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Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Computing Facility

UCF Lounge

The Undergraduate Computing Facility (UCF) is a restricted access computer lab for the exclusive use of Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry students. A significant amount of course work, project work and group work gets performed here. Additionally it acts as a gathering point for the undergraduate students for more than just course work; with the attached lounge it has become a social center for the students as well. The ChemEng and EngChem clubs work hard to maintain the space as a place that is inviting to all students. With the growing enrollments in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry the size of the demand on the resources in the UCF has increased. Two years ago the number of computers in the UCF was increased from 36 to 42. Every two years the computers in the facility are refreshed to keep the UCFR at the fore front of technology.

Hardware Configuration

  • Lenovo M58e Desktop
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0GHz)
  • 4GB Ram
  • 250GB Drive
  • 19in Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Cluster Workstation
Some of the computers in the UCF

Software Configuration

Each of the machines is configured with the same software setup. A number of specialized software packages are installed to assist the students and/or the course instructor. Additionally general software is installed that support the students in everyday tasks such as report writing.

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Office Suite 2007
  • Microsoft Project Pro 2007
  • Microsoft Visio 2007
  • Adobe Contribute CS4
  • JMP 8
  • Gaussview
  • Gaussian 03
  • Aspen Engineering Suite v7.0
  • MatLAB R2008b
  • Maple 11
  • SuperPro Designer v7.0
  • MicroPlant v1.0

The costs of the hardware and software are partially offset by a small annual user fee that is charged to students wanting to use the UCF. The Facility plays a key role in the culture of the department as well as the academic and social lives of the students.