This process has been extensive. At some points it seemed insurmountable, but somehow I wrote almost 100 pages of text to encompass the culmination of my education here at Penn State. The technical reports in the fall gave me a foundation of understanding of my thesis building and allowed me to develop three main areas of study in the spring to investigate further. This was enjoyable to try and discover new solutions to familiar types of challenges on projects. My favorite analysis by far was my research on motivation because the soft skills that come with working on a team are some of the biggest contributors to success or failure on a project, and as the project manager it is our responsibility to understand and cultivate these soft skills to our advantage for success. My graduate courses helped me approach my thesis in a lean way and drive innovation within my analyses. Overall, I am thankful for this process as it has given me a new appreciation for not only the academic world but the very industry that I am excited to begin my career in.

CPEP Reflection

The website was one of the more fun projects to complete in this process. I enjoyed using my basic website design skills to create a simple but easily navigated site for users to quickly find my work.

ABET Assessment

For a copy of the ABET assessment, 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‐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 Kathryn Gonzales. 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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