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Technology Recommendations

The University has a minimum technology requirement for all students attending classes in person or online. 

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)

Operating Systems: Windows 10 or MacOS with Parallels

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)

Operating Systems: Windows 10 or MacOS with Parallels

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)

The main difference between the two engineering options are longevity and cost. Keep in mind that SOLIDWORKS 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. 


 

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 tasks up to 50% faster and learning keyboard shortcuts for various application (e.g. Excel, programming IDE)  can improve your efficiency up to 200% faster.  

Example 1

Laptop Second Screen Mouse

Laptop, Second Screen, Mouse

Example 2

Laptop Extra Screen Keyboard

Laptop, Second Screen, Keyboard, Mouse

Example 3

Desktop with Two Screens

Desktop PC on 5 ft desk, Double Screens, Keyboard, Mouse  

Example 4

Desktop Two Screens L Shaped Desk

Desktop PC on L-Desk, Double Screens, Keyboard, Mouse, Paper/Book holder