Discover ANSYS Multiphysics Simulation – Free Student Lunch-n-Learn (sponsored by CAEN)

Learn how ANSYS simulation tools allow you to simulate fluid dynamics, structural dynamics and electromagnetics phenomena with great accuracy, and how they influence product design. In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • Why, as young engineers, simulation skills are key to boosting your career
  • Free student resources to help with your projects (i.e., free on-demand MOOCs and tutorials)
  • Inspiring simulation examples from students, student teams and innovative companies

We will showcase numerous simulation examples including topology optimization, additive manufacturing, antenna performance plus application examples from Ferrari, Dyson, Medtronic and more! Space is limited, so registration is required to attend at:

  • Date: September 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Check-in @ 1:00)
  • Location: Duderstadt Center Room 1180
  • Contact: Jack Malluege


Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be mandatory for all U-M students in Winter 2020

Starting January 29, 2020, Duo Two-factor Authentication will be required for every University of Michigan student on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses:

All students required to use two-factor authentication by 2020

Two-Factor Authentication Icon

All U-M faculty and employees were required to enable Duo as of the last Winter 2019 term. In response, CAEN implemented the requirement of Duo authentication for all remote access services.

This upcoming change is separate and more wide-ranging, since all U-M students will be required to use Duo for U-M Weblogin services.

For more information about this requirement, and why it is important for data security, visit the Use Two-Factor Authentication (Duo) website, and set up Duo today!


Locations of CAEN Labs with the newest computers

Approximately 250 new HP Z2 computers were installed in CAEN computer labs and learning centers over the Summer. These computers are configured with additional memory, better graphics, and a more powerful CPU:

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E-2136 6C 80W
  • RAM: 32 GB (2×16 GB) DDR4 2666 UDIMM NECC
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB (4)mDP GFX
  • Disk: SSD 512 GB Z Turbo Drive 2280 TLC
  • Combination of Small and Mini Form Factor case sizes

These are the locations where the new computers are installed:


New Extended Reality (XR) capabilities

This Fall, CAEN will introduce Extended Reality (XR) tools for student, faculty and staff use. At the Duderstadt Center Visualization Lab, and other select classrooms and CAEN labs, XR capable hardware is being installed to allow exploration of the technology.

XR standards, software environments, and integration into courses are still emerging. Individual students and student project teams are encouraged to explore XR features and capabilities in the following software packages:

  • Unreal Engine, Unity, and 3ds Max Interactive for visualization, content and game creation
  • Siemens STAR-CCM+ and NX for fluid simulation and product design
  • PTC Creo for product design and visualization using Augmented Reality on personal devices
  • Windows Mixed Reality

In addition, students can now check out HTC Vive Pro Wireless, HP Reverb, or Oculus Quest headsets from the Duderstadt Center library. Students can also bring their own XR capable headsets and hardware.


Moves and changes to CAEN computer labs

EECS 1230 has been moved to EECS 2420

In order to create a new first floor classroom in the EECS Atrium, the CAEN Lab formerly located in EECS 1230 has been relocated to EECS 2420.

The new EECS 2420 CAEN Lab has received a complete renovation with all new carpet, paint, furniture, and computers. In addition to traditional lab seating for access to computers, it offers two reservable student team collaboration areas, as well as lounge seating.

CSRB 2230

The CAEN Lab in CSRB 2230 has been completely and totally renovated.

The renovation included the removal of the raised floor, new carpet and paint, a new instructor’s station at the front of the room, and several large flat panel monitors on the side walls. This lab is one of many that continue to be upgraded and renovated each year.


Changes to the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE)

Over the summer, CAEN upgraded all the computers in the Duderstadt Center, CAEN computer labs, and the remote access services to new versions of Microsoft Windows 10 1809 Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.7.

All CLSE systems remain dual-boot Windows and Linux for 2019.

Changes to the CLSE for Microsoft Windows 10 include:

  • Logon times have been improved.
  • Many software titles used for coursework have been upgraded to the latest version with the newest features.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 applications are now available via the AppsAnywhere software portal.
  • The Microsoft Store application has been enabled, giving students access to the full catalog of applications available in the Microsoft Windows Store.
  • The Windows Subsystem for Linux is available, and an array of Linux distributions can be installed into user space via the Windows Store.
  • Windows Mixed Reality, which uses the Hololens platform, is now available.


Student CoE supplemental printing allocation set at $10 for Fall 2019

ITS Printer

Eligible students will receive a $10 College of Engineering (CoE) supplemental printing allocation per term for the upcoming academic year. This is a $6 reduction from last year, and is part of a four-year effort to end the CoE supplemental printing allocation by Fall 2020. Note that the standard student ITS printing allocation will remain unchanged at $24 per term.

This change is being made to address historical trends, recognizing that students are printing less each year, along with being mindful to global environmental sustainability. Statistics show that over 50% of Engineering students do not exceed the standard ITS printing allocation. Funds realized from this change will be reinvested into future improvements for CoE classrooms and CAEN computer labs.


No Activity, 24-hour Logout policy enforced for all CLSE (CAEN Lab) computers

In response to student feedback about the usage of CAEN lab computers, beginning the Fall 2019 term, any login session to a CLSE computer will be automatically logged-out after 24 hours of inactivity (i.e. no keyboard or mouse interaction). This policy includes both the Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux CLSE computers. This policy change has been made to improve accessibility and security of CAEN Lab Software Environment for all Engineering students.

As before, an individual must remain at the computer console, or may lock the screen for up to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, a button appears that if clicked will logout the locked user so the computer can be reclaimed.

Individuals who require background computing resources that cannot be reconciled with these policies are encouraged to evaluate the resources of the Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services group.


Tips for the layout of flexible learning spaces

Movable furniture and other equipment can be configured for multiple uses in CAEN’s flexible learning spaces and classrooms. An advantage is having a room that is able to be used for lecture-style teaching, student group collaborative work, or a course discussion. Wall-mounted monitors and movable whiteboards in the rooms can also aid the student learning experience.

The recommendations below are based on interviews with College of Engineering instructors, and observations of courses utilizing flexible learning spaces.

Movable Tables and Chairs

Instructors have the opportunity to use several different layouts in flexible classrooms, and depending on their teaching needs, they are encouraged to think about the different ways the furniture can be used. For example, small group layouts allow instructors to interact directly with students, particularly during collaborative group work, as may be done in design courses. It is also important to set classroom norms at the beginning of each term, and explain the room layout(s) you will use, so students know how to arrange the furniture. Creating an image or slide, and displaying it at the beginning of the class, will aid the students in arranging the furniture to conserve class time (see our example PowerPoint template).

Example Furniture Layouts

Chrysler 133:

GFL 224:

Wall-mounted Monitors and Movable Whiteboards

Monitors around the periphery of a classroom can be connected-to in a few ways. For example, they can be used by instructors to project slides and other class content to all displays in the room, allowing students to see the material even if their back is to the instructor or the main projection screen. Students may also connect a laptop to individual monitors for collaborative work, allowing instructors to easily view and evaluate a group’s progress. Refer to our main Flexible Learning Spaces page for instructions on connecting to the monitors and changing the display settings.

Each flexible classroom also contains movable whiteboards for students to use during collaborative group work. Similar to the monitors, these can allow faculty to see student work, and offer hands-on instruction as needed.

Chrysler 133 (Lecture – Double tables) Layout


Equipment Checkout Service available to CoE students, faculty, & staff

“CAEN Chromebook”

Starting Monday, January 21, an equipment checkout service will be available to College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff. The program is administered by CAEN, and checkout will be performed at the Library Reserves Desk on the second floor of the Duderstadt Center. Chromebooks will be available for checkout by requesting a “CAEN Chromebook.” Possible future equipment includes presentation remotes, portable document cameras, microphones, assisted listening devices, USB web cameras, and VR headsets. The type and quantities of equipment may vary over time.

Refer to our Equipment Checkout Service web page for updates on the types of equipment that may be checked out, and maximum checkout duration.