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Each UAB engineering student must have a laptop with the necessary software installed for each of their classes. Students who need assistance installing required software can request help from the School of Engineering IT group in EEC 264. Please check with instructors on the first day of class to learn what software is required for each course.

Additionally, UAB IT operates TechConnect, a computer store in the Hill University Center where students and employees can purchase computers and software at discounted prices. Any questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (205) 934-8333.

Note: Engineering software may also be accessed through the School of Engineering's "virtual computer lab" with no installation required. Public-use computers in the Sterne Library are also able to connect to the virtual computer lab. While students may use the library computers at any time, they do not exempt a student from the above laptop requirement.

Things to Know

  1. Windows-based laptops only. Apple products or computers that use a Linux operating system may not run required engineering software.
  2. Software will be installed on each student’s laptop, allowing remote access to School of Engineering resources through a virtual private network (VPN).