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"Why Do I Need an EE Account?"
The EE department has migrated many of its systems to use UW NetID authentication. Having an EE account is still necessary, though - and this page will explain why!
EE Computing's staff members occasionally get asked "Do I even need an EE computing account? I already have a NetID."
While it's true that you use your UW NetID to log into many EE computing resources, including all Windows labs and the EE web server, it's still necessary that you have an EE account. Even if you don't use it directly, the existence of your EE account helps us determine your eligibility to access various EE services.
The EE web server asks you to log in using your UW NetID, but your EE account still needs to exist for your login to succeed. We have many resources that are available only to people with an EE affiliation - for example, online appointment scheduling with EE advisors, and our Microsoft-donated software.
Additionally, most of EE's Unix/Linux computers require you use an EE account for login. This includes EE's Linux Lab as well as the vast majority of EE research group computers.
Not to mention that having an EE account means you also have a snazzy "@ee.washington.edu" email address that'll make you the envy of your friends and family.
So if you don't have an EE account, create one today! See the following page to learn how:
Please direct any questions or problem reports to the EE helpdesk.