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UPDATED: July 18th 2014


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The College of Engineering (CoE) at the University of Miami (UM) has developed and implemented, real-time, Virtual Academic Computing, which we call ViAComp.  ViAComp will provide you remote access to all the specialized Engineering software used in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

As an enrolled student in CoE, you will be required to have a laptop so that you will be able to interface with ViAComp. ViaComp will provide you with:

  • 24/7/365 access - through the web, either in wired or wireless mode - to the College of Engineering course software, FREE, with each student being allocated his/her roaming storage space.
  • Unlike on other engineering campuses, you will no longer have to be on campus or in our college building to work on your assignments since ViAComp will allow you to do it from anywhere!

The following page has the minimum equipment standards currently available from Dell. You can use other brands of computers but please note Apple users will need to utilize VMware Fusion4 software to interface with ViAComp.

Although we have listed the specs for both standard and advanced laptop configurations, we strongly recommend that you purchase or upgrade your current laptop to the advanced laptop configuration to accommodate faster processing of information as well as to enhance your personal experience using your laptop with other applications.

You certainly can purchase your laptop at any computer store, however we encourage you to consider purchasing it through the University of Miami. All UM students can receive a Discount on computers and software through the UM BOOKSTORE.

University of Miami Information Technology has a dedicated staff and SUPPORT SERVICES for all your computer needs.

You can find information about the recommended configurations for Windows and Mac. Standard configuration is more than enough but the website allows for change.

If you have any questions about the systems required, please contact Dr. Shihab Asfour, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at 305-284-2367 or at sasfour@miami.edu with any questions.