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Ph.D., Engineering Management, Old Dominion University,  May 2012

Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
2003, George Washington University
Washington D.C.

Bachelor of Science
19
94,  Excelsior University, Albany, New York

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Biography


Phone: (757) 683-4083 
Fax: (757) 683-5640
Email: cbdaniel@odu.edu
Room: Kaufman Hall, Room 240B

 Education

Dr. Charles B. Daniels is a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology of the Old Dominion University. He earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Old Dominion University, a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York.  

Experience

Dr. Daniels has over 40 years of experience in organizational management and leadership, communications systems, information systems, management consulting, change management, employee and leadership development and quality improvement in both government and commercial enterprises. He has over 30 years of experience in program management for large scale, mission-critical systems; system development lifecycle analysis; planning and implementation; systems engineering; line management and engineering; culture change and management consulting.   He has also served as a senior executive and Vice President for Engineering for a Fortune 500 commercial enterprise with several major Defense and Aerospace Companies and has managed large, complex technical enterprises with over 600 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues.

He has supported NASA Human Space Flight, Science and Aeronautics Research programs for over 25 years at the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Johnson Space Center, the Langley Research Center, the Ames Research Center, the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Lab.  Dr. Daniels also played a key role as a contractor executive in the design, development and implementation of several U.S. national criminal justice information systems implemented by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including the Automated Integrated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Dr. Daniels is the founder of the ConITS Leadership Institute. In addition, Dr. Daniels is has been a lecturer in the George Washington University Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Graduate Program and the Florida Institute of Technology Graduate Engineering Management programs and the California Institute of Technology at Irvine. 

He has extensive experience in assisting organizations in developing and implementing plans to achieve business excellence and culture change. He served as a member of the Board of Senior Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as a Professional Engineer Manager (PEM) and is certified to administrate, facilitate and coach using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Bar-On EQ from Multi-Health Systems (MHS) Inc., Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B) assessments. He is also an entrepreneur who has started and led several successful professional services firms.

Teaching Philosophy:

I have been an engineer and engineering manager for many years, and I attempt to use my background and experience to relate to today's engineering students. I find that many students have technical expertise, but often lack exposure, experience and understanding of the human dynamics in organizations. I strive to develop lesson plans that are based in sound theory as well as introducing the "real world" application of the theory. This seems to resonate with the students. I engage students in experiential learning whenever possible to not only help students identify the "why" of a question, but also to understand the "so what" and implement the "what now" to achieve learning and development. I strongly believe in the use of reinforcing exercises to help provide the "so what" and the "what now." I try to be as flexible as possible with the students, because many have full-time work and other obligations that place demands on their time. I also believe that adult learning concepts are important. I have invested in an extensive video library to try to find other methods and approaches that will engage the student in the learning process. I sometimes receive feedback from a former student who tells me that one of my classes was helpful in their personal or professional life and these encounters are a priceless reward for me.

  





Contact Information


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Batten College of Engineering and Technology
Old Dominion University
240B Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529

Voice: (757) 683-4083
Fax:    (757) 683-5640
E-mail: cbdaniel@odu.edu


Spring 2014 Office Hourse

Tuesdays, 1 p.m to 2 p.m.

Thursdays, 11 a..m. to 1 p.m.

Research Interests

Graduate students who wish to conduct research with me should consider the following areas of interest:


  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Socio-Political Engineering
  • Philosophy of the Mind
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Leadership
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Human Dynamics in Organizations & Society
  • Human Perception
  • Motivation Theory
  • Personality Types
  • Socio-technical Systems
  • Financial Engineering
  • Behavioral  Finance
  • Political Engineering

Spring 2014 Courses

ENMA 480, Ethics and Philosophy for Engineering Applications, Mondays, 4:20 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, Adobe Connect

ENMA 713/813, ENGN 813, Integrating Ethics and Engineering Management, Wednesdays, 4:20 to 7:00 p.m., Adobe Connect.

Socio-Political Engineering

Socio-Political Engineering - Abstract


The highest form of professional certification for engineers is achieved by meeting the rigorous requirements to become a certified Professional Engineer (PE).  The title of PE proclaims to the public that an individual with the certification has a wide and deep understanding of the technical skills that are required to be a successful engineer.  A PE can be trusted to give sound and ethical engineering advice in their particular domain.  However, the skills required to navigate both within organizations and within the overall society and to have an impact on both organizational and public policy occupy a diminished role in the PE certification process.

By contrast, a significant amount of public policy decisions are made by both politicians and public administrators who are normally trained in the legal or social science arenas.  This phenomenon gives adequate public expression to the legal, economic, and other social science professions; however, the voice of the engineer is nearly mute in public policy discussions, which may be attributed to the intense technical focus of engineering disciplines.  Regardless of the root cause, society is deprived of an important voice in public discourse.

We have defined socio-political engineering as a concept that encompases the design of engineering organizations, the design and implementation of systems, and the behavior and skills of engineers and engineering managers that are intended to allow a more influential voice for engineers in business and societal matters.

This course is designed to introduce current and prospective engineers to the knowledge, skills, system dynamics, and methods that will enhance the probability that an engineer can be more politically astute, can articulate rational public policy positions and can be more influential in both private and public institutions, while maintaining the credibility and prestige of the engineering profession.  Ethical conduct will be a cross-cutting theme in the course.

Course topics will be centered around three spheres of influence:  the individual engineer, the business or public organization in which the engineer works, and the overall environment.


New Course - Spring 2014

ENMA 795/895: Topics in Engineering Management:  Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders

This seminar course will explore the role of women as both Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders in Engineering and Technology environments.  The course will investigate the history of women entrepreneurs and leaders, will track the evolution to the current environment where women business ownership is prevalent and will analyze strategies that may be successfully employed by women to achieve success in modern commercial markets. This course will examine the issues and challenges as well as the opportunities that present themselves to women entrepreneurs and leaders. The course will also explore how existing enterprises can encourage the creative expression of all employees in their care, and how existing enterprises can become "employers of choice".