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Sarah Bednarcik is currently a 5th year Architectural Engineering and Schreyer Honors student at the Pennsylvania State University. In May 2013, she will graduate with an Integrated Bachelor/Master of Architectural Engineering degree with a focus in structural systems. She also spends time as a Teaching Assistant for several architectural engineering courses. Currently, she is the TA for “Introduction to Structural Analysis.”

Throughout her time studying at Penn State, Ms. Bednarcik has had various professional opportunities, both while in State College and during her summers. Her most recent experience this past summer was as a structural intern with Engineering Ministries International, a nonprofit engineering firm that focuses on civil and structural design in developing countries. As a structural engineering intern this summer, Sarah gained valuable experience in designing and constructing various structures in coordination with the client and the design team. Upon graduation, she will receive her EIT status, having passed the FE examination in Spring 2010. Ms. Bednarcik is looking forward to obtaining an entry level structural engineering position where she can gain experience and work towards her Professional Engineering license.

At Penn State, Ms. Bednarcik is actively involved in multiple organizations outside of academics, including both the Navigators and Club Swimming. As a 5th year, Ms. Bednarcik is a Bible study leader in the Navigators for upperclassman and helps to coordinate with other upperclassman studies. Besides Navigators and swimming, Sarah enjoys other athletic activities such as hiking, running, and ultimate Frisbee.

Post Thesis:

After a long year, Sarah finished senior thesis well, completing a structural redesign on her building from steel to concrete, analyzing the use of prestressing for larger spans and overall, an alteration on both the gravity and lateral system. Because of the impact of the redesign on the architecture and acoustics of the spaces, these were also evaluated. This work for this can be seen by clicking on the Final Report or Presentation tabs.

To see her resume, click here.


Student Biography    
Building Statistics    
Thesis Abstract    
Technical Reports    
Thesis Proposal    
Final Report    
Senior Thesis e-Studio      
Sponsor Thank You to:
Barry Isett Assoc, Inc.
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All photos and images courtesy of Barry Isett, Associates, Inc. & Spillman Farmer Architects
This page was last updated on 4/14/13 by Sarah Bednarcik and is hosted by the AE Department © 2013.
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 here with is considered a work-inprogress 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 Sarah Bednarcik. 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.