U.S. Transportation Secretary Honors U of A Doctoral Student With Innovation Award

Joseph Daniels, winner of the Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering Award, is developing an anti-icing pavement system for airfields.
Photo Submitted

Joseph Daniels, winner of the Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering Award, is developing an anti-icing pavement system for airfields.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has honored University of Arkansas graduate student Joseph Daniels with the Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering award (RAISE). The award recognizes innovative scientific and engineering achievements that will have a significant impact on the future of aerospace or aviation.

Daniels, a doctoral candidate in civil engineering, is developing an anti-icing pavement system designed to improve airfield safety during extreme weather. The system aims to use renewable solar energy to lower operational costs of heating surfaces to prevent flight delays, cancellations and potential accidents. The idea is to incorporate wiring into concrete, then use solar energy to power the transfer of heat through the wires to warm the pavement.

"My system runs like a thermostat," Daniels said. "When the concrete drops below a certain temperature, it turns on, and that's with or without snow."

Dan Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, commended Daniels for his innovative solution that addresses multiple components of the FAA's mission.

"Mr. Daniels reflects a passion for aviation improvements overall and shows a willingness to continue to explore additional solutions to a problem," Elwell said.

“Anti-icing pavement is a research topic that has great interest for promoting airfield safety, and Joseph is capable of addressing this research challenge,” said Ernie Heymsfield, graduate adviser of Daniels. “I look forward to Joseph’s research results on this exciting research topic and the impact that these results will make on society.”

Daniels, who applied for the honor at the urging of Heymsfield, was stunned when he learned he won the RAISE award.

"I had prayed about it and kept it in my prayer journal for a long time," he said. "Being able to have this was outstanding. It definitely brought a smile to my face and an amazement about what God can do."

Accolades are not new for Daniels. He was awarded the Department of Transportation's Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship in 2015, 2016 and 2017, presented a talk at a TEDx event in 2016 and was selected to present his research at the Transportation Regional Board conference in 2017

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Daniels earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. He is on track to compete his doctorate at the University of Arkansas in summer 2018.

Contacts

Amanda Cantu, director of communications
Graduate School and International Education
479-575-5809, amandcan@uark.edu

Headlines

Free Public Reading by Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash

Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash, the 2019-20 Walton Visiting Writers in Fiction, will give readings of their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.19th, in Gearhart Hall, 0026 on the U of A campus.

Voice Students Advance to Finals in NATS Competition

Voice students Dennese Adkins, Sophia Chiocco, Gloria Deveraux, Kyle Forehand, Ethan Godfrey, Mickel Gordon and Stacee Lyles qualified for national competition at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Chancellor Releases Third Installment of 2020: Focus on the Future Series

Chancellor Joe Steinmetz' third action item details how the university should be the graduate school of choice for students seeking to diversify and amplify their educational outcomes. 

Mullins Library Hosts The Un-Quiet on Friday, Nov. 22

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, the campus is invited to make some entertaining noise on the third and fourth floor of Mullins Library before they are closed for renovation.

Transit and Parking Is Hosting a Campus Food Drive

Transit and Parking is taking the lead on a November and December food drive and is setting up sites on campus to collect items, starting on Monday, Nov. 18.

Newswire Daily