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CPEP Reflection

The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) was an effective method of displaying and combining the knowledge gained throughout years of study within Penn State’s Architectural Engineering department. The goal of the CPEP project was to increase communication amongst students, faculty, and industry professionals, which was significantly achieved during various stages of the project. Completing this project allowed students to market themselves to potential employers and industry professionals, as well as bond with instructors and advisors at a level a classroom setting cannot provide. Outside sources such as the Discussion Board was essential in AE Senior Thesis because it allowed students to easily interact with industry professionals. As a result of such interactions students were able to gather opinions, recommendations, and advice. Having such dedicated professionals continuing their involvement with the Penn State AE program was a substantial asset to the success of this course.


Senior Thesis Reflection

The 5th year senior thesis project is the culminating project in Penn State's AE curriculum. The year-long project demonstrates the knowledge gained within a student’s primary option of study and ties it together with additional options in a multi-disciplinary manner. By creating similar scenarios practicing engineers face on a daily basis and forcing students to make educated decisions based on their own analysis provides a unique, real world experience. The course is designed for students to make these real life engineering decisions and effectively execute them based on the techniques and skills they have developed during the five years of study
In order to be successful in this course, students must be able to manage time, work independently as well as collaboratively with other professionals, and be able to put to use the skills they developed throughout their education. At the completion of the course an increased appreciation for an outstanding work ethic, great communication skills, and willingness to continue learning is formed. All of these values directly apply to the profession and are essential to becoming a successful engineer.

ABET Outcome Survey

Important Note:  These outcomes reflect a personal (student) assessment of the course, not the instructor's assessment.
ABET Outcomes for AE 481W/482
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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




D. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems





E. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility




F. An ability to communicate effectively




G. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context




H. An ability to engage in life-long learning




I. A knowledge of contemporary issues





J. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice





K. 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




L. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects






"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‐inprogress 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 Hunter Woron. 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."