Jackie Jiran

Jackie Jiran
  • BS Civil Engineering 1996

Jackie Jiran '96 chose Michigan Tech after attending the Women in Engineering Summer Youth Program. She says her interest was piqued by the academics and she fell in love with the Keweenaw immediately.

After graduation, Jackie's first job was with Gerace Construction Co. in Midland, MI. She also worked for Hubbell, Roth and Clark, Inc.; Michigan’s Department of Transportation, and the University of Wisconsin ;Madison. Jackie currently works as a freelance editor and substitute teacher.

I felt prepared to work, but unprepared for the politics that often exist in the workplace. Companies sometimes make decisions based on more than logic and sound engineering practices, which I learned on the job. Gender inequality also exists in the workplace, which I did not experience in the classroom at Michigan Tech.

Jackie's advice to students is; Be a lifelong learner. If you are truly interested in your work, it will help propel you through some of the difficult trials that can accompany a business environment. Find a mentor and surround yourself with a good team. Don't be afraid to make a change.

We welcome Jackie Jiran as a new member of our Alumni Board of Directors. Her six year term begins July 1, 2018

May 29, 2018