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 Matt Karle. 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.

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AE 481 & 482 Course Reflection

"A compilation of 5 years of knowledge, hard work, and many long nights." -Every AE Student

AE 481 & 482, otherwise known as Senior Thesis, was a very eye opening experience. It has tested all the knowledge I have gained throughout my 5 years at Penn State University. This knowledge is not exclusive to the classroom. In fact, it is much more prevalent in non-classroom activities. The ability to analyze a project and look at it differently than everyone else to get it done is a trait that I believe has helped me get through this program.

I feel that I was adequately equipped with the neccesary tools and skills in order to complete an analyzation of GrandView. This year's long process has taught me the importance of communication and the value of trust. In the construction industry, trust is about the highest level of respect you can get. If somebody trusts you enough to build something and tell others that it is safe, you know you are doing your job. The management of both time and this CPEP website has better prepared me for what is to come in both updating all parties involved in a project and doing it in a timely manner.

Ultimately, AE 481 & 482 has given me a better understanding of myself that I have been looking for in order to point me in the right direction of my future career. I really enjoyed talking with everyone that made this project possible and learned about alternative building methods and design.

To be honest, this has been an amazing 5 years, and my future is secure for now. But there are always twists and turns that send you in different directions through life. I know this all too well. It is my hope that I find something that truley makes me happy that I and others respect. So as I reflect on Senior Thesis and everything that it brought to the table goes, I say 'Thank You'.


CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

Creating and maintaining the CPEP website intoduced me to a type of website design that I actually enjoy. Instead of sticking to a given template, I created everything you see on this page myself. It has given me a chance to let people know my progress as well as display some of my more artistic interests. Overall, I believe that the CPEP websight gives students a large source of information both with sharing and finding information. Thesis would have been much more time intensive if the past year's websites were not up. As far as the discussion board goes, I believe it is a helpful tool in reaching out to industry memebers. It helped out partially with my survey but failed to do so with some other questions. Overall, I hope to see the use of the CPEP websites and Discussion Board advance in the future and allow for better and faster information exchange.