Exceptional Engineers

Doug Schwarm

Chief Engineer

Doug is a classical geomechanicist whose expertise with Peck’s observational method is especially valuable to design/build contractors, petroleum and industrial facilities, waterfront infrastructure, and operators who recognize the long-term benefits of explicit and collaborative geotechnical risk management. His “first principles” perspective is most useful on projects that demand an uncommon blend of innovative thinking, analytical rigor, and pragmatism.

Jonathan Nasr

Staff Engineer

Jonathan brings his diverse field and laboratory experience from working at GeoDesign, one of our collaboration partners in Portland, Oregon, to Atlas. Having recently earned his M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering at Portland State University, he moved to Santa Cruz, CA, to work full time for us. Recent projects include conducting site explorations and in-situ testing, site response analysis, ground improvement design, and shoring wall design. His enthusiasm for tackling unusual engineering problems is contagious. We see tremendous potential for Jonathan, even so early in his career, and look forward to seeing him tackle new geotechnical challenges.

Sarah Kalman

Staff Engineer

Sarah joined Atlas as a field engineer and rapidly gained responsibility for solving earthwork problems, managing quality assurance programs, and participating in complicated failure analyses. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, where she was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter. A founder of the Engineering Abroad Club at Cabrillo College, she built a rainwater catchment for a small village in Guatemala. Recent assignments include monitoring pile driving at a new wharf, assessing drainage problems caused by a new railroad embankment, and participating in a fast-track ground improvement design for a highway bridge in southern Washington.

Wes Miller

Staff Engineer

Wes is a staff engineer with broad civil expertise. His background in municipal utilities, commercial development, and project management compliments Atlas’ work with shoring and deep foundation contractors. His recent projects include wharf pile quality assurance, horizontal directional drilling, urban deep excavation design, and revetment design. In the future, he hopes to continue working on unique engineering assignments, particularly dam inspection and modification. An enthusiastic outdoorsman and adventuresome traveler, Wes’ interests closely align with our clients who have complex installations at remote locations.

Dave O’Day

Geotechnical Engineer

Mr. O’Day is a senior consultant with 42 years experience in heavy geotechnical engineering, project management, and construction management on significant civil projects worldwide. Through his pragmatic, thoughtful approach and extensive experience, he has delivered successful projects all around the Pacific and in Russia, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Guam, and the Middle East.

Bettina Mueller Tuescher

Operations Manager

A Santa Cruz, CA native, Bettina holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies, with a minor in Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA. She brings her organization and logistics skills from producing, managing, and directing theatre across California and the British Isles to her Operations Manager role at Atlas. An award-winning director and world traveller, she’s helped coordinate our team from Iceland, England, Ireland, and the mountains of Big Sur, CA.


Lyon Associates, Inc.


Some of Atlas’ projects require rapidly producing high-quality drawings of complex multidisciplinary construction. Our collaboration with Lyon Associates makes great use of their 65 engineers, technicians, and draftspeople in Honolulu and Manila. They produce large plansets as part of their international civil engineering practice, have excellent standards and quality control, and are comfortable working with regional and Agency standards from all over the world.

GeoDesign, Inc.


For very intense efforts, we draw field staff from GeoDesign’s Portland, Oregon office. The crew at GeoDesign and Atlas have enjoyed a mutually supportive relationship for over 15 years, the kind of relationship necessary to execute complex field programs in remote locations on short notice.

Cooper Testing Labs


Their geotechnical soils laboratory is one of the largest on the west coast, offering rapid turnaround for a broad range of testing. Cooper has all of the expected certifications and carries a USDA license to import foreign soil. Their senior staff have 30 years of expertise in testing difficult and unusual soil samples for critical projects, They are an important component of Atlas Geotechnical’s site characterization programs.

Foundation & Geotechnical Engineering, LLC


Foundation & Geotechnical Engineering, LLC (FGE) was founded in 2004 to provide our clients with the highest quality of service. This includes making every effort to ensure that quality data are collected, thoroughly reviewed/evaluated and presented in a professional report format in a timely manner. Our staff has over 100 years of combined experience in the Geotechnical field. We have worked with State Transportation Departments, FHWA, Corps of Engineers, US Navy and private sector on a variety of projects.

FGE offers complete geotechnical foundation engineering and testing services for design and construction. Methods used comply with applicable ASTM and FHWA regulations.



More than 30 years ago, GeoEngineers’ founders envisioned an employee-owned company of technical experts known for their integrity and strong client relationships. We have made good on our founders’ vision, earning a reputation as creative thinkers and trusted advisors who work in partnership with our clients on their most challenging projects.

Thanks to these enduring client bonds, GeoEngineers has grown from a small consulting partnership to a talented, multidisciplinary team of more than 360 people who work in 16 offices nationwide. Our record of success is evident in the more than 40,000 projects we’ve completed worldwide for a broad range of public and private clients.

PEMY Consulting


With over 30 years experience, PEMY Consulting brings together an extensive network of subject matter experts offering seamless answers, recommendations or analysis to your terminal, refinery and plant engineering needs.

We provide services to small and large companies in the chemical, petrochemical, paper, refining and fuels distribution industries. Our consultants specialize in tanks, piping, and pressure vessel ownership issues. We provide services in the design, construction, management, inspection and maintenance from the Owner/User’s perspective. In addition to basic design or project execution considerations, our expertise extends to environmental analysis, management of change, safety, reliability, total costs of ownership, incident investigations, expert witness testimony and risk management.