R. Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE, NAC

Visiting Professor of Engineering Practice

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP 1221


BSConE - Iowa State University 1979

Professional Memberships

Industry Committees and Advisory Boards

  • Iowa State University Civil Engineering Advisory Board, 2010-2020
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Technical Program Subcommittee, 2014-2021
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Member Society Awards Committee 2017-2020
  • American Society of Civil Engineers History & Heritage Comm. Corresp. Member, 2010-
  • Transportation Research Board: Member AFH40, 2008-2020
  • Transportation Research Board: Member AFH20, 2015-2020
  • Transportation Research Board: Member "Committee on the Study on Performance of Bridges" Special Ad Hoc Synthesis Committee for IBRC Transportation Innovation. 2017-2019. Report presented to Congressional leaders
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Legislative Fly-In Congressional Liaison 2020
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Committee to Resolve Certification 2021-22

Research Interests
Heavy Civil Engineering mega-projects and the Great Projects

Professional Career
Prior to teaching Paul worked for Kiewit Corporation for nearly 45 years in engineering and management roles on a wide variety of heavy civil engineering mega projects throughout the United States including Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, several projects on the Big Dig in Boston including the new Zakim / Bunker Hill Bridge, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span, and the Folsom Dam Spillway.

Public Speaking
Paul has provided over 350 lectures and seminars at over 90 engineering schools throughout the United States, and nearly 200 other professional, public, and international venues. During the past two decades nearly 50,000 people have attended his lectures.

Civil Engineering History Lecture Research
2008: Building Brooklyn Bridge
2010: Building Hoover Dam
2012: Building Golden Gate Bridge
2012: Great Builders
2014: Building Panama Canal
2016: Building Grand Coulee Dam
2018: Building Eads Bridge
2019: Building Transcontinental Railroad
2020: Building Mackinac Bridge

Teaching Activity
CE 597, The Great Projects

Selected Publications

  • EPC Expansion at Thompson Falls Hydroelectric Project, Proceedings of the International Conference on Hydropower, 1997, ASCE Authors: Jonathan S. Field, M.ASCE, John C. VanDaveer, Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Building Better Bridges, October 2007 Author: Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Sustainable Bridges - A Contractor's Perspective, Aspire, April 30, 2010 Author: Raymond Paul Giroux Building Hoover Dam (Men, Machines, Methods), Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium, ASCE Press, October 2010, Author: Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Relevance of Roebling, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE January 2009, Author: Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Building the Panama Canal (Men, Machines, Methods), ASCE 100th Commemorative publication, "Engineering the Panama Canal." ASCE Press, 2014, Author: Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Centenary of the Panama Canal, Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014, Author: Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Performance of Bridges That Received Funding Under the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, Transportation Research Board, The National Academies Press, 2019
  • Building the Transcontinental Railroad, Sandstone & Tile, Stanford University, 2019
  • Spanning the Centuries, Friends of the Chain Bridge, 2020
  • Making the Case for Teaching Construction Contract Changes and Claims as an Elective Course in Construction-Related Programs, ASEE 2023, Dr. George Okere, University of Cincinnati, Prof. Raymond Paul Giroux Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, Purdue University, West Lafayette