Meet Kurt Fraese, LG
President, Senior Principal Geologist

Environmental assessment and remediation
Business management

Seattle, WA


Kurt is GeoEngineers’ president and a senior principal geologist with a leadership focus on marketing, business development and risk management. Since joining GeoEngineers in 1988, Kurt has overseen marquee projects for Puget Sound Energy, the University of Washington and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus and headquarters.

In 2007, Kurt took on the role of CEO and led GeoEngineers for nine years during a period of significant expansion and development into new markets. In his current role as president, he especially enjoys drawing on his experience to mentor staff in the finer points of the business of professional consulting.

Kurt believes that the best way to connect with people is to work side-by-side on meaningful projects, as he does with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, where he currently serves as president, and the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) where he is a former president. Through his service to clients and community involvement, Kurt has created lifelong business relationships for GeoEngineers.

Kurt’s wife, Roberta, is a University of Washington School of Medicine administrator. Roberta and Kurt have two daughters, one of whom is a forestry major at the University of British Columbia and the other who is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with degrees in film studies and social anthropology. An adept piano player and self-described fanatical baseball fan, Kurt admits to indulging his “killer B passions: Baseball, Bruce (Springsteen) and Beethoven.”


ACEC Senior Executives Institute graduate, 2007

Selected Presentations & Articles

  • "What Does the Crystal Ball Say? Energy and Water Issues Are Too Great to Ignore!" Jan/Feb GeoStrata Magazine, 2017.
  • “Strategic Leadership” presentation/panelist, ASFE Spring Meeting, St. Louis, MO, 2011

  • Instructor, ASFE’s Fundamentals of Professional Practice course, Denver, CO, 2009

  • “How to Survive a Lawsuit,” ASFE Case Study 69, Denver, CO, 2009

  • “It’s OK to Make a Profit,” panelist, ACEC Business Affairs Breakfast, Bellevue, WA, 2007

  • “Branch Offices—Why We Love Them (Most of the Time),” presented at the ASFE Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2007

Recent Field Notes

Community Engagement: The Third Dimension of Value
By Kurt Fraese, Oct 22, 2015
As business leaders, we understand the value of forming and maintaining...

Good Fortune, Thanks to Many Factors
By Kurt Fraese, Nov 26, 2014
If you are gainfully employed, I am sure that you are thankful for the...

Science, Engineering and Technology: The Sum of Our Parts
By Kurt Fraese, Jul 15, 2014
Our consulting practice at GeoEngineers includes strong elements of...