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The Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is widely acknowledged as the top architectural engineering program in the country. It emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing of buildings. The goal of the program is to provide engineering graduates with the best education available for careers in the building professions. The undergraduate architectural engineering program at Penn State is accredited by ABET,

Department of Architectural Engineering Program Education Objectives

The undergraduate program in Architectural Engineering is designed to produce graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are expected to:

  • Attain professional careers in the building industry or other related fields by applying expertise in one or more areas related to the integrated planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure: including, but not limited to, building construction engineering and management; lighting systems; electrical systems; heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems; structural systems;
  • Pursue career paths that are enhanced by strong leadership, communication, collaborative, and interdisciplinary skills and a commitment to a sustainable built environment;
  • Demonstrate their responsibility to lifelong learning and the advancement of the building industry through activities, such as graduate level study, professional development, mentoring, involvement in professional organizations and service roles;
  • Develop credentials appropriate for their career path, such as professional licenses, registrations or certifications.

Revision approved by AE Faculty 3/20/2019.

The specific goal of the undergraduate program in architectural engineering at Penn State is to provide a high-quality education in the fundamentals of engineering and their application to buildings. This is achieved through classroom, studio, and extracurricular activities, which will provide each graduate with the ability to practice as a registered professional engineer in one of a variety of areas — both public and private — relating to the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings and to assume a place of leadership in society. The program is designed to produce graduates with a fundamental understanding of all building systems with in-depth capabilities in the construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical, or structural option.

Department of Architectural Engineering Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
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Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394