Grand Valley State University has announced that Imad Mahawili, the executive director of the GVSU Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, has stepped down from that position.
Mahawili, who has been director of MAREC since it opened in 2003, will continue to work with the research center as a consultant, working on the MAREC offshore wind demonstration project that just received partial funding of $1.4 million from the federal government.
Mahawili said being freed from the administrative duties of MAREC will allow him to focus on his other projects, including a small wind turbine being developed for household use. Over his career, Mahawili was the founder and head of two companies involved in energy devices and holds nearly 30 patents. At MAREC he led the development of a small electrical generation plant at a large Muskegon County dairy farm that uses manure to make methane gas for fuel.
GVSU has named T. Arnold Boezaart, the former vice president for grant programs for the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, as temporary director of MAREC while the university searches for a permanent replacement.