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

CAEN works with the University and 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.

A list of the available applications and links to each of their restrictions is available below:

  • Abaqus Learning 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
  • Altium Designer - Editor for schematics that includes collaboration capabilities to quickly create, edit, simulate, and document schematics
  • AMPL - A modeling tool that supports the entire optimization lifecycle: development, testing, deployment, and maintenance
  • Ansys for Students - 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 – Chemical Communications Software - 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
  • GitHub Student Developer Pack - Github offers a developer pack for students, offering a curated collection of services that are free to U-M students
  • Intel Developer Zone - Allows U-M students, faculty, and academic researchers access to Intel developer software
  • Keysight PathWave Design Software - 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 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 for Education - 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
  • Microsoft Windows 10 & 11 Education - U-M students and faculty can register to access a download of Microsoft Windows 10 for their personal computers at no cost
  • 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 Student Software - Design, simulation and manufacturing software, 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
  • Thermo-Calc Free Educational Package - Free thermodynamics and kinetic theory software, including a collection of demo databases, for students and faculty
  • TotalView Student License Program - A personal license of tools for debugging software development processes
  • Unity Student - Access to the real-time 3D software development platform and workflows used in many engineering industries
  • VMware Academic Software Licensing Program - Provides access to virtual desktop and infrastructure software, enabling users to emulate multiple OS environments


Disclaimer: CAEN will not troubleshoot or support problems with software installation issues or errors on the applications listed above, as each personal computer has a unique configuration. CAEN recommends contacting the software vendor directly for support with their application.

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