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Dec 1 2023

Engineered Water Repellency to Mitigate Frost Action

CME Department Seminar

December 1, 2023

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM America/Chicago


1047 ERF


842 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

Presenter: Dr. John Daniels
Location: 1047 ERF

Abstract: This presentation will review laboratory, field, and numerical aspects of engineered water repellency for geotechnical engineering applications as well as concepts of osmotic and matric potential as it relates to frost action. Much of the work is motivated by the NSF award found here

Speaker Bio: John Daniels serves as Vice Chancellor for the Division of Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The division oversees the University’s research activities. Daniels, a member of the faculty since 2001, served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2012-22. He also served as program director in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation where he was responsible for research within geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, engineering education, engineering research centers and a variety of cross-disciplinary programs. The textbook he co-authored with H-Y. Fang, “Introductory Geotechnical Engineering: An Environmental Perspective,” was released in 2006. He also has over 100 publications in various journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports. He has worked for TRC Environmental Corporation as a project engineer and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina. He is a program evaluator for ABET, Inc. and was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and a master’s and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. His research is focused on engineered water repellency, with an active award from NSF, titled “Engineered Water Repellency to Mitigate Frost Susceptibility: Decoupling Osmotic and Matric Potential.”


Krishna Reddy, PhD

Date posted

Nov 27, 2023

Date updated

Nov 27, 2023