Computer Requirements

To make the best use of the networks available and software used in the College of Engineering and throughout the University, the college recommends that incoming students purchase a laptop computer instead of a desktop model. For students who already have a good desktop computer, there is no need to purchase a laptop. The decision, laptop or desktop, should be based on how the computer will be used.

The preferred specifications for laptop computers in the College of Engineering are:

  • 1 GB of RAM or higher if the computer has 32-bit processor
  • 2 GB of RAM or higher if the computer has 64-bit processor
  • 80 GB or more hard disk space total
  • 802.11b/g or newer wireless for laptops
  • DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive
  • Windows operating system (Windows 7 preferred, avoid Windows Vista)

Note that these specifications are slightly different than the ones for general university at mainly because we do not feel that Windows Vista performance is good enough to support Engineering applications. However, if you already have a laptop PC that runs Windows Vista, or if you cannot buy a PC with Windows 7 installed on it, you can use your Windows Vista PC, only it will be slower. If you already have a Macintosh, most (but not all) applications needed for Engineering courses will run on it, so you do not need to buy a new computer either.

If you have any question, please email or call Johanes Suhardjo at
(574) 631-8427.