College of Engineering

Requirement for Entry Level Student Computers

Departments within the College of Engineering are increasingly integrating the use of portable devices in their daily activities, even further with the use of MoLE-SI (Mobile Learning Environment and Systems Infrastructure) which facilitates the integration of many curricular activities that use this infrastructure for the development of the Renaissance Engineering Model, as part of the College of Engineering Strategic Plan.

Currently the college requires students to have an entry level (primary) portable computing device. Note that secondary computing devices like tablets can be used, however they are not considered primary computing devices.

Entry Level Portable Computing Device

This recommendation will work well for all academic degrees within the College of Engineering as an entry level computing device. Check with individual academic departments for any advance configuration requirements.

Recommended specifications for College of Engineering entry level device:


  • Processor: 2.3GHz Intel i5 (Dual core) or AMD equivalents
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Available Storage: 250 GB
  • Screen Size: 14 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 (1080p)
  • USB Ports: 3
  • Wireless adapter: 802.11n
  • External USB Backup Storage: 500 GB
  • Portable Storage: 4 GB USB flash drive
  • Battery Life*
  • Warranty: Recommended 4 years


*Extended battery life is recommended as long as it does not severely limit portability since additional battery cells add weight to the portable device.


Tablets, iPads, and other IOS/Android mobile devices may be used as secondary computing devices. From Microsoft: only the Surface Pro tablet series of products is supported/recommended by the College of Engineering IT department.

Financial Aid: Available financial aid for the amount of up to $2,000 can be used towards the purchase of the above portable device. For information about it please download this form: Financial Aid for Engineering Mobile Computing Device, fill out and send to:

Office of Financial Aid
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5076
Cookeville, TN 38505
Office: (931) 372-3073
Fax: (931) 372-6309

Tax Free Weekend: The State of Tennessee's Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night. For additional information please refer to their website

For additional inquiries please contact Marbin Pazos-Revilla , the College of Engineering IT Specialist.

For more information about MoLE-SI and the College of Engineering Strategic Plan please use the links below:

Faculty and Staff can report computer and computer related problems using the HelpDesk FootPrints.