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Christopher Kelly


Architectural Engineering


Mechanical Option

This page was last updated on September 10th, 2010, by Christopher Kelly and is hosted by the Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.

Christopher Kelly is a native of Voorhees, New Jersey, a suburb within the Philadelphia area.  Christopher graduated from Eastern High School in 2006 and enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University as an Architectural Engineering major with a focus in mechanical systems for buildings.  He is graduating in May 2011 with an Architectural Engineering degree. Christopher passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam last spring and will become an EIT upon graduation.


Within the program, he has completed a variety of classes such as Advanced HVAC System Designs, Advanced Acoustics, HVAC Control Systems, and Building Energy Load Simulation in addition to many other math and science based courses for buildings. Christopher is also working within an independent study to create his own load calculation program using Microsoft Excel with the visual basic programming language. The design intent of his load calculation/energy model spreadsheet is to eliminate the uncertainties/discrepancies that many commercial load calculation programsí include.†  


He has also held four internship positions during each summer while enrolled at Penn State.  These internships have helped him to understand the architectural engineering building process. Christopher has worked for Ballinger, a leading AE firm in Philadelphia, for three of these internships. Most of his work at Ballinger has revolved around laboratory and health care facilitiesí HVAC systems. Christopher has worked extensively with LEED 2.2 and looks to continue his work in the field of sustainable design. In addition to his internship experience, he also studied architecture & engineering abroad in Gold Coast, Australia during the spring of 2009.    


Christopher is looking for a full time position at a company with the potential for growth and intelligent system design so that he may continue to increase his engineering knowledge and abilities. Christopher is currently planning to take the LEED Green Associate exam before the end of 2010 so that he may attempt to become a LEED AP+ by graduation.

Monday, May 02, 2011

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 Christopher Kelly. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, an methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.