Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute – Tribology Studies

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Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Prior to beginning a career in engineering management, Daniel Sheflin attended the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering/metallurgy in 1978. Daniel Sheflin also attended Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he earned an MSE degree in control engineering/tribology in 1983.

Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute offers students with training in many different areas of engineering, including tribology, the study of how wear and friction on various surfaces interact with each other with and without lubrication. The study of tribology allows researchers to develop better materials and lubricants to help mechanical parts last longer, providing companies the opportunity to save money on parts and materials. Tribology and the study of how materials interact was originally conceived in 1964 as a course of study and involves three specific studies – lubrication, wear, and friction – with researchers studying how to develop better materials.


NASCAR Driver Derrike Cope Uninjured after Car Explosion during Race

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Derrike Cope

Daniel Sheflin was Honeywell’s VP of Technology Automation Control Solutions from 2001 to 2015. Now retired, Daniel Sheflin enjoys spending some of his free time watching NASCAR races.

NASCAR driver Derrike Cope got lucky during the Zippo 200 in early August 2016, when he walked away uninjured from an explosion under his car. About halfway through the Xfinity Series Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen International, Derrike Cope felt the brakes go out on his number 70 car.

Cope attempted to let the car come to a natural stop. Just before it did, however, a massive explosion rocked the car, and a cloud of black smoke rose from it. Cope, who won the 1990 Daytona 500, said, “In 35 years of racing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that transpire before.”

Though shaken up by the violent blast, Cope walked away from the car unharmed. NASCAR officials later determined that a build-up of brake heat became trapped inside the car, causing one of the tires to explode.

Mike Zimmer Lauds Linebacker Chad Greenway


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Minnesota Vikings

With more than 20 years of experience in the engineering field, Daniel Sheflin has served Honeywell and General Electric. In his leisure time, Daniel Sheflin follows the NFL, particularly the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer makes no secret of the fact that he wants veteran linebacker Chad Greenway back for another season. Having expressed a desire to end his career with the team that made him a first-round draft pick in 2006, Mr. Greenway has shared similar sentiments.

ESPN reports that Mr. Zimmer made comments during a press conference at the NFL combine indicating that he hopes Chad Greenway returns for an 11th season with the Vikings. He believes that, at 33, the veteran linebacker still has the skills to perform at a high level, either as a starter or reserve player.

A two-time Pro Bowler who led the Vikings in tackles from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Greenway transitioned from an every-down player to one who saw just half of the team’s snaps last season. The team reportedly limited his on-field action in an effort to preserve his health and longevity after injuries plagued him during the 2014 season.

During his 11 years in the league, Chad Greenway has amassed 1,060 career tackles, 18 sacks, and 10 interceptions. According to Fox Sports, he has indicated that, if he returns to the Vikings next year, it will likely be his last season in the NFL.

Daniel Sheflin Heads NIST’s Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee


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National Institute of Standards and Technology

As the chief technology officer of Honeywell International’s Automation Control Solutions division, Daniel Sheflin guides a 5,000 member team in its product development efforts. Daniel Sheflin additionally serves as chairman of the Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Appointed to the position in 2010, Mr. Sheflin guides a committee of diverse industry and technology representatives spanning the business, higher education, and professional organization sectors.

The overarching aim of the committee is to provide NIST with technical and strategic inputs that will assist efforts to maximize, modernize, and secure America’s electric power grid. In particular, long term efforts are underway to improve energy efficiency and stabilize electrical systems underpinning the grid via a Smart Grid structure. In selecting Mr. Sheflin to head the advisory committee, NIST recognized his experience within a company that has installed environmental and energy controls in more than 10 million buildings and 150 million residences worldwide.

Smart Grid Technology Improves Efficiency

Creating a smart grid in the United States means automating and computerizing many of the monitoring and maintenance practices that are still conducted by electricity company employees. The electricity grid consists of wires, transformers, and other equipment that allows for the transfer of power from utility companies to their customers. Granting two-way digital-communication capabilities and access by sensors, such as power meters and fault detectors, to grid devices allows utility companies to monitor and control energy distribution much more efficiently, working from a central location and without needing to send workers to gather data. Transitioning to a smart grid will not only make the current electricity infrastructure more efficient, it will also allow for better integration of emerging alternative electricity sources like solar and wind power.

About the author:

Daniel Sheflin

Since 2001, Daniel Sheflin has been a vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Throughout his career, Daniel Sheflin has been involved in the development of important technologies, such as wireless sensors, and he has served as the chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s smart grid advisory committee.

Smart Grid Technologies Boost Electrical Grid Safety and Efficiency

Smart grid technologies consist of a group of modernized electric utility systems that integrate computerized, automated, and remotely controlled capabilities. Using tried and true computer technologies that have seen widespread adoption in other industries, smart grid technologies have the potential to increase energy efficiency throughout the electrical grid, from power plants to end users.

Examples of smart grid technologies include hardware set up to communicate digitally with a central control facility. Sensors combined with automation enable utilities to monitor and adjust devices remotely. This makes it possible for the utility to examine usage, detect broken equipment, control voltages, and carry out many other functions in a more efficient manner. These technologies also promise to harden the grid against cyber-attacks and respond more effectively to the volatile output of energy sources such as wind and solar power to take advantage of their capabilities and mitigate their disadvantages.

About the Author

Daniel Sheflin

Daniel Sheflin has served as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Minnesota technology giant Honeywell for over 12 years. A former manager at General Electric, Daniel Sheflin takes a keen interest in smart grid technologies and served as chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee.

Visiting Florida’s Delray Beach

Daniel Sheflin

As the vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell International, Daniel Sheflin oversees research and development on new products. Previously, he served as the general manager of engineering at General Electric. A resident of Florida, Daniel Sheflin enjoys bicycling and visiting local beaches.

Located a short distance north of Boca Raton, Delray Beach offers a two mile stretch of sand along the Atlantic coast that is famous for a family-friendly atmosphere where kids can spend hours building sand castles and playing in the surf. In addition to enjoying the sweeping vistas of waves washing up on the sand, visitors can also spend time wandering Atlantic Avenue, which borders the ocean and offers an extensive array of seafood restaurants and boutique shops.

Recently honored by Rand McNally and USA Today as the “Most Fun Small Town in America,” Delray Beach provides opportunities for many other activities, from shopping to night entertainment to festivals. Each March, the Savor the Avenue event bringst together over 1,000 guests to dine on a five-block stretch of Atlantic Avenue, creating the longest dining table in the state. Other fun annual events include the Delray Beach Garlic Festival.