Bonner named director of Renewable Ocean Energy program at the Coastal Studies Institute

By on July 17, 2019

George Bonner has been named the new director of the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP).

The NCROEP is a research partnership that integrates coastal, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering with the natural and social sciences to research and develop technologies to harness ocean hydropower as a source of renewable energy.

      Supported by the North Carolina state legislature since inception in 2010, the NCROEP is led by the Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island, along with the Colleges of Engineering at North Carolina State University, NCA&T, UNC Charlotte and East Carolina University. The program includes a range of scientists, students and industry professionals whose work focuses on various aspects of marine hydrokinetic power generation, thus building the foundation required to utilize ocean currents and waves as a renewable energy resource in the future.

“We are excited to have Mr. Bonner lead the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program as we enter this next stage of growth in our research on renewable ocean energy for the State of North Carolina,” said Dr. Reide Corbett, Executive Director of CSI and Dean of ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs. “Bonner’s proven leadership and experience working across many coastal systems will be a valuable asset to the program, NC State, ECU and CSI.”

Bonner, a Roanoke Island native with three decades of engineering and management experience in the U.S. Coast Guard, will assume leadership of the NCROEP effective Aug. 1. The position is filled in partnership with the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University and is located at the Coastal Studies Institute on East Carolina University’s Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese.

Bonner joins CSI and the NCROEP after 30 years as an officer and civil engineer in the Coast Guard. This experience has awarded him strong relationship building and collaborative experience working across public and private stakeholders, with many universities, and across all levels of government. Most recently, Bonner served as the USCG Deputy Director of Operational Logistics. In this role, Bonner supervised the mission support headquarters in Norfolk, VA and was responsible for mission support and logistics across the Coast Guard enterprise.

“Throughout my 30 year Coast Guard career, I have strived to support our motto of Semper Paratus,” said Bonner. “I am thrilled to return home to Roanoke Island and the opportunity to work with the NC State, ECU and the Coastal Studies Institute team in the emerging renewable ocean energy sector to help our state and nation remain Always Ready.” said Bonner.

“With rapidly expanding application of renewable ocean solutions to meet energy demands across the world,” Bonner added, “I’m excited with this role in advancing industry-leading research across the UNC System and promoting sustainable solutions to best serve our economy, national security, and environment.”

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