Intissar Durham, chief airports engineer/deputy program manager of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Airport Development Program, was among those honored during the Greater Los Angeles Engineer of the Year Awards gala July 29 at California State University-Los Angeles.

Durham was honored with the Los Angeles Engineering Public Servant of the Year award and was recognized for her contributions and involvement in the airport department’s activities that significantly contribute to the infrastructure of Los Angeles.

Sponsored by the Friends of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at CSULA, the awards were presented to seven notables in the field of engineering.

Durham’s responsibilities at LAWA have involved providing technical expertise in the development of design plans and standards, program construction delivery strategies, and environmental stewardship measures for new capital improvement programs, including airfield improvements, utilities and infrastructures, landside developments and terminal improvements.

In addition to serving as deputy program manager for development at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Durham, as chief airports engineer, also managed the Major Projects Division, which was responsible for the Southside Airfield Improvement Program, the runway status light infrastructure project, the Tom Bradley International Terminal interior improvements and baggage screening facility, and Security Program In-Line Baggage Screening Systems at both LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport.

Durham also helped lead LAWA’s efforts to make the organization a global leader in airport sustainability, airport officials said.

She began working for the city of Los Angeles at the Department of Public Works in early 1984 and has been at LAWA since early 1988.

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