Keith Thompson is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the chief academic officer for the College of Engineering. Keith serves as the director of the Ware Lab.
Dewey Spangler has been manager of the Ware Lab since 2009 and the AEDL since 2020. He is responsible for daily operation of both facilities, working with student project teams, communicating with corporate and individual sponsors and promoting Virginia Tech to prospective students. Dewey is also responsible for safety compliance in the Ware Lab and AEDL facilities.
Phillip Ratcliff is the Ware Lab assistant manager and is responsible for the daily operation of the machine and welding labs, performing safety training, and assisting students engaged in project fabrication. He holds an AAS in machining technology from New River Community College and served as the instructor of record for ISE 2214 - Manufacturing Processes Lab for Virginia Tech for over 17 years.
Contact the Advanced Engineering Design Lab
501 Industrial Park Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 231-1457 or (540) 231-5873