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.
Ashley is the newest addition to the Atlas team. As a Civil Engineering student at Tennessee State University, she developed a passion for project management through internships. That eventually lead her to pursue a Masters in Engineering Management at Lipscomb University. She brings management skills from numerous industries, such as commercial construction, software development and supply chain. As Project Manager at Atlas, Ashley will be in charge of workflow and contract management, as well as supervising projects from conception to completion.
As the company’s Logistics Manager, Haley ensures internal operations are kept running smoothly from top to bottom. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in theatrical production from Whitman College in May of 2020 with emphasis on costume design and construction, Haley was thrilled to find another outlet for her creative analysis and problem-solving skills, and takes delight in the new challenges presented in her work at Atlas.
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.