Adam Kaczmarek Structural Option


Cambria Suites Hotel Pittsburgh, PA


Final Presentation

Final Presentation

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 Adam Kaczmarek. 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.


This page was last updated on May 1, 2011 and is hosted by the AE Department 2010-2011





ABET Outcome Survey

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CPEP Reflection

The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) was an effective way to display our work in a professional manner to AE faculty members. It also allowed us to market ourselves to potential employers and industry professionals. The Discussion Board was an essential resource for AE Senior Thesis which allowed us to easily interact with industry professionals to gather opinions, recommendations, and advice. It served as a great tool for all students to reach out to professionals who have a great deal of experience and knowledge in the industry. Their dedication to the Penn State AE program and involvement in this resource is crucial to the success of this course.


Senior Thesis Reflection

The fifth year senior thesis project is an essential component of the AE curriculum at Penn State. It tied together the gained knowledge throughout the five years of the AE program, as well as provided a unique, real world experience for students. The thesis project created a similar scenario for which practicing engineers are faced with on a daily basis. The course is designed for students to make real life engineering decisions and effectively execute them. Through this course, students gained a large amount of knowledge and an outstanding work ethic, all of which are essential in becoming a successful engineer.

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





D. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems





E. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility





F. An ability to communicate effectively





G. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context





H. An ability to engage in life-long learning





I. A knowledge of contemporary issues





J. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice





K. 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





L. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects