The Panama Canal – which some say is the 8th Wonder of the World – is one of the greatest engineering achievements of the modern era; one which changed the pattern of global logistics forever. In this course, we will use archival materials to explore how the Canal was built: the challenges that were faced and how they were overcome from the perspectives of design, construction, and management. We will describe advances in technologies and leadership strategies that transformed an isolated, disease-ridden rain forest into a modern transportation link that–after 108 years–continues to function, substantially unchanged, as one of the busiest transportations links in the world. We will trace the history of the Canal through the implementation of the new, post-Panamax locks opened in 2016. Understanding the keys to the original canal will reveal useful principles that apply to the megaprojects of today.