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 two 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 134 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, three black and white laser printers, a color laser printer, and two large format inkjet plotters, 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 32 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.

The Department of Chemical Engineering computing room include PCs with specialized software packages such as Aspen, a Chemical Engineering Design Process Simulator, MatLab, and Polymath, for undergraduate teaching and research.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has three computational facilities. The CADD Laboratory contains 30 state-of-the-art PCs, one network printer; and a direct projection multimedia system. Available software includes the Autodesk Educational Master Suite, the Bentley Suite with over 50 engineering software packages (including Inroads, Leap, Microstation, RAM, SewerCAD, STAAD, WaterCAD, etc.); Abaqus, HCS, Maple, MatLab, Mathematica, MicroPAVER, MS Office, and others. 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 Smart Lab includes 8 state-of-the-art laptops interfacing with sensors used by students to evaluate the condition of existing structures. The facility has a network printer, direct projection multimedia system and sophisticated instrumentation for structural behavior measurements.

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 and Industrial & Systems Engineering has one computer classroom which includes 36 workstations and two high-speed laser printers. The classroom is equipped with projection systems for classroom and seminar presentations. Application software includes SolidWorks, Working Model, MatLab, Abaqus, Excel, Gams, Lingo, Maple, Mathematica, Mintab, Engineering Equation Solver, Open Foam, TecPlot, 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 its own computer room at the Narragansett Bay Campus that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. It is equipped with eleven desktop computers and two laser printers, and students have access to a 3-D printer. Available software includes: MatLab, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LaTeX, LabView, ArcGIS, and SolidWorks. There is a large conference table and whiteboards available for review sessions and as individual touchdown space.