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 User 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 Jacob Brambley. 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.
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ABET Outcomes

for 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




Senior Thesis Course Reflection

AE 481W/482 was an extremely beneficial part of the Penn State AE curriculum. It brought together all of the topics covered in five years of study and applied them to a real-world scenario. By obtaining an actual building for intensive study, students were like professional engineers designing systems based on site conditions. Instead of in-class examples that were clean-cut and without complications; students actually got to see how one component effects other components of a building and make adjustments accordingly. Another important aspect of the senior thesis was the necessary development of good time management. Due dates were given and it was up to students' work ethic and initiative to get the work done in a timely manner. Correspondence with faculty and industry professionals added to the overall experience and quality of the entire yearlong learning process.

CPEP and Discussion Board Reflection

Both the electronic portfolio and the discussion board brought needed organization to this senior thesis project. Work could be easily converted to a visual representation using Dreamweaver software, that is now available for view on an internet-accessible computer. This online electronic portfolio allows family, faculty, friends, and professionals to check on what students were spending their senior year doing. The message board was important for the correspondence between industry professionals and students. Specific problems encountered on projects were cleared up using professional knowledge.










































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