Technology Recommendations

The University has a minimum technology requirement for students attending classes on campus or online. The main difference between the two engineering options are longevity and cost. Keep in mind that SOLIDWORK which is used in the bioengineering program and ArcGIS which is used in the civil and environmental engineering programs have compatibility issues with MacOS X and Chromebooks. 

University Minimum Requirement

Processor: Intel i-Series (i3, i5, i7, i9) or AMD Ryzen  or equivalent (2017 and later)

Memory: 8 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive: 250GB or higher
(SSD preferred)

Webcam, Microphone, Speaker/Headphones

Wireless Network Card:

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WLAN NIC
2.4 GHz
WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise
High speed Internet access at home
(10 mbps per device)

Engineering Recommendation Option 1

Processor: Intel i-Series (i5, i7, i9) or AMD Ryzen or equivalent (2018 and later)

Memory:16 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive: 250GB or higher
(SSD recommended)

Webcam, Microphone, Speaker/Headphones

Wireless Network Card:

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WLAN NIC 
2.4 GHz/5GHz Dual Band   
WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise
High speed Internet access at home
(10 mbps per device)

Engineering Recommendation Option 2

Processor: Intel i-Series (i5, i7, i9) or AMD Ryzen or equivalent (2019 and later)

Memory: 32 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive: 512GB or higher
(SSD required)

Webcam, Microphone, Speaker/Headphones

Wireless Network Card:

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WLAN NIC
2.4 GHz/5GHz Dual Band
WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise
High speed Internet access at home
(10 mbps per device)

 

Workspace Setup Examples

 

Pictured below are four different workspace setups that are recommended for students.  A second screen improves your time efficiency by up to 30% across all tasks. Using a mouse instead of a laptop trackpad increases the speed on certain task up to 50% faster. Learning keyboard shortcuts for various application (e.g. Excel, programming IDE)  someone can improve their efficiency up to 200% faster. 
Laptop + second screen + additional mouse
 Laptop Second Screen Mouse
Laptop + second screen + additional keyboard + mouse
 Laptop Extra Screen Keyboard
Desktop with double screens and 5 ft. desk
 Desktop with Two Screens
Desktop with double screens and L-shape desk
 Desktop Two Screens L Shaped Desk