Through a variety of university programs, we strive to offer undergraduates access to hands-on, experiential learning opportunities early on in their academic careers.

An undergraduate student works in the Fluid Mechanics Lab

Through various departments and the larger university network, the College is able to offer a variety of research experiences for undergraduates enrolled in engineering programs - both at Virginia Tech and with partner institutions abroad. 

Student Design Spaces and Labs

The College of Engineering is home to a wide array of student design spaces, open laboratories, and other creative workspaces. These labs provide undergraduate students with direct access to tools, equipment, materials, and faculty expertise that allow them to apply their knowledge within practical settings and scenarios. Explore some of these spaces below:

  • The Ware Lab: A projects lab completely dedicated to student design, the Ware Lab provides engineering undergraduate students the opportunity to create, build, and bring to fruition their design projects.
  • The Frith Engineering Design Lab: Part collaboration and innovation space, part fabrication and prototyping space, and part learning laboratory, the Frith Lab is integrated into the first-year foundations of engineering courses and enables students to learn by dissecting, designing, making, and analyzing engineering products.
  • inVenTs Studios: Located within the inVenTs residence hall, these spaces provide an interdisciplinary living-learning space for students interested in exploring their ability to envision, create, and transform innovative ideas into action