ENGELS, Daniel
,
Phone: 817-676-1031 (m)
dwe@alum.mit.edu
Formerly, served as Director and founder of the MIT Healthcare Research Initiative (HRI). The HRI is the leading research program investigating the use of RFID technologies to improve patient safety. As the leader of the HRI, setting all research directions, developing new avenues of research, developing and securing funding for activities, and developing new funding sources for the HRI. A critical aspect of my responsibilities is the building of relationships and cooperative research programs with other research groups, professors, and researchers both within and without MIT. Often invited to speak at industrial and non-academic conferences in addition to peer-reviewed research publications. MIT Research Scientist/Auto-ID Labs Director of Research: (October 2003  June 2005) Director of Research leading all activities of the Auto-ID Labs of MIT. As the leader of the Auto-ID Labs, setting all research directions, developing new avenues of research, developing and securing funding for activities, and developing new funding sources for the Auto-ID Labs. Responsible for developing new Auto-ID Labs member laboratories in unrepresented areas of the world. Primary RFID research is in the areas of the Reader Collision Problem, UHF tag antenna designs, tools for RFID use, the EPC System, and the impact of RFID on Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance. Principle liaison to EPCglobal. Often invited to speak at industrial and non-academic conferences in addition to peer-reviewed research publications. MIT Sponsored Research Technical Supervisor/Auto-ID Center Director of Protocols: (October 2002  October 2003) Director of Protocols leading the research and development of RFID standards, protocols for their use, and compliance and compatibility tests for systems developed to these standards. Lead the development of the Auto-ID Class 1 Generation 1 UHF and HF protocols. Primary RFID research is in the areas of the Reader Collision Problem, protocols for tag anti-collision, and RF signaling between tag and reader. Co-research advisor (with Prof. Sanjay Sarma) to several graduate students researching problems in RFID systems. Technical manager of the Auto-ID Centers Field Trial. Technical liaison to Auto-ID Center sponsors and potential sponsors. Often invited to speak at industrial and non-academic conferences in addition to peer-reviewed research publications. MIT Sponsored Research Technical Supervisor/Auto-ID Center Associate Director: (March 2002  October 2002) Associate Director in charge of managing the day-to-day research activities of the MIT Auto-ID Center Lab and all technical aspects of the design, deployment, and management of the Auto-ID Centers Field Trial. Technical liaison to Auto-ID Center sponsors and potential sponsors. Evangelist for the Auto-ID Center, speaking at industrial and non-academic conferences. Co-leader of action groups formed for the development of HF and UHF RFID tag interface standards recommendations. Co-research advisor (with Prof. Sanjay Sarma) to several graduate students researching problems related to RFID systems. MIT Sponsored Research Technical Supervisor/Auto-ID Center Program Manager: (December 2000  February 2002) Program Manager in charge of managing the day-to-day research activities of the MIT Auto-ID Center Lab and all technical aspects of the design, deployment, and management of the Auto-ID Centers Field Trial. Technical liaison to Auto-ID Center sponsors and potential sponsors. MIT Postdoctoral Associate: (June 2000  November 2000) Performed research in all areas related to the Auto-ID Centers system design, implementation,and application. MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS)/Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE). Research Assistant: (September 1996  June 2000) Doctoral research developed a new design scheme for the automated partitioning of embedded system functionality into hardware and software components. The partitioning scheme is based upon a novel approach that formulates the partitioning problem as a scheduling with rejection problem involving lag times. The complexity of scheduling problems involving lag times allowing job rejection was determined. This theoretical analysis provides a tight characterization of the complexity of these problems, identifying those scheduling problems that can be optimally solved in polynomial time and providing approximation schemes for some problems that are NP-hard. MIT Visiting Scientist: (June 1995  August 1996) Investigated problems involved in designing small embedded systems and laid the foundation for my doctoral research. University of California, Berkeley, CA. Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL). Graduate Student Researcher: (June 1993  May 1995) Member of the Polis Hardware/Software Co Design group lead by Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni- Vincentelli. Masters thesis research involved investigating and implementing the automatic generation of a real-time task level scheduler within the Polis Co design Environment. Graduate Student Instructor: (August 1992  May 1993) Teaching Assistant (TA) for the core Digital Design course. Duties included preparing and presenting discussion section materials, preparing and grading weekly lab assignments, and helping students with questions on class material, homeworks, lab assignments, and the course project. As Head TA in Spring 1993 duties also included evaluating and creating exams, maintaining grading information for all students, and preparing and presenting special subject lectures. Eastman Kodak Company, Office Imaging Division, Rochester, NY. Summer Intern: (Summer 1992) Redesigned the memory system on the main control board of a copier to take advantage of FLASH memory technology. Involved the research of FLASH memory technology, interacting with Intel sales representatives and technical support, interaction with socket vendors to obtain prototype sockets for the FLASH memory, use of Daisy/Cadnetix CAD tools to modify the existing schematic. Summer Intern: (Summer 1991) Created an archival program for the released files generated by the Daisy/Cadnetix software. Created a data base for budgetary and maintenance purposes using the Ingres Relational Database Software. Summer Intern: (Summer 1990) Created three programs used to convert the output files of the Daisy/Cadnetix software from one format to a format usable by the manufacturing equipment for circuit board designs. Record of Research Funding Massachusetts Institute of Technology EPCglobal, Inc., Next Generation Auto-ID Research, 2003-05. Co-Principal Investigator with funding of $2,000,000/year. U.S. Department of Defense, Global Asset Visibility Technology Demonstration, 2004. Co-Principal Investigator with total funding of $43,723. Cambridge-MIT Institute, Intelligent Software for Ubiquitous RFID Deployment, 2004-2005. Co-Principal Investigator with total funding of $202,679. Packaging and RFID Special Interest Group Consortium 2004-05. Co-Principal Investigator with total funding to date of $630,000. Healthcare Research Initiative Consortium 2004-05. Co-Principal Investigator with total funding to date of $130,000. Consulting ODIN Technologies, Reston, VA. Architectural Consultant: (November 2003 -Present) Provide technical expertise and advise on the design and deployment of RFID systems, supply chain processes, and application systems and develop technical white papers and experimental evaluations for RFID systems. Projects include the deployment of RFID systems for asset tracking at a U.S. law enforcement agency, airline baggage and cargo tracking, and case and pallet identification at FMCG manufacturers. Mitsubishi Corporation, New York, NY. Strategic Consultant: (May 2004 -September 2004) Developed a strategic blueprint for Mitsubishi Corporation to provide services in secure ocean cargo operations. Provided training sessions on C-TPAT, Container Security Initiative (CSI), and Operation Safe Commerce (OSC) security mandates and programs. Stryker Homedical, Mahwah, NJ. RFID Expert Consultant: (May 2004 -July 2004) Provided training and education on RFID technologies and their use within the manufacturing environment. Developed an implementation plan for the deployment of RFID technologies to improve manufacturing quality control. Revelink, Lincoln, MA. Software Engineer: (June 2000 -August 2000) Designed and implemented a scheduling engine for Revelinks operations management and manufacturing management product suite. The scheduling engine was designed to allow incremental and continuous task updates to allow real-time process and resource monitoring and task rescheduling and resource reallocation as required by changes in the status of personnel, resources, and task completions. Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science conferred June 2000. Thesis Title: Scheduling for Hardware-Software Partitioning in Embedded System Design. University of California, Berkeley, CA. M.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science conferred June 1995. Thesis Title: Real-Time Task Level Scheduling in the Polis Codesign Environment. University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering conferred June 1992. Summa Cum Laude Honors/Awards NCAA Division I East Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete Award in Wrestling 1992. NCAA Division II Wrestling All-American 1991. NCAA Division II Academic All-American 1991. GAAN Fellowship 1993. Clifford C. Furnas Scholar/Athlete Award/Fellowship 1992. NSF Fellowship, Honorable Mention 1992. University at Buffalo Honors Scholar 1988-1992. New York State Empire Scholarship of Excellence 1988-1992. New York State Regents Scholarship 1988-1992. Herring College Scholarship 1988-1992. Eastman Kodak Scholarship 1989-1992. Grace W. Capen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence 1990. Society of Logistics Engineers Scholarship 1989.