The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell Latin America Student Society, and Cornell Policy Review are pleased to present an interview with Engineer Ilya Espino de Marotta, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Program Management at the Panama Canal Authority. Mrs. de Marotta oversees the Panama Canal Authority Engineering and Programs Administration Department, responsible for the execution of the Panama Canal expansion program.

Mrs. de Marotta earned a Marine Engineering degree from Texas A&M in 1985 and a Master’s in Economic Engineering from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua (The Old Saint Mary University in Panama City, Republic of Panama) in 1996. She has worked for the Panama Canal Authority for more than 30 years. Mrs. de Marotta discusses her career with the Panama Canal Authority and her experiences leading the Panama Canal expansion program.

This interview was conducted by Tatiana Aleman with the assistance of Gustavo Abdiel Aguilar Miranda and Harrison Speck.



Harrison Speck

Written by Harrison Speck

Harrison is a former Senior Content Editor for the Cornell Policy Review and 2017 CIPA graduate focused on tech policy. During his time at Cornell, he was a Google Public Policy fellow with the Future of Music Coalition. Before Cornell, he worked for the State of Texas in public assistance...
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