Computer Specifications: Hardware
The School of Engineering has a laptop requirement, information about it can be found here.
The computer you now own may meet your needs as a student.
In an attempt to convey useful information to you, we have specified Suggested Hardware configuration. This is meant as objective assessment; in practice, a configuration that may be perfectly acceptable to one student may be painfully inadequate to another.
The CEMS Computer Facility is a Unix and PC computer based lab. You will need to be able to save your document files in a Windows format to turn them in to the instructor. There are several wireless network locations across campus. Votey Hall is completely covered for wireless access.
With advances in Apple computer software, many Windows-based packages can be run on an Apple computer (running Virtual PC on Mac OS X [version 10.2]). We have listed comparable specifications for an Apple system in parenthesis to help Apple users decide if their system will work.
If you are purchasing a new computer, we recommend a PC compatible machine. If you have any questions, you should check with your department representative (go to Computer Recommendations for contact information).
The Suggested Hardware configuration is a system that will run all software needed for CEMS classes in a manner that all but the most demanding students should find satisfactory. This configuration also provides the capacity for other undertakings such as digital imaging, 3-D Graphics (AutoCAD or 3-D Modeling) and X-Windowing software, as well a large assortment of other software students may want to use.
- 2.7 GHz quad core i5 processor
(for Mac: 2.7 GHz quad core i5 processor)
- 8 GB of memory (RAM)
- 1 TB hard disk drive or 256 GB SSD
- removable storage (USB storage media and DVD+/-RW)
- 19" LCD Monitor
- surge protector