Minnesota-Based Engineering Executive
About Daniel Sheflin
An experienced engineering executive and current vice president of Technology Automation Control Solutions at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin has emerged as an industry leader in the Minnesota area. After completing a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and metallurgy at the University at Buffalo, he went on to pursue a master of science in engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Several years later, Mr. Sheflin accepted an offer to become the general manager of engineering with General Electric, where he oversaw a team of 500 locomotive engineers and delivered energy-efficient prototypes with minimal emissions.
Aside from his formal professional activities, Mr. Sheflin remains firmly dedicated to community service and charitable giving. He supports the efforts of several nonprofit organizations in his community and beyond, including the FIRST Robotics Competition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In his free time, Sheflin enjoys riding his bicycle, cooking Italian food, and watching television shows such as Top Chef and The Amazing Race.
Fat Tire Biking - A New Trend
In 2001, Daniel Sheflin joined Honeywell International as vice president of technology automation control solutions and has since tripled the production of his team of 5,000 engineers. Away from his professional endeavors, Daniel Sheflin enjoys cycling for exercise, and recently adopted the new trend of fat tire biking.
Cyclists have discovered that by decreasing the air pressure in their tires by about five pounds per square inch (PSI), their bikes can traverse unstable surfaces, such as snow and sand. Now known as fat tire biking, this phenomenon has grown into a viable market for bicycle tire manufacturers. These specially designed beach-cruiser wheels come in a variety of models, some of which reach widths of five inches for optimal traction in soft sand. Enthusiasts have found a wide range of advantages to riding on the beach versus on the streets, from the peace and safety of no car traffic to the convenience of not having to stop at lights and intersections.
Networking Motes - An Innovation in Communication
As vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin oversees all aspects of new product development. Since accepting the position in 2001, Daniel Sheflin has tripled the rate of new product introductions.
In the world of networking, “very small” has become very important. The past 20 years has brought the creation of tiny nodes known as “motes” or “smart dust,” which collect data from sensors and subsequently pass it along to intended recipients.
These developments have captivated the attention of military strategists, who need to collect data from a geographically broad area and send that data to active soldiers as well as business leaders. Motes allow for this function without requiring the installation of permanent and costly equipment.
Today's motes use an operating system known as the Tiny Microthreading Operating System, or TinyOS. This system supports a self-configuring network and reliable multi-threading, which handles high-volume inbound and outbound communications.
Furthermore, the system allows one mote to remain functional if others fail, thus providing a high level of reliability. Invaluable in meeting the diverse needs of the military, motes and their operating systems also have prompted investigations that explore commercial uses, such as retail energy consumption tracking.
Minnesota Vikings - Achievements of the NFL Team
Daniel Sheflin follows several professional sports teams when not busy with his duties as an executive at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota. A graduate of the University at Buffalo, he enjoys watching the games of the Buffalo Bills, as well as those of his home state Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1960 as an expansion team and first competed during the 1961 season. The Vikings played for seven seasons before making a postseason appearance, but from 1968 and 1971 the team made four consecutive playoff runs, falling in three divisional games and reaching the 1969 Super Bowl, which ended in defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
After a 7-7 1972 season, the Vikings made the postseason the next six years, beginning with back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 1973 and 1974, both of which the team lost. The Vikings reached a fourth Super Bowl in 1976, this time falling to the Miami Dolphins. Though the Vikings have yet to make a fifth title game, the team has reached the NFC Championship on five occasions since the 1976 Super Bowl defeat, as well as made 14 additional playoff appearances.
The Borealis Yampa Fat Tire Bicycle
Engineering executive Daniel Sheflin divides his time between his responsibilities as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell International, Inc., and a variety of hobbies. One of the activities that Daniel Sheflin participates in is fat tire cycling, which he prefers to do over snowy terrain on his Borealis Yampa.
The Borealis Yampa is a favorite among cycling enthusiasts. A lighter, faster fat tire bicycle than its predecessors, the Yampa features a lightweight carbon frame that makes it easy to maneuver on trails. It also comes in a variety of frame types, with the lightest weighing under 22 pounds. The mobility and stiffness of the bicycle provide dynamic energy transfer and quick acceleration speeds.
Built for versatility, the Borealis Yampa operates similarly to a mountain bike. On normal terrain, riders can use it at the normal 30 psi per tire, but for snowy conditions, riders can lower the pressure to 5 psi. At a lower psi, the tires flatten and provide more cover, allowing for safer off-trail riding.
Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival in 2015 Highlights New Bike Style
Serving as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin is responsible for research and development at the Golden Valley, Minneapolis, location. In this position since 2001, he manages a team of more than 5,000 engineers. When not in the office, Daniel Sheflin enjoys the outdoors and regularly participates in fat biking on his Borealis Yampa X9, which has a lightweight carbon frame.
A relatively new bike style, fat bikes allow riders to traverse snow-covered trails, sandy paths, and other types of terrain from the comforts of a bicycle. Cyclists can ride a fat bike on normal terrain at 30 psi per tire, but on snow, they must reduce the pressure to 5 psi. This lower amount allows the tire to flatten like a tank tread, allowing riders to roll over anything.
To celebrate the inception of fat bikes, a Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival was formed. The 2015 event occurred January 23-25 at Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyoming. More than 240 attendees gathered for the opening-day festival, which featured fat bike demonstrations, a nighttime ride, and a guided tour of Grand Teton National Park.
An Overview of Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly
Daniel Sheflin spent 14 years as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell in Golden Valley, MN, before retiring in 2015. In his free time, Daniel Sheflin enjoys supporting the Buffalo Bills football team.
Winners of two American Football League (AFL) championships and four-time Super Bowl finalists, the Buffalo Bills have retired just one number over the course of 55 seasons. That distinction belongs to Jim Kelly, who dawned No. 12 from 1986 to 1996, playing all 11 of his professional football seasons in Buffalo. During that time, he led Buffalo to the playoffs on eight occasions, including all four of the Bills’ Super Bowl appearances.
Jim Kelly enjoyed arguably his best season in Buffalo in 1991. That year, he threw for 3,844 yards and 33 touchdowns, both personal bests; his 33 touchdown passes were also a league high. Kelly was awarded his first and only First Team All-Pro Honors in 1991 and made his fourth of five Pro Bowl appearances that year. Additionally, he helped teammate Thurman Thomas rush for seven touchdowns, resulting in a league MVP award for Thomas. With 35,467 passing yards, Jim Kelly is the leading passer in Buffalo Bills history. He was welcomed into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2002.
Early History of the Tour de France
Retired technology and engineering executive Daniel Sheflin enjoys a wide range of competitive sports and activities, including NASCAR, football, and bicycling. Daniel Sheflin's favorite competitive bicycling event is the Tour de France, which attracts millions of viewers each year.
The Tour de France has existed for over a century, rising from humble origins as a publicity-generator for a newspaper to become one of the most celebrated athletic achievements. Its early races differed significantly from the well-presented, slick events of the present day. Riders lacked safety equipment and could not be guaranteed fresh tires or other repairs. Many solved these problems by wearing tires and chains around their bodies for easy storage.
The first Tour de France began on July 1, 1903, and lasted more than three weeks. Close to 65 percent of the riders in the race dropped out, and the last-place finisher came in almost three days behind the winner. The race accomplished its short-term goal, increasing the circulation of newspapers sixfold, but it also started a beloved tradition that would continue for generations.
The Buffalo Bill’s Four Consecutive Super Bowl Appearances
Experienced engineer Daniel Sheflin enjoys watching professional football. Daniel Sheflin is a fan of the Buffalo Bills, though he also followed the Minnesota Vikings during his 14 years as vice president of technology automation control solutions with Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Between 1990 and 1993, the Buffalo Bills set a National Football League (NFL) record by reaching the Super Bowl on four consecutive occasions. Buffalo finished both the 1990 and 1991 seasons with a regular season record of 13 wins and 3 losses. In the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance since winning back-to-back American Football League (AFL) championships in 1964 and 1965, Buffalo faced the New York Giants. The Bills scored on a 31-yard running play to open the fourth quarter, taking a 19-17 lead, but a Giants field goal with eight minutes remaining proved the decisive score. A year later, the Bills were overwhelmed by the Washington Redskins 37-24, though Buffalo fought back admirably from a 24-0 deficit in the third quarter.
The Bills finished the 1992 NFL season with an 11-5 record, failing to win their division for the first time since 1987. However, Buffalo managed a 41-38 wild card victory over the Houston Oilers before outscoring the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins by a combined 40 points. The Bills’ run came to an end against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII, where they lost 52-17. The following season, the Bills improved to 12 wins but once again fell to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl, this time by 17 points.
Cementitious Materials Characterization Workshop Held in August 2016
An engineering professional with over two decades of experience, Daniel Sheflin serves as the chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee. Daniel Sheflin accepted the position in September 2010 and has since led the committee in overseeing Smart Grid efforts for measurement science advancements. Other opportunities offered by NIST include the Workshop on Cementitious Materials Characterization.
The three-day workshop provides guidance and instruction on performing phase and chemical analyses of various portland cement materials. Materials to be covered in the workshop include cement and cement clinker materials, and attendees will receive firsthand experience with analyzing real data and addressing a multitude of complementary methods. Furthermore, the workshop will place particular emphasis on quantitative scanning electron microscopy and x-ray powder diffraction for categorizing unhydrated materials.
Workshop participants must bring their own laptops with the required software already installed and arrange for their own rooming accommodations throughout the workshop. Booking a room with the event’s room block at the Holiday Inn includes breakfasts and shuttle access to and from the NIST facilities. The group will gather at the NIST cafeteria for lunch each day of the workshop.
The Workshop on Cementitious Materials Characterization will take place at the NIST facilities in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on August 10-12, 2016. Registration closes August 3, 2016, and hotel rooms within the workshop’s block must be booked by July 16, 2016.
For additional information on the workshop, visit nist.gov/el/building_materials/cementitiousmaterialsworkshop.cfm.
Bills Won't Offer Taylor a New Contract before the 2016 Season
Daniel Sheflin had managed a team of over 5,000 engineers in his role as vice president of technology automation at Honeywell International before retiring. One of Daniel Sheflin’s hobbies is following NFL football, and he is a fan of the Buffalo Bills.
After providing an offensive spark for the Bills in his 14 starts last season, Tyrod Taylor will look to build upon his performance and cash in with a new contract.
There has been a good deal of chatter by analysts and NFL insiders about Taylor’s future with the organization. The quarterback is entering the final year of his contract, and his performance this year could either skyrocket him into the stratosphere of well-paid signal callers, or add his name to the list of recent disappointments behind center in Buffalo.
For Buffalo's part, they appear to be approaching Taylor with cautious optimism. He played well in 14 games last season, but the team is looking for consistency. That’s why GM Doug Whaley recently went on the record as saying it’s not likely the team will offer Taylor an extension before the 2016 season.
That’s good news for both parties. Buffalo gets the chance to see if Taylor can continue his high level of play before investing in him with a multi-year contract, and Taylor gets the opportunity to drive up his value beyond what it would have been if the two sides had agreed on a contract before the season.