Jordan Ramis, P.C., Lake Oswego, Oregon
CEO and General Counsel, Aggregate Resources, Inc., Springfield, Oregon
’01 B.S. Construction Engineering Management

Katie Jeremiah has taken a nontraditional path with her engineering degree and, as a result, is on Engineering News-Record’s 2013 “Top 20 Under 40” list, in addition to several similar distinctions.

Jeremiah was raised around heavy construction. Her father founded a rock drilling and blasting company nearly four decades ago, and today she leads the company’s strategic direction and makes day-to-day management decisions. She oversees operations throughout six Western states. But also, as an attorney with Jordan Ramis, Jeremiah represents mine operators and contractors in federal administrative law, contract and land-use matters.

After graduating, Jeremiah spent almost five years at DPR Construction in San Diego, California, as a project engineer for various commercial building projects. After working on a large, complex project with DPR, she was inspired to seek a law degree.

“How the whole project came together was fascinating to me from a contract perspective,” she says. After earning a J.D. from Lewis & Clark College, she went to work as a law clerk at Jordan Ramis, and today she is an “of counsel” attorney with the firm.

“It’s been really fun to be able to weave together the educational background of law and engineering — being able to work with clients who don’t have to educate me on the technical aspects of their issues,” says Jeremiah. “It hasn’t been that I stopped one career and had to start completely over.”

Jeremiah is also an active volunteer with professional organizations, including serving as a governor’s appointee to the board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.