Joseph W. Daniels, III is an enthusiastic scholar, leader, and mentor, currently pursuing his doctorate in civil engineering at the University of Arkansas. Joseph is conducting research on heated pavement systems with a focus on airfield pavements. He is seeking to incorporate sustainable practices and renewable energy into his research approach for cost efficiency, system longevity, and environmental protection. He has had the opportunity to present his research to the leadership and operations team at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Research Division, the 2016 and 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C, the 2016 TEDxKnoxville: Without Limits, hosted by Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Educational Program Clearinghouse, and the Česká Betonářská Společnost’s (Czech Concrete Society) 24th Annual Concrete Days Conference in Litomysl, Czech Republic.
On the campus of the University of Arkansas (UA), Joseph served two terms as president of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA). As president, Joseph hosted Tapestry: Courageous Conversations about Race offering a platform for students, faculty/staff, and community members to discuss racial and social justice issues. He also assisted in the planning and coordination of the 2016 and 2017 Attracting Intelligent Minds Conference; a conference specifically aimed to recruit top African American students for a UA graduate program. Joseph has also served on the Graduate Dean Student Advisory Board, assisted in graduate school recruitment, and currently serves on the All-University Academic Integrity Board. He was awarded the Alex Marino Service Award, as part of the UA Graduate Student Congress awards, for his outstanding service to the University of Arkansas and Fayetteville at large.
In his community, he serves in multiple capacities seeking to find solutions to better race relations. In 2016, Joseph led a campaign to condemn the flying of the Confederate flag at the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ rally, which lead initiatives to make the rally more inclusive. In 2015, Joseph facilitated “Let There Be Light Community Conversation and Exhibition” sponsored by Compassion Fayetteville and Andrew Kilgore’s “Let There Be Light” 100 Black Men Portrait project. Joseph has served in the Northwest Arkansas branch of the NAACP, on the Fayetteville Black History Month planning committee, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville. He has given keynote speeches at the 2016 UA Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil, the 2016 End of the Year Banquet for the Kappa Iota chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and the 2014 End of the Year banquet for the North Carolina A&T chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Joseph is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland.