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Bonderson Building exterior on a sunny day

Bonderson Building (192). The Bonderson building is a Engineering projects lab available to all Cal poly students.  The first floor contains the "mustang 60"shop.  Here students can laser cut or do manual or CNC machining of parts for their projects.  EE students should get their safety certification to use this shop their first quarter on campus.  The second floor includes a maker space with an array of 3d printers.


The following resources may be helpful to students:

Lab Hours

EE Lab Schedule
Laboratory monday-friday saturday
Senior Project Lab 8:00 AM-9:00 PM 9:00 AM-3:00 PM


Laptop Recommendations

Laptop Attribute


Processor Intel i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
Memory 16GB (or more)
Storage 512GB (or more), Solid State Drive recommended
Wifi 802.11ac integrated
WebCam Integrated in laptop
Screen Size 13” to 15”
Discrete Graphics Card Those studying graphics, gaming or VR in Computer Science and Engineering would benefit from a discrete graphics card for better performance. See cards compatible with Solidworks. If you do not want to get a discrete graphics card, you can up your other specs (i7 processor with at least 32GB of memory) to get better performance with graphic software.
Operating System

MS Windows 10 (release 1909 or newer) strongly recommended* 


*Some software used in these programs, such as SolidWorks and Vivado, are not compatible with MacOS (especially with the M1 processors). We strongly recommend a Windows-based machine for this reason. If using MacOS, we recommend using our department or university provided remote desktop of cloud streaming applications for coursework. A bootcamp Windows partition or a virtual machine can also be setup, but can be problematic.

Anti-Virus Application Can be your own choice or you can use the one provided through Cal Poly’s software hub
Microsoft Office O365 (can also obtain through Cal Poly’s software hub)

If you are not sure what to buy, you can select from one of the models for the College of Engineering offered through

For more information, see the College of Engineering website.

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