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.