College Laptop Requirement

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The College of Engineering curriculum reflects engineering education in the 21st century. This includes using the latest computer technologies in both teaching and learning to prepare students for a future increasingly defined by digital technology and team-based workspaces.  As a result, all engineering students are required to have a laptop computer.

Many Marquette College of Engineering students will use advanced engineering software that requires specialized graphics cards not found in typical consumer laptops.  Students may order pre-configured laptops from Paragon Development Systems (PDS).  See below for more information.

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PDS Laptop Purchase Program

Marquette College of Engineering students will use advanced engineering software that requires specialized graphics cards not found in typical consumer laptops.  Students may order a pre-configured laptop from Paragon Development Systems (PDS) at www.pdspc.com/marquette.  PDS offers 4-year next-business day on-site warranty service and pre-installed engineering software.

Warranty service work on your HP or Lenovo laptop purchased through this program can be called in to the PDS Service Desk at 877-PDSPC11 (877-737-7211) throughout the entire four years of the laptop’s warranty. You may also use another service provider; however, using a service provider that is not authorized, or attempting to service the notebook on your own, will void the warranty.

Marquette Information Technology Services (ITS) information on getting hardware and software.

Approved Laptops

The following laptops are approved for purchase:

  • HP ZBook 14, ZBook 15, ZBook 17
  • Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Laptop System Requirements

  • Intel Core Processor (Core i5 or i7)
  • Advanced graphics card (ATI FireGL, ATI FirePro, NVIDIA Quadro FX)
  • Windows 7 or 8 (either 32-bit or 64-bit) installed
  • Some engineering software will not run on Mac OS X
  • Display Resolution 1024×768 Minimum, WXGA recommended
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • 100 GB Hard Disk Drive minimum
  • Wired Ethernet Network Interface & Cable
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 g/n
  • 4 year warranty highly recommended

Computer Support Policy

The College of Engineering offers students basic computer support to assist with the installation of required engineering software applications. Support is limited to current Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. On Apple computers, students with more advanced technology experience may install Windows within a Bootcamp environment. However, due to the nature and complexity of operating systems, the computer support staff cannot assist with Windows installations on Apple computers. Students are encouraged to contact their course instructors for assistance using the engineering software.

To request assistance with engineering software installations, please contact the COE Help Desk at 414-288-5140 or by e-mail at coetech@marquette.edu. In-person support is offered to students at the COE Technology Services office, Engineering Hall room 254.