Jake Copley | Mechanical | Biobehavioral Health Building | University Park, PA


AE 481W and AE 482

The AE Senior Thesis Capstone Project was one of the most valuable experiences I have had at Penn State. I feel more prepared for my future career now than I ever did before this capstone project. The first semester allowed me really grasp the process of obtaining information from construction documents and work with various designers and trades. Knowledge that was learned in the classroom was easily applied to evaluate the existing building and associated systems which allowed me to deteremine what aspects to further study the followig semester.

The second semester was the most beneficial of the two. We had the freedom to explore any area of the building that brought us interest. Being able to focus on systems that I have interest in allowed me to learn more about the building systems and how they can be integrated into the building. Everything I learned will be carried with me all through my professional career.


CPEP Reflection

The use of the CPEP website was a great resource, not only for students but for faculty and employers. It provied a place with easy access to store our work, allow faculty to easily access assignments and monitor our progress and allowed potential employers to view the work we have been doing over the course of the year. It was a great way to keep our work organized in easy to access anywhere around the world.


ABET Assessment

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a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering





b. An ability to analyze and interpret data





c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs





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       X
k. Engineering Design capabilities in at least two (2) of the (3) basic cirriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program       X
l. Communiation and interaction with other design professionals in the execution of building projects       X


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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 buildings designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Jake Copley. 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.

This page was last updated on April 13th, 2012, by Jake Copley
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