George G. Bonner, P.E.

Director, North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program

Office: Room No. 316
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5491
Fax: 252-475-3545


George Bonner serves as North Carolina’s Director of Renewable Ocean Energy leading research and development of marine energy solutions across the University of North Carolina system. Following retirement from a 30-year career in the U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) in July 2019, Bonner returned home to the Outer Banks his new position at the Coastal Studies Institute.

Captain Bonner’s USCG career included command assignments as Commander, USCG Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center and Commanding Officer of USCG Facilities Design and Construction Center.  Throughout his career, he has led strategic efforts to enhance infrastructure resiliency and sustainability while adapting to a changing climate.  He is a North Carolina registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager. 


Graduate Certificate, Coastal Engineering, 2007 Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 1995 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1989 United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

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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.


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.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


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.