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Autonomous cars are Green and could be much much More

I have been reading about the progress of several manufacturers working on autonomous cars. BMW, Audi, General Motors, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Toyota and Google are just a few of the companies looking to change the way we drive…..er move.  The claims for autonomous vehicles are simple; people behind vehicles acting in reaction to other people in vehicles can only achieve a certain amount of safety and efficiency.  Whereas vehicles acting together can increase both safety and efficiency while decreasing travel times. 

Many companies already have test vehicles roaming our streets laying the ground work for these vehicles to enter the market place in the coming decades. Although some authors and companies believe the first automated cars will be on the streets before 2020..  We shall see, in the mean time consumers are benefiting from all kinds of new automated safety and convenience features being added to vehicles every year; Anti-lock brakes, self parking cars, collision avoidance systems and smart cruise are just a few of the features that are paving the way for increased automation.  

Besides maturing the technology there are two big hurdles that hands free driving needs to overcome, first, the liability.  In the aviation industry, airplane manufacturers design to a government set of minimum standards in just about every regard.  The aircraft is then tested to show that what was designed and produced meets those minimums. The aircraft then enters service and only FAA certified professional can operate and service the aircraft.  Along the aircrafts life cycle inspections are performed to all features of the aircraft per a set of government and manufacturer guidelines.  If at any point an issue is identified the all of the aircraft can be grounded till a suitable understanding of the issue can be acquired and an approved solution found.  During the investigation of any issue liability for the repair can in most cases be easily directed back to the operator, the maintainer, the manufacturer or some combination of those parties. The recent 787 battery issue is a great example of how this system of checks and balances keeps aviation safe. In addition in the case of an issue investigators from the NTSB are able to go through maintenance log books, operator log books, aircraft black boxes and manufacturer records to identify the potential problems. They can also reconstruct an incident to determine if the source of the crash was a mechanical failure.  Lastly the NTSB tracks all reported incidents with a specific model of aircraft to identify trends. 

Getting back to the driverless car we have some issues with the liability model that cars currently operate under today.  In most cases today it is the drivers fault. The manufacturer and the mechanic are rarely targeted for issues unless clear evidence is obtainable.  But when we take the driver out of the equation whose fault does it become, the owner, the mechanic, the manufacturer?  None of these parties were at the accident so how will police assign blame, how will insurance companies assign liability?  There are no log books, there are no maintenance records, there are no certified professionals servicing your car and there is no accident investigation team out on the high way during rush hour recreating the accident. So how do we assign fault?  Without all of these checks in the system it will be hard to say whose fault it is that the car killed my family.  That first question will take a lot of thought and cherry pick the parts of aviation liability lifecycle that make sense for this more prevalent form of travel.

The second largest hurdle is transition.  If all cars are driven by people then the system operates at this level of efficiency.  If all cars are driven by machines then the system operates at an increased level of efficiency.  But what is a percentage of cars are operated by people and a percentage are operated by machines?  This is the second largest question and is what is driving a lot of my imagination.  A system made up entirely of driverless vehicles is much easier to set up and prove that it is an improvement to the current 100% people driven system.  The system that is a mix of the two takes a lot longer to set up, requires more regulation and may not have any significant impact on the efficiency of the system till a tipping point is reached.  Two states have started to look at how they would regulate such a system in hopes of luring companies and jobs to their state as this trend towards automation continues.  Nevada was the first state followed by California to get driverless car laws on the books.  Nevada, one could argue was at the heart of the driverless car revolution since it hosted the DARPA grand challenge that showed that autonomous cars could be built using today’s technology. However both states are leaping ahead in this research as automotive companies continue to set up shop in these two tech savvy states.

The laws that they have put on the books can be found here.

Nevada’s Law

California’s Law


So now the big question…. Which east coast state will be the first to put it’s toe into the driverless car revolution?




US AirForce Direct collaboration on requirements, design approvals, certifications and testing
US Army Direct collaboration on requirements, design approvals, certifications and testing
Canadian Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification
Indian Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification
Japanese Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification
British Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification
Italian Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification
UAE Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification
Australian Military Indirect experience on projects, contracts and certification


Regulatory Bodies

FAA Support of repair standards, initial design concept approvals, requirement analysis and testing certification documentation
EASA Support of repair standards, initial design concept approvals, requirement analysis and testing certification documentation
DCMA Support of change management procedures, analysis submittals and design buy off






Six Sigma Black Belt

Boeing & National Graduate School, License None

Effective Communication

Dale Carnegie, License None

Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot


Airframe & Power Plant Maintainer License


Marine Radio Operator Permit


General Radiotelephone Operator Permit



Objective Find a technical leadership position in the DC area at a great company with an amazing manager and unbelievable team mates.
Summary A leader who can communicate with team members, suppliers and customers across the lifecycle to move your metrics to green. A designer with extreme creativity, who can digest your project’s requirements and turn them into solutions for your customers. An engineer with critical technical skills and knowledge that can increase your team’s productivity. A person who is always thinking about the world around him and looking for ways to give back the community.


Work History


–   BDS Chinook Affordability Engineering Lead
Boeing, 04/2010 – present

–   BDS Mechanical Structural Engineering, Processes, Tools, Training & Strategy Engineering Lead
Boeing, 01/2008 – 04/2010

–   Enterprise Engineering Support Group (EESG) Airframe Designer
Boeing, 07/2005 – 01/2008

–   BDS Chinook Airframe Designer
Boeing, 02/2004 – 07/2005

–   Aircraft Mechanic and Avionics Repairmen
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 07/2003 – 12/2003

–   Seahawk and Blackhawk Interiors Designer
Sikorsky Aircraft, 01/1999 – 2/2000

–   For details on each Job visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/jjbielgoebel

–   Project Management

–   Design

–   Systems Engineering

–   Fabrication

–   Integrated Scheduling/Planning

–   Manufacturing Engineering

–   Supplier Management

–   Product Data Management

–   Operations Support

–   Technical Documentation

–   Risk Management

–   3D modeling

–   First Time Corrective Action

–   Lean Engineering

–   Reliability & Maintainability

–   Process Modeling

–   Earned Value Management

–   Technology Development

–   Test Planning

–   Systems Architecture

–   Communications Planning

–   Social Media

–   Web Design




–   Materials Engineering MS. 05/2012
Drexel University. Philadelphia, PA

–   Engineering Management ME. 05/2012
Drexel University. Philadelphia, PA

–   Systems Engineering & Quality MS. 11/2007
National Graduate School. Falmouth, MA

–   Aerospace Engineering BS.  05/2002
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Daytona Beach, FL

–   PMP in work 2013

–   PE in work 2013

–   Six Sigma Black Belt 11/2007

–   Dale Carnegie Effective Communication 12/2005

–   FAA Commercial multi engine Pilot 01/2004

–   FAA Airframe & Power Plant maintainer License 08/2003

–   FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit 12/2003

–   FCC General Radiotelephone Operator Permit 12/2003


Job Need Experience

Project Management

–   Lead three multi-million multi-year projects

–   Lead teams with 1-8 direct reports and 6-40 indirect reports

–   Managed and been held accountable for budget, schedule and quality

–   Participated in hiring and firing activities

–   Taken over 30 hours of classes in leadership and management

–   Completed two projects on cost and on time


–   Designed and analyzed repairs for the cargo floor, and door surrounds of the 787

–   Analyzed, optimized and redesigned sections of 747-8 leading edge and stabilizer

–   Created advanced composite design aft section for next generation single isle commercial jet

–   Redesigned sections of the Chinook aft Pylon

–   Laid out and modeled wire harnesses and connection points

–   Ran CDR and PDR presentations with various commercial and military customers

–   Coordinated multi-site virtual design reviews


Job Need Experience

Systems Engineering

–   Directly supported Program Manager, Chief Engineer and Chief Systems Engineer on the implementation strategy of the advance methods for systems engineering in a model based environment and the deployment of relational, parametric design.

–   Went through customer delivery requirements to develop front-end standards and practices in design suit and stress analysis tools resulting in enterprise wide distribution of over 70 documents and videos.

–   Dissected FARs to create structures repair manual procedures for 787 cargo floor

–   Completed a masters in Systems Engineering and Quality


–   Created dozens of CAD/CAM solutions for medium and large CNC machines

–   Hand lay up of carbon, glass and Kevlar for test article and flight worthy repair

–   Machined high tolerance components with

–   Modeled, printed and assembled parts using various 3D Printers

–   Built several semi autonomous vehicles for various competitions

Integrated Scheduling / Planning

–   Created complex schedules with logic linkages tied to funding packages

–   Created work breakdown structures for several projects ranging from 3 discipline teams to 60 discipline projects

–   Completed critical chain analysis via CASPR and Microsoft Project

Manufacturing Engineering

–   Created dimensional analysis studies on assemblies ranging from 120 parts to over 300 parts

–   Documented assembly build plans, installation build plans and transportation plans

–   Created tool orders and job plans

–   Completed several dimensional analysis courses

Supplier Management

–   Initiated ROI, RFP and supplier selections on several large projects including the creation of supplier evaluation rubrics

–   Managed supplier technical interfaces and issue resolutions

–   Created supplier data management processes to secure export control and manage data revisions

–   Completed several courses on ethical supplier management


Tools` Community  

–   Catia

–   Sheet Metal for Aero

–   Solid Works

–   Team Center

–   Enovia

–   Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Power Point, Project, Visio




–   Wise Image

–   Captivate

–   Aris

–   Mind Mapper

–   ProVision

–   Confluence Wiki


–   CPES

–   Webex

–   SharePoint

–   WordPress

–   Board Member, Clean Air Council Philadelphia, PA. 3/2011– Present

–   Board Director, Urban Green Partnership Philadelphia, PA. 11/2005 – 3/2011

–   Senior Producer, GreenFest Philly, PA. 04/2006 – 09/2006

–   Philadelphia Young Non Profit Leaders Board fellow

–   Delaware Valley Environmental Leadership Fellow

–   Boeing Toast master. Elected Chapter Vice president of education

–   Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Government Customers



–   US Air Force

–   US Army

–   Canadian Military

–   Indian Military

–   Japanese Military

–   British Military

–   UAE Military

–   Australian military

–   FAA

–   EASA


–   M.D.A. (Muscular Dystrophy Association) camp counselor for 12 years

–   Play ice and roller hockey, football and ultimate Frisbee

–   Have fun painting and inventing

–   FIRST robotics mentor for several high schools


–   Compliance With Foreign Corrupt Practices Act FCPA

–   Information Security

–   Understanding Good Requirements

–   Writing Good Requirements

–   Intellectual Property For Engineers And Technologists

–   Compliance With The India Integrity Pact

–   Enterprise U.S. Export Awareness Overview

–   Property Management Fundamentals

–   Basic U.S. Import Compliance Awareness

–   Trade Secrets And Proprietary Information

–   Acceptance Of Business Courtesies – Anti-Kickback

–   Electronic Data Management Systems

–   Export-Import Practitioner

–   Problems In Engr Administrationion Security 2013

–   Project Management For Engineers

–   Systems Engineering Management

–   Visual Systems Mapping

–   Financial Management

–   Enterprise Systems Engineering Overview

–   Generational Diversity Working Across The Generational Divide

–   Economics Engineering Management

–   Problems In Human Relations

–   Operations Research

–   Engineering Management

–   Electrical Engineering Basics

–   V5 Process And Tools Suite Overview

–   Change Management For Design Engineers

–   Integration Visualization Tool

–   Truth In Negotiations Act

–   Recruiting/Hiring Govt Employees – COI

–   Procurement Integrity

–   Managing Within The Law

–   Numerical Engineering Methods

–   Nanostructures Of Carbon Materials

–   Engineering Law

–   Reporting Actual ‘Book Of Account’ Cost

–   College Programs: On Campus Rep Training

–   Structured Interview Training

–   Parametric Estimating And Analysis – Level 1

–   ISO 14001 Awareness Training

–   Schedule Structures

–   Site-Wide Baseline Change Request  Process

–   Basics Of Improvement Curve Theory & Practice

–   Dimensional Management Process Overview

–   Basic Geometry And EBOM

–   Product Engineering Process & Application

–   Compliance With The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

–   Experimental Techniques In Materials

–   Structure And Properties Of Polymers

–   Managerial Statistics

–   System Validation And Verification

–   Managing With Integrated Schedules

–   Networking And Critical Path Analysis



–   EVM Best Practice, An Intro To Earned Value Mgmt

–   Lean+ Executive Training

–   Communicating In A Diverse World

–   Basis Of Estimate

–   Black Belt DOE, Improve & Control Methods

–   Benchmarking

–   Financial Systems Applications

–   Black Belt Advanced Analysis Methods & Systems

–   Six Sigma And The DMAIC Model

–   Learning To See, Improving Throughput

–   Organizational Performance Assessment

–   Project Management

–   Introduction To VSM

–   Introduction To TPM

–   Introduction To 3P

–   Introduction To Lean Distribution System

–   Introduction To Lean

–   Introduction To Six Sigma

–   Introduction To AIW

–   Windows Sharepoint Services, Basic Team Site

–   Conducting Meetings, Manage A Meeting

–   Advance Business Communication, Writing

–   Leadership, Authenticity And Likeability

–   A Systems Approach – Market Feedback And Strategic Planning

–   Process Improvement And Team Dynamics – Leadership And Teamwork Strategies

–   Performance Based Management – Systems To Achieve Competitive Excellence

–   Leadership For Change: Creating Winning Streaks

–   Managing For Value


–   Excel Expert User

–   Excel Proficient User

–   Create And Manage Design Concepts


–   SQL Server Design & Implement Databases

–   Access Fundamentals

–   Scheduling Fundamentals 101

–   Doing Business In Asia

–   Performance Evaluation

–   Fish!