Campus Square
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Andrew R. Martin
Construction Management Option

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 Andrew Martin. 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
Important Note:  These outcomes reflect a personal (student) assessment of the course, not the instructor's assessment.

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


l. 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


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


AE 481W/482 Course Reflection

The senior thesis course provided an intense, well-rounded educational experience. The biggest contrast for this course in comparison to a majority of previous courses was the idea of working individually on a large-scale project. The fall semester included staggered due dates for the technical assignments, providing for a more structured environment while working on my thesis. However, the spring semester included only one ultimate due date for the entire final report and presentation. This change required me to take more responsibility in maintaining the progress of my work, and set several short-term attainable goals in order to reach the final objective of a comprehensive thesis report.

This course allowed me to utilize engineering concepts and techniques that I have learned over the past five years to formulate and evaluate theories. It is my belief that this experience has positively impacted my ability to thoroughly analyze the technical aspects of a design and to propose feasible solutions.

Although time-consuming, and academically demanding, AE 481W/482 provides students with a thorough understanding of how the industry operates from a project's conceptualization to the completion of the job. Furthermore, it allows students to network and positively interact with industry professionals while completing the thesis project.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

The CPEP website was my first experience with the design and maintenance of an e-portfolio. Initially, I was worried that learning this new technology would result in unnecessary headaches and problems; fortunately, the creation of this website was been both useful and rewarding. It will be nice to be able to review my work, as well as share it with others in the future.

The discussion boards allowed for a direct line to many industry professionals, as well as our fellow peers, in communicating ideas, thoughts and suggestions throughout the year. Having the ability to communicate with a variety of different personnel on a single medium is ideal, and should continue as an available resource.



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The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web‐based project and information center. It contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements click here.
This page was last updated on 12/15/2009 by Andrew Martin and is hosted by the AE Department ©2009