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Daniel's Bio
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Education: Arizona State University – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia – Master of Science and Doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office location: Johnson Controls Power Solutions Global Headquarters, Milwaukee
Hidden talent: I trained in martial arts, specifically, I have a Brown Belt in Cuong Nhu, which incorporates seven different styles of martial arts.
Favorite Quote: "What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger."
Meet Daniel
What excites you most about your work?
a. Helping people think differently about how vehicles can be used while increasing fuel efficiency.

b. Working on innovative technologies that are first to market and setting the direction for the automotive industry.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
Working on the development of the 12-volt Lithium-ion battery with people in different disciplines across the company.

What do you like most about working for Johnson Controls?

Johnson Controls is a global organization that offers opportunities to work on delivering products for all different markets around the world. 

What have been some of your career highlights at Johnson Controls?

a. Working on projects that have helped to drive the organization to the 12-volt Lithium-ion and 48-volt battery markets. 
b. Leading a project that evaluates the performance of batteries that are made of different chemistries.
c. Leading the global engineering team through the 12-volt Lithium ion battery project. 

What inspires you the most?

I want to help the organization continue to lead in the vehicle energy storage space. To do so, I am committed to working on systems to help automakers improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Steven Colbert or Jon Stewart. I would be able to have serious and non-serious conversations and learn from their experiences and knowledge.

Daniel's Day in the Life Diary

8-9 a.m.

Simultaneous development team (SDT) meeting – review request for quote (RFQ) deliverables
I attend a meeting to discuss our new 12-volt Lithium-ion battery for Advanced Start-Stop vehicles with experts in engineering, commercial development, manufacturing, program management and finance. The purpose is to quickly respond to customer requests and address internal product development activities.

9-11 a.m.

Customer meeting
I meet with a global automaker to discuss technical and commercial topics. This is critical to our customer relationship and provides an open dialogue throughout the battery development process. It is my job to bring all engineering updates to the meeting and address technical questions.

11 a.m.-noon

Review engineering documents
Every day, I set aside time to meet with experts who develop different parts of our advanced batteries. Today, I worked with the electro-mechanical team to review several documents for our 12-volt Lithium-ion battery components. We address any open issues and secured cross-functional team approval.

1-3 p.m.

Review RFQ documents with team

Any time a customer has a product specification request, we assess their requirements and deliver an analysis of how our battery can meet their needs. During this meeting, our engineering team provides feedback to leadership on our recommended course of action. At the end of this session, we will have addressed all customer questions around things like performance, conceptual design, how it could be built and safety.

3-4 p.m.

Review quality documents
Every day we review engineering process documents to align with Johnson Controls best practices. For example, today we talked to the quality team to see if there are any lessons learned from past programs that could be leveraged for further development of our 12-volt Lithium-ion battery.

4-5 p.m.

Review daily status update
As part of my end of day process, I take time to review emails and open items that need to be tracked for the next day.