The Atlantic Council’s Veterans Advanced Energy Project recently announced the 2021-2022 cohort of Veteran Advanced Energy Fellows, and CSI is thrilled to share that George Bonner, Director of the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program at the Coastal Studies Institute, is one of the fifteen selected awardees. As a Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Bonner will participate in a year-long policy and leadership development program for high-potential, high-performing veterans in advanced energy, gaining the skills and tools needed to serve as the next generation of leaders in the rapidly evolving advanced energy industry.

The Veterans Advanced Energy Fellowship develops leaders to become peer mentors, advocates, and spokespeople for other veterans, reservists, and military spouses, and solidifies the advanced energy connection to national security and the mission-driven progress of veterans’ employment in advanced energy. Advanced energy is defined by leading-edge energy technologies including solar, wind, batteries, microgrids, advanced nuclear, electric vehicles, and end-user energy efficiency, among other innovations.

“I’m honored to join this amazing cohort of diverse leaders.  Collaboration across industry, government, and the multi-disciplines of engineering is critical to driving innovation and advancing responsible, resilient, and efficient energy solutions.  Following my 30 year Coast Guard career, I have found a career in marine energy research and development extremely rewarding in advancing clean energy solutions that will help build a better tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to identifying opportunities for other veterans to bring their leadership and technical expertise needed for the energy transitions workforce.”, says Bonner.

Bonner and the other fellows will spend their fellowship year participating in monthly policy webinars, developing policy proposals, and fostering veteran connections in the advanced energy industry across local communities.

To learn more about the project and other members of the 2021-2022 cohort, visit

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.  Click on the links below for more information.




ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


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The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.