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Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., PE


Geotechnical Infrastructure/Foundation Engineering

Geoenvironmental Containment/Cleanup Engineering

Waste Containment Facility Permitting and Design

Sediment Assessment and Remediation

Geohazard Characterization and Mitigation

Brownfields Redevelopment Planning and Design


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

Primary Disciplines:
Geotechnical Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering,

Dr. Rudy Bonaparte, PE, is a principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience. His practice is focused in the areas of: geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; contaminated soil, sediment, and groundwater remediation; and solid, hazardous, and low-level radioactive (LLR) waste disposal facility permitting and design. Throughout his career, Dr. Bonaparte has applied his engineering skills to a diverse array of his clients’ most complex engineering challenges. His project and research experience includes design engineer-of-record for LLR waste disposal facility for the U.S. Department of Energy; design engineer-of-record for three major CERCLA remedial design projects, core project team member for the seismic hazard evaluation of the State of Alaska, Anchorage Office Complex; project manager for several landslide repair and ground improvement projects; and researcher on the use of geosynthetics in geotechnical and environmental engineering applications. His most recent assignments include engineering design of a large dredged sediment containment area to be constructed on soft, compressible foundation soils and technology pilot testing to chemically reduce and stabilize hexavalent chromium in harbor-front fill deposits of chromite ore process residuals (COPR).

Dr. Bonaparte has maintained an active involvement in applied research and development in his practice specialties. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 technical papers, several book chapters, and six major reports published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, and U.S. Navy 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 on-line International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories.

In 2007, Dr. Bonaparte 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, Austin. In 2004, Dr. Bonaparte 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 Board Certified (BCEE) by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) of the ASCE Geo-Institute.

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