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

Rudy Bonaparte is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 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. He is a licensed professional engineer in 17 states.

Examples of Rudy's practice experience include serving as: design engineer-of-record for numerous waste disposal facilities, including a state-of-the-art LLR waste facility for the U.S. Department of Energy; design engineer-of-record for three major Superfund remedial design 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; and project engineer for design of major landslide stabilization, earth retention system, ground improvement, and building foundation projects. 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; technology pilot testing to chemically stabilize hexavalent chromium in harbor-front fill deposits of chromite ore process residuals (COPR); and, design and permitting of coal combustion residuals (CCR) disposal facilities. He has also been active in research and design method development for geotechnical earth retention and ground improvement systems.

Rudy is the author or co-author of more than 50 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 2016, Rudy was selected by ASCE for its 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: Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, NAE

  • 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
  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Waste Management
  • Disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
  • 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; Brownfields Redevelopment Planning and Design
  • Registration: Georgia Professional Engineer, P.E.17516; and licensed to practice in 17 other states

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