2014 Distinguished Service Award recipient
Javed Siddiqui '70, MS '73 (Civil Engineering)
Javed Siddiqui’s work reflects his personality—efficient, hard-working and modest. Though it’s not often in the spotlight, Siddiqui’s craftsmanship can be found throughout Sacramento and all over the Sac State campus.
Since starting JTS Engineering Consultants in 1977, Siddiqui and his employees have worked on hundreds of roads, water lines, sewer lines, drainage systems and parking lots—the infrastructure that many take for granted. Siddiqui takes pride in the quality of his firm’s behind-the-scenes work and the role his alma mater played in his success.
Former professors Lester Gabriel, Bill Neuman and Norman Castellan made strong impressions on a young Siddiqui, who came to the U.S. from Pakistan at age 18 and tapped into a passion for engineering.
“Professor Lester Gabriel guided me and got me motivated and I took advantage of his advice,” Siddiqui says. “I’ve enjoyed civil engineering ever since I started. I have really cherished this field.”
Siddiqui’s father was a meteorologist for the Pakistani government and attended Iowa State before returning to his home country.
“That was a catalyst for me to look for education in America because had a very positive experience,” Siddiqui explains.
Javed briefly attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but quickly realized he wanted to be in a larger city with more employment opportunities.
While he attended Sac State, Siddiqui worked part-time in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Summers were a different story. He worked as a busboy at a Lake Tahoe casino one summer, the next at a cannery in San Jose.
“It was hard work, but it was good money—$2.50 an hour,” Siddiqui says.
After earning his bachelor’s degree Siddiqui returned to Pakistan, but political unrest left the economy slumping. He returned to Sac State, completed his master’s degree coursework, found a good job and settled in Sacramento.
“During that time there were big problems in Pakistan,” Siddiqui says. “About that time I found employment here and started working while I was finished my thesis. My employer encouraged me to be here and I stayed. We love Sacramento.”
Sac State proved to be a perfect fit, not only for Siddiqui, but also his four younger siblings and his youngest son Omar, who is currently a graudate student.
Siddiqui’s sister Nasreen ’82 (Civil Engineering) and brothers Khalid ’76, MS ’80 (Engineering and Computer Science), Riaz ’98 (Business Administration), MBA ’07 and Fareed ’85 (Civil Engineering), ’95 (Business Administration) all live and work in the Sacramento area.
A father of four, Siddiqui supports the College Engineering and Computer Science by donating equipment and he’s established an endowment to support students and faculty. He also employs Sac State students as interns and has hired many Sac State graduates.
“I encourage anybody that wants to study engineering because I think we need engineers and we always will,” Siddiqui says. “As an employer I’ve found that engineers who get an opportunity to work during their time in college, it gives them a jump-start.”
Siddiqui’s contributed plenty to the growing Sac State campus. He was one of several professionals to donate his work for the Associated Students Children’s Center. He’s also helped in the planning of Modoc Hall, Mendocino Hall, Placer Hall, the Capital Public Radio building and Parking Structure III.
He’s experienced the value of Sac State many times over, which is why Siddiqui does all he can to assist his alma mater.
“It’s an institution that has been a vital resource for not only the families that live in the Sacramento valley,” Siddiqui says. “But others that come here from all over the world to get educated and learn, including myself.”