James D. Rotunno
Structural Option


Butler Health System
New Inpatient Tower
Addition & Renovation
Butler, PA

Student Biography
Building Statistics
Thesis Abstract
Technical Assignments
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report
Senior Thesis e-Studio





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 Jim Rotunno. 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


ABET Outcomes


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





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 481W/482 Course Reflection

At the start of my five year journey through Penn States' Architectural Engineering Program I never imagined that I would be challenged and extended to the limits that the program and the senior capstone program required of myself. I believe this is a different limit and level for each student depending on what he/she puts in and wants from the program. Reflecting back on these past five years with an emphasis on the final one, I feel that every aspect of the degree is well worth the outcome with respect to the knowlege, experience and understandings gained. With all of the hard work and experience from senior thesis has prepared us to venture out into the real world where we should have all of the basic skills to become well qualified engineers and leaders within our chosen professional carreers.


CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection:

The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) that was created and updated throughout senior thesis was a useful tool to manage and document my progress throughout the year. I believe the process of creating the website will turn out to be a very valuable asset to have in the job market. The site provides us with a way to represent ourselves, personal styles and to a certain degree our abilities. I t is also an excellent way for future employers to get some ideas about us above our resumes, as well as a means for family and friends to have an idea of our goals and accomplishments. I believe it is an essential aspect of the senior thesis capstone project.

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Contact James Rotunno: jdr274@gmail.com

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