Structures lead on major West Coast transportation projects
34, Project Engineer
During his more than 11 years designing highway and mass transit projects, Eric Herzstein has worked throughout the U.S., Canada and Qatar. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in structural design and construction engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Herzstein began his career as a structural engineer with Jacobs in Arlington, Va. While at Jacobs, he worked on the $400-million, 3.1-mile extension of the Blue Line Metrorail outside Washington, D.C. After four years with Jacobs, he accepted a position with Parsons Transportation Group in Seattle. His first assignment was on the program management of Washington State Dept. of Transportation's $10.9-billion, I-405 corridor project. Part of the project included the final design for the NE 10th Street Bridge overcrossing, which was awarded a Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Award by the Seattle Section of ASCE. Herzstein also served as structures lead on the $480-million Oakland Airport Connector for the Bay Area Rapid Transit and currently is a structures lead for the City of Seattle's Elliot Bay Seawall project.
Lawyer with real-world construction experience
33, Construction Attorney
Lake Oswego, Ore.
After only a few years as a construction attorney, Katie Jeremiah has led national efforts in the construction aggregates industry for advancement and outreach in the area of mine safety and health. Raised in a construction family, she attended Oregon State University and earned a degree in construction engineering management. Following internships with Kiewit Pacific Co. and Granite Construction, she worked for DPR Construction in San Diego for five years. With a solid foundation in construction, Jeremiah set her sights on law school. She earned her degree with dual certificates in environmental law and business law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., in 2009. During law school, she volunteered hundreds of hours to help the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association address concerns about enforcement efforts by the Mine Safety Health Administration. She evolved into a local subject matter expert for enforcement issues. OCAPA appointed her as the chairwoman of its MSHA compliance assistance committee and invited her to be on the association's board of directors. The agency has since added two full-time compliance assistance personnel to assist Oregon operators in training and compliance with agency regulations.