The AE Senior Thesis class was an excellent culmination to the program. I had to manage my time efficiently and challenge myself. I set a high standard for my reports and work and I am proud of the results. The most important thing I took away from the project is the fact that I had to research many topics related to structural engineering that I didn’t encounter in classes. This is so applicable to how the real world functions, whether it’s obtaining a new code, finding design examples, or communicating with other professionals. It was great preparation for my future career as an engineer.
With all the work we had to perform it would have been helpful to have more feedback on the calculations we performed. I know it is far too time consuming to review everyone’s massive calculations, but a quick note or something to show that they looked good would have been great.
The Capstone Project e-Portfolio was a very useful tool for this thesis project. This was the first opportunity that I had to completely design and layout a web page. Although it was tedious, the end result allowed for my work to be displayed for others to view. I also learned how to use a new program that could come in use in my career. I enjoyed viewing work from previous years along with my classmates of 2013. The ability to see the work of inspires healthy competition and I think it improves everyone’s work as a whole.