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UCLA Samueli Announces 2024 Lifetime Contribution Award

2024 Lifetime Contribution Award,Gary Lee Moore

Apr 26, 2024

UCLA Samueli Newsroom

Every year, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering selects and recognizes outstanding achievements by a number of its alumni, faculty members and students who have excelled in various fields. Below is the profile of the 2024 Lifetime Contribution Award recipient.

Gary Lee Moore

Lifetime Contribution Award
Gary Lee Moore ’85

After graduating from UCLA Samueli in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Gary Lee Moore began his long career in public service. For 37 years, and until his retirement in 2022, he made significant contributions to the city of Los Angeles’ infrastructure and engineering, culminating in his appointment as city engineer in 2003. He led the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering for 19 years, managing the planning and construction of public buildings, infrastructure and open-space projects. Under Moore’s leadership, the agency completed more than 2,600 projects, totaling $7 billion with a staff of nearly 1,000. Among the many notable projects he led was the new $588-million Sixth Street Viaduct — the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles.

During his tenure, Moore also served as interim director for both the Port of Los Angeles and the Information Technology Agency. He oversaw the creation of programs to recruit and support underrepresented engineers while making significant improvements to environmental quality and natural-resource use. In 2022, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (State of California). Since 2023, Moore has served as the senior vice president of Psomas, a California-based engineering consulting firm.

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