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M. Kevin Parfitt

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Architectural Engineering

206 Engineering Unit A

mkp@psu.edu

814-863-3244

Research Areas:

Building Structural Systems

Interest Areas:

Structural and architectural engineering with an emphasis on building forensics, failures and damage assessment, forensic techniques and BIM/project management (DIRECTOR CABS).

 
 

 

Education

  • BAE, Architectural Engineering (Structures), The Pennsylvania State University, 1975
  • M.Eng, Civil Engineering (Structures), Cornell University, 1979

Publications

Books

  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Natural and Man-made Hazards, The Education Committee of the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE) of ASCE., ASCE Press
  • Shen-En Chen, Michael J. Drerup, M. Kevin Parfitt, Anthony M. Dolhon and Alicia Diaz de Leon, 2009, Forensic Engineering 2009: Pathology of the Built Environment, Proceedings of the 5th Forensic Congress, ASCE, Washington, DC

Book Reviews

  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2007, Book Review, Building Façade Maintenance, Repair, and Inspection - STP 1444, pp. p. 172
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, Review of Structural Condition Assessment, pp. p. 207

Journal Articles

  • Ryan L. Solnosky, M. K Parfitt, Moses D Ling and R. Holland, 2020, "Integrative Architectural Engineering Capstone with a Student Centered Approach To Open-Ended Projects", ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, (26(3)), pp. 15
  • Xiao Yuan, Chinemelu J Anumba, M. Kevin Parf andtt, , 2015, "Review of the Potential for a Cyber-Physical System Approach to Temporary Structures Monitoring", International Journal of Architectural Research - ArchNet, 9, (3), pp. 19
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2013, "Placement & Salary Summary for the Penn State Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BAE) and Master of Architectural Engineering (MAE) for the Graduating Class of 2013", pp. 8
  • R. Solnosky, M. Kevin Parfitt and R. Holland, 2013, "An IPD and BIM Industry focused Capstone Course based on the AEC Industry Needs and Involvement", Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Special Issue: Curriculum Assessment and Continuous Improvement
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, "Placement & Salary Summary for the Penn State Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BAE) and Master of Architectrual Engineering (MAE) Graduating Class of 2012 in Conjunction with the 19th Annual Architectural Engineering Career Fair"
  • Thomas E. Boothby, M. Kevin Parfitt and Mark Ketchum, 2012, "Milo S. Ketchum and Thin-Shell Concrete Structures in Colorado", APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, "Why Buildings Fail: Are We Learning From Our Mistakes?", Buildings - Special Issue on Building Failures, 2, (3), pp. 326-331
  • M. Pihlak, P. Deamer, R. Holland, U. Poerschke, J. Messner and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2011, "Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the Impact on Design Quality", Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, 1, (1), pp. 6
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2011, "Placement & Salary Summary for the Penn State Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectrual Engineering Graduating Class of 2011"
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2011, "Creating an Integrated Discipline Senior Capstone Design Course in Architectural Engineering utilizing Building Information Modeling"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, D. J. Jones and R. G. Garvin, 2011, "Structural, Construction and Procedural Failures Associated with Long-Term Pyritic Soil Expansion at a Private Elementary School in Pennsylvania", Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Special Issue on Construction on Expansive Soils, 25, (1)
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Placement & Salary Summary for the Penn State Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectrual Engineering Graduating Class of 2009"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Cranes, Structures under Construction and Temporary Facilities: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure They are Safe?", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 15, (1)
  • Jonathan U. Doughtery and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Framework for Teaching Engineering Capstone Design Courses with Emphasis on Application of Internet-Based Technologies", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 15, (1)
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2008, "Placement & Salary Summary for the Penn State Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectrual Engineering Graduating Class of 2008,"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt and Elizabeth E. Parfitt, 2007, "Failures Education: The Key to Better Engineering Design", Structure, pp. 10-12
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2007, "Annual Architectural Engineering Placement Activities and Salary Summary for the Penn State BAE / MAE Class"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, "Failure Trends: Becoming a better engineer by studying typical patterns in building failures", Structure Magazine, pp. 60-61
  • Thomas E. Boothby, M. Kevin Parfitt and Charlene K. Roise, 2005, "Case Studies in Diagnosis and Repair of Historic Thin-shell Concrete Structures", APT Bulletin: Journal of Preservation Technology, 36, (2-3), pp. 3-12
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2005, "Minimizing Corrosion Concerns When Using New Copper-Based Pressure-Treated Wood Products", PHRC Builder Brief BB0604, Slightly modified version of PHRC Builder Brief BB0604
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2005, "AE Career Fair"

Conference Proceedings

  • Rui Liu, 2018, "Failing Forward - Construction Failure Case Studies (Education Committee of the Forensic Engineering Division of ASCE)"
  • Ryan L Solnosky and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2018, "Observed Best Practices Within a Student Driven Multidisciplinary Team-based Architectural Engineering Capstone"
  • Solnosky Ryan and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2016, "Shear Wall Design in Residential Construction: A Comparison of Methods", Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, University Park, pp. 12
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2015, "A Curriculum Approach to Deploying BIM in Architectural Engineering"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, Robert J. Holland and Ryan Solnosky, 2013, "Results of a Pilot Multidisciplinary BIM - Enhanced Integrated Project Delivery Capstone Engineering Design Course in Architectural Engineering at Penn State", Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) National Conference - ASCE, pp. 8
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2012, "Creating Better Buildings Through Failures Education: Wikis, Forums, Synths, Tweets, Case Studies and Discussion Boards", ASCE 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering
  • R. Solnosky, M. Kevin Parfitt, R. Holland, J. Messner and R. Leicht, 2011, "Team Integration through a Capstone Design Course Implementing BIM and IPD", Academic Best Practices / Implementing BIM into Higher Education Curriculum, National Institute of Building Sciences, Annual Meeting / EcoBuild America Conference
  • R. Holland, M. Kevin Parfitt, M. Pihlak, U. Poerschke, J. Messner and R. Solnosky, 2010, "Integrated Design Courses Using BIM as the Technology Platform", Academic Best Practices / Implementing BIM into Higher Education Curriculum, National Institute of Building Sciences, Annual Meeting / EcoBuild America Conference
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, "Learning From Failure: Teaching a Course on Building Performance and Forensic Techniques", Proceedings of the 4th Forensic Congress, pp. 353-363
  • J. U. Doughtery and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2006, "Enhancing Architectural Engineering Capstone Design Courses Through Web-Based Technologies", Proceedings of the Architectural Engineering 2006 Building Integration Solutions Conference
  • Christopher H. Raebel, Fred Hasler, Ece Erdogmus and M. K Parfitt, , "State of the Art of Architectural Engineering Education: The Foundation for the National Agenda", United States
  • Ryan L. Solnosky and M. Kevin Parfitt, , "Software Approach Strategies for Capstone Course enhancment"
  • Ryan L. Solnosky, M D Ling, M. K Parfitt and S Atamturktur, , "WIP: Enhancing Freshman Seminars with Themes: An Architectural Engineereing Approach"

Manuscripts

  • Xiao Yuan, M. Kevin Parfitt and Chimay J Anumba, 2014, "The Use of Cyber Physical Systems in Temporary Structures - an Exploratory Study"
  • J. U. Doughtery and M. Kevin Parfitt, , "Student and Practitioner Collaboration in an Online Knowledge Community: Best Practices from a Capstone Course Implementation", Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, Jonathan U. Doughtery and Geschwindner, , "Enhancing Architectural Engineering Education Through Academic - Industry Partnerships: A Case History and Lessons Learned", ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice

Other

  • Xiao Yuan, Chimay J Anumba and M. Kevin Parfitt, 2015, "Real-time Cyber-physical Systems (CPS)-based Monitoring of Temporary Structures: - a Scaffolding System Example"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2010, "Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Natural and Man-made Hazards"
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2009, "Building Failures: Avoiding the Mistakes of Yesterday Leads to the Successes of Today", Editorial - Journal of Architectural Engineering, 15, (1)
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2007, "Architectural Engineering Approach to Building Façade Design, Construction and Evaluation", ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, 13, (3), pp. 127-128
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2005, "Comparison of Student and Practitioner Viewpoints Relative to First Employment Opportunities for Architectural Engineering Students", ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • M. Kevin Parfitt, , "The Art and Science of Teaching Site-Specific Snow Load Case Studies in an Academic Setting"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

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About

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