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Engineering Software

Installing software

CTS maintains software availability and licensing for the academic programs and research initiatives within the College of Engineering.

Installing via Software Center (Windows)

We're working to make all of our software installers available via Software Center for university-owned PCs running Microsoft Windows on the domain. Click on the Start Menu and type Software Center to launch it.

Installing via Self Service (macOS)

Most Drexel-wide software packages are available for macOS users via Self Service. Click on Spotlight (the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of the screen) and search for Self Service to launch it.

Installing via the COE File Server

Software packages that are available for self-install can be found on the Software share of the COE File Server at

  • Windows: \\\software
  • macOS/Linux: smb://

Please review any included readme.txt files for specific requirements or instructions related to installing that piece of software.

Remote access to class software

Depending on their academic program, Engineering students have access to course-related software either via our Citrix environment, ENGRAPPS or Remote Desktop Virtual Labs. Both methods allow remote access and only require the installation of a connection client on students' personal computers or devices.

Centrally available software

Drexel IT maintains a list of software centrally available to all Drexel University faculty, staff, and students. Please note that the list includes paid versions of some software packages that may or may not be included in the list of software freely available to Engineering students — please check with CTS before makeing new software purchases.

Software available to install on student-owned computers

The software provided in the Engineering computer labs is licensed for use on university computers, but there are a number of software packages available to students for installation and use on their personal computers.

Select software from Microsoft and VMware is available to our faculty, staff, and students for installation on their personal computers via the College of Engineering OnTheHub portal.

The software below is available for students directly from the software vendors, and may require registration on their respective sites:

Research Software

Many research groups require specific software packages to be able to complete their work. Even though our academic computer labs may have software installed that would be useful for your research, these workstations may not be used for research due to limitations in the various licensing agreements. We are available to consult on research software needs and to obtain the various quotes or new license agreements needed to procure software for research use. If an existing license is available, it is usually much cheaper to add additional seats than it is to purchase an entirely new license.

Floating Network Licenses

CTS maintains a number of license servers to host floating network licenses (FNL) for various software packages. If you are obtaining new software that requires hosted licenses, please let us know and we can provide the necessary information to provide to the vendor to properly generate the license files.