Department Chair at UNC Charlotte Earns Fellow Status

June 20, 2018


John Daniels, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Daniels chairs the National Ash Management Advisory Board (NAMAB) for Duke Energy; NAMAB serves as a model for providing independent, objective advice on strategic science and engineering matters within the utility sector. He also provides support to engineering education and accreditation through his service to ABET as a Program Evaluator.

At UNC Charlotte, Daniels has led numerical, laboratory, and field-based projects for utilities and consultants, as well as state, national, and foreign agencies. Much of this work has focused on physical and chemical controls on soils and industrial products. He has made seminal contributions to engineered water repellency for geotechnical and geoenvironmental applications. His textbook, co-authored with Hsai-Yang Fang, titled Introductory Geotechnical Engineering: An Environmental Perspective, was released in 2006, and he has over 80 publications in various journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical reports.

Previously, Daniels was a program director in the Directorate for Engineering at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), where he had program management responsibilities within geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, engineering research centers, and engineering education. He also served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NSF, as awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has worked for TRC Environmental Corporation, Lowell, MA, as a project engineer.

He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University, and an M.S. and doctor of engineering (D.Eng.), both in civil engineering, from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina.

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