Jeffrey Capaci — Outstanding Undergraduate
B.S.E. in Construction Engineering
Graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Capaci made a big decision about his future at an early age.
While in junior high school, he had a part-time job with a small residential land development company and recalls that suddenly “one day I knew I wanted my career to be in the construction industry.”
He is not as certain about why he chose to prepare for that career at Arizona State University and the Del E. Webb School of Construction in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
“Whatever the reason, I am glad I made that decision,” he says.
I addition to his classroom education, Capaci got experience through student organizations and internships.
He served a term as president of the ASU chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and co-captained an ASCE-ASU Construction Solutions team for one of the major student competitions organized by the nationwide Associated Schools of Construction.
He did internships in the construction, engineering and construction supply fields.
Among the most rewarding experiences of his time in college was an internship for which he spent a summer working in Anchorage, Alaska working for DOWL construction and engineering company as a construction administration intern.
Another experience that had a big impact was learning from civil engineering Professor Barzin Mobasher.
“He taught me how to apply critical thinking to civil engineering analysis rather than simply approaching analysis and other problems in a cookie-cutter fashion,” Capaci says.
After graduation, he will go to work for TITAN Formwork Systems in Tempe, Arizona, where he will design concrete formwork and shoring (support) systems for buildings and other structures.
If he had an engineering superpower, he says he would like to be able to “3D print all the peanut butter I want.”
Other than the career goal of using his work in construction engineering “to change the world for the better by making life easier for the general public,” he aspires to “own a bass boat.”
Beyond his construction engineering skills, Capaci says he is an “all-around expert” at Rock Band, the music video game in which players simulate the performance of rock music using controllers modeled after musical instruments.