Software for Faculty & Staff

The software listed is available for faculty and staff only. Students should go to the software for students page.

To explore additional software titles, costs, and availability, e-mail Contact the Solution Center to discuss adding new products or to purchase educationally discounted software from Tech CYte.


Autodesk’s computer-aided design software includes programs like AutoCAD Architecture, Civil 3D, Electrical, Map 3D, MEP, Mechanical, Plant 3D, Raster Design, Structural Detailing, and Utility Design. Also available are Autodesk’s products including Alias Design, Infrastructure Modeler, Inventor Professional, Mudbox, Navisworks Manage, Quantity Takeoff, Revit, Robot Structural Analysis Professional, Showcase, Simulation Moldflow Adviser Ultimate, Simulation Multiphysics, SketchBook Designer, Vault Basic, 3DS Max Design, Maya, Motion Builder, and Softimage.

License Information: Expires 05 Jul 2019. Autodesk is available to use at no charge on university-owned computers for academic purposes only.

For support: E-mail

To download and install Autodesk: Contact your IT staff


ChemDraw is the drawing program used by professional chemists and biologists. It is available on both Windows and Mac. 

License Information: Expires 01 Jul 2019. ChemDraw is available to use at no charge. For license information and questions e-mail

To install via ChemDraw Cloud: Follow the ChemDraw Installation Instructions

Download ChemDraw

ERDAS Imagine

ERDAS Imagine, a geospatial image processing software, includes photogrammetry, image processing and remote sensing tools.

License Information: ERDAS Imagine is available to use on university-owned computers for a yearly fee of $300 per individual license seat. Individuals may request an academic version of the software for personal machines. For license information and questions, e-mail

Request ERDAS Imagine


ESRI ArcGIS is a GIS creating, analyzing, viewing, and serving software. To view a list of products covered under Iowa State's license, visit GIS Research Lab.

License Information: ESRI ArcGIS is available to use at no charge on university-owned computers. For license information and questions e-mail

Request ESRI ArcGIS


Mathematica is a program that combines visualization capabilities with computer algebra, and has usage in both research and educational fields.

License Information: Expires 31 Dec 2018. Mathematica is available to use at no charge on university-owned computers or computers located at an Iowa State facility. Iowa State's license for Mathematica cannot be used for commercial, federal, or non-academic use. For license information e-mail

For installation instructions and support: Visit Mathematica Support

Download Mathematica from the Wolfram User Portal


MATLAB, the high-level language and interactive environment, allows users to perform high-level computational tasks quicker than using C, C++, or Fortran. MATLAB can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Unix computers. A full list of available MathWorks products can be found at

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. MATLAB is available to use at no charge. This software cannot be used for commercial, federal, or non-academic use. For license information e-mail

For support: Visit MathWorks Support

To download and install MATLAB: Contact your local IT staff

Microsoft Imagine

Microsoft Imagine is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning and teaching purposes including the most current Microsoft operating systems, server products (e.g, SQL Server), development software (e.g., Visual Studio, SDKs, DDKs), applications (e.g., Project, Access), and training tools (e.g., Azure).

License Information: Microsoft Imagine is available to use at no charge for educational and non-profit research purposes only, and cannot be used for infrastructure or commercial development. For license information e-mail

To download Microsoft Imagine products: Contact your local IT staff or the Solution Center.

Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) program provides Office 365 ProPlus for personal use. The software can be installed on up to five computers (Windows or Mac) and on five mobile devices of their choice. 

License Information: Expires 31 Aug 2019. Office is available to use at no charge while with Iowa State. The benefits of the ProPlus program will end when the employee leaves Iowa State, and the software will function in read-only mode until a license or subscription is purchased by the user. For license information e-mail

Download Office 365 Software

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is an anti-virus software recommended for use on personally-owned Windows computers.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials


NVivo is a qualitative data analysis computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required. NVivo is available for Windows and Mac operating systems.

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. NVivo is available for an annual fee of $188.67 per license provided the total usage does not exceed the license agreement. Each computer in a lab should be considered a single user. For license information e-mail

To download and install NVivo: Contact your IT staff


Qualtrics is a web-based survey service that allows users to easily create and distribute surveys; collect and store data; analyze data; and produce reports. Join the Iowa State Qualtrics users group to receive additional information about Qualtrics by e-mailing

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. Qualtrics is available to use at no charge for non-profit use only. For license information e-mail

For support: Visit Qualtrics Support

To create a survey: Go to Qualtrics and sign in using your Net-ID and password

Red Hat Enterprise

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the open source operating system, includes work station, advanced server, ES, and desktop versions of RHEL.

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. Red Hat is available to use at no charge. Users installing multiple copies of the software are encouraged to contribute to the annual license fee payment. For license information e-mail


SAS is a statistical software is available to use on Windows computers. Users have access to SAS programs like base SAS, SAS/Connect, SAS/Insight and many others in the SAS Education Analytic Suite.

License Information: Expires 14 Jun 2019. SAS is available to use at no charge for teaching and research purposes only. For license information e-mail

For technical support: E-mail

Request or Renew SAS


SAS JMP links statistics with graphics for users to see the relationships among data. SAS JMP comes complete with traditional statistical tools as well as quality-control features all in one program.

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. SAS JMP is available to use at no charge.

For support: E-mail


Smartsheet is a software as a service (SaaS) application for collaboration and work management. It's spreadsheet-like interface is used to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents and manage other work.

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. Smartsheet is available for an annual fee of $149 per license. License fees are prorated by the vendor when purchased within the licensing period.

For support: E-mail for troubleshooting and technical questions or for assistance related to product knowledge and configuration

Request Smartsheet (Note: An intramural purchase order form is required to complete the request form)


SPSS is a modular, tightly-integrated, full-featured statistical software package for the analytical process - planning, data collection, data access and management, analysis, reporting, and deployment. SPSS is available for windows and Mac platforms.

Distributed Versions of SPSS:

  • Campus Value (Network)
    • Version 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 + future upgrades
    • Modules included: Base, Custom Tables, Advanced, Regression and Amos-Windows
  • Campus Value (Authorized Users)
    • Version 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 + future upgrades
    • Modules included: Base, Custom Tables, Advanced, Regression, and Amos-Windows

License Information: Expires 30 Jun 2019. There is an annual maintenance fee of $42 per license. SPSS cannot be used while traveling in Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Libya, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, and Iraq. For license information e-mail

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection is antivirus software for Mac computers.

License Information: Expires 24 Jun 2019. Symantec Endpoint Protection is available to use at no charge on university-owned computers. For license information contact

Request Symantec Endpoint Protection through the Solution Center


Trimble provides GPS related software including Pathfinder Suite, Terra Sync and Positions ArcPad extension.

License Information: There is a yearly fee for installation and use on university-owned computers. For questions e-mail

Request Trimble