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What academic software is available to Michigan Engineering students at no cost?

CAEN works with vendors to offer editions of academic software that Michigan Engineering students can install on their personal computers at no cost. In many cases, the applications are only available to students who are enrolled in a for-credit U-M course during the current academic term. The list of applications (and restrictions) available to Engineering students are listed below.

This article will be updated as software licenses expire and/or new licenses are added:

  • Abaqus Student Edition - A personal finite element analysis tool for use on coursework, and to become more proficient with Abaqus
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - A collection of desktop and mobile applications and services for designing print and online media, video editing, web development, photography, and more
  • Altair Student Edition - An integrated user environment for modeling and visualization, based on HyperWorks Desktop
  • ANSYS Student - A package for learning the fundamentals of simulation workflow, while also gaining exposure to ANSYS Workbench
  • Autodesk Education Community - A password-protected website that provides direct access to student versions of Autodesk software
  • Bentley Microstation - CAD platform used by teams of architects, engineers, contractors and GIS professionals
  • ChemDraw & ChemOffice - Chemical drawing and modeling tool, free to all U-M students, faculty, and staff
  • CPLEX Optimizer - Mathematical modeling and optimization software, free to all U-M students, faculty, and research staff
  • Intel Developer Zone - Allows U-M students, faculty, and academic researchers access to Intel software
  • Keysight EEsof EDA - Electronic engineering software tools, including ADS, SystemVue, Genesys, and EMPro
  • LabVIEW Student Edition - A system-design platform and development environment, offering the same features as the full version of LabVIEW
  • Mathematica Student License - A technical computing system for areas including including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, and visualizations
  • MATLAB for Faculty, Staff, and Students - A software license program for a number of MathWorks products, including MATLAB
  • Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching - Allows access to the latest Microsoft tools, operating systems, server software, documentation and technical references
  • Microsoft Office 365 - Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other popular Microsoft Office applications
  • MSC Software Student Editions - Finite element simulation software applications used in industry for modeling and analysis
  • NI Online Training - Self-paced, online training courses containing multimedia modules, interactive exercises, and videos
  • Siemens Learning Advantage - Provides access to a library of self-paced courses for Siemens PLM software products
  • Siemens NX Student Edition - Design, simulation and manufacturing software suite, including tools for visualization and modeling
  • SolidWorks Student Edition - Solid modeling tools for computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE)
  • STAR-CCM+ Individual Licenses - Tools used for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) algorithms, including flow, heat transfer and stress
  • TotalView Parallel Debugger Program - A personal license of tools for debugging software development processes
  • VMware Academic Program (VMAP) - A software suite for running multiple instances of compatible operating systems on a single device
  • Unity Student - Access to the real-time 3D software development platform and workflows used in many engineering industries


Note: CAEN will not troubleshoot or support problems with software installations or errors. Development with software on personal computers is also not supported by CAEN. Each student's computer is unique, and CAEN cannot support individual configurations.