About Us

CompAidEngr_autumn05_20092Who We Are

The staff at CAE is comprised of wide range of people, all dedicated to the upkeep of CAE facilities around the College of Engineering. Our Consultants, Full-Time Staff, Department Support Personnel, and Faculty Support Group each handle a different aspect of CAE’s operations to make sure that we provide the best possible support for our users.

What We Do

CAE is a facility that provides computing resources for College of Engineering. This includes providing a variety of resources for faculty, staff, and students. CAE provides access to over 100 software titles on over 600 workstations in 21 computer labs throughout the Engineering campus.  In addition to central computing facilities used by CAE and its user community, CAE also aids in operation and maintenance of a variety of computers dedicated to special purposes distributed throughout the College of Engineering.

The Computer-Aided Engineering Center Help Desk is staffed by student consultants. Consultants are trained to provide assistance to average student computer users at CAE. For consulting help, email helpdesk@cae.wisc.edu or call 262-5349.

Where We Are

The Computer-Aided Engineering Center is located at 1410 Engineering Drive (across from Engineering Hall near the fountain). The Help Desk is located in room 116 (click HERE to see the hours). Other CAE labs are available throughout the Engineering campus.

If you need help along the way, you can contact us.

Mission Statement

The Computer-Aided Engineering Center provides services and facilities to foster the intelligent and efficient use of the computing technologies in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.

On October 13, 1981, the Engineering Computing Committee unanimously endorsed a proposal recommending the formation of a new organization and management structure for computing in the college, called the Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Center. In order to create a facility such as CAE, John G. Bollinger (Dean of the College of Engineering from 1981-1999), brought together the resources from other instructional labs in the College. The labs that were merged include the Engineering Computing Laboratory (ECL), the Data Acquisition and Simulation Laboratory (DASL), and the Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing Center (CAD/CAM Center).

The effective starting date of the CAE was January 1, 1982. Professor John J. Uicker, Jr. was the first Director. In 1981, two new computers, a Harris 800 and a DEC VAC 11/780, were purchased and installed on the tenth floor of the Engineering Research Building (ERB). While the tenth floor of ERB also housed the administrative offices of CAE and was sufficient for the needs of researchers, it did not accommodate large numbers of undergraduate students.

To serve the student needs, other access sites were added. One of the two terminal access sites was located in the basement of what was then called the General Engineering Building, now Engineering Hall. This facility, called CAE East, included a card punch/card reader compatible with the remote Harris 800 computer which allowed batch computing. It also included several alphanumeric terminals and a few graphics terminals connected to the CAE services. The other terminal site available to students was called CAE West, and was located on the third floor of the Mechanical Engineering Building where the Industrial Engineering Department
is currently located.

The administrative offices and computers from ERB, and the offices and computers from CAE West, were moved to the CAE Center at 1410 Engineering Drive upon its completion in 1988.

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