INOVA Fairfax Hospital
South Patient Tower

Falls Church, VA




Student Bio

Building Statistics


Technical Assignments

Thesis Research

Thesis Proposal


Final Report






Senior Thesis Reflection:

The AE Senior Thesis is a very valuable experience. I was beneficial to spend the first semester not only studying your building but looking at all aspects, field related and not, to determine the best approach to a system redesign. This process allowed me to not only reinforce but grow my knowledge of reading construction documents, both drawings and specifications, to determine the necessary information. I also learned how to effectively communicate with the other trades when determine various aspects of my building and project. The design knowledged learned in class and through experience helped me evaluate the system and determine an appropriate redesign for my second semester.

The second semester was very beneficial due to its design of independent study. It was great to have the chance to explore options that we wanted to opposed to certain projects in other classes. This gave me a chance to learn how to approach a design goal and see the interworking details of what needs to be considered in a design. The personal scheduling was great due to the ability to work at our own pace. It gave you the deadlines you may experience in the professional world but gave you the chance to experience how to manage time on a project that we'll see post-graduation.


CPEP Reflection:

The use of the website to organize and post all thesis work was very beneficial. The creation of this website allowed us to learn the design of a website in general, and provided a place to compile all of the work done through thesis. It also provided a great place for professors and professionals to access information about our project and track the progress of our work. The website served a great purpose for searching for a career. It gave employers a resource to search for more information on potential candidates and see their sample work.
ABET Outcomes for AE 481W/482 Outcome not able to be assessed Level of ability demonstrated but below acceptable Minimum acceptable level of ability demonstrated More than minimum level of ability demonstrated
Score of 0 Score of 1 Score of 2 Score of 3
a. An 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
d. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems - - X -
e. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility - - X -
f. An ability to communicate effectively - - - X
g. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context - - X -
h. An ability to engage in life-long learning - - - X
i. A knowledge of contemporary issues - - X -
j. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice - - - X
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 - - - X
l. Communication and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects - - - X

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 Morder.
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

Last Updated: 4/20/12 by Michael Morder
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