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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.