Daniel Cox, preferably called Dan, is currently in his fifth year of the Architectural Engineering Program at The Pennsylvania State Universituy concentrating in the Lighting/Electrical Option. He will be graduating in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree.

Dan had the opportunity to intern with two companies over the past two summers.  The first was with a sole propritorship company, Powerhouse Design Inc, in Pittsburgh, PA, which gave him the opportunity to work side by side with the owner and be involved with a newly starting company.  The second was with well known SmithGroup Inc.  Dan worked in their D.C. office where he was involved with many projects ranging from life safety evaluation, to lighting retro fit.  These experiences have made Dan good at working alone as well as in a larger group setting.  This skill is also displayed in his involvement in the first Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.) based studio in his fourth year as well as participating in the first B.I.M. based thesis where working in groups, much like actual practice, is a major part of both lighting and electrical design processes.

Upon graduation, Dan will receive E.I.T. status in hopes of becoming a registered Professional Engineer, as well as studying for the LEED Acreditation Exam and Lighting Certifiation (LC) exam.

Dan Cox


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.

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 Dan Cox. 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.