As Jacobs’ Digital OneWater Strategic Growth Lead, Jennifer is responsible for looking at the array of digital tools available to our water sector clients and bringing them under a OneWater umbrella. By creating an integrated ecosystem of data-enabled solutions, we can more effectively and efficiently assist our clients with their most complex water challenges, from water scarcity and flood control to overstretched budgets and staffing shortages.
Jennifer is also a principal technologist specializing in assembling and leading large program teams and planning and successfully delivering comprehensive rehabilitation and improvement programs. Among her project experience, she served as chief engineer for a $1.6 billion sewer program with 110 individual projects, as technical manager for conveyance for a $5 billion wastewater treatment and conveyance program and as chief engineer for a $500 million water transmission, distribution and wastewater collection and treatment program.
Won Mentor of the Year Award
States in which Jennifer is certified as a Professional Engineer (Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and Florida)
Gifts repurposed to people in need in over 5 years as St. Joseph’s Treasures lead
Nieces and nephews (plus 2 grandnieces currently)
Through her work on large wastewater programs, Jennifer has focused her career on coastal, pumped systems. Having grown up in flat Indiana, she understands the challenges of moving water with little change in grade. She is fascinated by the pumped wastewater systems that coastal communities have used to solve this issue.
Jennifer believes that mentoring is key to anyone’s career in STEAM. Her first mentor was her uncle, who was an agricultural engineer who worked on the first Cub Cadet lawn tractor. Uncle Harold encouraged Jennifer to become an engineer, and she is grateful for that encouragement! He also taught her important career lessons, including how to network. Having benefited from the advice of many mentors throughout her career, Jennifer is now passionate about mentoring the next generation. In 2009, she won the Mentor of the Year award for a company that Jacobs later acquired.
“Positive mental health and resilience to change are necessary to be an effective leader. You will have days where nothing goes right, and you have to be ready to shake those off and look ahead to better days.”
In her next “career,” Jennifer plans to focus on giving back to her community, focusing on food insecurity and STEAM education. Now living in Maryville, Tennessee, at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she currently assists with “St. Joseph’s Treasures” at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, which connects parishioners with excess to those in need. It’s a fulfilling aspect of Jennifer’s life that she plans to continue once she retires from engineering. When she isn’t volunteering, she and her husband, Brett, enjoy hiking (not just in the Smokies) and traveling as much as possible!
Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering, both from Purdue University. Boiler up!
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