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All OU students have access to five computer labs. OU Information Technology operates three computer labs (Couch Tower lab, Honors College Lab, Oklahoma Memorial Union Lab) with an addition two non-OUIT managed computer labs (Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center and East Information Center which are located in the Bizzell Library). Information about these computing resources can be found at http://www.ou.edu/content/ouit/learning.html.

Additionally, the Gallogly College of Engineering and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy students have access to computer labs in Carson Engineering Center, Sarkeys Energy Center, and Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. An adjoined space is available in Carson Engineering Center that accommodates a total capacity of 56 students and a smaller computer lab contains an additional 20 computers. Two labs in Sarkeys Energy Center each have 14 workstations available for use. The labs contain Dell T3420 Precision Workstations with single Dell Ultrasharp 24” Monitors, 8 GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, an Nvidia Quadro K1200 graphics card and an Intel Xeon E3-1270 (Quad Core 3.6 MHz processor). Similar equipment is found in the lab in Sarkeys Energy Center, which also includes a color plotter and a large format color scanner. Computer laboratory space is also available in the Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. This lab houses 12 Dell T7810 Precision Workstations will Dual Dell Ultrasharp 27” Monitors, 32 GB of 2400 MHz DDR4, an Nvidia Quadro M4000 graphics card and a Dual Intel Xeon E5- 2620 (8 core 3.0 GHz processor). All computers are connected to high speed, networked copier- printers. All of these labs are available to students twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

OU Information Technology and the Gallogly College of Engineering license the software that is used throughout the curriculum. This includes Ansys, AutoCAD, Bentley, Fluent, Gams, LabVIEW, Mastercam, MathCAD, MATLAB, Patran, Proll, SigmaPlot, Solidworks, Tecplot, and Visual Studio. This software is licensed for all lab computers. Additionally, some software is licensed for installation on faculty or student computer as well as in our virtual lab environment.

Engineering students are provided with additional computer resources through the MSDNAA program which allows students to access most Microsoft software for installation and testing on their personal machines. All engineering students have access to the full Microsoft suite including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Furthermore, all undergraduate engineering students have full access to Lynda.com and Adobe Creative Cloud including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. The College provides personal network storage for each student which is available on or off-campus. Software installation and support is provided through the IT Service Center, which is available in various locations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Official requests for new software purchases and installation can be made by faculty through the online software request form.

In addition to the physical labs the Gallogly College of Engineering makes a virtual lab environment available to students. This virtual lab has approximately sixty-percent of the College-specific software installed. The virtual lab is available to students from on or off-campus twenty-four hours a day.

Faculty members are provided with the PC or Mac-based computer model of their choice and have access to centralized networked printers within their schools and personal network storage space.

The College has a mandatory laptop policy (for information please see http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/academics/studentsupport/eng_technology/laptop_policy.html) for students and provides recommended specifications for appropriate hardware. Many courses make use of the wireless network and software that is installed on student computers or through the virtual lab for in-class instruction.