Norfolk, VA. -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic named Tom Bonner, P.E., its top engineer on Oct. 13, 2016 for efforts supporting the command's worldwide mission.
NAVFAC Atlantic Commander, Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, announced Bonner as the 2017 NAVFAC Atlantic Engineer of the Year for the innovative adaptation of significant cost reduction strategies. He will now go on to compete for honors as the NAVFAC enterprise-wide Engineer of the Year.
As Utilities and Energy Management Product Line Manager, Bonner adapted a leading industry approach leading the implementation of the NAVFAC Utilities Inventory and Condition Assessment Program (UICAP) which helps manage the Navy's $18B utilities infrastructure, assessing funding stream options. This drive reduced the cost of performing a complete, detailed field inventory by over $75M.
Considered a technical expert in the sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) programs that support Navy owned electrical, civil, and mechanical utility systems, Bonner provides technical oversight and direction on $350M in annual SRM funding.
Jean Dumlao, NAVFAC Atlantic Public Works Business Line Manager, says Bonner exemplifies the best qualities of the NAVFAC engineering community.
“Tom is an action oriented problem solver and leader, who uses his technical expertise, organizational networks and management skills to implement long term solutions,” says Dumlao. “His work directly improves reliability, resiliency, and the economical delivery of our NAVFAC utility services across the Navy ashore domain.”
Bonner is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been with NAVFAC since his graduation in 1997 from North Carolina State University, where he earned a degree in Environmental Engineering.
He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Association of Energy Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society.
Active in the community, he is an Elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Chesapeake, Va., and serves as a volunteer coordinator for the Chesapeake Area Shelter Team. Bonner has also devoted time encouraging underprivileged youth to consider STEM education and career opportunities.