INOVA Fairfax Hospital
South Patient Tower

Falls Church, VA




Student Bio

Building Statistics


Technical Assignments

Thesis Research

Thesis Proposal


Final Report





About Michael Morder:

Michael is currently in his 5th year of study in the Architectural Engineering program at Penn State University. In May 2012, he will graduate with an Integrated Bachelor/Master of Architectural Engineering degree, with a focus on mechanical systems. Michael is also a member of a number of professional and student organizations including American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Penn State Chapter of the Architectural Engineering Institute (Student Society of Architectural Engineers), and the Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (S:PACE).

During the past two summers, Michael participated in mechanical internships with Southland Industries, a nation-wide Design-Build firm, and concentrated on both the commissioning and HVAC design aspects of large scale hospital projects. Michael also spent the summer prior to these internships in Lame Deer, Montana participating in the American Indian Housing Initiative (AIHI) project, where he helped design and implement a solar hot water system, solar photovoltaic system and helped the members of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation learn about residential energy saving solutions.

Michael passed his Fundamentals of Engineering exam in the Spring of 2010 and will receive Engineering-in-Training (E.I.T.) status upon graduation. He hopes to pursue a career with an AE design or consulting firm where he can implement the knowledge of mechanical design and sustainability while continuing to develop as an engineer with practical experience. He also plans on pursuing his Professional Engineering (PE) license.

Outside of school, Michael enjoys golfing, tennis, camping, and hiking

For Michael's Resume, Click Here.


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: 9/2/11 by Michael Morder
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