Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, NAE

Rudy Bonaparte is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with nearly 40 years of professional experience focused on the areas of: geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; contaminated site, waterway, and sediment assessment and remediation; and solid, hazardous, and low-level radioactive (LLR) waste disposal facility permitting and design. Rudy served as the President and CEO of Geosyntec for 20 years and now serves as Chairman of Geosyntec's Board of Directors.

Rudy Bonaparte is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with nearly 40 years of professional experience focused on the areas of: geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; contaminated site, waterway, and sediment assessment and remediation; and solid, hazardous, and low-level radioactive (LLR) waste disposal facility permitting and design. Rudy served as the President and CEO of Geosyntec for 20 years and now serves as Chairman of Geosyntec's Board of Directors.


Examples of Rudy's practice experience include serving as: design engineer-of-record for a state-of-the-art LLR waste facility for the U.S. Department of Energy; design engineer-of-record for several power utility coal combustion residual (CCR) surface impoundment closures; feasibility study lead for the Berry's Creek Study Area (BCSA) contaminated sediment Superfund site and project director for the remedial design; design engineer-of-record for three major Superfund remediation projects; core project team member for the seismic hazard evaluation for siting of a State of Alaska, Anchorage Office Complex and for evaluation of the seismic stability of several embankment dams. His project experience also includes engineering design of a large dredged sediment containment area constructed on soft, compressible foundation soil; design of soil and sediment remediation measures for a site along Green's Bayou, Houston Ship Channel; and, technology pilot testing to chemically stabilize hexavalent chromium in harbor-front fill deposits of chromite ore process residuals (COPR).

Rudy is the author or co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed technical papers, several book chapters, and seven major reports published by the U.S. EPA, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Navy, and NASA on geoengineering-related topics. He has served on the editorial boards of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, the journal Geosynthetics International, and the International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories. In 2019, Rudy was selected by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers for their Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award. From ASCE, he received their 2018 Terzaghi Lecture Award (the oldest award given by ASCE to a geotechnical engineer) and 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. In 2012, he was elected to the CEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2007, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2006, he was elected to the CAEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004, Rudy was named the Engineer of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Professional Engineering Societies. In 2002, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the ASCE Geo-Institute. He is co-recipient of the 2000 J. James Croes Medal from ASCE and the 1994 IGS award from the International Geosynthetics Society. He is and ASCE Fellow, Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering of the ASCE Geo-Institute.

Career Summary of Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, NAE

  • Specialties: Geotechnical Infrastructure and Foundation Engineering; Geoenvironmental Containment and Cleanup Engineering; Waste Containment Facility Permitting and Design; Sediment Assessment and Remediation; Geohazard Characterization and Mitigation
  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup, Water and Natural Resources, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Waste Management
  • Disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Earthquake engineering
  • Education: Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1981; M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1978; B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1977
  • Registration: Georgia Professional Engineer, P.E.17516; and licensed to practice in 17 other states

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