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Washington, DC

Maria Piergallini

Construction Management

2008 - 2009


 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 Maria Piergallini. 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.



ABET Outcome Survey

ABET Outcomes


AE 481W/482

Outcome not able to be assessed

(= Score of 0)

Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable

(= Score of 1)

Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated 

(= Score of 2)

More than minimum level of ability demonstrated

(= 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 leasttwo (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/482 Course Reflection

The AE Senior Thesis project was a unique and challenging task. Through the course of the year, I was able to gain a better understanding of building systems. The fall semester (AE482) was beneficial to learn about existing coonditions, design and construction. The spring semester (481W) was much more enjoyable for me. There was less structure and the work was at a much more individual level. While I learned a lot about Walker Jones and aspects of green schools, I also learned a lot about the industry through my contact with industry professionals. Beyond the lessons learned in AE, I was able to further my communication skills and gain valuable contacts and relationships. Completing such a challenging project was a very rewarding experience.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

As you can probably tell from my website, the Capstone E-Portfolio was one of the most frustrating and time consuming requirements of senior thesis. I had no previous experience with designing websites, and the training provided was very limited; however, the process was very beneficial. Posting my work on a website served as a great tool for the Walker Jones team, my family, friends, potential employers, and professors to see my work.




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