My name's Dan Burillo. 
I'm a busy guy. I do a lot of different things.
Hope you enjoy my blog!

My top priority at the moment is finishing my PhD in Engineering in Aug 2018, and connecting with Directors/VPs/Execs about joining a genuinely mission-driven organization with a pragmatic entrepreneurial culture that values diverse teams.
  • I'm trailblazing multiple breakthroughs in our understanding of Climate Change, electricity infrastructure vulnerabilities to extreme heat, and cost-effective mitigation and adaptation options. I engaged stakeholders at every level across the industry to better define the problem, invented new math & statistics to solve it, and modified national labs' software to prove concepts using real data for Los Angeles County. Utilities & regulators can now better maintain reliability, site and size cost-effective distributed energy resources, manage outage risks, and develop better building and appliance standards.
  • I'm a 1st generation American citizen, with an Hispanic background. I was a Boy Scout, competed in invitation-only trials for the USA Olympic shooting team, and went to university full-time at age 16. I supplemented my income after my BSEE by exploiting the mid-2000's poker boom, and volunteer-interned with dozens of Silicon Valley startups—most notably the Cleantech Open and the CLEAN Coalition. Through these organizations I was able to help connect over $1 billion in private capital to over 1,000 early stage companies to address our most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges, as well as, clarify semantics in federal law to ensure States' rights to incentivize more sustainable infrastructure development. After completing my MSCEE at Carnegie Mellon, I worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Risk Advisory to help energy & transportation companies stay profitable and compliant ahead of changing regulations.
I'm also available for GMAT math tutoring. Email me for more info.

Below are my results from two major personality/career preference assessment tools that I took in my early 20's through the California Employment Development Department. I highly recommend these tools for students and young professionals who are still trying to get clarity on what they want to do and who they want to be (including me, haha!). Having done a lot of different things, I can confirm that the results match very well with what I've been successful at in my career and life, and not, both task-wise and interpersonally. Understanding my personal preferences has helped me to direct my studies, relate to others personally and professionally, and consciously expose myself to challenging situations that help me become a more well-rounded person in general. Remember: life's long; invest in yourself!

Strategic - You see patterns where others see complexity; what if this, what if that? Select. Strike.
  1. Take time to muse about goals to see the related patterns and issues.
  2. Take advantage of your ability to see repercussions down the road, and plan your range of responses in detail.
  3. Find a group that you think does important work, and contribute your strategic thinking. You can be a leader with your ideas.
  4. Make yourself known as a resource for consultation by others who are stumped or hindered by an obstacle or barrier.
  5. To prevent misperception of your intent, point out not only future obstacles, but also ways to prevent or overcome.
  6. Help others understand that your strategic thinking is not an attempt to belittle, but instead a propensity to consider all facets objectively, and ensure that the goal is accomplished.
  7. Trust your intuition - your brain instinctively anticipates and projects.
  8. Be involved in the front end of new ventures - you are both innovative and procedural. 
Competition - You compete to win. Over time you will come to avoid contests where winning seems unlikely.
  1. Select work environments in which you can measure your achievements
  2. List the performance scores that help you know where you stand every day; what should you pay attention to?
  3. Try to turn ordinary tasks into competitive games. You will get more done this way.
  4. When you win, investigate why; you can learn more from a victory than a loss.
  5. Let others know that you enjoy pitting yourself against good, strong competitors and winning. Competition does not equal putting others down.
  6. Develop a measurement system to monitor all aspects of your performance.
  7. Look one or two levels above you for a role model who will push you to improve.
  8. Take the time to celebrate your wins - there is no victory without celebration.
  9. Develop mental strategies to deal with a loss so you can move on to the next challenge quickly.
Activator - go go go, you light fires under people, you like to get things done asap, and you learn by doing.
  1. Seek work in which you can make your own decisions and act on them.
  2. Your process is not always pretty - make sure you're judged on outcome.
  3. You transform ideas into action; look for creative and original thinkers to take from theory into practice.
  4. Look for areas that are bogged down by discussion or barriers, and create plans to get things moving and spur others into action.
  5. To grow, consciously expose yourself to challenging experiences that will test your talents, skills, and knowledge.
  6. Your tenacity intimidates some people, earn trust and loyalty first to be effective.
  7. Identify the most influential decision makers in your organization. Make it a point to have lunch with each of them once a quarter to share your ideas. They can support you and provide critical resources to make your ideas happen.
  8. You can easily energize the plans and ideas of others. Partner with focused, futuristic, strategic, or analytical people for direction and planning and consensus building.
  9. Give reasons why your requests for action must be granted. Otherwise, others may dismiss you as impatient.
  10. Be strategic and wise in the use of your Activator talents; you can create motion and momentum in others. 
Analytical - You see yourself as objective. You insist that theories be sound, like data, and are rigorous.
  1. Get paid to analyze data, find patterns, or organize ideas.
  2. Identify credible (well researched) sources on which you can rely. (i.e. Quant books, websites, publications, etc.)
  3. Your mind is constantly working and producing insightful analysis. Make others aware of that. Put value to your thoughts by communicating them. Find the best way of expressing your thoughts: writing, 1-on-1 convos, group discussions, lectures, or presentations.
  4. Make sure that your accumulation and analysis of information always leads to its application and implementation
  5. Study people who's logic you admire.
  6. Volunteer your analytical talents. E.g. help people organize large quantities of data, or bring structure to their ideas.
  7. Help others realize that your skepticism is primarily about data, not people.
  8. Help others understand that your analytical approach will often require data and other information to logically back up new ideas that they might suggest.
Ideation - You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle.
  1. Seek a career in which you will be given credit for and paid for your ideas, such as marketing, advertising, journalism, design, or new product development.
  2. You are likely to get bored quickly, so experiment, make small changes, play mental games, and stay stimulated.
  3. Finish your thoughts and ideas before communicating them. Lacking your Ideation talents, others might not be able to "join the dots" of an interesting but incomplete idea and thus dismiss it.
  4. Learn to edit your ideas, or find a trusted friend or colleague who can "proof" your ideas and identify potential pitfalls.
  5. Understand the fuel for your Ideation talents. Take note of the circumstances that seem to produce your best ideas and recreate them.
  6. Schedule time to read - the ideas and experiences of others becomes your raw material.
  7. Schedule time to think - it energizes you.
  8. You are a natural fit with R&D. Spend time with imaginative peers, and sit in on their brainstorming sessions.
  9. Sometimes you lose others' interest because they cannot follow your abstract and conceptual thinking style. Make your ideas more concrete by drawing pictures, using analogies or metaphors, or simply explaining your concepts step by step.
  10. Feed your Ideation talents by gathering broad knowledge.


Meyers-Briggs Results 

Categorically an ENTJ, but more precisely I'm a medium EJ and slight preference NT.
So, I often also fit the description of an ESTJ, ESFJ, or ENFJ (all below).
Also, I'm not anti-introverted or anit-perceiver activities, I like them a little bit, in the right context. Too much solitary-confinement or fire-fighting and I'll get either depressed or agitated.


Top Ten Words That Describe Most ENTJs:

Take Charge ... Bold ... High-Energy ... Strategic ... Proactive ... Confident ... Assertive ... Innovative ... Decisive ... Tenacious


Enthusiastic, direct and charismatic, ENTJs are one of the most high energytalkative types. They are typically very comfortable sharing about their lives and are much more likely than their INTJ colleagues to “think out loud.” Highly articulate, ENTJs have a naturally bold and dynamic presence that tends to command the attention of the room. Often their tremendous outward self confidence and excellent verbal skills draw others to them, but can at times overpower or intimidate certain personality types.  ENTJs are the type that have to work the hardest to not interrupt others (usually in an effort to fight for “the floor” or avoid hearing excessive details).


ENTJs have a strong need to be constantly learning and challenging themselves. They thrive when they are continuously working towards higher levels of competency, and are easily bored by assignments or tasks that they have mastered. Intellectually curious, ENTJs learn by challenging others’ positions, expecting them to defend their positions for the benefit of better understanding both sides. They tend to respect others who can argue their position.


There are two phases of most projects or meetings: (1) the vision and strategy-setting stage and (2) the execution stage. Unlike their ESTJ colleagues, ENTJs tend to gravitate towards the former. Highly future focused, out-of-the-box, logic-driven thinkers, few can match the ENTJ’s capacity when it comes to doing what they love - developing long-term strategies for solving complex problems that involve a lot of moving pieces. ENTJs’ minds are unconventional and unrestricted by previous approaches or traditional thinking.


ENTJs are driven more by logic than personal values. They don’t necessarily check in with their own emotions when making decisions, and can at times overlook others’ emotional reactions. Strategic visionaries, ENTJs excel at objectively analyzing and planning for the long-term needs of an organization. Much less sensitive than their ENFJ colleagues, ENTJs usually would rather be “right” than be “liked,” and can be very direct (to the point of being blunt). They tend not to “sugar coat” their feedback or reactions as much as other types, in order to not detract from the clarity of the message.


ENTJs drive for closure quickly and are some of the very fastest decision makers on the planet. “Good enough” is not typically part of the vocabulary of an ENTJ.  They have extremely high standards for themselves, as well as a tremendous stamina for hard work. ENTJs tend to hold others to the same high standards and work ethic that they expect from themselves. As one of the most proactive of the 16 types, they don’t wait for it to all “work out”…they make it all work out! ENTJs constantly push themselves to achieve excellence in all of their endeavors, which often translates into long hours with more focus and fewer breaks in concentration than most other personality types.  Natural born leaders, ENTJs have no problem taking charge in a group of people without a leader, even among new people or environments.


Top Ten Words That Describe Most ESTJs:

Outspoken ... Proactive ... Tenacious ... Fast ... Straightforward ... Logic-driven ... Decisive ... Take Charge ... High Energy ... Dependable


ESTJs are one of THE most high energy, talkative types, and perhaps no type can top an ESTJ when it comes to speed. Whether it is walking, talking, executing, deciding – you name it – they are the fastest. ESTJs typically accomplish more by lunchtime then most people accomplish in a day, and can become addicted to being “productive” and checking things off their personal or work “to do” list every minute, if they aren’t careful. ESTJs are highly outgoing and open to sharing about their lives, and are much more likely than their ISTJ colleagues to “think out loud” and leave few relevant thoughts unspoken.


ESTJs strongly desire closure on most things faster than almost anyone. They are energized by the part of the process when the vision is created, ideas generated and it is time to focus on execution! ESTJs are one of the hardest working types, wasting much less time than most making small talk, daydreaming, surfing the internet or taking many breaks in general.


Often able to quote back what others have said in conversations days prior, ESTJs give and can absorb a lot of detailed, factual information upon which they tend to base decisions. Unlike the intuitive types, ESTJs do not enjoy extended brainstorming sessions or receiving a “blank page” of a project where they need to create the vision from scratch.  They prefer having as much information as possible when beginning a project, and excel at taking an existing process and tweaking it to achieve maximum efficiency.


ESTJs are “off the charts” logic driven - instantly able to see what decision makes the most sense objectively, given the facts. They are perhaps the type least likely to make a decision that doesn’t make logical sense on paper. They tend to be thick skinned when it comes to feedback or disagreements, and are great at both giving and receiving very specific direction and instruction. As one of the most transparent types, ESTJs are mostly “what you see is what you get.” This can mean that at times they are quite direct (to the point of being blunt) in an effort to get things done. They tend not to sugar-coat their feedback or reactions as much as others in order to avoid detracting from the clarity of message.


ESTJs leave nothing to chance. As THE most proactive of the 16 types, they don’t wait for it to all “work out”. . . they MAKE it all work out! Typically the most effective way to complete a task is very clear to them. Since they have a strong sense of responsibility and desire to be in control, they have to be careful not to over-manage and under-delegate when working with direct reports. When there is a clear objective, ESTJs often take charge very confidently, even in groups of people they don’t know well.

Top ten: ESTJs are the type MOST likely to . . . 

  • 1. Take action immediately
  • 2. Be seen as proactive and be relied upon to get it DONE
  • 3. See the most logical decision the fastest
  • 4. Take charge in a group of people without a leader
  • 5. Instruct others HOW to do a task, step-by-step
  • 6. Repeat themselves for clarity
  • 7. Do everything quickly (eat, fall asleep, decide, walk, talk, execute)
  • 8. Express their opinion early and often
  • 9. Be known for “What you see is what you get!”
  • 10. Become visibly stressed by extreme time pressure


Top Ten Words That Describe Most ESFJs:

Warm ... Responsible ... Attentive ... Talkative ... Enthusiastic ... Sensitive ... Affectionate ... Sympathetic ... Outgoing ... Generous


Warm, high energy, talkative, friendly and highly emotionally intelligent, ESFJs are the quintessential “people” people, and tend to develop instant rapport with and bring out the best in virtually everyone. Energized most by a highly social environment, ESFJs tend to require very little alone time. They are perhaps the easiest type to get to know, usually sharing lots of detailed information about themselves early in conversations, and drawing the same out of others. Often feeling things more deeply than others, they have immediate emotional reactions that show up on their very expressive faces. They may have to force themselves to wait before responding when they feel emotionally charged. ESFJs are also the type most gifted at “reading” the emotional state and style of others – and adapting their style to be most pleasing to whomever they are with at the moment, being exceptionally diplomatic and cautious to avoid unnecessarily offending anyone.


ESFJs value closuretradition, and stability. They tend to ask a lot of specificconcrete questions of others in an effort to reach full clarity (and to make sure that everyone’s needs and desires are being met). This allows them to fulfill their driving need to have closure, to constantly be productive, and ensure that all their “ducks are in a row.” ESFJs are often the enthusiastic “cruise director” in their circle of friends/family: organizing traditions, celebrations, vacations, gifts, and the like. They tend to put others’ needs before their own, and often struggle to say “no” when asked for a favor - even if they are maxed out. ESFJs also tend to have a deep sense of duty and responsibility, and work hard to ensure that others feel well cared for by them. ESFJs like to feel that others view them as highly reliable and dependable.


ESFJs leave people feeling good about themselves and appreciated. ESFJs take great pleasure in contributing to others’ happiness by helping in concrete ways. Their strong desire to be well-liked, to be seen as nicegenerous, and helpful, makes them highly supportive and generous with their energy and time. While no one can top an ESFJ in the level of attention, compliments, gifts and favors that they shower on those they love, ESFJs do tend to thrive on heavy and regular doses of positive affirmation in return, showing them that they are appreciated and liked as a person.


There are two phases of most projects or meetings: 1) the vision/strategy setting stage and 2) the execution stage. ESFJs often prefer the latter more concrete stage, where the vision is created, ideas generated, and time is focused on execution! If the coordinates are set and it is clear what action items need to take place, ESFJs are focused and driven to complete them as quickly as possible. Often, their skills are best used when the project requires taking an existing process, understanding all the detailed pieces of it, and then tweaking it for efficiency - versus starting with a more “blank page” type of project (the preference of their ENFJ colleagues).


ESFJs are detail people. They remember most details - such as what someone was wearing at an event, or specific names and dates. They have an especially great memory for details shared during conversations, and can often relay who said what, how it was phrased, and the order and flow of the conversation (not perfectly, of course).

Top ten: ESFJs are the type MOST likely to . . . 

1. Over-extend themselves to help others in concrete ways
2. Get visibly emotional
3. Fall in love quickly and not easily see the shortcomings of others
4. Love kids from a very young age
5. Take things literally
6. Be described as: friendly, nice, sympathetic, generous, outgoing, affectionate
7.  Naturally excel at identifying others’ personality and styles
8. Be very “put together” (clothes, hair, accessories) - most days
9. Share a lot of information about their life
10. Smile and laugh easily
11. Seldom require or desire stretches of alone time


Top Ten Words That Describe Most ENFJs:

Affectionate ... Sensitive ... Creative ... Talkative ... Charismatic. . . Visionary ... Empathetic ... Idealistic ... Planful ... Values-Driven


Empathetichigh energycharismatic, and humorous, ENFJs are “people” people who tend to develop instant rapport with others. ENFJs are usually comfortable sharing personal information about themselves early in a relationship, and often drawing the same out of others. Their exceptional social skills, genuine warmthpassion, and high positive energy attract others to them. ENFJs spend a great deal of time connecting on a “personal level” in their work relationships and maintaining a large professional network, and become drained by long stretches of time working alone.


ENFJs are much more “idea generators” than they are “detail people,” and they love to discover “win-win” solutions that have a long-term positive impact on people. There are two phases of most projects or meetings: 1) the initial “big picture,” “vision setting” stage; and 2) the logistics or “action items” stage.  ENFJs often shine during the former, and gain much more energy from creating, rather then from executing.  They typically enjoy those “blank page” assignments with maximum creative license to design the vision from scratch and find an original, “out-of-the-box” approach to a complex problem.


Highly emotionally intelligent, ENFJs are great at “reading” the emotional state of others, and excel at delivering difficult messages with compassion and diplomacy.  They thrive in collaborative environments, and have a gift for persuasion and building consensus. ENFJs are happiest when they are inspiring others, helping them gain a new perspective and reach their maximum potential in life. Naturally empathetic and sensitive, ENFJs tend to “wear their hearts on their sleeves,” and often feel things more deeply than others. They sometimes have immediate emotional reactions that are often visible, and they are quick to address others’ emotions.


“Good enough” is not typically part of the vocabulary for an ENFJ. Blessed with tremendous focuswill power, and perseverance, ENFJs constantly push themselves to reach any goal they have set out to achieve.  Not big fans of “winging it” or surprises, ENFJs find lack of closure to be anxiety producing. As a result, they typically prefer to plan way ahead, and over prepare whenever possible.


ENFJs have minds built to immediately connect concepts and ideas, as well as people. They easily remember immense amounts of information about each person in their often large network, and have a knack for connecting people who have shared interests. Gracious and warm, ENFJs are also the type most naturally gifted at hosting parties, and have a way of making others feel like the most important person in the room.


ENFJs quickly see the positive potential in other people and constantly seek to inspire others to reach their maximum potential. Colleagues feel encouraged to aim big, and just being around an ENFJ can provide them with the boost of confidence needed to accomplish their goals. Careers advance and projects get done – all much faster due to the presence and efforts of the ENFJ.

Top ten: ENFJs are the type MOST likely to . . . 

  • 1. Heavily weigh their first impression of someone
  • 2. Feel strongly about people quickly (positively or negatively)
  • 3. Be seen as both highly empathetic and highly self confident
  • 4. Be a great networker who enjoys making connections for others
  • 5. Constantly seek to improve themselves in every way (perfectionist)
  • 6. Inspire and gain support from large numbers of people very quickly
  • 7. Be seen as highly diplomatic, eloquent, an excellent public speaker
  • 8. Confidently follow their hunches especially about people
  • 9. Be seen as any of these: charismatic, gracious, generous, articulate
  • 10. Make a fantastic first impression

How To Make Your Employee’s Life Miserable, Based On Their Myers-Briggs Personality Type

ENTJ - Assign them a position that limits their autonomy. Be vague and unclear about opportunities for upward advancement.
ESTJ - Provide them with vague, difficult-to-measure targets and goals. Instead of giving them feedback on their results, tell them how you feel about their work performance.
ESFJ - Assign them a role that forces them to be dishonest with clients, which paints them in an unreliable light.
ENFJ - Leave them completely alone to sort through numbers and figures all day.

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