AE 481W/897G Course Reflection
The Senior Thesis program was an extremely valuable course in the Architectural Engineering curriculum at Penn State. This course provided both challenges and lessons, as it prepared students to enter the industry with confidence in analysis and design of multiple building systems. This was the culmination of 5 years of hard work, dedication, and intense learning. It required bringing together all of the knowledge that has been learned throughout the program and it has taught skill, discipline, and professionalism. This course is like the prerequisite to becoming a professional in the Architectural Engineering industry, and completion of the course confirms that the degree has been earned, and students are ready to take the next step and start their careers.
The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) website that was required for the AE Senior Thesis program was a vital tool in completing the course. These sites allow students to organize their completed coursework in a neat and professional layout. The site allows employers and other interested individuals to access and assess the work completed. CPEP also helps students by allowing them to view projects from previous years. This gives students a better idea of what is expected and how to successfully complete the course.