Chapel Hill, NC

Daniel R. Hesington, LEED AP

Structural 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 Daniel Hesington. 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


o. 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


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


AE 481/482 Course Reflection

The year long AE Senior Thesis was a great opportunity to not only put into practice what I've learned over the last five years but to also expand my learning as well. In the typical design course such as steel or concrete you learn whats required to design each piece of the building. In analysis courses you learn the different types of analysis that need to be perform. AE 481/482 combines the aspects from both of these courses and allows the student to control a design from start to finish, and the finish product is really a reflection on how much sthe student puts into it. Overall though, the course is a great capstone to finish and intertwine your studies in the AE program.

CPEP and Discussion Board Reflection

The CPEP site was a great opportunity for students to learn more about creating and maintaining a website, as well as allowing us to display our work to potential employers or industry professionals. More classes geared towards learning how to use Dreamweaver would have been helpful though.

As far as the discussion board is concerned, it is a fantastic resources to be able to interact with industry professionals. Having the ability to ask questions to people who have real world practical experience is invaluable.

This page was last updated on April 19, 2010 by Daniel Hesington and is hosted by the AE Department 2009