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 Brian A. Brunnet. 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.


ABET Outcome Survey
Note: These outcomes reflect a personal (student) assessment of the course.
ABET Outcomes
for AE 481W/482

Outcome not
to be assessed

(score of 0)

Level of ability
demonstrated but
below acceptable

(score of 1)
acceptable level
of ability
(score of 2)
More than
minimum level of
(score of 3)

a. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

- - - X

b. An ability to analyze and interpret data

- - - X
c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs - - - X
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems - - - X
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility - - - X
g. An ability to communicate effectively - - X -
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context - - - X
i. An ability to engage in life-long learning - - - X
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues - - - X
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice - - - X
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 - - - X
p. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects - - - X


CPEP Reflection:
The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) was an effective and creative way to display our thesis work and show all of what we have learned over the past years in a professional manner to the AE faculty members. Additionally, it provides countless opportunities for industry professionals and future employers view our potential in the industry. The Discussion board was an essential tool, which provided valuable input from industry professionals on topics ranging from cost and schedule impacts to architectural recommendations. Overall, the CPEP was an effective tool which allowed each student the opportunity to interact and gain experience from industry professionals as well as the AE faculty and staff. Their dedication to the Penn State AE program and involvement in these essential tools and resources are crucial for success in this senior thesis course.

Senior Thesis Reflection:

The fifth year senior thesis project provides the opportunity for each student to display their knowledge in architectural engineering and their academic achievements. In addition, the course provides an opportunity for the students to explore complex topics further to enhance their learning ability. The course also integrated different areas and aspects of architectural engineering and allowed the student to view the effects that one area may have on another. The thesis project created a similar scenario for which practicing engineers are faced with on a daily basis. The course is essentially designed for students to make real life engineering decisions and effectively execute them in a timely fashion. Overall, the course allowed students to gain a large amount of knowledge and build an outstanding work ethic, all of which are essential in becoming a successful engineer.