Stanford Yuen is the principle of SLC Consulting, specializing in strategic engagement, engineering management and intergovernmental affairs with the congressional delegation, state, city, legislature, private businesses, special interest organizations and schools.
Yuen obtained his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Hawaiʻi, an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MS in industrial engineering from the University of Southern California. He holds professional engineering licenses in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. Yuen is a graduate of St. Louis High School and he grew up and worked in Honolulu Chinatown where his family store was.
He began his professional career as an engineer with Boeing and Lockheed and he returned to Hawaiʻi as an account executive and stockbroker at Dean Witter. Yuen taught engineering economics at UH while holding various engineering and management positions at Hickam AFB and Naval Facilities Engineering Command, where he headed up the Public Works Support Division with responsibilities in Japan, Philippines, Diego Garcia, Midway Island and Singapore.
He transitioned to Navy Region Hawaiʻi where he became a special assistant to the commanding admiral for 14 years before retiring in 2013. In Yuen’s last position with the Navy, he advised senior leadership including the admirals for Navy Region Hawaiʻi, U.S. Pacific Fleet and the U.S. Pacific Forces on a broad range of issues including military construction projects, Ford Island development, engineering and land use, master planning, Native Hawaiian issues, strategic and community engagement, Pearl Harbor ship home porting, alternate energy initiatives, Pro Bowl-National Football League, U.S. Marines relocation from Japan and protocol with foreign government visitors and local culture.
Yuen’s community service is extensive and he is active in numerous professional, engineering, business, civic, cultural, educational, charitable, athletic, civil rights and community organizations, serving in key leadership positions. He is also a leader in Chinatown, the Chinese community and the Culture and Arts District. As a Downtown Neighborhood Board member, he is a strong advocate for improving conditions in Downtown-Chinatown. Yuen is a past president of Mun Lun School, one of the nation’s largest and oldest Chinese language schools.
His professional and community awards include: Engineering Lifetime Achievement, 2014; Distinguished Alumni, University of Hawaiʻi, College of Engineering, 2014; Model Chinese Father of the Year, 2014; Model Citizen of the Year, 2013; Hawaiʻi Engineer of the Year, 1998 and Navy Civilian Meritorious awards, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2012.
Yuen has been married since 1967 and he and his wife Lynette, a retired schoolteacher, have three daughters and nine grandchildren, all living on the mainland. He and his wife reside in Honolulu’s Chinatown.