Title: Archaeologist, Educator, Technologist, Business Executive (Retired)
Location: Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
G. Patrick Bonnie, Archaeologist, Educator, Technologist, Business Executive (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executive for dedication, achievements, and leadership in anthropology and archaeology.
Growing up, Mr. Bonnie was drawn to the field of science. He first gravitated toward studying engineering, but on his way found anthropology to be interesting. He earned a BChE from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and continued at LaSalle Extension University to receive an LLB in business law in 1971. Mr. Bonnie later earned a Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2008. He joined Control Data Corp. in 1967 as a research engineer and through his 22 years with the company, also served as manager and general manager. In 1989, he joined Seagate Technology Inc. as the Senior Vice President, holding this position until becoming the Vice President of Intellectual Property Management at the company in 2000. From 2009 to 2019, Mr. Bonnie explored his interest in anthropology as an anthropology and archaeology instructor at Normandale Community College.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bonnie is noted for a wide array of achievements, which include 11 technical publications and being issued 19 US Patents. His most recent achievement includes researching prehistoric sites in Tracy, MN. In his career, Mr. Bonnie has worked on an ethnographic film project based upon culture change in Glencoe, MN as portrayed in “God’s Country” released in 1985 by Louis Malle and has also done personal research into pre-modern materials and engineering, which resulted in a new course in experimental archaeology titled “Ancient Technologies.” Furthermore, Mr. Bonnie’s research on the effects of climate and environmental change on human evolution was the subject of his master’s thesis at Saint Mary’s University.
In 2016, Mr. Bonnie was awarded the David B. Jones Foundation Grant. Seagate Technologies also presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, he received the John and Sue Ann Roueche Excellence Award for Community College Teaching. In addition, Mr. Bonnie is the recipient of The Big Deal Award from Phi Theta Kappa at Normandale College. Mr. Bonnie’s philanthropy is about education, so he has established a scholarships program at the college and two scholarships in his local high school- one for fine arts and technology- and another scholarship in a high school in Michigan that provides grants year to graduating high school students or community college students to go on and further their education.
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