Dr. John L. Daniels, P.E., F.ASCE

John Daniels is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UNC Charlotte. 

As of 2021, the CEE department has 522 undergraduates, 37 MS students, 30 PhD students, 24 faculty, and 8 staff. They’re all fantastic. Since 2012, CEE has moved into a new $76 million building, received approval for new programs, hired eight new faculty at all levels, had a successful accreditation visit and grew research expenditures several fold.

Dr. Daniels was a director for two programs (Geomechanics & Geomaterials as well as Geotechnical Engineering) in the Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). He was also an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers at NSF. From 2014-2020 he chaired the National Ash Management Advisory Board for Duke Energy (https://www.namab.org/). Earlier in his career he was a project engineer for TRC Environmental Corporation. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of North Carolina.

While at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Daniels has led numerical, laboratory, and field-based projects for utilities and consultants, as well as state, national, and foreign agencies, including Duke Energy, Southern Company, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation, HDR, Inc., AECOM, S&ME, Inc., and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Much of this work has focused on physical and chemical controls on soils and industrial byproducts.

His textbook, co-authored with H-Y. Fang, entitled “Introductory Geotechnical Engineering: An Environmental Perspective” was released in 2006 and he has approximately 100 publications in various journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; a Masters and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Currently his interest is in engineered water repellency.

His latest research award is listed here: