ATLANTA, Ga. — Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., President and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants, was elected to the 2007 class of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions given to an engineer. The NAE, founded in 1964, provides engineering leadership in service to the nation.
Dr. Bonaparte was among 64 newly elected members and nine foreign associates into the academy. The NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
Dr. Bonaparte was elected to NAE for his contributions to geoengineering with geosynthetics, the design of landfill waste-containment systems, and leadership in geotechnical engineering practice. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in geotechnical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his career, Dr. Bonaparte has maintained an active involvement in applied research and development activities in his areas of practice. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 technical papers on topics related to geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, several book chapters, and six major reports published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Navy.
This honor comes on the heels of the completion of the U.S. Department of Energy Fernald Closure Project in Ohio, for which Dr. Bonaparte was the engineer-of-record. The project involved the design of, and construction quality management for, one of the most technologically-advanced, mixed low-level radioactive waste and hazardous waste disposal facilities in the world. The design of this 65-acre facility is based on a minimum service life of 200 years, and up to 1,000 years to the extent achievable using available technology. Geosyntec received the 2007 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies' Georgia Chapter for the project.