Student biography

Leah Matern is currently in her 5th year of study in the Architectural Engineering Program at Penn State University. In May 2011, she will graduate with a Bachelors of Architectural Engineering degree with a focus on lighting and electrical systems. In addition, she will receive a minor in Architectural Studies.


In the summer of 2008, Leah was a participant in the AE Sede di Roma study abroad program. She received an excellent education of ancient structural design, cartography, and architecture. With this memorable experience, she developed her hand drafting and drawing skills. During the past two summers, Leah participated in electrical engineering internships with Matern Professional Engineering, Inc., an MEP firm in Maitland, Florida. These internships have provided her with ample amount of knowledge electrical systems design.


Leah is a member of a number of professional and student organizations including the Penn State Chapter of Architectural Engineering Institute (Student Society of Architectural Engineers), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), where she will act as Treasurer for the 2010-2011 school year. She also represents the AE department as an Architectural Engineering Envoy. This gives her the opportunity to interact with prospective students through open house events and scheduled visits to Penn State.




Crystal Lake Elementary School


Lake Mary, Florida










Leah Matern | Lighting/Electrical | 2010-2011

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 Leah Matern. 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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