David Bonner

David Bonner

B.S. Ch.E., 1967; M.S. Ch.E., 1969
Global Director, Polymer Technology Center, Rohm and Haas Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. David C. Bonner is a leading authority on polymer engineering and technology commercialization, with long experience in petrochemicals, rubber, plastics and specialty chemicals.

Dr. Bonner followed his master’s degree at UT with a 1972 doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley, and soon accepted a position as assistant professor of chemical engineering at Texas Tech University. Four years later, he moved on to the Texas A & M University faculty as associate professor of chemical engineering.

In 1977, he joined Shell Oil Company, remaining for nine years in various positions. He subsequently served as vice president for research and development of the B.F. Goodrich Company; senior vice president and Chief Technical Officer of Ohio-based Premix, Inc, a major developer/manufacturer of thermoset composite molding compounds; and senior vice president of technology and engineering for The Westlake Group of Houston prior to taking his current post at Rohm and Haas in 1999. His career has included technology group management, engineering group management, and business unit responsibilities.

He has worked tirelessly to further engineering education through development activities. A longstanding, active member of UT’s Engineering Foundation Advisory Council and Friend of Alec, he also sits on the chemical engineering advisory committees of Rice (as chair), Vanderbilt and Virginia Commonwealth universities and the University of California-Berkeley; and the advancement council of the University of Akron College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

Dr. Bonner has served on the National Academy of Engineering’s Commission on Environmental Metrics and the National Research Council’s Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology. He’s an advisor to the Commission on Natural and Life Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences and an at-large member of the National Institute of Science and Technology’s Oversight Board.

He holds the rank of Colonel of the State of Kentucky, in recognition of outstanding service to the state while an officer of the B.F. Goodrich Company.

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