Port Management Hosts Panama Canal CEO

panama canal ceo jorge quijanoThe Center for Advances in Port Management hosted Jorge Quijano on campus this past spring. Quijano presented “Development and Operation of the Newly Expanded Panama Canal and Vision for Its Future.”

Quijano is a graduate of Lamar University, obtaining his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering in 1973, followed by his Master of Engineering degree in 1974. He moved back to Panama shortly after where he began his career working for Panama’s Texaco Oil Refinery before joining the Panama Canal Authority in 1975. For 41 years, he worked for the proclaimed Eight Wonder of the World until 2012 when he was promoted to CEO where he brought the expansion of the canal to completion in 2016.

In his presentation, Quijano spoke of his experience as the $5.5 billion project came to a close in mid-2016. “More than 100 years ago the Panama Canal connected two oceans. Today, we connect the present with the future” he said. Quijano’s success lies in the importance to drive diversification while promoting the development of local logistics activities to reap the most benefit from Panama’s enviable geographical position to further evolve as the “Hub of the Americas.” The completion brought faster transit times and lower costs and provide tremendous benefits in moving cargo between Texas ports and Asia as well as the west coast of South America.

In addition to his work at the Panama Canal Authority, Quijano serves as a member of the Lamar University Civil Engineering Advisory Council. In 2013, he received the Lamar University Industrial Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award and was named a Distinguished Alumni in January 2017.