Engineering Software

The Whitacre College of Engineering powers your on-the-go lifestyle with our Remote Lab cloud computing initiative. Students can use their favorite PC or Mac computers or tablets, including iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices, to access the Remote Lab from any location with a high-speed internet connection. The Remote Lab provides access to a wide variety of engineering software without being tied to a traditional computer lab. For more information on our Remote Lab, please visit:

TTU provides Microsoft Office 365, which includes OneDrive for storage, Outlook for email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Your academic program may provide access to other licensed software, freeware, or student versions of software you will encounter in your career.

Buying the Right Computer

All incoming students are required to have a laptop or tablet to access university and college computing resources while on campus. We recommend the students purchase a light-weight, lower cost laptop for the first two years and then purchase a power laptop as the computing demands increase in the junior year and beyond. This two-step process provides more computing power for the senior year with a lower cost than purchasing a single expensive laptop as a freshman.

  • Lightweight Laptop - This laptop would be good for note-taking, Microsoft Office programs, and web browsing our students encounter in their first two years, but may be slow running complex calculations or 3D processing. This Windows 7 or 10 machine would need an i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 250GB drive, and a 13" screen.
  • Power Laptop - This laptop will run engineering software, including simulations, 3D CAD, and numeric calculations you will encounter in the later parts of your degree. You'll need more storage, speed, and power than most students, so look for a Windows 7 or 10 machine with a 64-bit i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 500GB drive and a 15" screen.
  • MacBooks - Please be aware that we do not recommend MacBooks. While the Whitacre College of Engineering's Remote Lab gives students access to most of our engineering software, it's not unusual to need to run Windows freeware or student versions of software to complete your courses.
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