During their senior year, each student in the Penn State Architectural Engineering Program will develop a senior thesis. They must attain a coorporate sponser who will provide information and assist them in their thesis progress throughout the year. The first semester involves the student gaining a firm understanding of their building and its components. The second semester gives the student the opportunity to make design changes in the building to hopefully improve the funcitonality and efficiency of their project. 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.
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Mike has a diverse work portfolio from unique summer internships and research within the AE department. Here he learned the basics of steel design and how projects are organized and completed from an engineering point of view. Structural research includes the testing of masonry walls for shear and flexural strength. Mike has also taken the time to give a helping hand to those in need. He has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County as part of the building committee. Upon graduation, Mike seeks full-time employment from an innovative structural design firm that encourages professional development through a variety of methods, including continuing education programs. User Note: 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.
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Architectural Breadth. For the architectural breadth; rotating the building, changing the materials, and adding an amphitheater will be the main focus. The courtyard originally was a traditional courtyard and nothing interesting happening in the space. Adding an amphitheater in the courtyard is not only supporting the university mission but more than that. The new design of the courtyard allows student to express their feelings in the space.