minimum
  • Warranty: Extended — students can be hard on their laptops!

Engineering Computer Labs

Departments have their own computer labs for students to use. Currently, all engineering computer labs on campus are closed. 

  • BME computer lab (ASEC 272) has 40 computers
  • ECE computer lab (ASEC 560) has 35 computers
  • ChemE computer lab (Whitby 208) has 37 computers
  • CE computer lab (ASEC 212) has 40 computers
  • ME computer labs (ASEC 124 and ASEC 125) have 84 computers total 
  • IDEAs Program computer lab (SHN 353) has 8 computers

The Computer Store

Located on campus, the The Computer Store is a great resource for students who need to purchase a laptop or desktop computer. Currently, The Computer Store is closed for in-person shopping, but students can contact staff at compstore@uakron.edu or 330-972-6888 to discuss phone or online purchasing.

Keep Learning

UA created a webpage called Keep Learning to help students continue their learning in the weeks ahead. If you are new to online learning or need some tips for using BrightSpace, make sure you check it out.


Questions?

Douglas Noble
College of Engineering Senior Technology Specialist
330-972-6431
dan22@uakron.edu