Rick De La Guardia is president of DLG Engineering, Inc., a structural consulting firm specializing in the hazard mitigation field of building envelope products. Mr. De La Guardia earned his bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Miami. He has over 18 years experience in all aspects of the glazing field including, consulting, design, analysis, inspection, forensic investigation, and product certification. Mr. De La Guardia has performed seminars and presentations on such topics as “Hazard Mitigation Design of the Building Envelope” (Florida Structural Engineers Association) and “From Engineering to Entrepreneurship” (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). He has also contributed to and authored numerous magazine articles including “Allowable Strength of Glass: How to Design Safely for Today’s Threats” (US Glass Magazine, July 2010) and “Growing Awareness: Changes in ASCE 7-10 to Affect Hurricane-Prone Regions” (Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal, December 2011).
Mr. De La Guardia is immediate past-president of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association, and he is member of numerous professional organizations including American Standards and Testing Materials (ASTM), Glass Association of North America (GANA), Florida Structural Engineers Association (FSEA), and Latin Builders Association (LBA). He also serves on the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) curtain wall committee.