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.


CPEP Reflection

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.






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 Michael Payne. 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.