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.

Linkedin Profile can be found here

Sample of projects and presentations: 

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.


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.


  • City of Edmonds Washington Planning Board 2014- present (2020 Chairman) Appointed by Mayor David Earling
  • National Society of Professional Engineers – FinTech Task Force Leader (2016-2017) Appointed by NSPE President Tim Austin PE

Media Expert References: 

Seattle Times: Polypropylene failures in Seattle High Rise:

Seattle Weekly: King County Jail spends 23 Million to replace pipes…

Engineering News Record – Blockchain in Engineering – new business model

Arup Corporation Blockchain Technology Report (page 63-64)


Select keynotes, panels, speaking engagements, and publications

International Bridge Construction Conference, Washington DC, June 2019. New Perspectives on Accelerated Bridge Construction, Co-Author https://youtu.be/JzSMvkle_Fc

Product Lifecycle Management Conference, Chicago November 2019. Keynote – Why Engineers Must Pay Serious Attention to Blockchain Technology. https://youtu.be/nfiMR8frPRw

Design-Build Society of America – Seattle Chapter.  How Blockchain Can Enhance Design-Build Process. 

Part 1: https://youtu.be/FYbx4Xpd6TY

Part 2: https://youtu.be/EjK3IBdkKnc

Silicon Valley Blockchain Security Forum. June 23, 2018. Introducing the Physical Sibling of the Digital Twin

Engineering News Record (a McGraw Hill Publication) FutureTech National Conference Blockchain in the Built Environment , Panelist June 6, 2018 San Francisco https://youtu.be/YfPmneK5uJA

Joint MIT-Harvard Alumni Club, Washington DC, September, 2018. Risk Management in Finance, Insurance and Engineering with Blockchain

CAASE2018 Keynote; Why Engineers Should Take Blockchain Very Seriously:


American Society of Civil Engineers Grand Challenge Innovation Contest winner, Washington DC: Blockchain Technology and the Emerging Tech Sector, July 2017 https://youtu.be/LQzF6g3L6Oo

Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and Washington Society of Professional Engineers. Blockchain technology and the Emergent Tech Sector: https://youtu.be/i7MfTr64ag4

National Council of Professional Engineers National Conference Seattle, WA Emerging Opportunities in The Engineering Profession July 2015 https://youtu.be/CMeQ_rNkGKU

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Center for Insurance Policy and Research; Implications and opportunities for Blockchain Technology in insurance, April 2016 New Orleans.

SIBOS 2011 SWIFT Innotribe Sessions Toronto CA Sept 19-24. Keynote speaker and panelist: New Value Movement (video) https://youtu.be/e3G0A2gQnew

Seattle Blockchain Meetup 2015. Curiosumé – Converting the Resumé to Cryptography https://youtu.be/HLKl4xJGPCw

CETYS University / San Diego State University, Daniel Robles Alvarez Facultad de Ingeniería Centro de Enseñanza Tecnica y Superior Mexicali, Baja California, México Restructuring the University in the NAFTA Era – A Model For The International Mobility of Engineering Professionals  April 1996

Seven-times Panelist/Moderator at Future of Money and Technology Summit, San Francisco CA (2010-2017)

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

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

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