Computational Facilities

The Engineering Computer Center (ECC), located in the Chester H. Kirk Center for Advanced Technology, supports the teaching and research activities of the College of Engineering. The ECC has one dual eight-core and two dual quad-core processor Dell PowerEdge servers providing centralized services for PC file and print sharing, license serving, email, and web applications. Both wireless and cabled network access are available. Students are assigned COE computer accounts and use these accounts until they graduate. Student accounts are accessible from all of the ECC and COE department computer classrooms. Email accounts are provided for COE faculty and staff.

There are 132 networked PCs available at the ECC for student use. These are incorporated into three classrooms with projection systems, a main student work area, and two side project/study rooms. Also provided are three scanners, four black and white laser printers, a color laser printer, and three large format inkjet plotters, one specifically for CAD drawings and one for final presentation quality posters. Areas are available for students to set up their own laptops for access to software, printers, and the network. Available installed software includes Abaqus, Aspen, AutoCAD, Bentley, Comsol, EES, LabView, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft Visual Studio, Minitab, Multisim, SolidWorks, and Working Model. The ECBE Linux distribution is also available as a dual boot option on all machines.

In addition to providing the computer technologies that engineering students rely on for their course work, the ECC provides faculty members with the resources necessary for their teaching and research commitments, through the use of network services, interactive multimedia classrooms, and the expertise of the ECC staff in identifying and procuring hardware and software.

The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art multimedia computer classroom with dual-monitor PCs for 30 students; an instructor podium with tablet monitors and the ability to interact with any of the student PCs; eight wide-screen, flat-panel TV monitors; and two large screen projectors. The Discovery Center is heavily used for our introductory freshman engineering classes, where students are introduced to the College of Engineering, engineering career paths, engineering problem solving, teamwork, hands-on projects, and software with applications used in other engineering classes. The Discovery Center is also used by other engineering classes and is available to all engineering students for general use during the evenings and in between classes.

A second 32-seat classroom located near the main ECC facility contains state-of-the-art equipment to handle the increased demand for engineering multimedia instructional capabilities. Managed by the ECC staff, this classroom is available for classes, seminars, lectures, and lab sessions.

In the Department of Chemical Engineering computing room ten PCs with specialized software packages such as Aspen, a Chemical Engineering Design Process Simulator, FACTORY FLOOR, a process control program, MatLab, and Polymath are available for undergraduate teaching and research.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has two computational facilities. The CADD Laboratory contains 30 state-of-the-art PCs, one network printer; and a direct projection multimedia system. Available software includes AutoCAD Civil3D, the Bentley Suite with over 50 engineering software packages (including Inroads, Leap, Microstation, RAM, SewerCAD, STAAD, WaterCAD, etc.); ANSYS, HCS, Maple, MatLab, Mathematica, MicroPAVER, MS Office, and others. Modern geomatics and surveying equipment (funded by the Champlin Foundations) including electronic Total Station and GPS for field data acquisition are linked to the CADD lab PCs, printers, and plotters for GIS representation and analysis. The senior Capstone Design Project Studio has six PCs, a reference library, and a direct projection multimedia system, used by the design teams during the integrated capstone design project.

The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering has numerous multiprocessor Linux servers. The primary servers feature hardware RAID and fiberoptic gigabit network connections. The main computing lab hosts 14 general use, dual-monitor Linux workstations, which are available 24 hours a day to all students in the department. In addition, there are approximately 50 Linux workstations and 40 Windows systems dispersed throughout laboratories and offices. Available software includes MatLab for signal processing, HSPICE for analog circuit simulation, Quartus for FPGA simulation and design, as well as thousands of open-source applications. Numerous laser printers are available, including duplex (two-sided) and color variants. Wireless network access is available throughout the department.

The Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering has two computer classrooms. The Wales Hall computer classroom includes 25 workstations and two high-speed laser printers. The Gilbreth Hall computer classroom includes 13 workstations and two laser printers. Both classrooms are equipped with projection systems for classroom and seminar presentations. Application software includes SolidWorks, Working Model, MatLab, Abaqus, Algor, Excel, Comsol, Gams, Lingo, Maple, Mathematica, Mintab, Engineering Equation Solver, Compact 2-D (CFD), and others. In addition, department laboratories are equipped with a variety of computers for computational modeling studies, high-speed data acquisition, and control of mechanical devices.

The Department of Ocean Engineering has a newly designed Ocean Project Center at the Narragansett Bay Campus to support both their education and research programs. The Ocean Project Center is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in Ocean Engineering and is equipped with dual screens and two laser printers. Available software includes: MatLab, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LaTeX, Scientific Word, Netscape/Explorer, LabView, and SolidWorks. The Ocean Project Center also has computer and conference tables, and whiteboards for collaborative efforts, student group learning, and individual assignments. WiFi is also available.