Mechanical Option
McKinstry Oregon HQ
Portland, OR



Student Biography

Alex Wyczalkowski is a 5th year senior in the Architectural Engineering program at The Pennsylvania State University.  In May 2009 he will graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Degree with a focus in mechanical systems.  He is also pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship from the College of Engineering.  Mr. Wyczalkowski was inducted as a member Phi Alpha Epsilon, the Architectural Engineering Honors Society, in April of 2008.  He has worked closely with Professor Moses Ling during his years at Penn State.  During the summer after his sophomore year, he worked under Professor Ling where he organized a fundraiser for SSAE selling used studio supplies to new students.  He has also been a teacher’s assistant for Professor Ling for the past 3 semesters.

After his junior year, Alex Wyczalkowski worked at College Works Painting as a Branch Manager.  The student painter program presented many challenges and drew a lot of parallels to the Architectural Engineering/Construction Management industry. In the end, he drew in over $85,000 in revenue and was nominated as a finalist for Pennsylvania Manager of the Year.  This past summer, Alex worked for McKinstry, an MEP design and construction firm, in their Portland, OR office.  As an intern he worked in the Energy Services Group.  He spent much of his time working on the energy model for the new McKinstry Oregon Headquarters building.  The office is currently under construction and is the subject of Mr. Wyczalkowski’s senior thesis.

Alex Wyczalkowski is currently the President of the Penn State Snowboard Club.  This is a large commitment for him going into his 5th year, as it is the largest club sport at Penn State, having over 300 annual members.  In addition to that, he also competes for the Club’s snowboard team throughout the winter.  When the weather gets warm, he spends his time on the water with the Wakeboarding Club, where he was Men’s Coach last season.  Alex also spent a lot of time rock climbing this past summer and hopes to go on trips with the Outing Club this year.


The capstone project electronic portfolio (cpep) is a web-based project and information center. it contains material produced for a year-long senior thesis class. its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. this website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the department of architectural engineering. for an explantion of this capstone design course and its requirements

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This page was last updated on September 3rd by Alex Wyczalkowski and is hosted by the AE Department Copyright 2008

note: while great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of cpep, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work-in-progress for this thesis project. modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Alex Wyczalkowski. changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.