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If you are considering sponsoring the Virginia Tech SailBOT design team, please take a look at our Sponsor's Package for information on how you may be able to help.

Gold Sponsors

Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering


The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering offers a unique blend of two disciplines that takes advantage of commonality in the analysis and design of aerospace and ocean systems. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in both disciplines, with more than 570 undergraduate students and more than 125 graduate students enrolled. We have a yearly graduation rate of some 100 Bachelor's, 25 Master's and 10 Doctoral degrees.  

The Department has 21 full-time faculty working in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, material science, dynamics and control, multidisciplinary design optimization, and energy systems. All faculty are actively engaged in our broad research program, which has annual expenditures of more than $6.5 million, and all teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department has extensive facilities including world class wind-tunnels, water tunnels, structural test equipment, high-performance computer systems, and state-of-the-art spacecraft simulators. 

The Bradley Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering


From pervasive computing, to smart power systems, Virginia Tech ECE faculty and students delve into all major areas of electrical and computer engineering. The main campus is in Blacksburg, and the department has additional research and teaching facilities in Arlington, Falls Church, and Hampton, Virginia. As one of the country's larger ECE departments, The Bradley Department offers strong education and research opportunities in diverse areas, including computers, control systems, communications, electronics, electromagnetics, and power.

Our 70 faculty members have a reputation for being accessible to students. They teach more than 300 classes and develop about a dozen new courses each year on emerging technologies. The department grants about 45 Ph.D., 90 M.S., and 180 B.S. degrees each year. A collaborative atmosphere and interdisciplinary efforts are hallmarks of the department's research programs, and the 35+ research groups, centers, and laboratories grow in reputation each year. Virginia Tech's research programs in telecommunications, fiber optics, power systems, power electronics, and photonics are often ranked among the top in their fields. Research expenditures exceed $27 million. In keeping with Virginia Tech's land-grant focus, the ECE faculty is very active in industrial outreach, technology transfer, and continuing education for practicing engineers. Strong ties to industry are reflected in the percentage of industrial research funding and the numerous short courses offered each year.

Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Lab

The Ware Lab is a 10,000 square foot facility, located one-half block from most engineering buildings on campus. This facility is home to a number of undergraduate engineering student design projects. It includes a showroom, machine shop, welding shop, computer aided design and manufacturing laboratory, eight self contained project bays and an additional project area on the ground floor. Engineering students, from all academic levels and departments in the College of Engineering, use this facility to design, fabricate and test their projects.

The Virginia Tech Student Engineer's Council


The Virginia Tech Student Engineer's Council (SEC) helps foster a professional and social network for students across all engineering disciplines by organizing events such as E-week, Engineering Expo, and the Leadership in Engineering Conference. The SEC aims to facilitate communication among students, design teams, employers, and the College of Engineering. Ultimately, our mission is to provide students with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Bronze Sponsors


Virginia Inland Sailing Association