R. Andy Pahwa

Architectural Engineering

Mechanical Option


AE481W/482 Course Reflection:

During the year long, Senior Thesis course, I was given the opportunity to encapsulate the previous five yearsí worth of architectural engineering education.† Studying and analyzing FDA Building One in terms of existing conditions and the thought process/approach of the entire engineering team, taught me a lot.† The progress of a real life project differs vastly from the ideology taught in the classroom.† However, the fundamentals of the classroom helped me breakdown the project into manageable portions.† The exercise to provide improvement/redesign opportunities was very interesting. It certainly provided the biggest challenge of any of my AE coursework. Carrying out the in depth research and presenting my idea was a rewarding but at times frustrating process.† To condense all of the ideas and research in a short framework was quite the challenge.† I hope to carry some of these lessons with me as I pursue a career in this field.


CPEP and Discussion Board Reflection:

The creation and maintaining of the CPEP site was probably the most enjoyable part of the exercise.† The ability to point anyone to the site to track progress of the work was satisfying. The Discussion Board wasnít a tool that I utilized much, as I felt speaking to someone via phone or in person was far more helpful.† Although I felt, seeing posts on the various discussion threads gave me insight and ideas into how I could approach some portions of my project.



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