Daniel W. Engels

SMU Professor of Practice and Course Lead Faculty


Teaches File Organization and Database Management, Data and Network Security, Capstone

Dr. Daniel W. Engels is a professor of practice at Southern Methodist University, working full time for the MS in Data Science program. He is one of the founding faculty members who established the vision for the degree program and a former program director.

He received a doctor of philosophy degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a master of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley; and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science, summa cum laude, from the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Engels has been a pioneer in the development of RFID and Internet of Things technologies, and he is one of the original architects of the EPC system that is deployed in the U.S. Department of Defense and retail supply chains worldwide. He is a founding member of the team that established the IEEE RFID conference series in 2007. He has published extensively on RFID technologies and the EPC system that he co-developed at the MIT Auto-ID Center. He is an expert in RFID and Internet of Things technologies and has been an expert witness in patent infringement cases involving RFID technologies, wireless communications and technologies, AIDC technologies, circuit design, and mobile computing systems and applications. 

Prior to joining SMU, he was the chief technology officer of Revere Security Corporation, a startup founded to secure the extreme edge of the networked world, including RFID tags and the Internet of Things. While at Revere Security, he led the research and development of secure communication protocols and key management solutions for mobile devices.

Dr. Engels is the former research director of the Auto-ID Labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spearheaded the Auto-ID Labs’ transition from the Auto-ID Center, where he was the director of protocols. The Auto-ID Center, founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in October 1999, developed the EPC System and its related standards. As director of protocols, he led the development of RFID protocols and the daily operational and research activities at the MIT Auto-ID Center. He is one of the original members of the team that formed in 1998 to develop what became known as the EPC System. 

Dr. Engels has authored or co-authored more than 80 articles published in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. His work includes seminal publications on security for passive UHF RFID systems and the reader collision problem, as well as articles on RFID security, antenna design, the EPC system, VLSI computer-aided design, theoretical complexity of scheduling problems, and programming languages. He is a named inventor on five issued patents. 

His broad research interests span the areas of the Internet of Things, wireless communications, sensor technologies, information systems, security, scheduling theory and applications, optimization algorithms, complexity theory, data analytics, mobile computing and applications, supply chain management, and the social and policy implications of technologies. He is applying concepts from these areas to solve problems in embedded systems, mobile computing, electronic commerce, and applications of advanced and emerging technologies for security in health care.


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