Lawrence M. (Larry) Magura, P.E., F. ASCE, D.WRE has been an active member of ASCE and the Oregon section since he moved to Oregon from his native California in 1978. He served in all of the Oregon Section leadership chairs, culminating in serving as Section President in 1992. He graduated from UC Davis with a BS degree in Renewable Natural Resources, and then continued his studies at UC Berkeley, where he received MS degrees in Civil Engineering and Watershed Management. He is a registered professional engineer in Oregon, Washington, and California.
He started his professional career working for FEMA in San Francisco on the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Corps of Engineers in Portland, where he served as Chief of the Emergency Management Branch in the Portland District for 7 years during the Corps response to the Mt St Helens disaster. When the disaster was declared over in 1987, he entered the private sector and worked for a succession of consulting engineering firms, culminating in a 14½ stint with the Lake Oswego office of Black & Veatch, where he served as the firm’s Principal Water Resources engineer, working on a number of large and small water resources projects up and down the west coast.
When Larry retired from Black & Veatch three years ago, he wasn’t ready to completely hang up his engineering career, so he formed Lawrence M. Magura, P.E., LLC, so he could continue to work part time for some of his favorite old clients. He also decided to reactive his involvement with ASCE. He initially served for two years as Treasurer/Historian for ASCE Region 8, and last year was elected by his peers to a 3-year term as a Region 8 Governor. He also served as Chair of the Local Planning Subcommittee for the 2016 ASCE National Convention in Portland, and he also chairs the EWRI History & Heritage Committee, and is the long-time secretary for the EWRI Urban Drainage Standards Committee. He was recently appointed to a seat on the Society’s History & Heritage Committee, and last month, he was elevated by the Society to the grade of Fellow.
Larry was awarded Oregon Engineer of the Year at the 2017 Annual ASCE Oregon Section Gala on September 28th 2017. Congratulations Larry and a big thanks for all you do from all of us at ASCE Oregon Section.