In January of 2018, I moved across the river to Jaguar Land Rover's Pearl District Office to join their North American ADAS/AV Group as a Senior Software Engineer. Here, I worked with the greater ADAS Engineering team in UK, Ireland, and China to develop and integrate SAE L4 autonomy features.
Driverless systems have inferred a major strategic shift for the electrical engineering organizations within major automakers; thus this role included deputy management duties emphasizing finding and cultivating the engineers needed for tomorrow’s connected car.
With JLR, I had the honor of serving as the sole automotive industry representative per Oregon House Bill 4063 which charges a task force to provide the state legislature with a set of recommendations for autonomous vehicles legislation. To do this, I worked with industry counselors and lobbyists to ensure legislation will not reduce the cost effectiveness of testing and deploying L3+ capable vehicles.
In July of 2016, I accepted a position with Polysync in Portland. PolySync was attempting to engage with a market where the intersection of complexity, safety, and consumer impact is unprecedented by positioning itself as an AV-development technology vendor to Automotive OEMs, Tier 1 & Tier 2 Suppliers, and academic R&D programs around the globe via two essential product offerings:
• Core - a software suite for performing time-synchronized, high-fidelity recordings of vehicle & sensor data to be used in ML pipelines to produce better quality AI models.
• DriveKit - a commercialization of our Open Source Car Control (OSCC) by-wire platform, which allows seamless integration at the level of the vehicle electrical system to enable full-spectrum control of throttle, braking and steering for rigorous on-vehicle testing.
As a Field Robotics Engineer, I wore many hats from building test applications on core software, to troubleshooting customer driverless applicaitions in the field, to representing the company at trade shows and technical presentations. Engineering DriveKit and OSCC for PolySync was some of the most rewarding work in my career.
In 2013, I accepted attendance to Oregon State University for an M.S. Degree in Coastal and Ocean Engineering. I wanted to focus my career better and initially wanted to study Wave Energy Extraction. A Master's under the expert faculty at OSU seemed like a no-brainer.
In my first year, I worked a summer as Engineering Technician at the world-class O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab, supporting a breadth of projects in their Tsunami Wave Basin and Long Wave Flumes. That summer, I also began working with the OSU CEOAS Glider Research Group, which deploys Webb Slocum Gliders off the shelf out of Newport, OR. I served on a number of deployments and retrievals on OSU R/V Elakha.
In the summer of 2014, I was hired by Dr. Geoffrey Hollinger to work at his Robotic Decision Making Laboratory in the Robotics Branch of the OSU Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Shortly after, I changed my major to Robotics and added several autonomy and controls themed courses to my curriculum to get myself up to speed on the marine vehicles used by the RDML.
I successfully defended my thesis in September of 2015. My work was on using linear wave force estimations as inputs to a model predictive controller for an ocean-going ROV. The idea was that these wave force estimations would let the robot anticipate impending disturbances and compensate in advance. This work was supported by a Department of Energy grant to support offshore energy arrays with autonomous robotic vehicles.
My first position after undergrad as as an entry-level manufacturing engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Pike County Operations at their facility outside Troy, AL. There, I worked the final assembly line for the Javelin anti-tank missile as well as automation support for the AGMS Hellfire missile. Specific responsibilities included: GD&T design implementation, tooling, and ordnance handling/disposal. MFC Troy was a satellite plant between the HQ in Orlando and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. As a result, we often had to support test launches at Redstone.
I worked again for Lockheed Martin MFC as a part-time contractor in 2013 and again in 2016 at their Santa Barbara Focalplane (SBF) facility in Goleta, CA. There, I revived my manufacturing skills in the infrared industry leading the productionalization efforts for a high-orbit, angled detector array with brutally specific design constraints.
Between OSU and PolySync, I again returned to Santa Barbara as a contractor while searching for a new job in the robotics industry. This time around at SBF, I applied some of my new skills to automating some of their motherboard builds as well as writing some C++/Qt based assembly calculators. I value my time at SBF as it was a much-needed look at another industry as well as another part of the country.
After leaving LM in 2012, I took a job supporting a Miami-based startup named Doma Ventures as a technical lead. There, I gave engineering approval for product launches based on analyzing potential failures. I also supported their web development side, learning a valuable business lesson -- there is no shortage of hats to wear when running a startup.
For undergrad, I went on to study at the University of Florida in Gainesville. At Florida, I was involved with the school chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). I also interned for two summers (2007, 2009) with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) Ocala Operations in Ocala, FL. I finished in the spring of 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Prior to UF, I graduated from Columbus High School in Miami, FL with the class of 2005.
For additional references, please see Curriculum Vitae section titled "References".
Daniel was an excellent graduate research
assistant in my lab at Oregon State
University. He has exceptional ability to
work independently and has very strong
programming, writing, and communication
skills. I would highly recommend him.
Graduate Advisor, Oregon State Robotics
Daniel's work on OSCC to integrate control
algorithms and create the baseline for
autonomy was excellent and groundbreaking.
Daniel's experience with Avionics has guided his work in Automotive through fundamental understanding of safety standards and quality processes. All of those have served to guide his growth as a systems engineer as well as a software engineer. He has demonstrated cross-functional learning from Requirements, Architecture and Design and Implementation, to Testing and Quality Processes.
I heartily recommend Daniel; he would be an asset to any organization.
Director of Engineering, PolySync
Daniel is a competent ADAS/Automated Driving
Software Engineer and has worked at Jaguar
Land Rover for several years, he has also
successfully completed the Udacity self
driving nanodegree course. With Daniel's
experience and skills he would be a strong
asset to any company which is developing
software solutions in the ADAS, Automated
Driving and general automotive area. I have
no hesitation in recommending Daniel who is
also a great team player and has strong
Sr. ADAS Engineering Manager, JLRNA
Daniel worked for me off and on for three
years. His work ethic, attention to detail,
and willingness to take on any challenge was
why I always asked for him to work on my
program! He works well with others to ensure
successful execution of his projects. He was
my go-to-guy to get the job done.
Program Manager, Lockheed Martin MFC
The development engineering work you
contributed played a vital role in the
successful automation efforts that were
implemented at our site. Your detail
orientation and can-do attitude made you
very versatile and achieved great results.
Semiconductor Enginering Manager, Lockheed Martin MFC