About Dan Fernandes

Who Am I:

I am a retired aerospace engineer living in La Verne, California, with my wife Sue, our mentally disabled son Nathan, and our loyal cat. Sue and I also have a second son Curtis who lives in Riverside County California.

Sue holds a Masters degree in Library Science from UCLA and is a retired children's librarian. Curtis holds a BS degree in Computer Information Systems from Cal Poly Pomona and is a software development consultant. Nathan receives perpetual job training from the welfare state.

I serve as Chair for the East San Gabriel Valley region of the Libertarian Party, which keeps me busy. My currently neglected hobbies are tennis, audiophile music, and computer programming. For the sake of exercise and the environment, I bicycle wherever possible.


About My Background:

I attended K-12 public school in Springfield, Illinois, then attended Springfield Junior College (AA-1960) and the University of Illinois in Urbana (BS-1963 with Highest Honors, MS-1964 in Aeronautical Engineering, merit fellowship winner). Upon graduation I accepted employment with General Dynamics Pomona, and traveled Route-66 to California with all my belongings in the trunk of my '57 Chevrolet. I married lovely wife Sue in 1968; we moved to La Verne in 1972, where we remain.

My 33-year work experience at General Dynamics included serving as lead aerodynamics engineer in development of the Army's Stinger man-portable air defense missile, and in development of the Navy's RAM ship-defense missile.

In 1980 I became active in the International Human Power Vehicle Association (IHPVA) and joined the Vector Racing Team as their aerodynamicist. That year we designed and fabricated a vehicle which obliterated the world's speed record for human power, propelling itself into brief international fame. Our vehicle, called "The Vector", appeared on ABC's "That's Incredible" in October 1980, and made the cover of Scientific American Magazine in December 1983. Google me to find my IHPVA symposium paper on how to design human powered vehicles.

In the 1991-1994 time period, I obtained a California state teacher credential for single subject – mathematics, from the University of La Verne. I taught high school algebra and geometry for one semester, did substitute teaching for one semester, and taught algebra and statistics at a private College for two semesters. I love teaching and would return to it if given the opportunity.