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Software at COEN

A multitude of software packages are available for use in the College of Engineering labs and are updated routinely to reflect the latest available versions.

See COEN Labs information for more details about specific packages and locations of Windows or Linux labs.

HELPFUL Educational Tools for Faculty

Adobe and Endnote are NOT FREE

Many engineering applications in the labs are also available for faculty to use on COEN workstations (if a volume license exists; each licensing agreement may vary).  Some packages are NOT included in  University volume license agreements (and therefore must be purchased):

      • Adobe software
      • Endnote

ADOBE products may be purchased leveraging educational discounts through approved resellers. Requests may be submitted to COEN IT Services.

ENDNOTE is available directly through Thomson Reuters or approved resellers.

Mendeley (an Endnote freeware alternative):  www.mendeley.com

Software for Faculty/Staff/Students

Engineering and Scientific Software

Ansys simulation software is available to students for free. Visit the Ansys website for details to review student offerings from the ansys.com website.

Matlab is available online through a web browser, or as software you download and install on your personal computer.

Mathematica is available for faculty and staff personal machines, and free student editions are also available on the OIT Software website.

Solidworks for Mechanical Engineering Students – kits for engineering student personal computers only (self-serve offering provided to the student directly by an academic department; computer labs in Engineering are configured with the COEN IT supported academic version).  See more details about computers labs (and software) here.

Microsoft Office for Personal Use

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office: Microsoft’s 365 offering is available for free (in the cloud)

AZURE and VMAP Programs

Microsoft OS DEV Offerings and Virtualization Software

Engineering faculty, staff, and students are enrolled in two software programs:  Microsoft’s Azure Dev Tools for Teaching and VMWare’s Academic Program (VMAP).  Membership provides free access to Microsoft software (with the exception of Office applications) and VMWare virtualization software (VMWare Workstation: Windows, Fusion: Mac OSX).

Please note:  Messages sent to engineering faculty, students and staff from kivuto.com are legitimate notifications of a software program the college is utilizing for free software access.  These messages are not spam or phishing emails.  The notifications are from an external organization that administers the program, and therefore will not reflect boisestate or .edu addressing in the “sender” information.

One download per offering, typically good for one year or longer.  Contact coenits@cs.boisestate.edu for account creation and access details, or to opt out of these programs.

OS X Versus Windows

When purchasing a computer for use with engineering software, the most compatible operating system is Windows. Not all software programs are coded to run on Apple OSX devices.

Software Purchasing

Engineering software packages used in COEN labs and on COEN servers are purchased by COEN IT Staff, which includes license renewals for engineering packages. (There is no requirement that faculty or staff purchasing software for installation on his or her COEN desktop or laptop go through COEN IT Staff).

Things To Know When Buying Software

The University Requires Software Review

Software for individual COEN workstations can be purchased by COEN faculty or staff (with departmental approvals and authorizations) through third-party vendors or internally through the Purchasing Department.

University Committees (SARB) and/or the Legal department review software purchases. If documents must be signed (agreements/EULAs), those will be reviewed before purchase.

When purchasing software, academic pricing may be available.  Please review the Boise State University’s Purchasing requirements before initiating an order, verify the software you are researching is not already available through state contract vendors, and verify that your order is tax-exempt.  The vendor may require that you fill out a sales tax exemption certificate and submit that with purchase documentation.  Some vendors require a purchase order to complete the transaction.

***Any software purchase from a vendor requiring a Boise State Signature for a software license agreement/EULA must be reviewed by Boise State’s Legal department before the software may be purchased.

For more information about purchasing, see the State of Idaho Purchasing Website:

http://purchasing.idaho.gov/

Questions?

If you have questions about software or need to request an installation on COEN equipment, contact IT Support for the College of Engineering at coenits@cs.boisestate.edu