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Joshua Raphael, Architectural Engineer Thesis, Construction Management






































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 Josh Raphael. 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 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


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

The first semester of Senior Thesis AE 481W, was very well organized and a planned out. Following the tasks laid out for us were not only easy to understand, they also helped students to familiarize themselves with their projects. The class meetings were helpful at giving tips on how to smoothly transition through the semster by encouraging the students to aquire information early on, make site visits, and speak with professionals in the industry. I also felt that the PACE Roundtable meeting was very useful and a key part of the CM thesis. The ideas I proposed for the second semester of thesis were greatly influenced by the discussions at the PACE Roundatble. Overall, this course was a great way to begin research on problem solving, and with the required technical assignments, much of the information needed for our analysis had already benn obtained.

AE 482
The second semster of Senior Thesis AE482, was very different from the first semster. Guidelines were vague, which made it difficult to find a starting point on our analyses. This course definately increased my critical thinking skills and taught me to work individually on problems. I felt as though there wasn't much depth to the course itself although, much was learned from my individual research. This course encouraged me to learn how to use the help of other professionals to fuel my research, and the use of past experiences and projects to better understand how analyses may turn out.Overall, this course challenged students to demonstrate all of the knowledge learned in the 5 years in the Architectural Engineering program.

The Capstone E-Portfolio was extremely useful for keeping my information organized and to allow others to view my progress throughout the my thesis. The lack of experience with website design made the beginning of creating this CPEP site very difficult to not only create, but also design in a asthetically pleasing way. I feel that this is a very important part of the thesis and it is nice to have an electronic copy of all my work. I believe that an Adobe Dreamweaver seminar could be very useful to the incoming classes.


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 consultants, 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.

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