Dulles, Virginia


David R. Geiger

Structural Option





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User 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 David Geiger. Changes and descrepancies 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.





ABET Outcomes
for AE 481W/482

Outcome not able to be assessed

Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable

Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated

More than minimum level of ability demonstrated

(Score of 0)

 (Score of 1)

(Score of 2)

(Score of 3)

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering





b. An ability to analyze and interpret data





c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs





e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems





f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility





g. An ability to communicate effectively





h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context





i. An ability to engage in life-long learning





j. A knowledge of contemporary issues





k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice





o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program





p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects






AE 481W and AE 482 Reflection:

The AE Senior Thesis Project was a year-long capstone project that encompassed all aspects of Penn State's Architectural Engineering curriculum.  It allowed students to take things learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world engineering situations.  Issues faced throughout the project were overcome through the interaction with other students, faculty, and practicing engineers.  I think my ability to interpret code, follow design procedures, and handle engineering computer programs has developed highly in this past year and has given me the necessary tools to succeed after graduation.  After enduring this year-long project, I think my skills and capabilities are now suitable for a career in structural engineering.

CPEP Reflection:

The Senior Thesis Portfolio was a great way to keep track of assignments, tasks and due dates. It also allowed our consultants to view our work electronically without the hassle of email. Websites are a tool that should continue to be used.

Discussion Board Reflection:

The discussion board was an extremely useful tool. It is a link to the knowledge of industry professionals that have experienced problems that arise during senior thesis. The discussion board should be used by the AE Senior Thesis Program in the future.




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