Director of Engineering Design
Port of Long Beach, California
John Y. Chun, P.E., is Director of the Engineering Design Division, part of the Program Delivery Group in the Engineering Bureau at the Port of Long Beach, California.
He began his career at the Port in February 1996 as an Assistant Civil Engineer, worked his way up through the ranks and was named Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer in the Engineering Design Division in October 2008, then promoted to his current post in August 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port's five-member governing body.
Mr. Chun supervises and manages the Port's Engineering Design team of professional and technical personnel, who make up the civil, structural, traffic, electrical, corrosion control, underwater inspection/diving, GIS/mapping, drafting (CADD) and terminal design sections, managing multiple in-house design projects and projects utilizing outside consultants.
Mr. Chun has been part of a wide variety of Port projects including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment, Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Stormwater Master Plan, Pavement Management System, Traffic Sign Inventory Program and more.
The Engineering Design Division is critical to the development and maintenance of Port infrastructure such as channels, roads, wharfs, utilities and other facilities, producing technical reports, studies, plans and specifications for Port construction projects. The division also updates and enforces the Port's Design Criteria and Standards.
Mr. Chun earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif., and his master's degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. Right out of college, he worked for the Sanitation District of L.A. County about three years before joining the Port. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Public Works Association (APWA).
A resident of Cypress, he and his wife, Dolly, have three children.
The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $194 billion annually and supports 1.4 million trade-related jobs cross the nation, including more than 300,000 in Southern California. Again named Best Green Seaport worldwide in 2018, the Port is committed to environmentally sustainable practices and policies that also improve operational efficiency. This includes an unprecedented $46.5 million Community Grants Program to lessen Port impacts on air quality, traffic, noise and water quality. Founded in 1911, the Port today encompasses 3,200 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 gantry cranes. In 2017, the Port handled more than 7.5 million container units, the best year in its history.