Senior Thesis Reflection


ABET Outcomes for AE481W/ 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

I feel that throughout the completion of my senior thesis I have had a excellent learning experience. By allowing me to work at my own pace while still having deadlines I felt that this course fell more true to form of the professional world then any class before it. Given the opportunity to pursue my own interests led to a more enthusiastic thesis and allowed for me to learn more along my interests while still applying the variety of technical skills I have acquired over the years at Penn State.  By pursuing my own interests I was able to supplement topics that I felt were not explored in enough detail in the classroom.  Overall I felt that this senior thesis project allowed me to showcase my skills in the construction industry as well as pick up new skills along the way.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

The creation of the CPEP page was an invaluable tool to both presenting and collaborating all of my work done throughout the year on my senior thesis project.  It allowed for me to easily direct future employers, friends, family and faculty members to my senior thesis.  The creation of the CPEP page is also an irreplaceable tool for future students completing their senior thesis projects and can be used as a starting point for many undergraduates.  I did not take full advantage of the discussion boards however can see the usefulness of the postings and having direct contact with many industry professionals.

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This page was last updated on 4/19/2010, by Steven Farrah and is hosted by the AE Department ©2010
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 Steven Farrah. 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.