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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 Christopher Ankeny. 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.

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Construction Management

Thesis Reflection—Spring 2011

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

More than minimum 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





ABET Outcome Survey

Course Reflection

CPEP Reflection

The fifth year senior thesis course was challenging, but a great learning experience.  By allowing me to work at my own pace without little assignments due every week, I felt that it was more true to the real world.  Allowing me to choose my analyses for my building led to a more enjoyable experience because I was interested in what I was researching.  I was able to apply the technical skills that I have acquired throughout my time at Penn State while still learning about interesting topics.  Overall, my fifth year was challenging, but I was able to learn a lot about the construction industry and new trends that will only help me when I enter the professional world.

The Capstone E-Portfolio was one of the more frustrating aspects of the course requirements.  Having to constantly update your CPEP was time consuming and at some points tedious.  I had very little experience in creating websites prior to this year, so it was a valuable tool to learn.  Overall, the CPEP site is a great reference to have for anyone that may be interested in the work that is being accomplished throughout the year.  Having previous years CPEP’s available was also very beneficial into understanding what was expected of us throughout the year.