Samuel Bonasso

Samuel Bonasso

American civil engineer, entrepreneur, inventor, author and social activist
Date of Birth: 12.12.1939
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Samuel Bonasso
  2. Early Career and Achievements
  3. Government and Consulting Roles
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Samuel Bonasso

Samuel George Bonasso was born on December 12, 1939, in Wyatt, West Virginia. He was an American engineer, builder, entrepreneur, inventor, author, and public figure.

Early Career and Achievements

Bonasso earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami in 1962, followed by a master's degree in the same field from West Virginia University in 1964. After completing his studies, he co-founded 'Ski Lift International' in Alexandria, Virginia, with a group of European investors and manufacturers. As the president and chief engineer of the company, Bonasso designed and manufactured aerial lifts for ski resorts until 1969.

In the early 1980s, Bonasso contributed to the work of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) by participating in the revision of rules for the construction and safe operation of passenger ropeways.

In 1969, Bonasso established 'Alpha Associates' in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he served as the president and managing director until 1998. This regional architectural and engineering firm specialized in designing middle schools, higher education facilities, and healthcare buildings. The engineering division of the company worked on projects such as highways, bridges, lifts, and cable cars.

Government and Consulting Roles

Between 1984 and 1987, Bonasso received four U.S. patents for his innovative 'Tension Arch' construction systems used in the erection of bridges, buildings, and other structures. He continued working at 'Alpha Associates' until his appointment as the head of the West Virginia Department of Transportation in 1998. During his tenure, Bonasso reorganized the railroad transportation department.

From 2002 to 2005, Bonasso served as the Deputy Administrator for Research and Special Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he led the process of separating the department into two distinct agencies. The educational and research-related matters were then addressed by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), while the administrative functions were transferred to the newly formed Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

In 2005, Samuel founded 'Reinforced Aggregates Co.', a company that developed construction technologies involving mechanical treatment of concrete surfaces. Bonasso introduced two brands of construction materials: 'Mechanical Concrete' and 'Mechanical Cement'. He obtained a U.S. patent for one of the concrete production methods in 2007, as well as one patent in Canada.

Throughout his career, Bonasso served as an expert witness, innovation and organizational development consultant, industrial accident investigator, standards developer, and more. He continues to actively participate in organizational consulting, particularly in the field of information technology.

Personal Life

Samuel Bonasso is a Republican and adheres to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. He is married to Nancy L. Mowrey.