Jared Martinez

Engineering Staff

Jared first joined GRI in June 2022 as an Intern¬ after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University, he was quickly hired on as a full-time Geotechnical Staff Engineer shortly after starting his internship. As a Geotechnical Staff Engineer, he is responsible for completing subsurface investigations, conducting laboratory tests of soil and rock, performing engineering analyses, and providing construction observation services. Jared is currently enrolled for his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a Geotechnical focus from Portland State University.

What interests you most about geotechnical engineering?
The reason I like geotechnical engineering is the mystery and personal judgement required. Unlike the other civil disciplines, geotechnical engineering is less codified and has more uncertainty, which makes the process feel less like following a recipe and more like being a detective of dirt.

What is your favorite thing about working at GRI?
The people here seem nice, and the company overall seems to be cohesive. I have never felt completely on my own on a project at GRI

Where is your hometown? How did it shape who you are today?
I am from Aurora, Oregon, a small town just outside of the Portland metro. I like to think that living in such a place gave me a good upbringing to accomplish the day-to-day duties of junior geotechnical engineering, which has a fair mix of working with blue and white collar types.

Education
BS, Civil Engineering, Portland State University,
MS, Civil Engineering (geotechnical engineering focus), Portland State University, to be conferred June 2023.