Sara Pace is presently in her 5th year of study in the Architectural Engineering Program at The Pennsylvania State University.  In December 2011, she will graduate with an Integrated Bachelor/Master of Architectural Engineering degree, with a focus in mechanical systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering, with a focus in agriculture.  Having passed the FE exam, Ms. Pace will gain EIT status upon graduation and looks forward to earning her Professional Engineer (PE) license. 

During the past summers, Sara has participated in internships with PAE/Lockheed-Martin:  Project AFRICAP and Hankins & Anderson (H&A) Consulting Engineers, a multi-discipline engineering firm specializing in federal building design.  Last summer, Sara was a mechanical intern at H&A where she was able to work on designs for new embassy compounds.  She is currently a Teaching Intern for Dr. Dennis Buffington in BE 300:  Biological Systems Engineering and has also spent the past several semesters as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Moses Ling in 2nd and 3rd year AE courses.  For the past five years as well, Sara continues to work in the Human Resources Department of the Engineering Dean’s Office.

Sara is a member of numerous professional and student organizations, including the Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon, and Phi Alpha Epsilon honor societies where she is the current Vice-President and Secretary of the latter two, respectively. Sara also serves as the current Secretary of Penn State’s Student Chapter of ASHRAE.

Beyond her academics, Sara is very involved in many University activities.  Ms. Pace serves as an AE Envoy, representing the department of Architectural Engineering to prospective students, is involved in the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and served as President of Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) House from 2008-2010.  Sara also enjoys many outdoor activities such as tennis, running, and yoga, where this past summer she studied at an intensive program in the Catskills to become a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.  


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 Sara Pace. 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.