2000 Chugiak grad named to list of young leaders
Keri Nutter rocks.
The 36-year-old geologist from Eagle River was recently honored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce as one of Alaska’s “Top Forty Under 40,” an annual compilation of some of the state’s top young achievers. (The Alaska Journal of Commerce is owned by the Binkley Company, which also owns the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.)
Nutter and the other honorees were recognized at a ceremony held April 27 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. She was presented the award by fellow Chugiak High alumnus John Sims, the event’s keynote speaker and a 2013 Top Forty honoree.
A 2000 CHS grad, Nutter (whose maiden name is Lewis) works as an engineering geologist for DOWL, an engineering firm with offices in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. She received multiple nominations and several letters of support from colleagues who praised Nutter’s work ethic, character, community involvement and commitment to her family.
“She works to better not only her own children, but all children with her outreach activities and support of the STEM fields,” wrote one of the people who nominated her. “I am impressed she is showing her children how to be good citizens of the world; it is a trait I work to emulate.”
Nutter has earned a variety of accolades as an engineer and has published several professional papers. She’s a part-owner in DOWL and has worked on projects ranging from the Kennecott Mill building and the Glenn-Muldoon interchange to the Dena’ina Center and the Hooper Bay Airport relocation project.
“She manages a team of professionals, both engineers and geologists, working on projects statewide and in support of other DOWL offices in the lower 48,” wrote DOWL region manager for materials Maria Kampsen in her letter of support.
Kampsen noted Nutter is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists who is active in the Society of Women Engineers, working with the group to help mentor young students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
“Keri takes advantage of opportunities to do more, be more, and share with others,” Kampsen wrote.
DOWL president and CEO Stewart Osgood said Nutter is someone who “really can do it all.”
“My favorite memory of Keri resides in a photograph of her, eight-months pregnant headed out to the field to log holes working in the bitter cold all dressed up in her Carhartts,” Osgood wrote.
After graduating from Chugiak, Nutter spent a year at UAA before transferring to Washington State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in geology in 2004. She now lives in Anchorage with her husband, Jason (also a 2000 CHS grad), and their two children.
For more information on the Top Forty under 40 event, visit alaskajournal.com.