Army National Guard Readiness Center
Arlington, Virginia
Amanda C. Farace
Structural Option
AE Senior Thesis 2009 I 2010

Course Reflection

ABET Outcome Survey 

ABET Outcomes for 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 X
b. An ability to analyze and interpret data       X
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs X
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems       X
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility X
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context       X
i. An ability to engage in life-long learning X
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues       X
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice X
o. Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the three (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program       X
p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in tech execution of building projects X


AE 481W/482 Course Reflection

The fifth year senior thesis project is an essential component of the AE curriculum at Penn State. It ties together knowledge gained throughout the five years in the AE program. It also provides a unique, real world experience for students that they do not receive in a classroom setting. The thesis project represents a scenario similar to what practicing engineers are faced with on a daily basis. The course and project forces students to make engineering decisions and execute them which is an essential quality to become a successful engineer. Students gain a large amount of knowledge and an outstanding work ethic through the hard work and dedication that is required to meet the


CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

Both the CPEP Web site and Discussion Board are an integral part of the AE Senior Thesis Course. The CPEP web site is an efficient way for students to organize and display the work they have completed. It is a great tool to display final reports and presentations to potential employers and other industry professionals.

The Discussion Board is an essential resource for AE Senior Thesis. It is a great way to interact with industry professionals to gather opinions, recommendations, and advice. This tool gives students an invaluable opportunity to reach out to professionals who have a great deal of experience and knowledge in the industry. Their dedication to the Penn State AE program is crucial to the success of this course.





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 Amanda Farace. 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.
This page was last updated on April 22, 2010, by Amanda Farace and is hosted by The Pennsylvania State University AE Department ©2009