By Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Public Affairs Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division has named Dr. Anthony Donaldson, founding dean and professor at California Baptist University’s Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, as Honorary Technical Director during a ceremony in late November. Capt Steve Murray, NSWC Corona’s commanding officer presented Donaldson with the honor during a program showcasing the warfare center’s latest research projects that also featured the swearing-in ceremony for seven new hires who joined the federal labs’ ranks earlier in the day. Joining him were the other two honorary leaders, Yolanda Carrillo, Honorary Commanding Officer and executive director of Corona-Norco Family YMCA, and Gordon Bourns, Honorary Chief Technology Officer and chief executive of Bourns, Inc., of Riverside, who serve as counterparts to Corona’s acting technical director, Dianne Costlow, and chief technology officer Arman Hovakemian. Donaldson’s appointment continues a tradition that began in 2014 to recognize, honor and harness the knowledge of community leaders to further the warfare center’s strategic initiatives and bring greater understanding of the warfare center’s critical role for the Navy and Marine Corps to the community. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to serve as the honorary technical director,” Donaldson said. “Both NSWC Corona and CBU combine a sense of high calling and purpose to our science and engineering efforts, and I’m excited for our students and faculty to help solve engineering challenges for the Navy of the future.” Beginning with the first graduates in 2011, more than 20 CBU’s engineering alumni work at NSWC Corona, with 14 able to attend the ceremony. Murray said the honorary leaders are champions of NSWC Corona and its mission, adding that Donaldson will add depth as an acclaimed engineer as he joins the team. The honorary leader received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University. In 1994, he also received a Master of Arts in missions and evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. As part of graduate research, Donaldson worked on the so-called “Star Wars” pulsed power project where his research in modeling electrode erosion in high-energy pulsed switches resulted in more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and presentations, along with a patent for a new type of material. Shortly after he joined CBU in 2006 as head of the engineering school, NSWC Corona began its relationship with the budding department that started with 53 students and one faculty member. Since then, the school has expanded to more than 600 full-time students and 37 full-time faculty members and is a formal education partner with the warfare center, providing many skilled interns and employees to the warfare center, working on projects ranging measurement science and calibration to missile evaluation to ensure the Navy is capable and ready.
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