Francisco Castaño, PE
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Castaño founded Geometrica in 1992, and is the inventor of Freedome® structure technology. Under his leadership, Geometrica has completed projects on every continent, including the record-setting Nemak domes, the longest industrial domes in the world. He has several patents related to the Geometrica system and has guided the company to its current premier position in space frame and dome construction.
Mr. Castaño leads a distinguished operating team in Houston and a growing staff of more than 150 employees worldwide. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, a MASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Ingeniero Civil degree from ITESM. He is Registered as a Professional Engineer in various States and in Mexico.
Dr. Ferregut is a professor and chairman of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is also Associate Director of the Future Aerospace Science and Technology Center for Structural Integrity of Aerospace Systems. Dr. Ferregut is recognized as an expert in structural reliability, structural damage assessment, risk analysis, expert systems and neural networks.
Humberto Garza Domínguez
Ing. Garza Domínguez holds the degree of Ingeniero Mecánico Administrador from ITESM and a Master degree from Tulane Unversity. Since 1985, he has occupied the position of CEO of several companies, including Viakable SA de CV, Forja Actual SA de CV and Promotora Anahuac del Norte SA de CV. Mr. Garza D. has also been the President of "Impulsa Nuevo León, ABP," a NGO whose mission is to allow students to understand the social context of companies.
Rafael Garza Martinez
Mr. Garza Martinez holds a Civil Engineering degree and a Masters in Science with a specialization in structures. He has 25 years of experience in the field of project management and is president of Grupo PLATE, a group of companies involved in major construction projects that include hospitals, stadiums and high rise buildings thorughout Mexico.
Jose Maiz García
Mr. Jose Maiz is a Civil Engineer. He and Carlos Maiz Garcia (below) head one of the largest construction firms with more than 50 years in Mexico, Constructora Maiz Mier. They have constructed thousands of buildings and a number of engineering projects throughout Mexico. The company has over 2,000 employees with annual sales of close to $100 million US dollars.
Carlos Maiz García
Mr. Carlos Maiz is a Civil Engineer. He and Jose Maiz Garcia head one of the largest construction firms with more than 50 years in Mexico, Constructora Maiz Mier. They have constructed thousands of buildings and a number of engineering projects throughout Mexico. The company has over 2,000 employees with annual sales of close to $100 million US dollars.
James L. Tribble
Mr. Tribble received his Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Texas. In 1968 he founded and is Chairman or the firm of Tribble and Stephens Co. which grew to over 1,000 employees. His company has worked in 14 different states and constructed in excess of US$ 2.0 billion of commercial and industrial building projects. They are currently operating at the $100 million per year level of completed construction projects. He has been guest lecturer at Texas A&M University, University of Florida, Auburn University and published articles in ENR.
As a conceptual pioneer, Buckminster Fuller worked without the benefits, or the restrictions, of rigorous structural theories. It was Dr. Douglas Wright who analyzed Fuller's designs and formalized the theories for the safe construction of metal domes. Dr. Wright was able to apply his space frame theories to the challenging designs of a number of large domed structures -- at a time before computers with the capability of modeling three dimensional structures were widely available. Dr. Wright contributed his skills to the realization of such impressive buildings as Mexico City's Sports Palace, as well as the Skydome and the remarkable structures at Ontario Place in Toronto. Dr. Wright is a founding director of Geometrica.
Mr. Castaño is co-founder of Geometrica. He has an MBA and an Industrial Engineer degree from ITESM. During his tenure as Vice President at Geometrica, he led numerous projects, including the fabrication and installation of the four 224m span Nemak domes, the startup of Geometrica's Taiwan plant, and the set-up of Geometrica's European business units. Before co-founding Geometrica, Mr. Castaño led the manufacturing department at a large steel fabrication company.