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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Ware Lab Student Projects

Astrobotics (Astrobotics)


Virginia Tech’s Astrobotics team participates in the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition which involves 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.

Autonomous Sailboat (SailBOT)


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.

Autonomous Surface Vehicle Team (ASVT)


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. The team strives on creating an innovative boat which competes in the annual RoboBoat competition where universities from around the world test their skills in controls, mechanical and electrical design

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team (AUVT)

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team

Every year the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team (AUVT) designs, fabricates and competes a submarine capable of navigating an underwater course without any human input.


Baja SAE

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.

Battery Operated Land Transport (BOLT)

Battery Operated Land Transport

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. BOLTS current motorcycle has a Honda frame and suspension and has clocked top speeds in excess of 99 MPH! The team competes in multiple national competitions earning top places in their category and overall.

Design, Build, Fly! (DBF)

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.

VT Rally (Rally)

VT Rally

VT 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.

Formula SAE (FSAE)

Formula SAE

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.

Human Powered Submarine (HPS)

Human Powered Submarine

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.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT)

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team

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

ASCE Concrete Canoe

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.

Multi Project Bay

Multi Project Bay

The Multi Project Bay is used as a works space for up to eight different student project teams from the College of Engineering. With generous help from the Student Engineering Council the bay is now stocked with basic tools and materials and include lockers for securing parts. Any junior or senior engineering team is welcome to utilize the bay as long as they have a faculty advisor and have consulted with the Ware Lab director.

Solar Decathlon

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. ME students are responsible for the mechanical aspects of the design such as HVAC, plumbing, and motorized components.

AISC Steel Bridge

AISC Steel Bridge

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. The Virginia Tech team competes in the regional ASCE Virginias competition with colleges from Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC. Finalists go on to compete in the International ASCE/AISC event.

SAE Aero Design

SAE Aero Design

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 goal for this class is autonomous flight with a "purpose" determined by yearly competition rules. Micro Class teams are required to make trades between two potentially conflicting requirements, maximized payload vs. minimized air craft weight. In 2011, Micro Class is went to an all electric motor.