Port of Los Angeles Appoints New Chief Harbor Engineer

Dina Aryan-Zahlan
Dina Aryan-Zahlan
Dina Aryan-Zahlan. Photo: Port of Los Angeles.

Dina Aryan-Zahlan is the new chief harbor engineer for the Port of Los Angeles, it was announced earlier this month.

Aryan-Zahlan, who has been the port’s assistant chief harbor engineer since 2015, takes over overseeing the port’s Engineering Division from David Walsh, who retired in December.

Aryan-Zahlan brings over 30 years of engineering experience, including her work at the city of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She’s been with the port for 22 years, providing leadership to the LA Waterfront development team and expertise to the port’s $1 billion public access infrastructure development program.

She also developed the 2003 Portwide Transportation Master Plan, which led to various projects such as the I-110/SR-47 Connector and John S. Gibson Ramps Improvements and South Wilmington Grade Separation. Additionally, she managed the team tasked with planning and designing the TraPac container terminal modernization project.

“Dina is a fair, enthusiastic leader with a clear vision,” said Tony Gioiello, deputy executive director of Development. “Her energy and impact among engineers at the port is undeniable.”

By Karen Robes Meeks