James S. Bonner named a Shipley fellow

POTSDAM - James S. Bonner, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the first fellow of Clarkson University's Shipley Center for Innovation.

As a Shipley fellow, Bonner - a graduate of Peru High School and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh - will directly support the mission of the Shipley Center, which includes catalyzing economic development through innovations developed by Clarkson faculty, students and staff.

In accepting the position of Shipley fellow, Bonner will step away from the directorship of the Clarkson Center for the Environment, a post he has held since 2007.

In addition to his new post with Clarkson, Bonner concurrently serves as River and Estuary Observatory Network director of research at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in Beacon.

Bonner also established the Shoreline Environmental Research Facility in Corpus Christi, Tx., where he developed and implemented technologies that use high-frequency radar to map surface water along the Texas coastline.

He has developed new technologies that provide real-time continuous monitoring with in-situ sensing, or "sensing in place," to measure important water parameters. With funding from the National Science Foundation, he has undertaken a national effort to create a cyber-collaboratory framework, enabling collection and circulation of real-time data and data analysis in the study of oxygen depletion in water.

Bonner received both his master's degree in civil engineering and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Bonner is the son of Philip and Lu Bonner, Peru.

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