After spending 10 years in the US Navy, Daniel J. Sweeney returned home to the Lafayette area, where the experience gained allowed him to transition into the fabrication and manufacturing field with Mezco Fabrication. At Mezco, he gained experience in several different areas of the manufacturing process while juggling the operations and maintenance of two waterjets.
With an interest in mechanics and the design process, Daniel started attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his time at ULL, he helped design the chassis for the university’s 2017 FSAE car. The following year, Daniel learned how to weld from his brother. This allowed him to assist the ULL Team with the design and welding of the chassis of the 2019 FSAE car. In 2018, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and started graduate school for Engineering.
During graduate school Daniel worked under the Mechanical Engineering department head converting an industrial sized 6-degree freedom robot into a 3D printing platform. He finished his thesis on the challenges of converting the robot in the summer of 2021, and graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering at the end of 2021.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys time with his kids (either golfing, bowling, or watching them play ball), being outdoors and staying physically active.