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04.26.13 CPEP complete & ready for final review
04.24.13 final report split into report and appendix for faster downloading
04.24.13 final presentation updated for final competition
04.18.13 course reflection & CPEP comments posted
04.18.13 ABET outcomes posted
04.09.13 thesis research posted
04.08.13 final presentation posted
04.03.13 final report executive summary posted
04.03.13 final report posted
03.26.13 presentation outline posted
01.11.13 proposal breadths updated
01.11.13 building statistics part II posted
01.11.13 proposal revision 1 posted
12.11.12 proposal posted
11.10.12 technical report 3 posted
10.10.12 technical report 2 posted
10.03.12 technical report 1 updated
09.27.12 abstract posted
09.16.12 techinical report 1 posted
09.16.12 student bio posted
09.05.12 building statistics posted
08.21.12 owner permission received
student bio

Victoria Interval completed her fifth year thesis in Architectural Engineering during the 2012-2013 academic year at Penn State in the structural option.

She graduated in May 2013 with both B.A.E. and M.A.E. degrees.

During her time at Penn State, Victoria had three internships in various specialties in the summers between years 2-5 and was involved in multiple student organizations.

professional experience

Victoria’s three internships have given her valuable insight into real world practices. After her second year, Victoria interned with the construction firm Barton Malow Company (Richmond, VA). Victoria was located on site of a hospital renovation and expansion project. With BMC, she was first exposed to daily operations of a construction site, such as RFI’s, CO’s, submittals, and subcontractor meetings. The following summer of 2011, Victoria interned with H.F. Lenz Company (Johnstown, PA), a multi-disciplinary engineering firm. Her summer focused on mechanical design for buildings, including load and ventilation calculations, ductwork layout, and OPR writing for commissioning purposes. In summer 2012, Victoria interned with the structural design firm Atlantic Engineering Services (Pittsburgh, PA). She spent her time making structural models, calculating design loads, and sizing members. Each of these summer experiences provided different skills and knowledge.

After graduation, Victoria went to work for Dow Building Solutions, a business within Dow Chemical, after Commercial Development Program (CDP) training within the company.

At school, Victoria was heavily involved in WEP (Women Engineering Program) as the Coordinator of WEP Facilitated Study Groups. As coordinator, she was in charge of 40 women facilitators and almost 300 student participants of small study groups for 12 different first and second year engineering courses. She has also participated in several other organizations, such as the Student Society of Architectural Engineers (SSAE), and the Society for Women Engineers (SWE). Victoria also spent some of her Saturdays as a volunteer leader for WEP Girl Scout Saturday Outreach.
The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio [CPEP] is a web‐based project and information center. It contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements 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‐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 Victoria Interval. 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.
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