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COE-VDI for remote access to Aspen & COMSOL


If you are an undergraduate chemical engineering student, you have access to the COE-VDI remote desktop server resource supported by the department and managed through the main College of Engineering (CoE) team. This virtualized desktop app will give you on-campus and off-campus (via Husky OnNet) access to the following chemical engineering programs:

  • aspenONE (version 11.0) suite, which includes commonly used programs such as Aspen Plus and HYSYS
  • COMSOL Multiphysics (version 5.6)

More general information and configuration instructions about COE-VDI resource can be found through their MyCoE page.


Only enrolled ChemE undergraduate students can access the COMSOL and aspenONE Suite of programs installed the CoE remote servers. They are currently unavailable to graduate students, staff, or faculty of the department.

The use of both COMSOL and aspenONE is supported by a model of concurrent licenses purchased by the Chemical Engineering department and delivered via a license server. In scenarios of high simultaneous access to these programs (either through the Undergraduate Computer Lab or the COE-VDI server), users who try to open the software may be denied access due to the license limit being reached. If you encounter such a case, please try again later.


Contact for any technical issues you may encounter when using either the aspenONE Suite or COMSOL on the COE-VDI Cluster. 

Husky OnNet is a service managed by the main UW IT department. As such, the recommended contact for technical support of this service is at More information about this service can be found on their IT Connect site.