Port of LA Appoints Chief Harbor Engineer

Chris Brown. Photo: Port of Los Angeles.

Port of Los Angeles Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer Chris Brown has been named the port’s new chief harbor engineer in charge of its Engineering Division.

Brown takes over for Dina Aryan-Zahlan, who has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Development, the port announced Jan 3.

In his new role, Brown’s expected to oversee planning, development and design of infrastructure and facilities at the port, including wharves, terminals and rail.

“Chris has been a pivotal player in many port infrastructure projects over the last two decades, including the award-winning Wilmington Waterfront Park and the current port-wide electrification program,” Aryan-Zahlan said.

“This promotion recognizes all his hard work, dedication and contributions to these critical infrastructure programs,” she continued.

Brown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Maryland, joined the port in 1993 as a student engineer.

He worked for Holmes & Narver (now AECOM) for four years before returning to the port, where he rose through its ranks.

From 2000 to 2015, he served as section head, program manager and designer on various projects. He then became the harbor engineer responsible for division sections, then as assistant chief harbor engineer overseeing division sections that handle the structural, specifications, architectural and electrical aspects of port infrastructure projects, according to the port.

By Karen Robes Meeks