Information about Michigan Engineering IT policies and services provided by CAEN.

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About CAEN

CAEN provides the Michigan Engineering community with computing, instructional, and information technologies to support the strategic vision.

Access and Computing Accounts

An individual's role at Michigan Engineering will determine their eligibility for access to CAEN computer labs, as well as other U-M information technology resources.

Classroom Technology

CAEN provides consistent and reliable technology in Engineering classrooms to enhance teaching and learning for instructors and students. This technology generally offers a self-service orientation, facilitated by easy-to-use, in-room control systems and pre-configured setups.

Computer Labs

CAEN computer labs are collaborative areas in Michigan Engineering spaces where students conduct Engineering course-related, instructional work on desktop computers operated by CAEN.

Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility addresses the ability of people with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities to access electronic resources such as the Internet, software, mobile devices, e-readers, etc. It also includes people with changing abilities due to aging and temporary conditions due to accidents or illness.


All members of the U-M community are provided with access to a centrally-managed email account, along with options for creating and managing email groups and lists.

Extended Reality (XR)

Extended Reality (XR) is a term that refers to the combination of real and virtual environments using computer technology, including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR).

Generative AI

Generative AI (GenAI) is a general term for artificial intelligence that creates new content by generating new data samples that are similar to the training set. These generative models learn patterns, structures, and features from the input data and can create content with similar characteristics.

Instructional Tools

CAEN supports a number of popular hardware and software tools and services used by Michigan Engineering instructors in their teaching.

Networks and Wi-Fi

CAEN provides support for network connectivity in Michigan Engineering buildings, including wireless (Wi-Fi) and wired networks.

Online File Storage

Michigan Engineering students, faculty, and staff are provided with many online file storage options to support their academic, administrative, and research needs.

Remote Access

Eligible members of the Michigan Engineering have access to many CAEN computer lab services remotely. Depending on the operating system, different clients are available for remote access to the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) for Windows or Linux.

NOTE: To connect to CAEN remote access services from off-campus locations, you must first connect to the U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN):


The software library bundled with the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) includes a large set of engineering-specific applications covering a wide range of disciplines, as well as software for general productivity.

Telecommuting & Remote/Hybrid Work

CAEN works with departments to provide support for Michigan Engineering faculty and staff who need to work and meet with others both on and off campus.


To support Michigan Engineering departments with their web application and email communication needs, CAEN offers options to publish websites and create moderated email distribution lists, and more...