Alicia E. Díaz de León, S.E., P.E., R.A., F.ASCE, principal at Drerup Building Performance Engineering PLLC, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Díaz de León is a licensed professional engineer and registered architect with more than 20 years of experience in forensic engineering, architecture, and building performance consulting. Her portfolio includes assessment, renovation, and repair projects at numerous contemporary and historic buildings and structures. Many projects have included detailed evaluation of historic construction materials and legacy construction systems.
She is past-chair of ASCE's Forensic Engineering Division (FED). She served on the steering committees for several forensic engineering congresses, and as Forensic Track Chair for the 2011 SEI's Structures Congress. Díaz de León has also presented peer-reviewed papers internationally, including at ASCE-sponsored forensic engineering conferences in India, and at a Historic Preservation congress in Paraguay. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Structural Engineers Association of New York. She is also lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she has served as Delegate from Caribe Council (Puerto Rico) to the National Council Session.
She holds a diploma in choreography from the ICONS Choreographic Institute in Washington, D.C., and, drawing on her background in engineering and architecture as well as her passion and commitment to dance, she is an advocate for the diversification and advancement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) in education and practice.
Díaz de León holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, magna cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, PR; a master of architecture, structures option, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a Summer Program Certificate in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning from Tongji University in Shanghai, PRC. She is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois, a professional engineer in Maryland and New York, and a registered architect in Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Virginia.