David Copp with family, friends and coworkers.

David Copp Receives 2017 Rory M. Shaw Award

Environmental Engineer David Copp is the 2017 recipient of Engineering’s Rory M. Shaw Outstanding Employee Award. Each year, Engineering gives out the award to honor Shaw, who died on duty in 2005 and to recognize the dedication and excellence in leadership exemplified by Shaw during his nine years with the bureau. The award was given to Copp at the City’s Board of Public Works meeting today.

Copp began working with Engineering in 2003 as a student engineer. He officially joined the City in 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.

Copp is currently acting as project manager on the $127 million Digester Gas Utilization Project at the City’s Hyperion Treatment Plant.

“David is working on one of our largest and most complex projects right now and his leadership and knowledge is outstanding,” said City Engineer Gary Lee Moore. “We are pleased to acknowledge his hard work and dedication to the City with this award that means so much to all of us.”

Copp has also worked on over $40 million in collection systems Air Treatment Facilities projects, as well as the $43 million Avenue 45 Relief Sewer Project.  Copp also worked on the $10 million Super Expedited Wastewater Emergency Rehabilitation for Sewers (SEWERS) Program, totaling over 200 projects between 2011 and 2013. For most of the projects he was the engineer-of-record, lead construction manager and responsible for the updating and modernization of the SEWERS Program contract.

“It is an honor to receive this award along with the recognition of the bureau,” said Copp. “Working for the City of Los Angeles has allowed me to develop the skills needed to lead projects from start to finish, which is a great feeling.”

About Rory M. Shaw

Shaw received his degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University then moved to California to join Engineering’s Wastewater Division. Shaw received many awards and recommendations during his years with the City. On February 20, 2005, Rory died on the job site during a storm, supervising efforts to repair a sinkhole on Tujunga Boulevard in Sun Valley.