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    Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Symposium

    May 6, 2019 - Sacramento, CA

    The History & Heritage Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Connecting the East and the West with fast and easy transportation for the first time, its completion is considered by many as the most significant civil engineering project of the 19th Century.

    Registration will open in early 2019.

    Symposium Speaker Line-Up

    Building the Transcontinental Railroad:Trestles, Tunnels, & Tracks
    Raymond Paul Giroux, Dist. Member ASCE,
    Kiewit Corporation

    The Central & Southern Pacific’s Historic Sacramento Shops
    Mary A. Helmich, co-author, A Legacy in Brick and Iron, Sacramento’s Central & Southern Pacific Railroad Shops
    California State Railroad Museum Foundation Board Member.

    Theodore Judah and the Blazing of the First Transcontinental Railroad Across the Sierra Nevada
    J. David Rogers, PhD, P.E., F.ASCE
    Missouri University of Science & Technology

    Lunch Keynote Speaker
    David Bain, Author, Empire Express
    Middlebury College, VT

    The Civil Engineers of the Union Pacific Railroad
    Mike O’Connor, P.E., M.ASCE, Chief Engineer,
    Frederick & Pennsylvanian Line Railroad, MD

    Grenville Dodge, and the Engineering of the Union Pacific Railroad
    Tonja Koob, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE,  President,
    Gaea Consulting, LA

    Photographers of the Transcontinental Railroad
    Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCE,
    California State Railroad Museum Docent


    ASCE Staff Contact
    Jennifer Lawrence, Aff.M.ASCE

    Symposium Chair
    Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCE