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Benchmarking Architectural Engineering Capstones Part 2: A deeper dive into Trends and Opportunities

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 3

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Ryan Solnosky Pennsylvania State University

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Ryan Solnosky is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park. Dr. Solnosky has taught courses for Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Pre-Major Freshman in Engineering. He received his integrated BAE/MAE degrees in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009 and his Ph.D. in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University 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. 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 Phillips Oklahoma State University

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Professor of Architectural Engineering at Oklahoma State University, focusing in analysis, design, and construction of building structures.

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There are currently 25 ABET accredited Architectural Engineering (AE) programs in the United States that offer degrees closely associated with the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. AE programs are sparse and unique compared to civil engineering, construction management, and architecture programs, and must be adaptable to the AEC industry to remain current with leading industry practices. To remain relevant to industry, AE programs regularly evolve their senior capstone project experience, incorporating new methods and technologies graduates will encounter upon entrance into the profession. This paper serves to expand upon an earlier survey that benchmarked AE capstone courses with a new, expanded survey of the programs. Information presented in this paper look towards unique program experiences, trends, gaps, and possible new educational avenues from the survey results. This paper will include a literature search for similar research being incorporated into AE education, and areas to be explored in the survey will include: mentoring styles, assignment formulation, student progression, and delivery styles.

Solnosky, R., & Phillips, J. (2022, August), Benchmarking Architectural Engineering Capstones Part 2: A deeper dive into Trends and Opportunities Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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