Former Golder Associates President Earns 2018 OPAL Award

January 18, 2018

William F. Brumund, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Ret.), F.ASCE, former president and global CEO of Golder Associates, has been honored by ASCE as the 2018 Outstanding Projects And Leaders award-winner in management.

The ASCE OPAL awards honor outstanding civil engineering leaders for their lifetime accomplishments. This year’s OPAL winners will be honored at the 2018 OPAL Gala, March 15, in Arlington, VA.

Brumund attended Purdue University and earned a BSCE, MSCE and Ph.D. in civil engineering with a specialty in geotechnical engineering. After graduation, Brumund accepted a position as a professor in the Civil Engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses and advised many master’s and Ph.D. students. After five years at Georgia Tech, Brumund left, as a tenured professor, to join Golder Associates.



Golder Associates is a consulting engineering firm that began in 1960 as an employee-owned firm, and is still employee-owned, with about 7,000 employees. Brumund opened the Atlanta, GA, office and practiced geotechnical engineering while managing and directing various civil engineering projects. He assumed the role of president for Golder’s U.S. operations in 1982, and in 1985 became president and global CEO.

As president and CEO, Brumund helped transform the specialty North American geotechnical consultancy into a global multidisciplined market leader and grew the company by 2,000 employees. During his tenure, he also expanded the firm’s operations in the UK, started a company in Germany, acquired a firm in Sweden, acquired a firm in Italy, started a firm in Hungary, acquired all the stock in a partially owned affiliated company in Australia, and expanded Golder Associates’ operations in Hong Kong. He maintained client relationships and continued to work on and direct major engineering projects. Brumund served on the Golder’s parent company’s Board of Directors for 33 years until he officially retired in 2008.

Brumund has provided litigation support and has served as an expert witness on many large construction claims for 35 years. He also serves as an arbitrator on construction claims for disputes managed by the American Arbitration Association.

Among his many awards, Brumund was honored by Purdue University with the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1993; earned the Chapter Honor Member of the Purdue Chapter of Chi Epsilon in 2000; and was a recipient of the Heroes Award (2006) from the ASCE Geo-Institute.

He has written 27 technical papers and given 54 invited talks at various venues around the world. Brumund was registered as a professional engineer in 20 states.

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