InfoAge Wall of Honor – 2010

Mr. Thomas E. Daniels retired from the Department of the Army as a Space Technology Executive after 38 years of exceptional meritorious service.  Thirty five years of this time was spent at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey with the majority of that time spent at Camp Evans.  Mr. Daniels was the Deputy Director and the Director of the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Laboratory and was the second African American Director of a major Army research and development laboratory.  He was a recognized technical and management expert with expertise in: systems development; systems integration; digital computers, electronic warfare systems, navigation systems, satellite systems, ground surveillance radars, nuclear radiation detection, identification friend-or-foe equipment and meteorological data systems. 

Upon leaving Fort Monmouth he worked in the Pentagon providing principal advice, assistance and guidance while employed as Special Assistant to the Director for Space and Strategic Systems, where he influenced long range strategy, planning and prioritization of space technology and space systems.

Mr. Daniels founded or was an active member in many community organizations dealing with civil rights, human relations, youth, education, religious, and entrepreneurial activities where he made major contributions to improving the local communities.

In the 1940s he was selected to participate in the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, where members were selected from 17 to 18 year olds in the Enlisted Reserve. While in this program he attended Prairie View A&M, University of Iowa, Kansas University and Syracuse University followed by basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama and eventual military assignment to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Upon discharge from the Army in 1946, Mr. Daniels returned to the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in electrical engineering graduating in 1948 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. In 1996 Mr. Daniels was inducted into the University of Iowa College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business

Posted April 4, 2017