Port of Los Angeles names new chief harbor engineer

Written by Mary Conyers

Dina Aryan-Zahlan, chief harbor engineer, Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles has announced the appointment of Dina Aryan-Zahlan as chief harbor engineer, lead of the ports engineering division. She replaces David Walsh who retired in December 2021.

Aryan-Zahlan has served as the ports assistant chief harbor engineer since 2015, overseeing the planning, development and design of infrastructure and facilities that support the diverse operations of the nations busiest seaport, including wharves, terminals, rail, roadways, and public space.

Dina is a fair, enthusiastic leader with a clear vision, said Tony Gioiello, deputy executive director of development. She empowers her team members by applying a shared success and accomplishment style of management that is reflected throughout her team. Her energy and impact among engineers at the port is undeniable.

A dedicated public servant with more than 30 years of experience as an engineer, Aryan-Zahlan first joined the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works as civil engineering assistant. During her 22-year tenure at the Port of Los Angeles, she has been pivotal in the transformation of cargo terminals, transportation improvements and waterfront development projects.

Since 2008, Aryan-Zahlan has led the ports LA Waterfront development team and has played a key role in the ports $1 billion public access infrastructure development program. Thanks to her efforts, ped....

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