Rudolph Bonaparte

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Rudolph (Rudy) Bonaparte is the President and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc and its specialty affiliates MMI Engineering, SiREM, and GSM Consultancy.[1] In 2007, Dr. Bonaparte was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to geoengineering with geosynthetics, the design of landfill waste-containment systems, and leadership in geotechnical engineering practice.[2] Dr. Bonaparte earned his B.S. (1977) from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.S. (1978) and an PhD (1981) in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bonaparte was Inducted to the Academy of Distinguished Alumni on November 8, 2012.[3][4]

Dr. Bonaparte is the author of a number of technical papers and led a peer review team for the EPA that estimated the service life of HDPE membrane liners in landfills to be approximately 1,000 years.[5]


  • "A Time-dependent Constitutive Model for Cohesive Soils" (1982)[6]
  • "Assessment and Recommendations for Improving the Performance of Waste Containment Systems" (2002)[7]


  • 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award for design[8]
  • 2012 Academy of Distinguished Alumni, University of California, Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2007 National Academy of Engineering
  • 2000 J. James Croes Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, co-recipient