Grace Ellerbeck, EIT

Engineer in Training

Grace grew up “in the middle of the woods along a creek” in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, spending her youth playing in Pleasant Creek. Early on, she decided to pursue a career in engineering. Instead of focusing on solely on engineering, she chose to broaden her ecological knowledge. In the years that followed, she interned at Oregon State University analyzing nitrogen-fixing cover crops in organic pear orchards, conducted terrestrial salamander surveys, and worked as a Soil Field and Lab Intern. During her Master’s program, she fell in love with working in aquatic ecosystems while working as a River Engineering Field Technician, surveying substrate, algae, and macrophyte types in the Klamath River, which inspired a shift of focus to water resources engineering in her course work and career goals.

In 2024, she joined Inter-Fluve’s Hood River office, where her work includes developing 1D and 2D hydraulic modeling, GIS, and fieldwork for projects in the Pacific Northwest. She also assists with design report development and QA/QC documentation. Grace is particularly interested in the interaction between fire and rivers. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and working on drawing and painting projects, having previously worked as a patent artist for two years.