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Daniel Roop, PE: Top Young Professional and Standout Leader

Since joining Tighe & Bond in 2012, Daniel Roop has become a standout leader amongst his peers, and an integral part of our Water Business Line. As an environmental engineer and project manager, Dan specializes in coastal resiliency for water and wastewater infrastructure. In addition to designing pump stations and treatment facilities, his work as a project manager allows him to use his passion for asset management to help small communities manage their utilities.

Roop has found success in helping communities win grant funds in order to adapt to climate hazards and develop asset management plans. During the past three years, he has helped over 15 communities successfully navigate the MassDEP & Clean Water Trust Asset Management Plan (AMP) grant process. This work resulted in over $1.4M in grant funding and $2M in project costs to help water, sewer, and stormwater entities transition from reactive operations and maintenance approaches to proactive ones driven by defensible risk-based capital planning decisions. He has worked with regulators to promote the AMP Grant Program, presents at industry conferences and workshops, and is Tighe & Bond’s Asset Management Technical Specialist.

Dan has implemented many positive achievements benefitting society, including designing sewer interceptor and siphon risk mitigation and resiliency improvements to protect rivers, businesses, bathing beaches, shellfish beds, and vulnerable resident populations while helping a town win a Mass EEA grant to fund the design costs; developing hardening alternatives with 3D renderings for a critical coastal 4.3 MGD wastewater pumping station and ensuring the station is resilient to the 100-year storm plus 3-foot flood elevations; and rehabilitating an abandoned ferry boat pier that now provides residents and efficient economical commuting alternative. In addition, as a project manager for two, small sewer treatment systems, Dan was able to repress excessive expenditures and contract breaches saving clients thousands of dollars.

Dan’s commitment to leadership and volunteerism is continually recognized by the A/E/C industry, and his community. Wanting to make a difference in his industry, Roop is the Chair of the New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) Asset Management Committee and is a member of NEWWA. He has served on the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Standards Committee on Biosolids and co-authored the article “Bacterial and Viral Indicators of Fecal Contamination in Drinking Water” for the organization’s journal.

Outside of the industry, Roop is part of Team Tighe & Bond, participating in seven PanMass Challenges, a two-day 192-mile bicycle ride in Massachusetts. He personally raised over $40,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the team has raised over $350,000 towards cancer research and treatment over the past 10 years. He recently completed his second Boston Marathon to support a Boston-based anti-bullying program. Dan hopes that all his volunteerism and work throughout the A/E/C industry inspires his young daughters, Riley and Emma, showing them how one person can make a big difference.

Dan Roop was recognized as a 2022 Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 20 Under 40 honoree as well as being chosen by ENR New England as a 2022 Top Young Professional. In addition, Dan was honored as a 2021 Young Professional of the Year. This award recognizes the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their interesting and unique work, and the resulting impact on society.