ASCE student chapter hosting ‘Legends’ event on Oct. 6

structural engineer Joseph Jacobazzi

The UIC student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is hosting its third ASCE Legends event with retired structural engineer Joseph Jacobazzi on Tuesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom.

Jacobazzi will be discussing his experience as an engineer and answering questions from the attendees.

He started his career in 1968 as an intern in the Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After completing a one-year rotational training program, he chose a permanent assignment in the structural section where he prepared structural designs of military and civil works projects. His next career promotion in 1975 was to the North Central Division regional office. Duties in this position included performing technical quality assurance reviews on studies/projects from several district offices. Jacobazzi returned to the Chicago District in 1989 as the assistant chief of the engineering division. This position, along with experience gained at the North Central division, led to his selection as chief of engineering two years later. I this role, He was responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and reviewing all engineering design work in the Chicago district performed by 85 professional employees. Significant project design work included: the Chicago Shoreline Protection, Little Calumet Flood Control, and Chicago Underflow Reservoirs – projects totaling more than $1 billion in construction costs. He also led the Corps of Engineers emergency response to the 1992 Chicago freight tunnel flood in downtown Chicago.

In 2002, Jacobazzi retired from the Corps of Engineers. His post retirement career included several consulting positions, which included supervising structural engineer for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and positions with design firms CDM and HNTB. He also was tasked in 2006 as a team lead for the Corps of Engineers evaluation of the hurricane protection system in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Jacobazzi has a BSCE in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MSCE in materials engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago, and an MSCE in construction engineering and management from Stanford University. He is a registered professional and structural engineer in Illinois, and was named the Government Civil Engineer of the Year 2002 by the Illinois section of ASCE.

The first ASCE Legends event was held in February 2020 at UIC, and the second event was in August on Zoom. It is a national ASCE initiative designed to pair seasoned and retired civil engineers with younger members and students in a collective effort to share expertise, experiences, and wisdom as part of the national ASCE’s Diversity and Inclusion best practices.

Additional meeting information:
Zoom link: https://uic.zoom.us/j/95463535198?pwd=c0dnWnNtQkZGUExFd2dKU1JRM0pQQT09

Meeting ID: 954 6353 5198
Password: 7Mmvf7M5