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About the Ware Lab

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Joseph F. Ware Lab and the Advanced Engineering Design Lab are closed as of March 16, 2020, in order to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. Please see Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 web page for updates.


Please note: The Ware Lab will no longer provide truck and trailer services for all teams housed at the lab as of March 16, 2020 until April 30, 2020.


The Joseph Fulton Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory (Ware Lab) was created thanks to a generous gift from Mr. Joseph Fulton Ware Jr.

The first projects moved into the Ware Lab in June 1998, with others soon following. 
Before the Ware Lab, student engineering projects were housed in numerous buildings in any available space. Though the projects did well in competitions, finding sponsorship and a place to machine or weld parts was very difficult for undergraduate students. 
Arthur Klages’ generous contribution created the Klages Machine Shop, giving undergraduate students a place to create their own parts and learn about how design and material choices affect manufacturing.

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