Senior Lecturer


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

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

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

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Phone: (757) 683-4083 
Fax: (757) 683-5640
Room: 2121B Engineering Systems Building


Dr. Charles B. Daniels is a Senior 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.  


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, 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
22123B Engineering Systems Building
Norfolk, VA 23529

Voice: (757) 683-4083
Fax:    (757) 683-5640

Fall 2016 Office Hourse

By email or phone.

Wednesday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Research Interests

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

  • Technology Adaptation
  • 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

Fall 2016 Courses

ENMA 444, Leading Engineering Organizations, Mondays, 10 a.m. - 12:00 (Noon), WebEx Only

ENMA 480, Ethics and Philosophy in Engineering Applications, Wednesday, 4:20  p.m. – 7:00 p.m., DRAGAS HALL, Room 2110

ENMA 616, The Entrepreneurial Engineering Manager, Thursdays - 7:10 p.m. – 9:50 p.m., Online Only

Socio-Political Engineering

Socio-Political Engineering - Abstract Engineers achieve the highest form of professional certification 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 broad and profound 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 needed 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 is made by both politicians and public administrators who are typically 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 cause, society is deprived of an important voice in public discourse. We have defined socio-political engineering as a concept that encompasses the design of engineering organizations, the development 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 center around three spheres of influence: the individual engineer, the business or public organization in which the engineer works, and the overall environment.

New Course - Fall 2015

ENMA 495 - Entrepreneurship in Professional Disciplines
Shannon Bowling,
Jul 30, 2008, 9:08 PM