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Laura Pica was in her fifth year of study in the architectural engineering program at penn state university when she completed her senior thesis. She graduated in may 2012 with a bachelor of architectural engineering degree with a focus on mechanical systems. She also graduated with an engineer in training (EIT) certificate, a minor in architectural studies, and an international engineering certificate. Laura was a member of several professional organizations at penn state including the student branch of ASHRAE, the student society of architectural engineers (SSAE), the women in engineering program (WEPO), and she volunteered her time as an international engineering envoy to advise undergraduate engineering students who were interested in study abroad or work abroad experiences.

During her time as a student, she has built her career experience learning project management, estimating, mechanical design, and financial planning with McKamish, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Pierce Associates, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia. Laura also spent one summer studying abroad in Rome, Italy to expand her degree and gain international experience.

Outside of school she enjoys cooking and entertaining with friends and family, travelling throughout the united states and abroad, taking yoga classes, and playing music.

After graduation, Laura will be working with GHT Limited, a MEP design/consulting firm in Arlington, Virgina where she can continue learning and enjance her leadership and engineering skills.

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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 laura pica. 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.


date last edited: 4/17/12