This past year taught me a few things about how to work efficiently and independently, while learning a few things about time management. Working through each Technical Report really reinforced everything I've learned over the years in Penn State’s AE program because I was forced to apply concepts to a specific building, while gaining a better understanding of exactly how that building was designed. The spring semester allowed more freedom and creativity by allowing me to attempt a redesign. This was a major challenge and was extremely rewarding because it allowed me to see what it may be like to start a project from scratch in the professional world.
The electronic portfolio was a great asset for the entirety of this thesis. Being able to see thesis reports from previous years as reference was a great tool and guidance that assisted me throughout the year. Posting our assignments here also made it easier for faculty to access, as well as the professionals involved with the building, and allowed faster constructive feedback. Also, I personally had no experience with web page design, so this was a good way to learn the skill.
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