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Computer Needs






Since we do not use the computer lab, you are required to purchase a laptop computer.  The computer needs to be powerful enough to run the following software (in addition to normal Microsoft office products):



MatLAB (

LabVIew (

AutoCAD (

Capstone (

DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE SOFTWARE PACKAGES AT THIS TIME.   We will supply you with some of it, and some you will have to purchase, but this will be announced with plenty of time before the start of each course.  The software is listed here so that you can ensure that the computer that you may have or that you may want to purchase meets the requirements of the different packages.

Laptops that have been specifically configured for Orono Mechanical Engineering students and that also satisfy the requirements for BEP students are available for purchase through the Computer Connection (located inside the University Bookstore). The specs are, Lenovo ThinkPad W540, Core i7 4700MQ 2.4GHz, Widows 7 Pro 64 bit, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD Writer, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M, 1920 x 1080 Display, Bluetooth, Webcam, 9 cell battery, weight 5.6 lbs, 3 Year Depot Warranty. The price is $1479. It does not come preinstalled with Microsoft Office.  However, Microsoft  Office University 365 with a four year subscription is available for purchase for $77.