Panama City, Panama Project Center

Panama City, Panama Project Center
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
A-Term during early fall

Location and Culture:

The Republic of Panama forms a link between Central and South America, constituting an isthmus 60 miles wide at its narrowest point. The country has over three million residents, with one-third living in the capital, Panama City. World-famous for the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal, Panama City is the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America. It has seen significant growth and is known for international shipping and banking, transportation, insurance, warehousing, and sales. The combination of colonial ruins, modern high-rise office buildings, luxury homes, and informal settlements reflects the blend of cultures, eras, and economic levels that are found in the city. Panama City has numerous tourist attractions, including Panamá Vieja (the ruins of the original city), Casco Viejo (the Old Quarter), museums, and national parks.

Past Projects:

Past IQP students at the Panama City, Panama project center have:

  • Worked to increase access to drinking water in informal settlements
  • Worked with the Panamanian National Airline to reduce aircraft bird strikes at Tocumen International Airport
  • Developed sustainable composting plans with the housing provider

Past MQP students at the Panama City, Panama project center have:

  • Designed an earth gravity dam
  • Analyzed ways to improve a dredging project intended to deepen the Pacific Access Channel
  • Analyzed construction management techniques to determine if equipment was being used in an optimal way during the construction of the Borinquen 1E dam
  • Designed grouting systems for use in the foundation of a dam