Never been to the Ware Lab for a tour? Now’s your chance. With this weekend’s Virginia Science Festival hitting campus, the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory will be open two days for the general public to see scores of student engineering teams, including the Formula SAE, BOLT Electric Motorcycle, Human Powered Sub, SailBOT – an autonomous sail boat, a concrete bridge team and a steel bridge team, and the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team, the latter participating in the new EcoCAR 3.
The Ware Lab will host an open house for the general college and university communities on Friday, October 3rd, from 10 am to 6 pm. Teams will have student members in each bay to discuss current projects and plans for upcoming competitions for the 2014-15 academic year. The lab again will be open to all visitors on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm as part of the festival.
“If you have never seen the Ware Lab this will be an opportunity to speak with our hard working and enthusiastic students,” said Dewey Spangler, manager of the Ware Lab. “If you have been here before this would be a good time to catch up on the exciting things going on in the lab.”
Since 1998, the Ware Lab has served as the center for senior design for Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, with teams representing the mechanical, civil, electrical and computer, mining, aerospace and ocean engineering departments. The lab is located in front of the Virginia Tech power plant — look for the very tall brick chimney on campus — at 320 Stanger Street, directly across from Kelly Hall.
PICTURED: The Virginia Tech Baja team – a long-time presence at the Ware Lab – spent a part of Tuesday afternoon prepping for a weekend competition event in Louisville, Kentucky.
Photo/words by Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech College of Engineering