NIST Promotes Performance Excellence Through Baldrige Program

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Baldrige Program

A former vice president of automation control solutions at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin recently retired after more than two decades holding executive roles in the engineering sector. During his career, Daniel Sheflin was active in the professional community and was the chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

A part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is one of the oldest physical science labs in the country. As part of its efforts to promote performance excellence among U.S. organizations, NIST maintains the Baldrige Program, a public-private partnership designed for leaders in business, health care, nonprofit, government, and educational roles.

Through the Baldrige Program, NIST develops and releases evaluation criteria, promotes excellence, and provides leadership learning opportunities. Beyond that, the program manages the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a recognition that goes to organizations that demonstrate outstanding customer, workforce, financial, and product outcomes.

The Baldrige Program has achieved a ratio of 820 to 1 in terms of the benefits provided by the program compared to the cost. On average, two-time award winners enjoy an 85 percent increase in revenue and 55.5 percent increase in job growth. Further, award applicants between 2010 and 2017 have represented more than $153 billion in revenue and budgets and 450 million customers served.


Three Top Minnesota Vikings Players

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Randy Moss

Daniel Sheflin, a retired executive with experience in the engineering field, most recently served at the vice president and chief technology officer of Honeywell’s automation and control solutions division. An avid sports fan, Daniel Sheflin supports the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Since 1960, the Minnesota Vikings franchise has seen plenty of players don its purple and gold uniforms. Below are some of the best players who have graced the team’s ranks:

Randy Moss: As soon as he joined the Viking, Moss began making his talent on the field known. He finished with rookie year with more than 1,300 yards, 69 catches, and 17 touchdowns. This streak continued through 2004, when he ended his time with the team. During those six years, he was among the top 10 offensive players in the league for score and yards five times, and has the second-most receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and catches in team history.

Cris Carter: In 1990, Carter was cut from the Philadelphia Eagles due to problems off the field. Despite these issues, Minnesota gave him a chance and benefited from his talent for more than a decade. He started for the team in 1991 and achieved 72 catches and 962 yards. During each subsequent year, he reached at least 75 catches and 1,000 receiving yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him as a member in 2013 and he holds the team’s career record for touchdowns, catches, and receiving yards.

Fran Tarkenton: Picked up in 1961 as the team’s third draft pick ever, Tarkenton was one of the Vikings’ greatest quarterbacks. He was on the roster when the Vikings won their first-ever game and once held every major passing mark in the NFL despite playing at a time when passing was minimal in football games. Although the Vikings traded him in 1967, he found his way back to the team in 1973 and appeared in three Super Bowls between then and his retirement in 1979.

The Origin of the Tour de France

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Tour de France

A retired engineer, Daniel Sheflin spent more than two decades in leadership positions with Honeywell locations in Erie, Pennyslvania, and Golden Valley, Minnesota. Now a Florida resident, Daniel Sheflin stays active as an avid cyclist who enjoys fat biking and following events such as the Tour de France.

The most famous bicycling race in the world, the Tour de France also stands out as the world’s largest annual sporting event. Each year, millions of spectators gather throughout France to watch hundreds of cyclists compete over three weeks and roughly 2,000 miles. The race is also interesting for the story behind its origin.

In the 1890s, a political and military scandal in which a Jewish French military officer was falsely accused of espionage rocked France. Known as the Dreyfus Affair, the scandal split French society and exposed, among other social pressures, deep strains of anti-Semitism in the country. One of the many fissures happened at the offices of Le Velo, France’s most popular cycling magazine at the time, when a group of editors broke away over the controversy to form their own magazine, L’Auto-Velo.

Le Velo sued the new magazine, forcing it to change its name to L’Auto. After the name change, L’Auto’s sales dwindled, and it appeared that the magazine would have to fold. Scrambling for survival, L’Auto’s editor, Henri Desgrange, came up with the idea of sponsoring a cross-country bicycle race as a promotion. Although Desgrange initially had difficulty finding riders, he was eventually able to draw attention to the event by offering a prize of 20,000 francs.

The first race, held in 1903, was comprised of 60 riders who traveled more than 1,500 miles. The event proved popular, both saving L’Auto and establishing a tradition that lasts to this day.

The Remarkable Season of Vikings Quarterback Case Keenum


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Case Keenum

An experienced engineer, Daniel Sheflin’s career includes executive roles with Honeywell and General Electric, where he managed over 5,000 and 500 engineers and scientists, respectively. Outside of his professional endeavors, Daniel Sheflin is a passionate fan of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints on January 14 to advance to its first NFC Championship game since 2009, and a big reason why is the play of quarterback Case Keenum. Signed to a one-year, $2 million contract prior to the start of the 2017 season, Keenum was expected to back up Sam Bradford and provide additional insurance behind the recovering Teddy Bridgewater. Instead, Bradford suffered a season-ending injury and Keenum’s play in his absence warranted him to remain the team’s starting quarterback even when Bridgewater was cleared to play. In the playoff game against the Saints, Keenum connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs on a game-winning 61-yard touchdown as the clock expired. He finished the game with 318 passing yards on 40 attempts.

Undrafted out of college, Keenum was signed by the Houston Texans in 2013 and started 10 games for the team before he was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2015. He joined the Vikings with a career win-loss record of 9-15, but finished the 2017 season with a record of 11-3 to go along with 3,547 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.

The Most Recent Daytona 500 Winners


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Kurt Busch

The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, Daniel Sheflin previously served for 14 years as the vice president of technology automation control solutions with Honeywell. An avid NASCAR fan outside of work, Daniel Sheflin looks forward to the annual Daytona 500 race.

The Daytona 500 has been held annually since 1959, and there have been 11 drivers to win the acclaimed race multiple times, including Richard Petty, who has a record-setting seven Daytona 500 championships. Below are the three most recent winners of the race.

1. Kurt Busch – A 39-year-old who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 in 2017. It was the only win he recorded in 36 races, but he also had 15 top-10 and six top-five finishes. Since his rookie season in 2000, he has won 29 races and made over $90 million in prize money.

2. Denny Hamlin – Like Kurt Busch in 2017, Denny Hamlin won his first-ever Daytona 500 in 2016. In fact, the 38-year-old won the closest race in the event’s history as he beat Martin Truex, Jr., by a mere 0.011 seconds. He won three races that season and now has a total of 31 career wins.

3. Joey Logano – A native of Middletown, Connecticut, Joey Logano debuted on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2008 and won his first race the following year as a 19-year-old driver. The Daytona 500 was one of six races he won in 2015.

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.