EPIC Energy Seminar: How UNC Charlotte is Advancing the Research, Practice and Policy of Coal Ash Management

March 14, 2017 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Topic: How UNC Charlotte is Advancing the Research, Practice and Policy of Coal Ash Management
Speaker: Dr. John Daniels
Chair, National Ash Management Advisory Board
Professor and Chair in Absentia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering UNC Charlotte

Coal ash is a construction material and desirable product with a litany of useful applications. It's also the nation's second largest "solid waste" stream, behind municipal garbage. Depending on the method and assumptions, future costs for managing coal ash vary by several orders of magnitude, with some estimates as high as $20 billion for North Carolina and $229 billion for the entire U.S.  This presentation will review challenges and opportunities in coal ash management while also summarizing the unique portfolio of ash related activities and research thrusts at UNC Charlotte.

About the Speaker
John Daniels Professor and Chair in Absentia of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte. He is also Chair of the U.S. National Ash Management Advisory Board, created by Duke Energy. Previously Dr. 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, Dr. 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 work making soil and ash water repellent is nationally recognized. His textbook, co-authored with H-Y. Fang, entitled “Introductory Geotechnical Engineering: An Environmental Perspective” was released in 2006 and he has over eighty publications in various journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He has worked for TRC Environmental Corporation, Lowell, MA as a project engineer and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; a Masters and a Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.