Geosynthetics engineer Tim Bauters passed away while snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort in Oregon. The cause of death was not immediately known. Bauters was 47.
Bauters served as director of engineering at Slurry Waste Solutions in California. After earning his PhD in soil and water engineering at Cornell University, the Belgium native began work at Tenax Corporation, where he was introduced to geosynthetics, a topic that would occupy the rest of his career.
An avid snowboarder, Bauters had been to Mt. Hood Meadows several times before. When he did not return to California as planned, his family initiated a search with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators found his rental car and was able to narrow the search area based on scans of his lift ticket. Staff at the resort found his body.
Bauters is survived by his wife and two young children.