Southern Methodist University
International Baccalaureate Scholars Program
and the SMU School of Engineering

Cordially invite you to a lecture:
"The Panama Canal: A Key Player in International Trade"

By Alberto Aleman Zubieta
CEO of the Panama Canal Authority

Friday, October 21, 2005, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Laura Blanton Building – Room 110 - lower level


Alberto Aleman Zubieta
Alberto Aleman Zubieta

The lecture begins with a brief history of the Canal, followed by a discussion of the Master Plan for the Canal, as well as current projects, expansion plans, and challenges for the future. The Panama Canal, a significant engineering achievement when it opened in 1914, allows ships to avoid the 12,000 mile journey around the tip of South America by providing a passageway from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Currently 70% of trade through the Canal is from or to the U.S. Possible upgrades include a new third “lane” for ships that can haul twice as much as the largest ships that currently use the Canal. Expanding the Canal will not only ensure that the Canal remains competitive, but can significantly contribute to the economic growth of the western United States including Texas.

Alberto Aleman Zubieta is the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, the leading interoceanic waterway that serves world maritime commerce. In 2005 the Board of Directors re-elected him to lead the ACP for another seven years. The maritime industry has acknowledged his leadership in transforming the Canal into a successful model of operation. He is a member of various international and local organizations, such as: the International Advisory Board of Texas A&M University, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Chief Executives Organization (CEO), the Panamanian Chamber of Construction, and the Association of Panamanian Architects and Engineers, among others.

Lecture Information

The students, faculty, staff, and alumni of SMU and our extended Dallas community are cordially invited to attend. Please RSVP by Oct. 20 to Martha Starke via email to or call 214-768-3726.

Campus directions and a map are available from the SMU website at: Building #44 is the Laura Blanton Building located at the intersection of SMU Blvd and Airline Dr. The lecture will be in conference room 110 on the lower level. Parking is available in the Moody parking garage, #97 on the map.

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