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Senior Thesis, AE 481W, Reflection
I appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this course. I feel my mechanical training and curriculum thus far helped me gain the basics and fundamentals behind my option of study, but provided not much opportunity to apply what I was learning to projects. Although most students gain this experience through internships, I have had less internship expereince. This is maily due to my strong interest in reearch in architectural acoustics. From this, senior thesis helped me to connect and bridge some of those gaps that could be seen in my education, and I think it was a good project to round out my education.
This project has given me real world experience, and is directly applicable to future work expereince I will have. No matter my career or profession, the ability to develop an idea, carry out an analysis, determine the success of that analysis, and present your results effectively is necessary. I look forward to taking the skills I have gained as a Penn State AE, and applying them in my future work. This was a beneficial expereince experience with much long-term benefits.
The use of CPEP websites was a helpful tool in the organization and structure of this course. It provided a nice environment for students to display thier work and distribute it to thier instructors and advisors. It also provides a nice opportunity to industry members and people outside of the community of Penn State AE to take a look at what is accomplished by our department. Overall, the use of these websites was a positive experience, and a helpful tool. It does require a good bit of extra work, so the amount of extra time to learn web design skills must be weighed against the acutal goals of the AE senior thesis course.
For me, the process was helpful, but sometimes, the small formatting details in the begining of the course took more time than was needed. This could potentially be resolved by better instruction of web design tools at the beginnign of the fall semester.
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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 isconsidered a work in progress 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 Matthew Neal. 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.