In addition to the software available for academic use on the computer labs and on Oasis, Engineering IT has licenses for students and researches to access various pieces of software.

Students may download the following programs at no cost for use on their personal computer.

  • AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office
    Note: Students have free access to Microsoft Office products through Office 365. The McKelvey School of Engineering no longer provides on the hub access. If you are looking for a copy of Microsoft Windows Operating System, you may purchase it from the WashU Campus Store, the Microsoft Store or another retailer.
    Engineering students can install MATLAB programs on their personally-owned computers. Engineering IT will be sending out more information, including the required activation key, at the beginning of the semester. For more details, see the Quick Start Guide.
  • DreamSpark
    DreamSpark is now available to all faculty, staff & students within the School of Engineering. Simply request an account by emailing, and we will get you access to lots of different types of software used for Research, Teaching & Academic learning. Access DreamSpark.

The following software is available for research use within the McKelvey School of Engineering:
  • Abaqus – Offers powerful and complete solutions for both routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications
  • COMSOL Multiphysics – A completely new multiphysics node in the model tree for setting up multiphysics models, including the ability to combine physics interfaces to define your own multiphysics
  • Fluent – Offers broad physical modeling capabilities needed to model flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications
  • MATLAB (Mathworks) – Includes high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization and programming
  • Cadence – Helps engineers design the transistors, standard cells and IP blocks that make up SoCs
  • Synopsys – Provides products and services that accelerate innovation in the global electronics market

Engineering Cloud Cluster

This is an open-use Linux cluster preloaded with most of the Engineering school's licensed research software. This system is used for larger computational jobs that can run for multiple days, if necessary. This resource is currently only available to researchers within the McKelvey School of Engineering.

This service is expected to change and adapt as more people begin using it. For more information, visit