RI ASCE Annual Dinner

When:  May 8, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Rhode Island Section

Speaker: Prof. Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE, NAC | Lyles School of Civil Engineering

Topic: Building the Panama Canal

During the early 20th century strategic control of the oceans was essential to all of the great industrial powers of the world.  In 1904 President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt would commit the brains of American engineering and the brawn of America’s industrial machine to build a canal of unprecedented scope and challenge. 

Panama Canal’s successful construction was the result of the convergence of extraordinary men, machines, and methods. In the decades preceding Panama Canal’s construction, tremendous advancements were realized in every discipline of engineering.  In the realm of heavy civil construction, these collective engineering advancements provided the construction technology that made Panama Canal possible. This presentation highlights how the right men, the right, machines, and the right methods all came together in 1904 to build a project of unprecedented scope and challenges. 

Bio: Raymond “Paul” Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE, NAC received his BS in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University in 1979.  Paul worked for Kiewit for 45 years on a wide variety of heavy civil engineering mega projects throughout the United States. Paul played a key role in notable projects such as the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, several projects on the Big Dig in Boston, including the new Zakim/Bunker Hill Bridge, the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span. 

Currently, Paul is a visiting professor of engineering practice at Purdue University Lyles School of Civil Engineering. During the past two decades Paul had leadership and speaking roles at numerous anniversary events. In 2014, Paul was a featured speaker at Global Engineering Conference to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. 

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RSVP deadline is 12:00 PM, Friday, May 3.

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Entrée Choice of

  • Pomegranate and Molasses Glazed Salmon,
  • Asparagus and Fontina Stuffed Chicken with a Pommery Mustard Cream or
  • Fire Roasted Vegetable Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce

5:30pm Social Hour

6:30pm Dinner/ Installation Ceremony /Presentation

Squantum is a destination to itself, and access is normally limited to their members.  This is an opportunity to enjoy their facilities, so come early and enjoy the water views from the decks.


Squantum Association
947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy
Riverside, RI 02915

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Student $25.00
Member $45.00
Non-member $45.00
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