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The Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

ME Technology and Educational Resources

METER Lab Hours

The METER Lab is open to students currently enrolled in Mechanical Engineering. Lab proctor assistance is available to students during all OPEN hours. Please note that hours change at different times of the year. If you need assistance, please see the Help Desk in ETC 2.126A, inside the lab.

Important METER Lab and HelpDesk Dates and Hours

Access to the lab with an authorized proximity card will be given on January 31, 2013. Proximity access to the lab will be removed on May 15, 2013.

New METER Lab Hours: Beginning January 21, 2013, proctored hours are:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. M-Th
  • 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri
  • Noon - 5 p.m. Sat-Sun

Exceptions are:

  • January 14-18, Mon-Fri, Lab open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 19-21, Sat-Sun-Mon, Lab closed
  • Spring Break: March 11-16, Mon-Fri, Lab open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., no proctors, Sat closed.
  • May 15-17, Wed-Fri, open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • May 20 - June 5, no proctors, open only when staff are available.
  • June 6, Thursday, classes begin, Lab re-opens for summer.

24/7 Access to METER Lab with Proximity Cards

Proximity Card Access to the METER Lab and to the ETC Building will be given to all enrolled ME students on the thirteenth class day of each long semester. Proximity cards can be obtained at the ID Center in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Graduate and undergraduate students will be able to access the lab 24/7, although it will not be staffed except during the times listed above. If you are there at night, please be very careful.

Night Safety Rules

  • Try to work in groups, and not alone, especially late at night.
  • Never lend your card to anyone.
  • Never let anyone else in because everyone who has this privilege should already have their own card.
  • Keep your card on your person so that you can get back in if you leave for restroom breaks or other absences.
  • Never leave your personal belongings unattended. Be sure you know the person who is watching your belongings for you.
  • For your security there are surveillance cameras watching the entrance/exits to the building and the labs.


Please try our vDesk if you need access to ME applications during holiday times.

Suggestion Box in the METER Lab

We now have a suggestion box! Tell us what you're thinking. Questions? Ideas? Suggestions? Complaints? Comments?
Please send email to: meter.suggestions@utlists.utexas.edu.

Departmental Computer Labs and the High Performance Computing (HPC) Linux Cluster

Our computing resources include: a general purpose lab with Windows computers running the latest engineering software, black and white as well as color printers, and scanners. In addition, we provide a remotely accessible group of High Performance Computing (HPC) servers running the Linux operating system which also run the latest engineering software.

The METER Lab is located ETC 2.126, right next to the T-Room. The phone number is (512) 471-5951. The HPC is available remotely from any computer on the network. For more information, please see the HPC website.

Resources and Technical Support

We provide computational resources to the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Our primary focus is to support the course related activities of our faculty and students. Users must have an ME account, available to ME majors, students in ME courses, faculty, staff, and visitors who have an active affiliation with the Dept.

Download the IT Manager's new student document titled "IT Resources at UT Austin and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for Students."

MATLAB and Simulink (student version)

See MATLAB and Simulink instructions for use and purchase on our site.

Virtual Desktop (vDesk) Service for remote access to departmental software

Do you need to access any of the METER programs from home, work, school, or when you are out of town? Are you a distance education student who is always out of town? The Mechanical Engineering Department Virtual Desktop (vDesk) service offers a way to access programs from your own computer at home, at work, or at school.

Network Access in ETC

The ETC building has both wired and wireless network coverage available throughout the building. All network ports in public areas require UT EID authentication.

Security Patches and Anti-Virus Software Mandatory

All computers connected to the network on the UT Campus and in the ETC building are required to have critical security patches and anti-virus software up-to-date. They must be free of viruses and free of any other malicious code that could damage or reduce/remove the availability of resources to other computers. Your Network connection will be disabled if this is not done.

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