The Atlas Ethos

We’re drawn to complicated, multidisciplinary, and exotic challenges that require a flexible mindset.

Our team delights in solving the hardest engineering problems and shares a conviction that Geotechnical is the most interesting of the engineering disciplines. Taking on these challenges is fun for us. These projects get us fired up and engaged. If this sounds like your cup of tea, and you think you might be a good fit here, please contact us.

Learn more about our engineering philosophy, values, and what makes Atlas a singular geotechnical engineering firm.

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Doug Schwarm

Chief Engineer

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 Nasr

Project Engineer

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.

Wes Miller

Staff Engineer

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. 

Dave O’Day

Geotechnical Engineer

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.

Bettina Mueller Tuescher

Logistics Manager

Bettina brings her organization and logistics skills from producing, managing, and directing theatre across California, Colorado, and the British Isles to her role at Atlas. A Santa Cruz, CA native, Bettina holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA. An award-winning director and world traveller, she’s helped coordinate our team from Iceland, England, Ireland, the mountains of Big Sur, CA, and now Seattle, WA. Her work at Atlas ranges from organizing staff travel to implementing and maintaining internal company systems. With our penchant for taking on uncommon projects in all kinds of locations, it’s crucial to have a Logistics Manager who is adaptable and well travelled.

Could This Be You?

We're Hiring

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.

Collaborators

We are an intentionally small core crew with the ability to add specialists to our team as needed. Through solving uncommon engineering problems for decades, we’ve met a vast number of experts in related fields that we draw on when their specific knowledge is required. It’s not every day that we need a cartographer or a welding inspector, but not only do we have these people in our contacts list, we’re good enough friends that they almost always agree to join our team at a moment’s notice.

Some of the clutch players available to join our team include:

  • Phil Myers, who literally wrote the book on aboveground storage tanks.
  • We often collaborate with Dr. Steve Dickenson, an internationally acclaimed geotechnical earthquake engineer who we’ve known since 1987.
  • We just completed our first project with Frank Pita, one of the leading dewatering experts in the Northwest.
  • Dave Roggenkamp has been designing weld details and foundation reinforcement for us for over a decade. 

Having access to this talented pool of specialists lets us to scale to meet the challenges of any project that intrigues us.