Dan Robles, PE

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Dan Robles, PE has led a comprehensive and diverse engineering career spanning multiple industries including construction, commercial aviation, manned space flight, higher education, International Business, and mechanical effects for film.   As a front-line project engineering and commissioning agent for complex high-value systems, Mr. Robles has developed a strong commitment to customer advocacy in his approach to executing a project.

Dan holds a BSME from University of New Haven and a Graduate Business Degree from Seattle University.  His extensive international business experience and world travel, Dan understands economics and financial risks, as well as the intangible value of all the people who are stakeholders in a project.  His professional network is vast and global, allowing him to access reliable information, world-wide case studies, and emerging new technologies as the need arises.

In leading Community Engineering Services, PLLC, Dan draws upon extensive tool box of experience in fluid mechanics, machine design, test engineering, internet technologies, and fabrication sciences to arrive at highly creative and cost effective solutions to difficult problems in collaboration with other engineers.

Dan is also internationally recognized researcher and speaker on the subject of alternate economies and community organizations especially around crowd sourced productivity in engineering and preservation of shared assets.  Dan currently serves on the City of Edmonds Washington Planning Board and is a Research Fellow to the P2P Foundation. He is a prolific and widely cited blogger at Coengineers, The Ingenesist Project, and Insurancethoughtleadership.com (insurance industry)

Dan Robles, PE is currently leading the Financial Technologies (FinTech) task force for the National Society of Professional Engineers to research implications and develop opportunities to incorporate Blockchain Technology within the engineering profession.  Dan is credited worldwide for innovative business methods such as Curiosumé, Social Flights, TreeCoder, BidPool, Coengineers as well as engineering activism.


Chronological resumé can be found here
Linkedin Profile can be found here

Innovation Bank

Dan’s favorite projects are outlined below.  Additional projects; please see menu tabs above.  

PSU Broadway

Project: Broadway Student Housing, Portland State University

Owner: Portland State University Foundation
Partners: Capital Reserve Consultants, LLC, Portland, Oregon

Community Engineering Services Provides Property Condition Assessment of all mechanical systems including HVAC, Vertical Transportation, Life Fire Systems, Building Envelope, Green Roof, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems.

This 10-floor student housing facility has 384 units with classrooms and commercial space on the lower floors.  High density, high use service requires close attention to maintenance, performance, and testing records for critical systems.  Using an ASTM 2018-01 compliant Property Condition Assessment, Community Engineering Services PLLC provides helped this important community meet their needs with a useful and relevant assessment.



Project Engineer

Project: Harrison West Tower, Portland, OR

Owner: Harrison West Homeowners Association
Management: BPM HOA Management Company
Project Engineer: Dan Robles, PE, Community Engineering Services, PLLC
Architect: Richard Bosch AIA and McBride Architecture
Mechanical Contractor: McKinstry Company, Portland

Community Engineering Services, PLLC Provided Project Engineering Services to the owners of the Harrison West Condominium tower in Portland, Oregon, for a replacement of their aging potable water system.

From the initial piping condition assessment to material selection, contractor review, system design routing, project webSteps HW Re-Pipesite development, and community organization, CES delivered a novel approach unique to this community. CES was responsible for  technical aspects of customer representation for this important remodel of a fully occupied structure.

The result is a 100% non-metallic, non-leaching potable water system and novel design routing to avoid as much disruption and abatement as possible. Modern materials include Aquatherm (TM) Polypropylene pipe and valves.  With superior performance and efficiency, the project is expected to cost less than a metallic system while holding an unprecedented product warrantee.  CES provided a novel solution specific to the needs of the community.



Project: Mobile Food Processing System

Customer: Salmon Valley Coop

Community Engineering Services, PLLC was contracted to take a technical yet holistic viewpoint in preparation of this meat plant feasibility study.  As engineers with financial, operations, and process experience in regulated industries, we were able to identify a progression of opportunities specific to this community.This study honors the work of many other communities while contributing unique considerations for flexibility, fault tolerance, and scalability.  The value of social cohesion and sustainability differentiates this work from traditional studies.  Report and case study may be found here:



Project: Closed Containment Aquaculture

Customer; Mariculture Systems, Inc
Director: David Meilahn
Design Engineer; Dan Robles, PE

Closed Containment aquaculture is an environmentally favorable technique for rearing food species such as salmon when compared to open net fish farms.

This system specifications called for a 60 foot diameter containment vessel is about the size of a hot air balloon. The design incorporated geodesic math and linked member construction covered with with a semi rigid sheeting.  The pumps are located on a surrounding dock to introduce clean oxygenated water and maintain a constant current to excersise the fish while suction was drawn to remove waste and maintain positive flotation.

A geodesic design was used for strength and flexibility.  A Computational Fluid Dynamics model wasCFD Dome Top created under various conditions of external water current such as lowering and increasing tides.  These forces were then applied to a Finite Element Analysis model to determine deflection under tidal and current forces.

Modern Aquaculture requires species separation to guard against for both invasive pathogens and cross breeding with wild populations.  The limits placed on feed efficiency require careful metering of diets and waste products.  Solutions such as the geodesic Aquaculture system will become increasingly important.


FlowmeterProject: Variable Area Flowmeter / Valve Design

Client: Orange Research Inc, Orange CT
Design Engineer: Dan Robles

Designed high-pressure flow rate measurement instrument for fluid application from water to slurries.  This required a significant mathematical analysis and subsequent algorithm for converting a differential pressure to a linear flow reading.  The design of the poppet is crucial as is the resistance of the spring resisting the flow.  The pointer actuation is translated across a brass or aluminum wall using magnetic forces.

*For the engineer, this exercise was formative in my critical understanding fluid flow characturistics, fluid pressure forces, turbulent flow, laminar flow, water hammers, etc.  These concepts are invaluable in the selection and specifications of valves and other components of a potable water system


Additional: Water Intrusion Projects

Marlborough House, Seattle WAbuilding envelope design and abatement strategyGalaxy Condominiums, Wallingford, WA; building envelope engineer of recordIndian Point Condominium, Port Townsend, WA, building envelope designNorthshore School DistrictWater Intrusion Consulting: Building condition assessments Woodside Condominiums, Drainage problem root cause,  Forensic air handler failure.


Aviation Projects

Social Flights Jet

Project: Social Flights

Founder/CEO; Jay Deragon
Co-Founder / Chief Innovation Officer: Dan Robles, PE

Social Flights was a successful web-based company providing ride share services on private aircraft.  Social Flights sold charter and empty legs on private aircraft using social media technology to organize groups of people around aircraft availability.

Building Social Flights required a great deal of technical problem solving in a highly regulated industry. Route design, aircraft capacities, customer service, ground transportation, and flight schedules. Additional roles included private aviation infrastructure analysis, web-based community management, public relations, and marketing.  We “code-shared” with a medium sized charter/Air service operator based in Tennessee, CFM Aviation.

Social Flights raised money in a private equity offering and generated revenue for our operators.  Social flights retained 15,000 members before being acquired by Avianis Inc, of Austin Texas



Scan 26Projects: New Aircraft Acquisitions

Direct Hire; The Boeing Company
Commissioning Agent – Customer Engineering Account Management

The process for commissioning a new aircraft for service is similar to that of a building, ship, or any large complex system.  The Boeing Company provides each customer with a customer engineer to oversee their best interest. Upon leaving the manufacturing facility, the new owner begins taking responsibility for the operation of the aircraft.  Many complex systems act systematically to allow an aircraft to fly reliably.  Each of these systems must be verified for proper operation, adjustment, and compliance to performance or regulatory standards.  The Customer Engineer is responsible for assuring that all scheduled  milestones are achieved leading up to “delivery day” when the aircraft leaves the factory on it’s first flight under new ownership.

Major systems include flight controls, avionics, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, landing gear, emergency systems, environmental controls (HVAC), payloads, seats and galleys, crew rests, as well as fits and finishes. Several test flights are performed to verify crew management systems, Ground Proximity warning systems, Air Traffic Warning Systems, performance envelope, and emergency take-off and landing procedures.  Additional responsibilities include customer contracts, exclusions and exceptions, warrantees, and final high-value financial transactions.  Delivery day festivities are hosted by the customer engineering department.


Airline accounts

Projects: Technical Support to Global Airlines

Direct Hire: The Boeing Company
Service Engineering Account Manager: Dan Robles, PE

I was responsible for representing the customer in remediation of large scale repairs and upgrades to the extensive fleets for international air carriers.  My accounts included ANA (All Nippon Airways), Aeroflot, Uzbekistan Airways, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airways, Etihad, etc. My assignment was to provide critical internal team leadership toward resolution of complex aircraft service issues; including fatigue cracking, avionics, environmental system (HVAC), propulsion, entertainment systems, Galleys (plumbing and electrical), and fleet reliability.

Airline support problems are broad, complex, and often unique requiring a high degree of customer engagement as well and extraordinary communication skills with the manufacturer.  High Value Customer interface experience pertains to the configuration, certification, quality, contract fulfillment, aircraft acquisition, service and capital asset management.



Orbiter landing chuteProject: Space Shuttle Fleet Upgrades

Direct Hire: Rockwell International
Senior Test Engineer: Dan Robles
The science of test engineering is a highly specialized subset of traditional engineering disciplines.  All tests, in order to be called “valid tests” must adhere to nuanced principles for the isolation and control of variables, procedures that avoid “causation” issues, and double blind testing of a null hypothesis.  Test engineering abides strictly to the scientific method, often called the greatest achievements of human intellect which has unlocked immeasurable advances in civilization.

Test engineering for Spacecraft is challenging since there are few second chances to get it right.  There was no “test flight” of the shuttle, for example – the first flight was manned.  The same is true for aircraft and other high value aerosystems.  Further, if there is a failure in-flight, there is little chance to recover data making investigations impossible.  The job of the test engineer it to get it right.

The Drag Parachute Upgrade for the Space Shuttle is well documented by my colleague in this publication; Space Shuttle Orbiter Drag Chute Summary ; Other test programs included the following: Extended duration orbiter pallet; Orbiter ABS Carbon Brakes; Thermal Tile moisture proofing; Hydrogen leak anomaly tests that grounded STS-35; National Aerospace Plane structural tests on Titanium Aluminide; 747/shuttle ‘piggyback’ mount hardware tests.


hughes ejection satelliteProject: Satellite Ejection Mechanism from Orbiting Vehicle

Client: Hughes Space and Communications Systems
Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer; Dan Robles

Some of the largest satellites were difficult to deploy from the space shuttle cargo be because they needed to be stored sideways in the cargo hold, Since satellites often spin for stability, deploying the object from this position can be very difficult.  The solution was invented by Hughes Aircraft and my task was to participate in the design team that built the actual system.

The 14 ft diameter Hughes MMB2 satellite would be stowed horizontally in a specialized cradle within the space shuttle cargo hold.  The satellite needed to be mounted on shock absorbers to both isolate delicate electronics from the vibrations of launch, as well as allow the shuttle to flex in zero gravity condition without impacting the satellite structure.

At the right time, pyrotechnic bolts were released in a delicately times sequence; first letting the satellite begin spinning, then releasing the satellite to translate out of the orbiter.   Finally, all of the ejection hardware needed to be stowed for return to Earth using specialized snubbing devices.  Many patents were generated from this project.

Education Projects

Adjunct Faculty at City University of Seattle;

Taught courses in International Business Administration at City University of Seattle. Course topics included cultural diversity, legal systems, monetary policy, economic growth, sustainability, import and export strategies, risk management, and intellectual property.

Director of International Projects

Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS University), Mexicali, Ensenada and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Conducted a very large international comparative education projects in response to The NAFTA Mutual Recognition of Professional Engineers. Prepared over 250 engineers educated in Mexico to sit for the NCEES professional engineering examinations with a pass ratio comparable to US engineers.


Software Development and Internet Applications

Community Relationship Management; CRManage.com 

We develop specialized Community Relations Management web applications for the Construction Industry.  We use WordPress which is a low cost open-sourced platform that does not place the data of our clients into the hands of advertisers, subscription services, and/or the public domain.  Privacy and self-sufficiency are a hallmark of this service.

We have built websites for many customers who are engaged in organizing communities around a particular set of goals. Each community is different and each set of goals is different, as such, our applications are often unique to the community.

Our clients include construction management, HOA communities, venture capital firms, start-up, remote workforce companies, and crowd sourced production.  references include:  www.crmanage.com,  www.harrisonwest.net,  www.revealedcapital.com,  www.ingenesist.com, etc.

Curiosumé (Curiosume.org)

What if there were an accounting system that was built on collaboration rather than competition?  What if “semantics” could be largely eliminated by public agreement, so that we all knew what everyone else knew?  How would this change what, when, where, how, and why we produce and consume things?

Curiosumé is a world-wide open source development project that is being lead and specified by Coengineers.com in association with The Ingenesist Project.  Beta applications are currently being adopted in  corporations, educational institutions, and community organizations. Applications range from construction management to insurance and financial institutions and universities. Crowdsource development, Creative Commons protection.


Media, Entertainment, and Film

Project Engineering for multiple on-set systems and animatronic devices. Practical computers as operational props, computer controlled mechanical effects, on-set supervision of technical and artistic staff. Seven nationally televised commercials.

For example; the car commercial required a fake arm to look like a high precision measurement device with work station providing reflection in the actor’s lenses. Other projects required us to build jumbo props to scale with camera effects, etc. Whatever the customer wanted, we would figure out how to do it…fast.


Project: JAWS Theme Park water ride

Client: Universal Studios Florida
Architect: All Effect Company, Sunland, CA
Design Engineer; Dan Robles, PE

Design and construction management for multiple mechanical special effects for entertainment facility.  Responsible charge included retractable fixtures and stage sets, splash effects, fire bars, mechanical shark deployment and projection systems, water proofing, corrosion resistance, piping, plumbing and control systems including simulated exploding barrels, vibration effects, splash management. Selection of materials for low maintenance under-water corrosive environment maintaining smooth operation and believable effect for audience enjoyment.



Conference Speaker and Research (NAIC/CIPR)

Implications and Opportunities for Blockchain Applications in the Insurance Industry, National Association of Insurance Commissioners / Center for Insurance Policy and Research, New Orleans, April 5, 2016

Identity Verification On The Blockchain; The Future of Money and Technology Summit San Francisco, CA 2015

The Bitcoin Protocol and the Future Currency Impact on The Engineering Profession.  National Society of Professional Engineers, Annual Meeting, Seattle, 2015

Seattle Fintech Meetup July 2014; Reorganizing in the Era of Social Capitalism

Fueling the Decentralization Movement, Moderator; The Future of Money and Technology Summit San Francisco, CA 2014

The Integration of Community Currencies, Moderator; The Future of Money and Technology Summit; San Francisco, CA 2013

The New Value Movement, Panelist: The Future of Money and Technology Summit; San Francisco, CA 2012 Video

SIBOS 2011 Innotribe Sessions Toronto CA Sept 19-24.(world premier financial services conference) Keynote speaker and panelist: New Economies; Video

Monetization of Intangible Capital, Panelist: The Future of Money and Technology Summit; San Francisco, CA 2011 Video

Non-Quantifiable Exchanges, Panelist; The Future of Money and Technology Summit; San Francisco, CA 2010; Video

The Value Game Prediction Markets Summit, Seattle WA 2009

The Next Economic Paradigm: Innovation Immersion Conference, La Jolla, CA; 2009

Innovation Economics; The Integration and Capitalization of Knowledge: The International Society for the Advancement of Management, Washington DC, 2008.

Innovation Economics and the Integration and Capitalization of Knowledge, Boeing Technical Excellence Conferences 2005, 2006, 2007

The Failure of the NAFTA Mutual Recognition Document for Engineering Professionals; and How that Affects Global Sourcing 10 Years Later, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Western Regional Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

A Model for the Mobility Engineering Professionals Under NAFTA, (1) CETYS University/San Diego State University; (2) Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, National Conference, Orlando