From the islands of Hawaii to the hospitals and hotels, roadways and communities of California, Jazzy Principe takes her “Aloha Spirit” wherever she goes.
Born and raised on Oahu, from an early age she embraced the values of community, family and the understanding that we all need to do our part to protect those around us and the world we live in.
She knew she needed to find a career that helped the greater good.
“Civil engineers focus on shaping and enabling the world we live in. We’re builders, innovators, connectors and protectors. We create ripple effects that extend our realm of possibilities and dictates where society can go next.”
During her studies, an internship took Jazzy to a wastewater treatment plant in Hawaii. It was there she realized that civil engineers are real-life magicians.
Engineers can turn the nastiest wastewater into the purest drinking water. They turn uninhabited land to livable communities where families can thrive. When engineers build bridges, tunnels and ports, they enable economic growth and prosperity. When they innovate and build, engineers propel society forward and life gets better for everyone.
When engineers think of sustainable solutions and make deliberate decisions with the health and welfare of the environment and people first, they enable the perpetuity of life. Engineers literally have the world in their hands, she realized at that treatment plant. And that’s how her career ignited.
Today, Jazzy is a project engineer for the Program and Construction Management group at Jacobs having worked on projects from the California High Speed Rail Project, the Hawaii Department of Education’s first Statewide Facilities Master Plan for all 260 K-12 public schools, to a massive asset management program to track medical equipment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
She’s also an active community member, as the current American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County Younger Member Forum President and as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County program.
Recently named one of the ASCE’s 2020 New Faces of Civil Engineering, Jazzy says her goals are to improve, innovate and inspire — and through her community work and engineering, she’s been able to do just that.
Jazzy holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering, respectively from the University of California, Irvine and California State University-Fullerton. In addition to the ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering honor, she earned the 2019 Outstanding Younger Member Forum Officer Award for Region 9 in the State of California and 2019 Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the Orange County Engineering Council.
ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering honoree
opportunities to engage, empower, advance, connect and celebrate the STEAM professions
stakeholders engaged through Hawaii Department of Education's first Statewide Facilities Master Plan
years as a "Big Sister" With Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County program
A day in the life
Jazzy poses with her "Little Sister," Kimberly, as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County program.
A day in the life
Jazzy and team attend the Women's Transportation Seminar's Transportation Academy.
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