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Engineering Computing Center

Engineering Computing Center

Welcome to the Engineering Computing Center!

The Engineering Computing Center is a 5400 square-foot facility that provides the primary computing resources for instructional and research-related activities in the School of Engineering. The Engineering Computing Center currently has 6 computer labs including:

  • 3 Microsoft Windows Labs
  • 1 Apple OSX Lab
  • 2 Centos Linux Labs

In addition, the Engineering Computing Center provides support and access to 11 other departmental labs within the engineering complex. These systems support engineering courses with computing lab components and provide high-end systems for student use on course assignments and projects.

The Engineering Computing Center also supports a wide variety of industry-standard technical software packages and hosts a variety of programming language compilers. All students in engineering classes are given Unix and Windows systems accounts.

The Engineering Computing Center is open daily from 8:00 AM until midnight during the Fall, Winter and Spring academic quarters, with reduced hours during Summer and breaks.

The Engineering Computing Center is located in Building 402, 2nd Floor, Room 608. This building is also known as Mechanical Engineering, or Murphy Engineering. Access cards are required to gain entry into the Engineering Computing Center.

The Engineering Computing Center is open from 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M. daily (7 days) and 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. during holiday and break periods. However, classes take precedence over individuals accessing the lab.

All students who register for an Engineering class have an account generated automatically for them. Your account ID is eight characters long consisting of your first initial and up to seven characters of your last name. If you have a common name there may be a number attached to the end of your account ID (e.g. John Smith = jsmith3). Your account ID is the same for Unix, Windows and Mac. Your password is initially your 11 digit student ID number on both systems but can be changed later for different systems. The lab monitor on duty in the Engineering Computing Center can help you determine your account ID. However, other specific logins are provided on request, such as Oracle database, Web pages, Tomcat (JSP) and Serlets, MSDNAA. Email to request these logins.

The Engineering Computing Center is equipped with administrative personnel who can be contacted for any issues that may arise.

Lab Monitor (Engineering Computing Center Front Desk) – (408) 554-4909
Lantz Johnson (Engineering Computing Center Manager) – (408) 554-6806
Chris Tracy (Linux System Administrator/Security Expert) - (408) 551-1989
Jason Chong (Windows System Administrator) – (408) 551-1893

Q. How do I enroll in the Microsoft Academic Alliance program to get free software?
All Engineering Faculty, staff or enrolled students can have access to a variety of free Microsoft Operating systems and programs. To enroll in the program, e-mail Support at Please include your student/employee ID number so your status can be verified. Once your account has been created, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to log into the web page. Click here for the MSDNAA page.


Q. How can I request for software to be installed?
We only accept resource requests from Faculty members. Faculty members, please use the following link to submit your Software Request Form. We will evaluate your request to make sure it is feasible within the timeline and resources available. Before submitting, please take a look at the available resources listed here in this link: resources


Q. Do we have remote connectivity to the design center?
Telnet, FTP or SSH can be used to access the UNIX computers.
Hostnames: and
For information on remote graphical access to Unix systems see FreeNX
For information on Microsoft Terminal Server Service see term_serv


Q. Can I access my Windows NT home directory from Unix?
Yes. It is /users/nt/homes/username. Note that if you use NT filenames with spaces in them, you will have to surround the filename with quotation marks to do anything with it on the Unix side.


Q. Can I access the Internet from here?
Yes! From telnet/rlogin/ftp, you can use either names or IP numbers. You can use the World Wide Web to access all kinds of information on the internet.


Q. Do you have a POP server?
Yes. The server is See "helpme imap" for more information.


Q. Do you have an IMAP server?
Yes. The server is See "helpme imap" for more information.

Contact Us

Lab Manager: Lantz Johnson

Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sullivan Engineering, Bldg. 402