Computing and software

Computer support

General computer support is available for students, faculty and staff in MEB 203. Office hours are generally 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday (excluding University Holidays). ME computer support can also be reached anytime by email at or by phone at 206-616-1867.


The ME Department licenses a variety of engineering software for use by students, faculty and staff for non-research related purposes. Most of this software is usable from the department Remote Desktop Servers. Information and Instructions for accessing the department's Remote Desktop Servers can be found on the Remote desktop page.

Other Software

  • Free student and teacher versions of AutoCad are available at
  • Other software packages, including Labview and Tecplot, are available from the College of Engineering for free. More information on software available from the College of Engineering can be found at
  • If other software is needed for research purposes or for installation on personally-owned computers, individual licenses can also be purchased through the College of Engineering at discounted prices.


Printing, copying, scan-to-email and fax are available for ME students, staff and faculty on a multi-function device located in MEB 140. At this time, only ME faculty, staff and graduate students are allowed to print to the copier in MEB 140 from their personal computers. Public use printers are available in MEB 232, MEB 253 and the Engineering Library.

There are two methods available for sending print jobs to the copier. The first method is to log in with your NetID credentials at and upload a Microsoft Office or PDF document through a web interface. This is a quick and easy way to send print jobs that doesn't require a driver installation however it does have limitations. The second method for sending print jobs is to have a specially configured print driver installed on your personal computer. Contact ME Computer Support at for more information.

Note that printing is only available from computers connected to the UW Seattle Campus network and although all ME faculty, staff and graduate students should be enabled for printing at, if you are not able to log in, you may need to request that your NetID be added to the system. Contact ME Computer Support at for more information.


Faxing is available from the copier. Instructions for placing a fax are posted beside the machine. The fax log is for the purpose of charging the user's budget, and should be filled out by the sender regardless of whether the calls are local or long-distance. To send a long distance fax you must have a U-Watts number.