GradImpact: Improving Airfield Safety During Extreme Weather Using Renewable Solar Energy

    Joseph Daniels, a doctoral candidate in civil engineering at the University of Arkansas, was recently awarded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering (RAISE) award. This annual award recognizes innovative scientific and engineering achievements that will have a significant impact on the future of the aerospace or aviation.


    Daniels is creating an anti-icing pavement system that will improve safety on airfields during winter weather. The system he’s developed, “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.”


    Daniels received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and plans to complete his doctorate this summer. He was awarded the Department of Transportation’s Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Daniels also presented at a TEDx event in 2016. To learn more about Joseph’s research, visit the University of Arkansas website.


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    Photo Credit: University of Arkansas


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