People Matters – Building Careers and Developing Leadership

by Rudolph Bonaparte, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), President, CEO; Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Atlanta, GA,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2014, Vol. 18, Issue 3, Pg. 52-56

Document Type: Feature article


This fifth article in the Business of Geotechnics series addresses personnel matters in private-sector engineering and consulting (E&C) firms. I'll be discussing the typical career path for consulting geoengineers, staff leverage ratios, the attributes needed to become a geoengineering firm leader, the choices available to personnel in terms of professional practice and company management career tracks, and the importance of leadership succession.

Subject Headings: Professional development | Leadership


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