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Benchmarking Architectural Engineering Capstones

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Architectural Engineering

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Ryan Solnosky P.E. Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Ryan Solnosky is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park. Dr. Solnosky started at Penn State in July of 2013 and has taught courses for Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Pre-Major Freshman in Engineering. He received his integrated Professional Bachelor of Architectural Engineering/Master of Architectural Engineering (BAE/MAE) degrees in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, in 2009, and his Ph.D. in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA in 2013. Dr. Solnosky is also a licensed Professional Engineer in PA.
Ryan is also an advisor for Penn State’s National AEI Student Competition teams where under his guidance students have won over 45 awards in the last 6 years. His research interests include: integrated structural design methodologies and processes; Innovative methods for enhancing engineering education; and high performing wall enclosures. These three areas look towards the next generation of building engineering, including how systems are selected, configured and designed.

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John J. Phillips Oklahoma State University

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JOHN PHILLIPS, a registered engineer and Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, practiced as a structural engineer for nine years before returning to his alma mater to teach at Oklahoma State University. He teaches architecture and architectural engineering students in undergraduate and graduate courses that include Statics, Analysis I, Timbers, Steel, Concrete, Steel II, Concrete II, Steel III, Concrete III, Masonry and in the Comprehensive Design Studio.

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Architectural Engineering programs that create students capable of being professionals and leaders in the AEC industry are in high demand regionally, nationally and internationally. From a global perspective, AE programs are unique and sparse compared to civil engineering and architecture programs. In total there are 22 ABET accredited AE programs in the United States that offer degrees. These programs must be adaptable to the industry to remain current with, and ahead of, leading industry practices. To remain most relevant to industry, AE programs regularly evolve their senior capstone project experience. Since the building industry is so diverse, and the AE programs themselves are often diverse from one another, the composition of capstone courses across programs has not been heavily studied looking for critical trends. As such, a benchmarking study is being undertaken to compare the 22 programs from a capstone standpoint. Trends in each program’s capstone experience will be discussed and compared looking for similar and unique practices that other AE programs might be interested in as they further evolve their own offerings.

Solnosky, R., & Phillips, J. J. (2019, June), Benchmarking Architectural Engineering Capstones Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32144

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