Director of Engineering Design
Port of Long Beach, California
John Y. Chun, P.E., is Director of the Engineering Design Division 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. He was promoted to his current post in August 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port's five-member governing body. He reports to Senior Director Neil D. Morrison, P.E.
Mr. Chun supervises and manages the Port's Engineering Design Division including the civil, structural, traffic, electrical, corrosion control, underwater inspection/diving, GIS/mapping, drafting (CADD) and terminal design sections. Engineering Design has a staff of 45 professional and technical individuals reporting to him. Mr. Chun has been involved in a number 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. The division produces technical reports, studies, plans and specifications for Port construction projects. The division also updates and enforces the Port's Design Criteria and Standards. As the division director, Chun will be responsible for managing multiple in-house design projects and consulting contracts.
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 and environmental stewardship. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at $180 billion annually and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Founded in 1911, the Port welcomes 4,000 vessels a year and serves more than 140 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports around the world. Goods moving through the Port reach every U.S. congressional district and help support nearly 1.5 million trade-related jobs across the nation, including 300,000 in Southern California.
The Port is continuing with a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world.