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  Steven L. Stockton
Managing Mega-Infrastructure Projects

Steven L. Stockton serves as the Director of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C. In this position he is responsible for managing and directing the policy development, programming, planning, design, construction, emergency response, operation, and maintenance activities of the Army Civil Works Program, a $5 billion annual program of water and related land resources of the United States. He also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Section Permanent Engineering Board for the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty, and is a Governor on the World Water Council Board of Governors.
  Fredric S. Berger
The Asphalt Ribbon of Afghanistan

Mr. Fred Berger's four decade commitment to and involvement in sustainable economic development began in Nigeria in 1972. Since then, Mr. Berger´s involvement with development work, primarily in the transport sector, has spanned all four LDC continents and includes technical contributions to or active supervision of projects in some 70 countries. Mr. Berger became Chairman of The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (LBG) in 2007, the same year he was honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers with their OPAL award. He holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is licensed as a professional engineer in the District of Columbia and eight states.
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  Alberto Alemán Zubieta
The Road to the Panama Canal Expansion

Alberto Alemán Zubieta is the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, the leading interoceanic waterway that serves world maritime commerce.

Under his leadership, the Panama Canal Authority´s vision has been to transform the Canal into a world leader in services to the maritime industry, to be the cornerstone of the global transportation system, and a model of excellence, integrity, and transparency.
  Lee McIntire
Best Practices in the Management of Large Projects

CH2M HILL CEO Lee McIntire will highlight the company's customizable approach to program management on some of the world's largest infrastructure projects. From the London 2012 Olympic venues and infrastructure to Mumbai, India's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and the Panama Canal expansion, CH2M HILL is helping project owners and communities around the world meet their most challenging goals. The engineering and construction company is ranked by Engineering News-Record as the No. 1 program manager, is a global leader in sustainability, and is recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies.
  Federico Suárez
Major Infrastructure Projects in Panama
  Jorge L. Quijano
The Panama Canal Expansion Program

Mr. Jorge L. Quijano is an Industrial Engineer, graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and holds a Master of Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. He began his professional development in the Texaco Oil Refinery in Panama, where he worked as a Process Engineer and Product Forecaster. He became Maritime Operations Director in 1999. In September 2006 he was designated to administer the Panama Canal's $5.25 billion Expansion Program, and in 2007 he was appointed as Executive Vice President of the Engineering and Programs Management Department. Mr. Quijano leads an integrated program management team composed of CH2MHill and ACP's own professionals who have the responsibility to direct the execution of the entire Expansion Program.

Track 1: Best Design Practices for Large Infrastructure Projects

  Sam X. Yao
International Locks and Dams Design Experience

Sam Yao is Vice President and Chief Engineer at Ben C. Gerwick, Inc., a member of COWI Group. A graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has worked for over 22 years on the design of locks and dams, bridges and tunnels. In recent years, he actively participated in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Innovation in Navigation Program and authored seven technical reports on innovative technologies related to in-the-wet construction of hydraulic structures in inland waterways.
  Clyde N. Baker, Jr.
Uncertain Geotechnical Truth and Cost Effective High-Rise Foundation Design

Mr. Baker graduated with a B.S. Degree in Physics from Willam and Mary College in Virginia and with both B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. Over the past 57 years he has served as the geotechnical engineer or consultant on most of the high rise buildings in Chicago and eight of the twenty tallest building in the world, including the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and Burj Khalifa in Dubai. He is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Terzaghi Lecture in 2009.
  Robert Hall
The Evolution of the Corps of Engineers' Seismic Design Criteria

Dr. Robert Hall is currently a Principal with Engineering Innovations, LLC. Dr. Hall had previously served as the Division Chief, Geosciences and Structures, Engineering and Research Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE),(Retired 2009 from USACE after 38 years of service). As such, he oversaw research in numerous disciplines: antiterrorism/force protection; engineering geology and geophysics; Geotechnical and earthquake engineering; structural mechanics; structural engineering; and survivability engineering. Dr. Hall lead the Corps' research programs in the area of seismic analysis of hydraulic structures and has supported the Corps in the seismic design/analysis/retrofit of Richard B. Russell Dam, Prado Dam, Wappapello Intake Tower, Olmsted Locks, Seven Oaks Intake, Sardis Dam, and Folsom Dam. Dr. Hall served as technical advisor for B.C. Hydro, Canada in seismic evaluation of Seven Mile, Keenlegside and Strathcona Dams. Dr. Hall serves as the chair of US/ Japan Panel's committee on the Seismic Design of Dams. Dr. Hall serves as an advisory board member for B.C. Hydro, Canada in seismic evaluation of Ruskin, Stave Fall-Blind Slough, and La Joie Dams. In 2007, he was invited by the Director of the "Autoridad del Canal de Panamá" (ACP) to Chair a Structural Advisory Board to formally provide technical advice on a wide spectrum of issues related to the analysis, evaluation, and assessment of the seismic performance of the Canal's hydraulic structures.
  Anil K. Chopra
Earthquake Analysis, Design and Safety Evaluation of Concrete Gravity Dams

Anil K. Chopra is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications on structural dynamics and earthquake engineering include many that are focussed on dams. A consultant on numerous projects related to earthquake analysis, design, and safety evaluation of concrete dams, the publication International Water, Power & Dam Construction listed him among the 60 most influential individuals over the past 60 years (2009), and again among the 20 such individuals over the past ten years (2011).
  Antonio Bobet
Seismic Design of Underground Structures: Lessons from the Failure of the Daikai Station in Japan

Dr. Bobet is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, USA. He earned a Sc.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and a B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1983 from Technical University of Madrid, Spain. He is a Director of the Board of Directors and Vice-president of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) and the Chair of the 46th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium. He is the recipient of the 2011 ASCE Ralph B. Peck Award.

Track 2: Risk Management

  Gregory B. Baecher
Management of Natural Risks in Large Infrastructure Projects

Gregory B. Baecher is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland. He works primarily on the assessment and management of risks associated with water resource infrastructure, flood and coastal protection, and dam safety. He is the author of four books on risk, safety, and protection of civil infrastructure, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
  Paul Harcombe
Insurance and Risk Management

Paul has 30 years experience working in the London marine insurance market, dealing with all aspects of marketing and the placing of Marine Insurance. Paul has travelled extensively looking after major clients and has given presentations on the London Market all over the world and currently heads up the London Team looking after the insurance program of the Panama Canal.
  Mladen Radujkovic
Risk & Performance Management in Megaprojects

Prof. Dr. Mladen Radujkovic is Professor of Project Management and Construction Management at the FCE, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Simultaneously he is a part time consultant for complex local and regional projects and advisor for organization design. He also holds the position of Vice President for Education and Training at the International Project Management Association (IPMA) for the period from 2007 to 2011, and for Education and Research from 2011 to 2012.
  Albert Bast
Project Delivery Methods

Mr. Bast is responsible for leading the firm's Surface Transportation Business Line. This role includes the identification, pursuit and execution oversight of engineering and program/construction management projects for vehicular roads, bridges and tunnels in North America. He also coordinates the staffing of these pursuits by accessing the global resources of the firm. His duties increasingly include interaction with the contracting community reflecting the increased global use of design-build and private finance for the public's infrastructure.
  Enrique E. Matheu
Security Risk Assessment for Dams and Navigation Locks

Dr. Enrique E. Matheu serves as Chief of the Dams Sector Branch, Office of Infrastructure Protection, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Matheu leads the national program for development and coordination of risk management activities aimed at improving the security, protection, and resilience of dams, navigation locks, and levees as part of the critical infrastructure in the United States.

Track 3: Water Management

  Jorge A. Espinosa
Water Management in the Panama Canal

Mr. Jorge A. Espinosa is the Manager of the Water Resources Section of the Panama Canal Authority. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of hydrometeorology. He holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua, Panama, a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Rutgers University, USA, and a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the Universidad Tecnologica de Panama.
  Marcelo H. García
Building the Canal that Saved Chicago and its impact on the Panama Canal Construction

Dr. Garcia is the Chester and Helen Siess Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He led the preparation of the ASCE/ EWRI Manual of Practice No110 "Sedimentation Engineering," and is currently leading a multi-year modeling effort of Chicago's waterways and the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) to control flooding and prevent pollution. He is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Engineering of Argentina, the recipient of the IAHR 2001 Arthur Thomas Ippen Award, the 2006 Hans Albert Einstein Award and the 2012 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award.
  Richard Sanchez
The Challenges of the Delta Habitat Conservation and Conveyance Program

Richard Sanchez, P.E., is the California Department of Water Resources' (DWR) Executive Manager of the Delta Habitat Conservation and Conveyance Program managing the completion of the environmental review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and implementing the program's engineering and construction phases. Total Program costs are estimated at $17 Billion. Mr. Sanchez is also DWR's Executive Chief Engineer and has an extensive background with over 34 years of experience in program/project management, engineering, construction management, and regulatory oversight of large and small water resources projects throughout the State of California, U.S.A.
  Jorge Azcárraga
Changuinola Hydroelectric Project

Jorge Azcarraga is the Commercial and Regulatory Director of AES Panama. He has served as General Manager of AES Changuinola S.A. a power generating company that is developing a 223 MW hydro electric project (HEP) in Changuinola river, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Mr. Azcarraga was responsible of turn-key construction contract, environmental and social issues related to the project, as well as the operations of the plant. He has worked in commercial, industrial, and residential project development and management including design, construction, and general management and operations.
Panama Bay Sanitation Project
  Tatiana De Janon

Ms. De Janon holds a Civil Engineering degree from University of Texas at Austin. She worked for two years as a Civil Engineer in Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in environmental monitoring for construction projects and control and treatment of industrial wastewater. Ms. De Janon worked in Psomas, a consulting firm in Orange County, California, as a staff engineer for water and wastewater projects. She is the General Coordinator for the Panama City and Panama Bay Sanitation Project.
  Gerardo Díaz Zárate

Mr. Diaz Zarate is a civil engineer graduated from Florida Tech University. He holds a Master degree in Construction Management from the Florida International University. He started his career with Odebrecht in the United States in 1992 working in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina in infrastructure construction projects like roads, bridges and other heavy civil projects. He is Engineering Manager of two Panama Bay Sanitation Projects: interceptor tunnel and wastewater treatment plant.

Track 4: Case Histories - Structures for Transportation Systems

  Roberto Roy
Panama Metro Project

Mr. Roberto Roy is the Secretary of the Panama Metro. He has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and is the founder and president of Ingenieria RM and affiliated companies. Mr. Roy was a member of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors (2000-2007), received the Panama Canal Award and the Manuel Amador Guerrero at the level of Great Cross, the highest civil decoration in Panama. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineer and an MS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama.
  David Yáñez
Design and construction of Mexico City subway - 45th anniversary

David Yáñez is a Mexican Civil Engineer with master degree in Soil Mechanics Engineering and Master in Administration. With a 21-year professional experience in management and design he´s been involved in very large projects related to dams, pavements and subways. He has been working for ICA since 1998, time during which he gained experience in Mexico, Panamá, Colombia and Argentina. In April 2009 he was named Engineering Director in ICA. He has published 25 technical papers in national and international proceedings.
  Joann Papageorgis
The Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program

Joann Papageorgis joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1985, and is Program Director of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program. Ms. Papageorgis managed the comprehensive alternatives analysis that resulted in the recommendation of "Raise the Roadway" as the best solution to address the Bayonne Bridge navigational clearance problem. This alternative raises the roadway from its existing 151 foot clearance to approximately 215 feet, to allow clearance for post-Panamax vessels, while maintaining the iconic, historic, Bayonne arch. This alternative will also rehabilitate the existing roadway, provide standard 12-foot lanes, median divider, shoulders, while staying within the existing bridge right-of-way, thereby minimizing environmental and neighborhood impacts, expediting the project schedule, and controlling costs.
Design of the Third Bridge over the Panama Canal
  Horacio Ibarra

Mr. Horacio Ibarra has over 25 years of experience in the field of Geotechnical, Highway and Bridge Engineering. Holds a Master degree in Geotechnical Engineering and a Master degree in Highway and Bridge Engineering. Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a member of the American Association of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineers (AASMFE) and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the United States.
  Xu Hang

Mr. Xu has 19-year experience in bridge engineering, including feasibility study, preliminary design, detailed engineering design etc. esp. designs for long span bridges.
  Bill Johnson
PortMiami's Deep Dredge project and its interconnections with highway, airport, and railroad networks

As Director of the Port of Miami, Bill Johnson oversees the top container port in the State of Florida and the 11th largest in the nation. Under his stewardship, the Port of Miami, has maintained its leadership position as the busiest cruise port in the world with more than 4.33 million passengers traveling through its terminals last year.

Track 5: Case Histories – Dams and Levees

  William F. Marcuson III
Katrina Through Your Rear View Mirror

William F. Marcuson III was President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2007 and is one of the nation's leading civil engineers. He has received five national awards from ASCE, including the Norman Medal, civil engineering's oldest honor. His career included research and administrative positions at the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, where he served as Director of the Geotechnical Laboratory for nearly 20 years. He is the only engineer to be named the Corps of Engineer's Engineer of the Year twice (1981 and 1995), and he was honored by the Corps as their Civilian of the Year in 1997.
Projects Mazar and Tocoma: Technical and Constructive Antithesis
  Carlos Augusto Ramírez Orejuela

Carlos Augusto Ramirez Orejuela holds a civil engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and a Master in Engineering from UNAM, Mexico. He has worked in different engineering companies as director, advisor, consultant and specialized engineer. He has been involved in the design and construction of large hydroelectric projects such as Chivor, Salvajina, La Miel II, San Rafael and Sogamoso in Colombia; Chicoasen in Mexico; Caracoles in Argentina and Sopladora, Toachi Pilaton and Paute Mazar in Ecuador. Mr. Ramirez serves Tractebel Engineering-Coyne et Bellier as Technical Director of Consorcio Decoyne providing technical and managerial advice to Tocoma Hydroelectric Project in Venezuela. He is the author or coauthor of 28 technical papers on dam design, construction and auscultation.
  Lionel Ciampi

Construction Engineer from the University of La Plata, Argentina. He has worked in 5 countries at construction site offices of different projects, in interaction with internationally recognized engineering and construction companies, for different major hydroelectric projects, including Salto Grande, Yacyretá, Caruachi, Tocoma, Los Caracoles, Pinalito, Palomino, Chihuidos II. Mr Ciampi has served as design engineer, engineering director, project manager and director for engineering and construction advice agreements. At present he is a member of Tractebel Engineering France - Coyne et Bellier, with duties as Senior Consultant for multidisciplinary projects and marketing director for Latin America.
  Hans-Joachim Bliss
Special Foundation Engineering – Latest development in the construction of Cut Off Walls for Dikes and Dams

Civil Engineer MSc (Dipl. Ing.) at University Siegen, Germany and employed with BAUER since 1980. He is a Member of Management Board of BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH and responsible for the international activities. He is Chairman of the Board of several BAUER subsidiary companies worldwide. Since 2011 he is Junior Vice President of the European Federation of Foundation Specialists (EFFC).

Track 6: Other Industries

  John Whitaker
General overview of the infrastructures for a large Mining Project in Panama

Originating from South Africa John Whitaker is Project and Construction Manager with 25 years experience in executing large mining and process facility projects in numerous countries including South Africa, Mozambique, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Caledonia and Madagascar. John will be responsible for the execution of the Mina de Cobre project as Deputy Project Director for the main EPCM contractor acting for and on behalf of MPSA/INMET
  Berend Bracht
Innovation drives Bosch, a culture for growth

Mr. Berend Bracht is the regional president of Bosch Rexroth Americas since 2007. He started his career with the company in 1991 as a hydraulics sales engineer in Munich, Germany. From 1993 thru 2000 he worked at the Rexroth Industrial Hydraulics Division, initially as a Hydraulic Sales Engineer, then as a production manager for Valves & Manifolds and then vice president and general manager of the Standard Products Operation. With the merger of Bosch and Rexroth in 2001, Bracht was appointed vice president and general manager for the overall U.S. Industrial Hydraulics group. He accepted the position as CEO for Bosch Rexroth China in 2004.

Track 7: Project Planning & Financing

  Peter Vonk
Financing Trends in Large Infrastructure Projects

Finance and Investment Banking CAF.
  Gabriela Saiz
Financial Planning of the Canal Expansion Program

She is responsible for overseeing financial investment opportunities of the ACP treasury and the relationship with lenders of Expansion Program. Prior this position, Gabriela lead the contracting of the external financing for the Expansion Program $2,3 billion with five development agencies. Prior ACP, she was Deputy Director of Public Credit at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Panamá where her responsibilities included subscribing financial needs of the annual budget in the local / international capital markets, debt management opportunities to improve the country´s debt profile, working with international credit rating agencies and coordinating with international agencies investment programs. Gaby is a Member of Central American Leadership Initiative, graduated with an M.B.A from Incae and Nova Southeastern University and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
  Roberto Mori
Intercultural Management Competence for Project Success

Roberto Mori has a career extended background in Project Management of turn-key projects of industrial plants having covered several functions in project teams, up to the role of Senior Project Manager, Projects Director and Procurement and Operations Director. Still today he is Director Special Projects in Tenova, one of the World leaders for iron, steel, mining and material handling technologies. He is President of International Project Management Association (IPMA) for the period 2011-2012, after a term as Vice President – Membership Awards and Events, in 2009-2010.

Track 8: Borinquen Dam 1E

  Lelio Mejia
Design of Borinquen Dam 1E

Dr. Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E. is a Principal Engineer and Vice President with URS Corporation in Oakland, California, USA, where he is responsible for project, staff, and technology development in the dam and earthquake engineering practices of URS. He has worked on the design and construction of over 15 major dam projects worldwide, and has served on multiple expert review boards for dam owners such as the US Bureau of Reclamation and US Army Corps of Engineers. He was project manager and chief engineer for the design of the Borinquen Dams, and is now manager of design engineering services for the construction of the Borinquen Dam 1E.
  Mark G. Barkau
Construction of Borinquen Dam 1E

Mark G. Barkau, P.E. is a Principal Dam Engineer with URS Corporation and is the Resident Engineer on the Borinquen Dam 1E Project. During his 26-year career in the heavy civil construction industry, Mr. Barkau has worked on numerous major dam construction projects worldwide, including Hinze Dam Stage 3 ( Australia) and the Loch Raven Dam Enlargement (Maryland). Mark has significant experience on all sides of the construction industry; as a consultant, contractor and owner.

Track 9: Canal Expansion Design Issues

  Julian J Bommer
Seismic Design Requirements for the Canal Expansion Structures

Julian Bommer is a consultant with 25 years of experience in the fields of earthquake hazard and risk assessment for engineering projects, with most of his current work related to nuclear power plants. He holds the position of Visiting Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of Imperial College London. He has published over 100 journal papers on earthquake hazard assessment and the characterization of seismic design loads.
  Pietro Sembenelli
Temporary Protection Structures for Major Infrastructure Projects

Pietro Sembenelli holds a civil engineering degree from Polytechnic School of Milan and an M.Sc. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been involved in more than 80 design and construction projects of earth and rock dams worldwide. He pioneered the use of polymers to waterproof embankment dams and designed the highest such dam in operation today. He has been designer and consultant for large river diversions and cofferdams. Mr. Sembenelli is a member of the design team for Panama's Third Set of Lock, in charge of all excavations, and is responsible for the design of cofferdams. Founder and president of SC SEMBENELLI CONSULTING srl., he is the author of more than 100 technical papers.
  J. Michael Duncan
Evolution of Excavation Design in the Panama Canal

Dr. Duncan is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia. .He has supervised the research of 45 PhD students at UC Berkeley and Virginia Tech, and has authored more than 300 geotechnical engineering publications, including the textbook Soil Strength and Slope Stability, co-authored with Stephen G. Wright. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
  Maximiliano De Puy
Design of Excavations for the Pacific Access Channel

Maximiliano De Puy is manager of the Geotechnical Engineering Section of the Panama Canal since 1997 and has 30 years of experience in geotechnical engineering. He supervises the geotechnical designs and geological investigations for the Canal, including the Cut Widening and the Expansion Programs. He directs the Landslide Control, the Dam Safety, the Erosion Control and the Seismic Vulnerability Programs of the Canal. Civil Engineer degree from the University of Panama, master's degree from Cornell University (USA).
  Tom De Mulder
Hydraulic Modelling for the new PostPanamax Locks

Tom De Mulder graduated in 1990 as civil engineer. He specialized in fluid dynamics and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1997. After working some years in consulting companies, he joined Flanders Hydraulics Research (Flemish Authorities, Dept. of Mobility and Public Works). He was hydraulic consultant during the conceptual design (on behalf of CPP, 2004-2008) and the design (on behalf of ACP, 2008-2011) of the new Panama Canal locks. He recently got appointed as associate professor in applied hydraulics at Ghent University (Belgium).

Track 10: Canal Expansion New Locks Design

  José De Regge
Preliminary Design of the new Locks

José De Regge has more than 35 years of experience in port engineering in Belgium and abroad. He has also co-operated in various important projects of waterbound transport infrastructure. Amongst others he was charged with the design of the submersed tunnel elements of the "Liefkenshoektunnel" under the river Scheldt in Belgium, one of the largest tunnel projects in Belgium(1990-1992). He has worked extensively on port development projects in the Belgian Ports of Antwerp, Zeebruges, Ostend and Ghent. His experience includes feasibility studies and detailed designs for quay walls, jetties, Ro-Ro terminals, tunnels and other important civil engineering projects. Since 1997 he is manager of the department Ports & Waterways with Tractbel Engineering. In that function he has been responsible for several projects such as the new deep water container quay for PSA in the Port of Zeebruges, the deep water quay of the Kluizendock in the Port of Ghent, the new road infrastructure with tunnel and bridges in Ostend, offshore foundations for a wind farm near the Belgian coast. Recently he was also project director for the master plan study of a new port in India. José De Regge has been CPP (Consorcio Post Panamax)'s project director for the conceptual design studies and technical assistance to ACP for the new Post Panamax locks since the start of the project in 2002 until today.
Design of New Locks
  Mike Newbery

Mike has been the Design Manager (and Project Manager) for CICP Consultores Internacionales (CICP) JV on the Third Set of Locks Project from 2007 during the tender phase, and from 2009 on the design-build contract. He leads the over 250-strong CICP design team in support of the Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC) construction JV. Prior to this he has worked on the Expansion Project under various assignments since 1999. He has managed design on four lock and canal projects and, as Director of International Projects, was the Principal in Charge of ten major hydroelectric developments on three continents. Mike has a Master's in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Engineer in the US and UK and has been with MWH for over 25 years.
  Nicolas Badano

Nicolas is the CICP Technical Lead Hydraulics. He has worked on the both the Third Set of Locks Project during tender phase and the design-build contract. He has served as a lead hydraulics engineer for the Yacyreta Multipurpose (water) Project, Argentina-Paraguay, and currently is leading the design of the Gatun Spillway Expansion Project, also for ACP. Nicolas has a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering, has over 30 years experience and is a Registered Engineer in Argentina.
  John Duque

John Duque is the CICP Technical Lead Structures, for both the tender phase and during the design-build contract for the Third Set of Locks. Prior to this assignment John has been Project Design Engineer for several major international infrastructure projects including the Pinalito Hydroelectric Project, Dominican Republic, and the El Guapo Dam Project, Venezuela. He has over 25 years experience, a Master's in Structural Engineering, and is a Registered Structural Engineer in the US.
  Chris Ottsen

Chris is the CICP Geotechnical Lead and has worked on the Third Set of Locks Project during the tender phase and on the design-build contract. He has worked for MWH for 17 years on a variety of international water resource projects in planning, design and construction. These include the Lake Mead Water Intake, Nevada and the 1500 MW Lima Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project, South Africa. Chris has a Master's in Geological Engineering and is a Registered Engineer in the US.
  Jeremy Augustijn

Jeremy is the CICP Design Engineer for the Lock Gates for CICP JV on the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Project from 2009 during on the design-build contract. He leads the design of the steel lock gates, including the gate drive system and appurtenances. Prior to this he has worked the design of the Malamocco Lock Gates in Venice, Italy and the conceptual design of Canal Seine Nord Europe, France. Jeremy has over 20 years of experience and holds a Master's in Engineering.
Construction of New Locks
  Bernardo González

Mr. Gonzalez earned his degree in civil engineering in 1977. He joined Sacyr Vallermoso Group in 1999, after 22 years working in the construction industry. During this time he had the chance to acquire extensive experience in construction that covers a wide variety of large infrastructure projects, among others: Rail and Highways Tunnels, Hydroelectric Projects, Bridges, Highways, Dams, and Buildings. Before he joined Grupo Unido por el Canal (GUPC) as the Project Manager of the Atlantic Site in the Third Set of Locks Contract of the Panama Canal Expansion Project; he was the Director for the Latin American Region for Sacyr Vallermoso Group in Santiago de Chile. Since June 2010, Mr. Bernardo González is the Project Director of GUPC.
  Willmar Muller

Bachelor's degree in Economics, since the beginning of his career in the year 1972 worked in the construction business, stating in one of the major Brazilian contractors and afterwards, since 1987 with Impregilo in Asia, North and South America. In his career he has performed in several capacities in the areas of bidding, budget and budget control, project controls and also in the production coordination and supervision. He worked mostly in hydroelectric projects in Brazil, China, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and in the US. Actually he is the Project Controls Manager in GUPC, the Contractor for the Design and Build the Third Set of Locks of the Panama canal.

Track 11: Project Management

  Ariel Cuschnir
The Panama Canal Expansion Program: Emphasizing Good Environmental Management Practices

Dr. Cuschnir is a Sr. Consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), with over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting work. He has managed environmental impact assessments and feasibility studies for large infrastructure projects worldwide, and conducted evaluations for sustainable development programs, environmental and social due diligence of large infrastructure projects, and compliance with international performance standards (Equator Principles). He has prepared numerous reports for private and government clients, among others: The World Bank Group, the Inter American Development Bank (IADB), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), and Governments in Latin America and the Middle East.
  John Lopacki Jr.
Quality Assurance for the Canal Expansion

Over 35 years of experience in the development and implementation of International Standards Organization (ISO) compliant Quality Management Systems for large Design-Build projects in the United States and internationally. Programs included large concrete production and placement projects involving bridges, roadways, railways and tunnel construction. Most notable were the Texas SH130 Toll Road, the Eastern Transportation Corridor in Orange County, California and Program Management Oversight for the Tren Urbano Rail Project in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior Panama experience included Quality Control Management for the Panama Oil Pipeline Project in Chiriqui and Bocas Del Toro Provinces in 1982.
  José Reyes
Factors affecting the successful delivery of large scale projects: The Third Set of Locks Project Challenges

Mr. Reyes graduated in Civil Engineering at the Universidad Santa Maria (1985) and has Master Degree in Business Administration, and graduate studies in Management and Strategic Planning from Universidad Interamericana, He has received training at INCAE and US and European universities and had participated and attended workshops technical seminars in diverse countries of America and Europe. Mr. Reyes has 30 years of experience working in different managerial positions at the Panama Canal Authority. In the Panama Canal, he has participated and directed projects as: Widening of the Gaillard ($200MM), Landslide Control Program ($4MM), Locks Maintenance Projects ($3MM), Towing Track Rehabilitation ($150MM), Management Maritime Capital Program ($85MM), and most recently named as Project Manager for the Construction of the Atlantic Third Locks Project ($1700MM), among others. In addition, Mr. Reyes is Chairman, Panamanian Association of Project Management (APGP) member of IPMA and Professor, Project Management Graduate Course at Universidad Interamericana de Panama (Laureate University), he currently have international certifications as ISO9001 lead auditor, PMP credentials and IPMA-C Project Management Certification.

Track 12: Other Industries

Meeting The Challenges of Concrete Super Structures
  Don Van Gerve

Don Van Gerve, PE serves as National Sales Manager for Dayton Superior Corporation. A structural engineer, he has designed/assisted in the construction of 1700 buildings, 2000 bridges, and 500 tilt up / precast buildings in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Currently he is designing concrete shoring and forming for the World Trade Center site, specifically Tower 1, 2 and 4, the Memorial, and the Vehicle Security Center. DVG is a member of the ACI, AISC, CRSI, and PCI and holds a BSCE and an MBA.
  Joe Bechberger

Joe Bechberger, P.Eng.'s 14 years of construction industry experience includes serving as project manager many large scale projects. His areas of expertise include subcontractor and supplier management, procurement, budget analysis, contract negotiations and estimating. Currently, in his role with Collavino Group he is serving as the regional construction manager for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center, Tower 1. He holds a BESC in Civil Engineering.
  Renzo Collavino

Renzo Collavino has managed multi-million dollar projects throughout his career, including stadiums for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers, along with a large-scale irrigation project in the Republic of Yemen. In the late 90's he established Collavino Construction, a general contracting company. In 2007, he was assigned to oversee the largest project of his career, the building of the cast-in-place concrete superstructure for the Freedom Tower (Tower 1) of the World Trade Center project.
  Gabriel J. Paoletti
Electrical Infrastructure Life Extension & ArcFlash System Improvements

Gabriel J. Paoletti, P.E. received a B.S.E.E degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. in 1976 and an MBA from Rutgers University, Camden, NJ in 2009. He received the IEEE Engineer of the Year Award for 2009 (Northern New Jersey Chapter) for new product and service innovation which improved the efficient distribution of electrical power. Mr. Paoletti has over thirty-three years of engineering service experience with Westinghouse, ABB and Eaton Electrical (Cutler-Hammer) Services & Systems. His electrical distribution equipment experience includes field-testing, predictive and preventive maintenance, partial discharge technologies, RCM programs, applications engineering, failure analysis, power systems studies and renewable energy solutions. He has design experience with vacuum circuit breaker modernization, low voltage circuit breaker cell-retrofits and motor and transformer repair experience. Mr. Paoletti has written and presented many IEEE Papers and was a contributing author to the IEEE-Buff Book regarding topics on maintenance, testing and calibration (2002). Mr. Paoletti also received a Patent #7,646,308B2 System for Monitoring Electrical Equipment and Providing Predictive Diagnostics.