The U.S. Department of Transportation last week honored Silver Spring native Joseph Daniels with its Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering (RAISE) award for his work to develop cheaper heating element systems for pavement surfaces. The award is given annually by the DOT to encourage creative thinking among students and allow them to create new solutions to aviation challenges.
“It was a very humbling moment,” said the University of Arkansas Ph.D. candidate. “I’m still figuring out the gravity of the award and the prestige.”
Daniels, who in 2009 graduated from Springbrook High School – where he played football and was a member of the 2008 championship basketball team – said he was “very excited” to receive the award at a Jan. 6 ceremony, during which he was honored by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.