Rafael D. Guzman (B.S. ’88, EE) is a dedicated alumnus and high-honor graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the president and CEO of RM Technologies, Inc. (RMT) of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and a powerful supporter of the Lawrence community and surrounding area, with a special commitment to local young people. All these passions of his came together this year when Guzman’s company created the RM Technologies, Inc. Award in the College of Engineering. The first recipient of the award is freshman Erick Aponte of Lawrence. 

“We are very grateful to Mr. Guzman and RM Technologies for establishing this scholarship,” says College of Engineering Dean Ted Djaferis. “We are also very proud of alums like Rafael Guzman, who are actively engaged in ensuring the success of our programs.”

For his part, Guzman had very special reasons for establishing the RM Technologies, Inc. Award.

“I had the best time of my life during my years at UMass Amherst,” recalls Guzman. “My experiences with the Bilingual Collegiate Program, The Minority Engineering Program, AHORA (the first Latino RSO on Campus), the founding of the first UMass Dominican Club which we called Anacaona, The Mortar Board, and Tau Beta PI National Honor Societies taught me invaluable lessons in life and leadership. UMass inspired me to become who I am today and to share the opportunity to live up to its experience. It gives me great pleasure to help support a student from my city to live up to it as well. In my humble opinion, there’s not any learning institution on earth better than UMass Amherst, my springboard to a rewarding and productive professional career.”

RMT is a small specialty contractor that deals in demolition, asbestos, and other hazardous material abatement. The company was founded in 1994 and acquired by Guzman in 1997. RMT has been operating successfully over the past 17 years providing environmental remediation services throughout all of New England. RMT does structural and interior demolition and environmental remediation (hazardous materials, PCBs, mold, asbestos, and lead abatement) and provides full turnkey design, hazmat remediation, and building demolition solutions.

As Guzman says, “Our mission is to become the top minority contractor in the New England area in the next five years by providing superior performance to our clients.”

Prior to working for R.M. Technologies, Guzman was the General Manager of Flexible Workforce, an environmental Temporary Agency in Lawrence. His responsibilities included overall management and administration of the agency and also sales and management of accounts. (October 2012)