September 28th, 2012 – OKCBiz

Forty Under 40: Kristi Kelty Bumpas

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Age 33

President and Project Engineer

Red Rock Consulting LLC


You could say Kristi Bumpas’ job rocks. Her company specializes in geotechnical engineering, and has advised clients like Vance Air Force Base in Enid, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as other private and commercial enterprises.

When she started Red Rock Consulting, it was the only geotechnical firm in the state owned by a female engineer.

Since she was a college student, Bumpas has spoken with and mentored children on the importance of education. She routinely volunteers at engineering programs such as Oklahoma State University’s Girl Scout Day and Engineer for a Day, and frequently judges at youth engineering competitions. To encourage her staff to participate, Bumpas lets them count time spent volunteering as work hours, even if the event falls on a weekend.

“I find it is important to encourage children, and girls in particular, to consider a path in engineering,” Bumpas says. “To teach them that it is OK to be smart.”

She has received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from OSU.