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FAQs

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If your question isn't answered below, please reach out to a member of the CEE team and we will be happy to respond to your query.

CEE Computer Lab and Equipment

Q: What is the computer lab equipped with?

Answer: The CEE computer lab (Room 1.107) has 13 professional-grade desktop computers with all of the SEAS-licensed engineering software installed. The computers can be logged into using your HarvardKey. There is also a collaborative touch-screen display with digital whiteboard functionality as well as the capability of connecting to laptops/tablets via an HDMI cable. There is a projector and an instructor's computer which is also equipped with the same software as the other desktops in the lab.

Q: How do I get access to the computer lab in the SEC (Room 1.107)?

Answer: Access to this space is prioritized for teaching and learning related activities with priority given to SEAS courses. Many of the software on the computers in the lab have license agreements that restrict usage of the software for teaching only. If you have a teaching-related need for the lab, please contact Nishant Sule (nsule@seas.harvard.edu). The current schedule for the computer lab can be found here.

Q: Do you provide loaner laptop computers for student's course needs?

Answer: Yes, we have a limited number of Dell laptop computers for student's course needs. Please start by filling out this form and contacting us with your request.

Q: What other equipment do you have for student's to borrow?

Answer: We have a variety of accessories useful for computational projects. Some of these include web-cams, digital SRL cameras, portable projectors, android phones/tablets, and more. Please reach out to the CEE team members for your specific needs or for more information. 

COMSOL

Q: Can I install COMSOL on my personal computer?

Answer: No, students cannot install COMSOL on their personal computers for teaching and learning. COMSOL can be accessed through the FAS Research Computing (RC) OnDemand virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and through the computers available in the SEC Computer Lab (1.107). The instructions for using the FASRC OnDemand VDI can be found here. If you are an instructor needing access to COMSOL for your course, please reach out to one of the CEE team members.

Q: I want to use COMSOL during the Summer for extracurricular activities such as student clubs. What should I do?

Answer: Contact one of the CEE team members to discuss your use case. As long as it falls within the scope of the teaching license, we can provide you access to the Computer Lab.

Q: Can I use COMSOL for research purposes?

Answer: No, the license through which we have access to COMSOL is only available for teaching and learning activities. If the research is in the context of a course you are taking please contact one of the CEE team members. 

Q: Can I have access to FASRC OnDemand VDI without canvas?

Answer: No, this is currently not possible.

Q: Can I contact COMSOL support to ask questions?

Answer: No, the teaching license through which we have access to COMSOL does not include support from COMSOL. You are free to post your questions on the COMSOL discussion forum, or better still, feel free to reach out to one of the CEE team members for help.

Solidworks

Q: Can I install Solidworks on my personal computer?

Answer: You can, as long as Solidworks is used for course-related activities. The first step is to fill out this form using your Harvard email. Once completed, you will receive a confidential email including the key and instructions to install Solidworks on your computer. Solidworks is also available through FASRC OnDemand VDI and in the SEC Computer Lab (1.107). If you are an instructor needing access to Solidworks for your course, please reach out to one of the CEE team members.

Q: How can I install Solidworks on my Mac?

Answer: Solidworks is not yet available for Mac OS, but you can use virtual machine software or Bootcamp to install Windows and then install Solidworks. For more detailed instructions, please see this document. Solidworks is also available through FASRC OnDemand VDI and in the SEC Computer Lab (1.107). If you are an instructor needing access to Solidworks for your course, please reach out to one of the CEE team members.

Q: Can I use Solidworks on FASRC OnDemand VDI?

Answer: Yes, Solidworks is now available through VDI. Please follow the FAS OnDemand link through your course canvas page and initiate a VDI using the Windows Solidworks + Comsol interactive app.