Doug founded Atlas Geotechnical in 2004 when he decided to leave the comforts of corporate engineering firms, and the continental US, to live on Maui. Working throughout the Pacific, he confirmed that his purposeful approach is exceptionally effective on waterfront structures, industrial facilities, neglected dams, deep excavations, and heavy machine foundations. He worked on projects in Palau, Diego Garcia, Guam, Majuro, and across the Hawaiian islands. Returning to the mainland in 2009, Doug focused on working for Contractors and Operators and tackling the most challenging problems. At Atlas Geotechnical, Doug has the job that he wished for when he was 6: he plays in the dirt with giant trucks and cranes, goes on adventures to far-flung places, and enjoys the camaraderie of a great group of like-minded engineers.
Jonathan’s enthusiasm for tackling unusual engineering problems is contagious. That makes him an asset to the Atlas team. Having earned his M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering at Portland State University, and co-authored an award-winning paper in the process, he joined Atlas in 2016. Since that time, Jonathan has had the opportunity to work on a variety of field and desktop engineering efforts in locations ranging from Hilo, Hawaii to Gilboa, New York.
His most recent projects in Corpus Christi, Texas, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Vancouver, Washington include conducting wave equation analysis of piledriving (WEAP), shoring design, site response analysis, and ground improvement design.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Mike is a passionate Cardinals fan and outdoor adventurer. He earned a B.S. in Geology from the University of Missouri Rolla, a Geotechnical Engineering MS from UC Berkeley, and finished the trifecta with a Ph.D. in Ellen Rathje’s group at UT Austin. His doctoral research utilized advanced numerical methods to predict lateral spread displacements using data from the Christchurch earthquake. Between his MS and PhD Mike spent time behind a drill rig logging geotechnical borings all over the Midwest. He brings some unique skills to the Atlas crew including advanced data analysis using Python and open-source GIS data visualization tools.
Mr. O’Day has over four decades of 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. He is the resident engineer at the Horseshoe Bend Hydroelectric Project in Idaho, and joins Atlas when we have a particularly challenging assignment.
Wes got our attention as a winner of the engineering writing contest that we sponsor. An enthusiastic outdoorsman and adventuresome traveler, Wes’ interests closely align with our clients who have complex installations at remote locations. He’s worked extensively on wharf improvements in Hawaii, dam reconstruction in New York, and urban developments Seattle.
His recent assignments include deep foundations and excavation support, cofferdam design, construction means and methods for bridge replacements, horizontal directional drilling, discrete element ground improvements, and revetment design.
Oliver (Doug’s son) earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Whitman College in May of 2020, took a year off to cope with the pandemic, and joined Atlas in July of 2021. His physics experience gives him a robust aptitude for breaking problems into small pieces and keeping track of tiny crucial details.
His work at Atlas ranges from implementing and maintaining internal company systems to organizing staff travel. With our penchant for taking on unusual projects with diverse compliance and technological requirements, it’s crucial to have a Logistics Manager with advanced analytical skills and a solution-oriented mindset.
Could This Be You?
When we ask our engineers what it’s like to work at Atlas, they typically say something like, “None of my engineering friends have a job like this.” If you’re a mentally flexible infrastructure engineer who is looking for one meaningful, rewarding, and unusual challenge after another, please contact us. You might be just the person we’re looking for.