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thomas chirdon was born a tranquil little town in central pennsylvania called altoona.  He is currently in his fifth year of study in the architectural engineering program at penn state university.  In may of 2009 he will graduate with a bachelor/masters of architectural engineering degree with his focus being in the mechanical option. 

During the summer of 2006, thomas worked for hayes large architects (hla) based in his hometown of altoona as a mechanical intern.  The following summer included a cultural experience with seven weeks studying abroad throughout italy.  He enjoyed this experience immensely and it had a tremendous influence on his perception of the world as well as his future.  After coming back to the states from abroad, he again worked for hla in altoona.  In the summer of 2008, thomas worked for southland industries, located in dulles, virginia, as a mechanical intern.  All of the internships helped thomas gain an appreciation of mechanical systems and how they are integrated into a building system.  Thomas looks forward to attaining a position as an architectural engineer working towards professional licensure and is already eligible for eit status upon graduation.  

Outside academics, thomas is involved in the penn state student branch of ashrae as well as the student society for architectural engineers.   Thomas enjoys high adrenaline activities.  This past summer he became a licensed skydiver, and continues to jump whenever possible.  He also enjoys fishing and recently became interested in hunting. 



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 thomas chirdon. 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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