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Welcome to the College of Engineering computer network!

Having an account on the COE system is a privilege, not a right. Please read the Engineering Computer Center acceptable use policy. By using the system, you agree to abide by this policy.

For information on ECE accounts, click here.

Computer Center Labs

To meet the academic needs of our students and faculty, the Computer Center is now supporting a number of labs with thin clients or Windows workstations. The Engineering Windows environment, WINCOE, is available in 268 SN and varying academic department labs. Both the WINCOE and Linux graphical environments are available through the COE virtual lab.

COE Windows

To use a COE Windows machine or VLAB thin client, log on with your COE username and password. (COE usernames do not have a dot in them.)

Logins protect the security of our system and enable you to have access to Engineering resources such as networked storage space, backups, and course directories. On WINCOE, your personal data is stored in your home directory on the COE system. You can save a file in your "My Documents" directory, and it will be there the next time you log on. Your data is safely backed up on tape to protect it against accidental corruption or deletion. Your Unix home directory appears as the "Z:" (cifs.homedir) drive on a WINCOE computer.

Software stability is very important for our students and faculty. On WINCOE, you should find the software you need for Engineering and general use. The stability of these applications has been improved by not installing every application needed by every other college in the university.

If you need help with WINCOE, or if you need a software package that is not presently installed, please send a message to

COE Email

You can read and send email from your COE account using our WebMail, which you can reach here: [1]

You can also use the Mac Mail client, Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, or other popular mail client programs available from your computer or mobile device. Set your IMAP server to (we support SSL for IMAP). You can use our SMTP server ( to send mail from email clients that support SSL and authentication. More information about COE mail is available here.

Linux / Unix remote logins

To log in to a COE Linux workstation, SSH to If you are off-campus, connect to the University VPN before starting your ssh session. More information here: Linux_Machine_Help

"Gateway" is a load-balancer that will automatically connect you to a specific Linux host. Many of our users use pine to read and send email from a remote login session.

File Transfer

For file transfer using SFTP, connect to As of Dec. 20, 2017, FTP is no longer supported.

Disk Quota

Students on the COE system have a quota of 5 Gigabytes of disk space. If your academic work requires more space, ask your professor to request an increase in your quota from the systems staff.

Changing your Password

Log into using SSH, or log in on a Linux lab workstation. At the system prompt, type passwd and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also use the Account module in COE WebMail to change your password. Password changes are not allowed from COE Windows computers, sorry.

Setting up your COE Web homepage

After logging onto a Unix machine, type setup and choose the www option. This will create a www directory in your Unix home directory and generate a generic html file called index.html for your homepage. The URL of your home page is Edit or add to the html files in your www directory to develop your web site.

Getting More Help

Go to for answers. You can also send email to with specific questions.

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