Nicholas L. Ziegler
Belmont Executive Center Building A
Ashburn, VA

Welcome to Nicholas Ziegler's Penn State AE thesis page.
Nicholas L. Ziegler
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 Nicholas Ziegler. 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.


AE 481W/482 Course Reflection

The year long senior thesis project was a crucial building block towards my career as a structural engineer. Completion of this project allowed me to apply the extensive knowledge I have obtained in Architectural Engineering over the past five years. The research completed over the past year helped me better understand the benefits and drawbacks of different types of structural systems and provided me with valuable knowledge of the entire design process. It is my opinion that the thesis project will give us a headstart in the industry as we embark on our careers.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

Maintaining a CPEP page is an efficient way of organizing and presenting my work in a professional manner. The CPEP page allowed me to easily share my thesis project with faculty advisors, family, and friends. The discussion board was a great way for students to receive answers to their questions from industry professionals. Having the ability to contact engineers with field experience was a a crucial tool in our thesis development.

ABET Outcome Survey

Important Note: These outcomes reflect my personal 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

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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







This page was last updated on 05/03/2010 , by Nicholas Ziegler and is hosted by the AE Department ©2009