Senior Thesis has been a beneficial and unique class that allowed for the majority of classwork to be done independently. The fall portion of thesis (AE 481W) allowed me to investigate all of my building’s systems and components, which were different than every other student’s building. The spring thesis work (AE 482W) was difficult, but also more rewarding. For this portion of the class the ideas, information, and conclusions all had to be drawn through hard investigation into my individual buildings and circumstances. I feel the best part about this portion of the class was the contact with industry professionals. Books and charts will provide much of the information for building systems, but talking with someone that does the work daily can provide invaluable information for particular cases. I also feel my thesis work was intentionally centered around focused on topics relevant to my early career as a construction manager in the lighting control industry.
Creating a website for a project of this magnitude was definitely beneficial. Using a website allows readers to easily look back at all of the background work that was completed in order to make the final conclusions found in the final report. Showcasing my work on the web is also something I am glad to be able to do. This provides an easy way to display my thesis work to employers, coworkers, or family members. I am proud of my CPEP site and feel my intermediate background in web design was beneficial in creating an aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate site.