College of Engineering Eos
Eos is the common computing environment the College of Engineering (COE) shares across its departments and curricula. http://www.eos.ncsu.edu
Eos fully integrates with the campus Unity environment but mainly provides the college with unique resources for engineering computing.
Labs and Software
Eos has always been heavily lab-based in order to expose students to industry-standard engineering applications that may not be available on individually-owned computers. COE has 17 Eos labs and collaboratories running software for Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, and Red Hat Linux (http://www.eos.ncsu.edu/labs). Eos also boasts an unparalleled library of engineering software (http://www.eos.ncsu.edu/software), available both in labs and through the Virtual Computing Lab. When the license permits, some engineering applications can be installed on student-owned computers.
All incoming undergraduate engineering students are expected to have a laptop or tablet computer that meets COE specifications (http://www.eos.ncsu.edu/soc). COE has adopted an open platform model so that students can choose the hardware vendor they prefer. At the NC State Bookstores, students, faculty, and staff can purchase laptops at special prices arranged with Apple, IBM/Lenovo and Dell.
Introductory Computing Course
All engineering freshmen take E115: Introduction to Computing Environments (http://www.eos.ncsu.edu/e115), which is taught on their own laptops running their choice of a current Linux, Mac, or Windows operating system. E115 prepares students for engineering computing and gives them hands-on experience in the maintenance and effective use of their own computers to interface with Eos and Unity resources.
Help with Eos
The Guide to Eos and Unity Computing is available online at http://www.eos.ncsu.edu/guide and at the NC State Bookstores. Information Technology and Engineering Computer Services (ITECS) develops Eos and provides IT support to the college. For assistance, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the help desks in 203 and 226 Daniels (24/7) or 204 Daniels (8-5 M-F).