Remote access to class software
Depending on their academic program, Engineering students have access to course-related software either via 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.
Installers stored on the COE File Server
Most licensed software for teaching or research is stored on the Engineering file server in the Software share. The server uses access-based enumeration, so although all Engineers have access to the Software share, you will only be able to see the folders your account has access to. If your research group has access to a specific package but you don't see the installers for it listed, please contact us.
Centrally available software
Drexel University IT (DUIT) 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 purchasing software!
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:
- Autodesk Fusion 360, Inventor, Revit, Autocad, etc.
- Ansys Mechanical, CFD, Discovery Live, AIM, etc.
- Bentley MicroStation, STAAD.Pro, RAM Structural System, etc.
- SIMULIA Abaqus
- PTC Creo
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 needs to be hosted centrally, please let us know and we can provide the necessary information to provide to the vendor to properly generate the license files.