Jo-Ann Panzardi, PE
Chair & Faculty
(831) 479-6497
Office Rm 811, Aptos campus

My email:

Cabrillo College Engineering Department:

Spring 2024 Office Hours (In-person and online via zoom*):

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm, STEM Center, Rm 834* (no office hrs on Mar 5)

Wednesdays, 12:45-2:15pm, ELab, Rm 810* (no office hrs on Mar 13, Mar 20, and May 1)

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm, STEM Center, Rm 834* (office hrs on zoom only on Mar 21; no office hrs on Apr 4, Apr 11, Apr 18 and May 2)

Fridays, 11:30am-12:45pm, My Office, Rm 811* (office hrs on zoom only on Mar 22; no office hrs on Apr 12 and May 3)

*Zoom Meeting ID: 868 7604 4934 (passcode; jp)

Zoom Link:

About Jo-Ann:

My path to teaching engineering at Cabrillo College started when I was in elementary school in New York City. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I loved math and always enjoyed helping my friends with math. When I hit high school; however, so many girls were choosing teaching and nursing as careers and I wanted to be different and pursue something more unique. Since I liked math and science and was intrigued by structures, I decided to study civil engineering and attended Polytechnic Institute of New York (now New York University). The specialty of civil engineering that I became most interested in during college was geotechnical engineering, so I choose this career path. Maybe it was all those years as a kid playing in the dirt that I decided to be a geotechnical engineer.

When I hit graduate school at University of Maryland, I had the opportunity to teach college engineering courses and I loved it. It was at that point that I decided that I wanted to teach engineering. Since it was important to me to bring real world engineering into the classroom, I worked as an engineer for seven years in the areas of surveying, construction, civil, and geotechnical engineering.

Once I moved to California, I learned about the community college (CC) system. Its emphasis on teaching rather than on research made me realize that I wanted to teach engineering at a CC. While living in Santa Cruz County, I started teaching part time at a number of CCs in the Bay Area and in 1995, I landed the full-time position teaching engineering at Cabrillo. I viewed this as a great achievement for all my hard work.

At Cabrillo, we feel that engineering is a helping profession. Engineers use their technical, communication, and problem solving skills to design creative solutions for the betterment of people and the environment. I love what I do: teach; coordinate the department; oversee grants to give students more opportunities; and be a part of the amazing community of highly motivated engineering students and the caring committed faculty.

I am the first in my family to attend college and I owe all my successes to my education and to people who have supported me along the way . I received a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering, Geotechnical; and I am a California licensed civil engineer (license no. 49538).