PO Box 6248
Edmonds, WA 98026
Begum Birsoz, EIT, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Washington in June. A native of Turkey, Begum grew up in California and attended Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. While at UW, she served as founder and president of the UW SEAW Student Chapter. She also participated on the UW Hyperloop Alpha Team, the 3D Printing Club, and the ASCE Concrete Canoe team. Begum works at Boeing, where she is a payloads design engineering Intern and will transition into a structural design engineer role. She previously had an internship with Perteet in Seattle. She enjoys dance, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, and has been active in local Turkish cultural events, like the Seattle Turkish Film Festival.
Forest Bishop, EIT, graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a minor in Architecture Science. He is beginning his graduate studies at WSU, pursuing a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. While at WSU, Forest participated in the ASCE Student Chapter, serving as Recruitment and Retention Chair and participating on the Concrete Canoe team. An Alaska native, Forest graduated from Kodiak High School. Before attending WSU, he had about 15 years’ experience in the Alaskan construction industry, obtaining a journeyman cement mason certification and starting his own construction company. He also served in the US Navy, spending some time with the Naval Architects and Engineers and earning an honorable discharge after combat service.
Marissa Gelms, EIT, graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She attended La Center High School. While at UW, she served as the inaugural vice president of the SEAW Student Chapter, participated in the ASCE Concrete Canoe team, was a member of the UW Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and worked at the UW Structures Lab. Marissa studied abroad in Rome, enjoying the opportunity to experience engineering in Europe. She had internships both at Boeing as a structural designer and Reid Middleton as a structural engineering intern. Marissa enjoys volunteer work and has worked with K-12 students and at adult shelters.
Jerren Paradee, EIT, is attending the University of Washington, pursuing his Master of Science in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in Structural Engineering, with an estimated graduated date of 2018. After having attending Highline College, Jerren graduated magna cum laude in 2016 from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a design engineer at DBM Contractors in Federal Way, and during college was a research assistant at the UW Structures Lab. He was also a construction mechanic in the US Navy and was deployed to Afghanistan, earning a Naval Achievement Medal. Jerren graduated from Decatur High School in Federal Way, after having moved to Washington from Massachusetts. He also enjoys hockey and participates in the Rainier Hockey League, playing for the Tacoma Blackhawks.