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Tyler E. Graybill | Structural Option
ABET Outcomes for
AE 481W/482
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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

AE 481/482 Course Reflection:

By studying and designing a post-tensioned system for my thesis building, I was able to build on the two weeks spent on this topic in the classroom and significantly expand my knowledge of post-tensioned concrete.

Probably the most important experience taken from this thesis year was not learning new material, however. Instead, I feel that it was the opportunity to take what we've been learning in the classroom for 5 years and actually "get our hands dirty" by putting it to use on a real building. We were forced to operate without a bulleted assignment detailing what we were to find, produce, or report. It was up to us to propose what we wished to study and then to carry it out. I feel that this experience will prep us for life in the industry in a much different way than our time spent in the classroom.

CPEP & Discussion Board Reflection

The use of the CPEP website to document our thesis projects was beneficial in two ways. Firstly, it provides a very convenient and attractive way for friends, family, faculty, industry members, potential and current employers, and any other interested party to view our work done this year. Secondly, it gave students some experience (however simple) in webpage design.

Having the opportunity to ask experienced members of the industry engineering questions via the discussion board is a fantastic resource. Not only does it provide a means for students to gain advice on their projects, but it allows for the very valuable experience of associating with other design professionals.

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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 Tyler Graybill. 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.