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Dan Cowley's Resume | FACETics

Everyone gets a start somewhere.


With intrigue and at the young age of eight, Daniel Cowley dipped a pickup stick into the filler neck of a pickup gas tank to explore the effects of petroleum products on the material properties of the plastic sticks. The sticks would dissolve into a gummy blob when exposed to gasoline. Unfortunately, during the experiment and as the sticks were held by the side load of two extended fingers to reach the ebbing level of gasoline in the filler pipe, one or two of the plastic sticks would fall into the gas tank. His Dad was not as smitten with the results of that experiment when he had to rebuild the carburetor with the melting plastic plugged in the fuel orifices. He recruited a curious onlooker to survey the damage. A lesson that will not be soon forgotten.


This was a rough start to his engineering career, but Daniel is now a professional mechanical engineer, and the founder/member of FACET-ics LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Engineering Management topics and Forensic Engineering. He currently works as a forensic investigator and has completed more than sixty cases. Although most of his cases settle after writing a report, he has testified as an expert witness at both deposition and trial.


Daniel worked at John Deere for over 30 years in the agricultural machinery and heavy equipment industry. He has applied for or received a couple of international patents. Daniel's 40+ years’ experience includes specifying, designing, testing, and supporting components such as vehicle chassis and suspensions, fuel tanks, hitch and drawbar, tire equipment, ROPS, electronic sensors, GPS receivers, and more. His work in reliability analysis greatly honed his “root cause” identification skills.


Raised in the grasslands of West Africa, between the ages of 7-16, Daniel still enjoys international work and travel. He's also building a legacy of strong faith and great memories with his wife, three children, and nine grandchildren.

Work Experience

2004 - Present
Mechanical Engineer / Expert Witness and Forensic Investigator


My experience includes over 40 years working as an engineer. I hold two patents. I am currently an independent forensic engineer of mechanical issues, assisting the triers of fact.


I have worked as a consultant for a number of companies, to list a few:

  • Augspurger Komm Engineering, Inc. (2012-2016)

  • Maricopa HS (2011-2012)

  • John Deere Werke Mannheim (2010-2011)

  • ESG Engineering (2008-2009)

  • ArmorWorks (2008)

  • John Deere Werke Mannheim (2004-2006)

1974 - 2004
Engineer / Senior Engineer / Project Manager


For over thirty years I worked for John Deere, a major automotive and agricultural equipment manufacturer. I garnered a broad range of skills from working within the Agricultural Division, including work on various types of machinery, such as  combines, tractors, planters, cultivators, row guidance hitches, etc.

My roles within John Deere were varied, as well. They included product design, prototype builds, product lab and field testing, supporting products in a manufacturing setting, new product definition studies, product specifications, product modeling process leadership, and product data management studies. 


Furthermore, I assisted as lead engineer of the first formalized testing & reliability team at the company for desktop and machinery embedded software within the Precision Farming Group.

1972 - 1973


I began my career working on a 300-unit transmission test program at Sundstrand Corporation while continuing to matriculate at Iowa State University. 


Product Dev


Master of Business Administration,

University of Northern Iowa

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering,

Iowa State University

Additional Qualifications

Professionally Licensed Engineer


Patent Recipient


Chairman of SAE Mississippi Valley Section 2001

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