Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Port Engineer Named LA Public Servant of Year

Port of Los Angeles engineer Shaun Shahrestani received the “LA Public Servant of the Year Award” during the third annual Greater Los Angeles Engineer of the Year Gala Aug. 2.

Shahrestani was recognized for his role as chief harbor engineer of construction at the Port of LA, where he’s responsible for construction management and delivery of a wide variety of infrastructure and maritime-related facilities at the 7,500-acre port complex.

“We’re fortunate to have Shaun’s experience, talent and leadership here at the port,” POLA Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said. “We’re spending about a million dollars a day on infrastructure and Shaun and his team have done an outstanding job making sure that those projects are completed on time and on budget.”

Shahrestani, a 29-year City of Los Angeles employee, has been responsible for the design and construction of several major port development projects during his career. He served as program manager of the $500 million Pier 400 container terminal construction project, and has managed key Capital Improvement Projects, such as the Berth 100 container terminal and Main Channel Deepening projects.

The award was presented by the Friends of Engineering and Computer Science Technology, a nonprofit organization affiliated with California State University, Los Angeles. Shahrestani is a CSULA alumnus.