UNC Charlotte Professor to Speak on Coal Ash Cleanup at Center for Environment


Dr. John Daniels
Dr. John Daniels

“Coal Ash Cleanup: An Opportunity for Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship” will be the topic for a presentation Thursday, November 17, at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

The speaker, Dr. John Daniels, chairs the National Ash Management Advisory Board for Duke Energy.  He is a professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte.

Previously Daniels was a program director in the Directorate for Engineering at the U.S. National Science Foundation where he was responsible for funding research in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering as well as engineering research centers.

While 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 byproducts, with a focus on coal fly ash. 

His textbook, co-authored with Hsai-Yang Fang, entitled Introductory Geotechnical Engineering: An Environmental Perspective, was released in 2006, and he has over 80 publications in various journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.

Daniels has worked for TRC Environmental Corporation in Lowell, Mass., as a project engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and a master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

The presentation, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Room 300 of the Center for the Environment facility, is free and open to the public but registration is required. 


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