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2016 Paul Zia Distinguished Lecture at NCSU

2016 Paul Zia Distinguished Lecture

Topic:  Protecting New Orleans - Gulf West Closure Complex
Speakers:  John Proskovec and Walter Baumy
Date:  Monday, September 12, 2016, 3 to 5 p.m. 
Location:  Stewart Theater in Talley Student Union

The 15th annual Paul Zia Distinguished lecture will feature John Proskovec and Walter Baumy who will discuss "Protecting New Orleans-Gulf West Closure Complex".

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex (WCC) is a $1 billion hurricane storm surge (flood) protection facility built for the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. The project consists of the world's largest interior drainage pump stations and one of the nation's largest navigable floodgates. The WCC was completed in 2012 and put to the test that year during Hurricane Isaac, where all pumps were utilized successfully during the storm to remove rain water from the west bank of New Orleans.

This annual lecture honors Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Zia, former professor and department head for NC State's Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, and a structural engineer who is eminent in research, professional society leadership, and practice.

Featured Speakers:

  • John Proskovec, Vice president of Kiewit — the construction, engineering and mining services company that managed the Gulf West Closure Complex.
  • Walter Baumy, Previous chief of engineering for the Army Corps of Engineers during Hurricane Katrina and is now national technical manager for Arcadis.

Admission is free, but registration is required- Click here to register.
Donations will be gladly accepted to support the Paul Zia Education Fund for Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering students at NC State.

PDH Credits and Learning Units (LUs):
There are two PDH credits available for engineers

Parking will be available in the Special Events & Varsity Drive Lots.  Shuttles will be running continuously every 15 minutes between 1:30-3:30pm.  This detailed map shows the parking lots and shuttle locations.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Following the lecture, sponsors and speakers are invited to attend a cocktail reception on NC State's Campus. To inquire about sponsorships, please contact Lindsay Smith at the NC State Engineering Foundation at 919-515-7738 or

Earlier Event: August 18
August, 2016 Luncheon