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Ware Lab Operations Notice

The Ware Lab and the Advanced Engineering Design Lab (AEDL) are now open for student teams on an "Essential Personnel Only" status. All team members must wear face masks at all times and practice personal distancing at all times while in either facility. Bay and common area room capacities are indicated in the document posted on the lab Canvas site under Files/COVID 19.

Featured Event! Roanoke STEAM Day

Date/Time: Friday October 23, 2020 from 10 am to 2 pm
For: k-12 students
Location: Virtual

K-12 groups from the Roanoke area will be able to interact with Ware Lab and AEDL student team members virtually. They will have the opportunity to learn more about teams like the Orbital Launch Vehicle Team, Rocketry@VT, and Mars Ice Challenge during the morning session and teams like Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Steel Bridge, and Concrete Canoe during the afternoon session! Learn more about this event!

Check out the STEAM Day student team video page

Download the STEAM Day PowerPoint as a PDF


Celebrating 20 years of Design Build Excellence.

In Fall 2018, the Joseph "Joe" F. Ware, Jr. Advanced Engineering Lab celebrated 20 years of providing engineering students the opportunity to create, build, and bring to fruition their senior capstone projects. Some twenty years ago, very few research universities had integrated maker-spaces on their campus. Thanks to the foresight and vision of Joe Ware and his wife Jenna, experiential learning is enhanced for the Virginia Tech student engineer.

The Ware Lab is one of the first spaces on Virginia Tech’s campus dedicated to the development of an undergraduate engineering build space. Prior to the founding of the Ware Lab, the university’s design teams meet in multiple spaces spread across campus in various academic buildings. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Ware, multidisciplinary teams can interact in a common space.

The lab removes boundaries that often separate engineering professions. In real-world practice, engineers from different disciplines will work together. Students who work in the lab are highly recruited by to top tier companies who frequent the lab looking for the well-rounded, globally minded engineers who have had hands on experiences.

Interested in learning how you can make an impact on engineering students by helping Virginia Tech Engineering scale up this maker space? Go here to support the College of Engineering. For more information, call (540) 231-3628.

Ware Lab Open House

About the Ware Lab

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Joe Ware and his wife Jenna Ware co-founded the Laboratory with Hayden Griffin, Ph.D. in 1998.

The Ware Lab houses undergraduate design projects in the College of Engineering where students sharpen theoretical and computational skills learned in the classroom by working on challenging, viable engineering projects. A “hands-on, minds-on” approach has led to a tradition of success for Virginia Tech engineering students — in the classroom, as members of award winning competition. More than 450 students, some receiving academic credit and others serving as volunteers, participate as early as their freshman year.

Contact the Ware Lab

320 Stanger Street, Mail Code 297, Military Building, 203, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: 540-231-5837, The Ware Lab Tour Guides