Engineering Departments

Ware Lab
320 Stanger Street
Campus Mail Code 297, Office 103
Military Building (Building # 203)
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5837

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Welcome to the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Lab

College of Engineering at Virginia Tech
College of Engineering at Virginia Tech
College of Engineering at Virginia Tech
College of Engineering at Virginia Tech
Room 111
Room 108
Room 108
Aero Design
Room 106
Room 111
Baja SAE
Room 104
Room 112
Room 106
Formula SAE
Room 109
Room 18
Room 113
Concrete Canoe
Room 110
Steel Bridge
Room 110
Solar Decathlon 
AstroboticsSailBOTAutonomous Surface Vehicle Team SAE Aero Design Battery Operated Land TransportBaja SAEVT Rally Design Bulild Fly!Formula SAE
Virginia Tech’s Astro team participates in the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition involving university-level students designing and building a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a Collector Bin within 10 minutes.The newest addition to the WareLab Community is the student run project SailBOT. Students work to design and build a fully autonomous 2 meter long sailing vessel capable of maneuvering through the rough seas it will face in competition.The Virginia Tech Autonomous Surface Vehicle Team (ASVT) is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering department who design and build an autonomous boat each year. Aero Design features three classes of competition—Regular, Advance, and Micro. Regular Class develops a fundamental understanding of flight. Advance Class requires a systems approach integrating aeronautical, mechanical, electrical and computer science disciplines. The BOLT team is comprised of senior mechanical engineering students who take an existing street bike frame and suspension and convert the power plant to total electric. The existing gas tank and engine is removed and replaced with a 100 V lithium polymer battery, Kollmorgen controller and electric motor. Each year the Baja SAE team designs, manufactures and tests a single person off-road vehicle to compete in international competitions during the spring and summer.Virginia Tech Rally is building a vehicle to compete in the UTV Rally Raid. This 4 hour endurance race is held in Tennessee and Alabama once a month.The Virginia Tech Design, Build Fly (DBF) Team is an all volunteer multidisciplinary team that must redesign a radio controlled aircraft each year to achieve new missions and rules.The Formula SAE team’s mission is to conceive, design and fabricate a Formula-style racecar to win an annual international competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.The mission of the Human Powered Submarine (HPS) is to design, build and race a submarine propelled solely by human power in a yearly international competition.The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) is currently participating in Challenge X, where teams are required to reengineer a GM Equinox to minimize energy consumption, emissions, and greenhouse gases while maintaining or exceeding the vehicle’s utility and performance.ASCE Concrete Canoe involves the construction of a craft made of lightweight concrete and a geoform rubber mesh that can be piloted by up to four persons. The Virginia Tech team competes in the regional ASCE Virginia competition with colleges from Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC. Finalists go on to compete in the International ASCE event.Civil Engineering students are challenged in an intercollegiate competition that includes design, fabrication and construction of a 20 foot steel bridge. The structure is built at competition from 3 foot prefabricated segments and can carry up to 2300 lbs using a pattern/envelope loading. Virginia Tech was selected as one of 20 teams in the country to participate in this competition in designing an energy efficient solar-powered house. This is a joint project with the College of Architecture as well as other engineering departments such as civil and environmental, electrical and computer, computer science, and industrial systems and design.



2012 Ware Lab Video: gives an in depth look at student involvement in each project team.
Original Ware Lab Video (circa 2007)

Printed Materials

Ware Lab brochure for 2014