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DLSU CE PhD student won best presentation at 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

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At the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2018) held in Osaka, Japan last March 29 to 30, Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy was awarded “Best Presentation” for her paper entitled “Full-Field Estimation of Cyclic Threshold Shear Strain.” Engr. Uy is a PhD student of the Civil Engineering department and a scholar of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT). She is currently at Nagoya University for her Sandwich Program which is also funded by the ERDT. The paper is co-authored by her adviser Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca, Civil Engineering Department and Sandwich Program supervisors Dr. Toshihiro Noda and Dr. Kentaro Nakai, Geotechnical Engineering Division Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Nagoya University Geotechnical Engineering.

The ICSMGE aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Original article can be found here.

 

World Water Day 2018 at DLSU

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Last March 22-23, 2018, the first World Water Day (WWD), with the theme “Answer is in Nature; Nature for Water”, was held in De La Salle University-Manila.  It was organized by the Civil Engineering Department – Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering Division and the Civil Engineering Society.  World Water Day is sponsored by Healthy Family Purified Water which is an advocacy by Manila Water Total Solutions.  By celebrating World Water Day, the organizers promoted sustainability and awareness regarding the emerging technologies in water resources engineering and how nature is the solution to water-related problems.

On the first day of the celebration of the World Water Day, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Velasco Bench 3 to officially open the booth.  The Gokongwei College of Engineering Dean, Dr. Jonathan Rivera Dungca, the Vice Chairperson of Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Mario De Leon, alongside Dr. Marla Maniquiz-Redillas, Engr. Richard De Jesus, Engr. Joenel Galupino, Engr. Maria Emilia Sevilla, Engr. Paolo Ian Lucero, and Engr. Miller Cutora were present during the opening ceremony of the booth.

 

The booth design itself revolved around the theme, where numerous civil engineering students, and professors were wearing blue and were seen participating in the booth activities. After the ribbon cutting, videos about water resources from UNICEF and civil engineering students who took CIVWARE in the previous term were shown to the audience. Free bottled water were also distributed to students who posted photos or selfies online using WWD’s official hashtags.

A seminar on the second day of the World Water Day celebration was held in the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU-Manila. Civil Engineering students especially students taking up water-related subjects and students specializing in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering actively participated in the discussion during the seminar.  The invited speakers, Engr. Trevor Morrish-Hale from Royal HaskoningDHV, Engr. Anya Arguelles from CH2M, and Dr. Renan Tanhueco from the CE Department, each talked about their research and experiences in the water industry field.

Engr. Morrish-Hale, discussed the technologies behind land reclamation. He started the talk by asking the audience about what they know about the sea level rise, and expounded on the process behind reclamation and the challenges that can be encountered when conducting it. Dr. Tanhueco, on the other hand, shared his case study in partnership with other researchers who were also faculty members in DLSU, perceptions towards the use of eco-toilets in rural or low communities. The benefits of using eco-toilets, such as water conservation, nutrient supplementation for plants, and refined sanitation, were emphasized during his talk. The third and last speaker, Engr. Arguelles talked about the treatment of wastes, specifically industrial wastes.

DLSU Eco Car Team launches new eco cars for 2018 Shell Eco Marathon

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As part of its commitment to advance sustainable and renewable technology, De La Salle University’s Eco Car Team (ECT) unveiled its latest eco vehicles last January 26.

The cars, “Bumakaya,” meaning “one load roar,” and “Imakadiwa,” which translates to “relentless warrior,” will take part in the upcoming 2018 Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) in Singapore.

According to the team, the cars are 30-40% lighter, makes use of more exotic materials, are more aerodynamic, and have improved weight distribution.

The student-led ECT has been competing regularly in Shell Eco Marathon since 2011. It has won two championships: for the category, Urban Concept Car (Battery Electric) in 2015 and the Drivers World Championship (Asia) in 2017.

ECT has also won several first runner-up awards: In 2014, for the Urban Concept Car  (Battery Electric) and Urban Concept Car (gasoline); and in 2016, for Urban Concept Car (gasoline).

DLSU at the FDI International Arbitration Moot

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De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU COL) was named the Top 3 Highest Ranked Team in the Global Finals of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot competition held in Boston, Massachusetts last November 2 to 5.

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104 schools worldwide were part of the competition. Two oralists from DLSU COL Julia Pineda and Rob Concepcion ranked 2nd and 3rd highest advocates respectively for the competition. The team received support and instruction from the DLSU College of Law and were coached by two international law practitioners Foreign Attorney  Dr. Harald Sippel and New York Attorney Amanda Lee.

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The FDI Arbitration Moot is an annual competition organized by the Center for International Legal Studies in cooperation with the following founding institutions: Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (FDI 2017 Host School); Pepperdine University Law School Malibu, California; Centre of European Law, King’s College London; and the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Frankfurt/Cologne, Germany.

 

Jack Ma shares thoughts on success, social advocacy with DLSU students

 

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Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma encouraged De La Salle University students to continue finding opportunities despite constant failures in an open dialogue last October 25 at the University’s Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium. 

Sharing that he was not a great student as he failed a number of times in his entrance exams, from primary school to middle school to college, he said that they should pursue the dream they are most passionate about. He likewise shared his insights and experiences about success and failures, the future of entrepreneurship, and his advocacy on social development.

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“How can young people have opportunities? We should enable them by technology and we should improve the education system,” he said, as he noted the importance of constant learning and development.

In his conversation with DLSU students, he highlighted the importance of UN social development goals and mission and responsibility. He also shared some words of encouragement with the audience, which was comprised of students, educators, and leaders in the business sector.

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Best known for his innovation in e-commerce, Ma has received numerous awards from prestigious global institutions such as the “2015 Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asian Awards and the “2009 CCTV Economic Person of the Year Award:  Business Leader of the Decade Award.” In addition, Ma was named 30th Most Powerful Person in the World” by Forbes Magazine in 2014, “Business Person of the Year” by Business Week in 2005, and “World’s 100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine in 2009.

As a leader and philanthropist, he has supported and served in various advocacy and socio-civic organizations which include: being the Founder of the Jack Ma Foundation, Co-Chairman of Paradise Foundation, Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business, United Nations Special Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, and Member of the Global Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy.

During the event, DLSU honored Ma by awarding him an honorary degree in Technopreneurship, honoris causa. “This is a great university with a long history and a great mission, and the thing that I feel most excited about is that this university carries the SDG or the Sustainable Development Goals. As one of the UN’s advocate for that, I feel extremely happy for our school to continue this mission,” he said.

Other notable personalities who have received honorary degrees from DLSU in the past years include Nobel Laureate for Physics David Jonathan Gross, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Richard Heck, former Timor-Leste President and Nobel Laureate for Peace Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate for Economics Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate for Economics Robert Mundell, Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, former President of Poland and Nobel Laureate for Peace Lech Walesa, Nobel Laureate for Medicine Torsten Wiesel, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Ada Yonath.

 

Civil Engineering Faculty at the PICE NCR 14th Regional Technical Conference

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Prof. Andres Winston C. Oreta delivered a lecture on “Learning Seismic Retrofitting Methods and Practices from Japan” at the 14th Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) NCR Regional Technical Conference held on Oct. 6-7, 2017 at the AVR, Valenzuela City Hall, Vallenzuela City. The conference, hosted by the PICE North MM Chapter with Prof. Dr. Victor Macam, Jr as president had a theme, “Civil Engineers: Serving the Nation & Sustaining Development.”

Engr. Frederick Sison, CE Dept. Professional Lecturer and past president of Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) also delivered a lecture on “Updates on the National Structural Code of the Philippines.

The conference was attended by PICE members from various MM chapters – Manila, Makati, Quezin City and East and North Metro Manila. There were 15 lectures on various topics – CPD, BIM, Codes, Retrofitting, Construction Management, Pile Dynamics, Gender Sensitivity, Transportation Engineering, Fire Technology Occupational Safety and Water Resources.

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14th Lasallian Scholarum Awards honor outstanding coverage of youth and education stories

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From left: DLSU Office for Strategic Communications Executive Director Johannes Leo Badillo, University Student Government President Mikee de Vega, Yellow Boat of Hope Co-Founder Jay Jaboneta, and Mr. Miguel Lima representing Sen. Sonny Angara.

 

The Board of Judges meeting for this year’s Lasallian Scholarum Awards (LSA) themed “@youthPHL: Empowering the next generation through stories on youth & education” culminated last September 18 in De La Salle University, Manila.

This year’s Board of Judges is composed of Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, Al Jareera English News Correspondent Marga Ortigas, Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. Trustee Raissa Posadas-Hechanova, Yellow Boat of Hope Co-Founder Jay Jaboneta, and DLSU University Student Government President Mikee De Vega.

Now on its 14th year, the Lasallian Scholarum Awards aims to give recognition to outstanding coverage of youth and education stories by professional and campus journalists.

 The LSA has seven categories.  For nationally circulated publications featuring youth and education concerns, the categories are 1) Outstanding feature article; 2) Outstanding column article; 3) Outstanding photograph; 4) and Outstanding feature story on De La Salle University.

 The other categories are outstanding feature on youth and education appearing in 5) National broadcast; 6) Campus publications, and 7) Online publications. 

 Awardees will receive a sculpture designed by renowned artist Daniel Dela Cruz. The LSA will take place this October 23, 11 am, at De La Salle University.

 

DLSU, Maynilad partner on sustainable water management

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From left: Maynilad Water Academy Executive Director Rodora Gamboa, Maynilad Senior Vice President Patrick Gregorio, DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Tan; Chemical Engineering Full Professor Dr. Michael Promentilla

 

De La Salle University and Maynilad Water Services Inc. recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to undertake collaborative research projects that aim to address sustainable water management in the country.

The MOU between DLSU and Maynilad was signed last September 4 at the DLSU Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, in conjunction with a workshop for the project “Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future” (NexCities) attended by international partners as well as members of the academic and industry sectors.

The parties pledged full cooperation with one another to enhance their respective research capabilities in water and wastewater management.

In the MOU, DLSU cited its aim to create a comprehensive support structure for research by establishing connections with industry partners and fostering research collaboration and creative activities with the industrial community.

For its part, Maynilad expressed its desire to strengthen research partnership and linkages with the academic community by establishing activities aimed at promoting sustainable water management.

The signatories of the MOU were Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Tan; Chemical Engineering Full Professor Dr. Michael Promentilla, who is the project leader of NexCities; Maynilad Water Academy Executive Director Rodora Gamboa; and Maynilad Senior Vice President Patrick Gregorio.

DLSU and DOST-PCIEERD host NexCities workshop

 

 

De La Salle University (DLSU) and the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) hosted the “Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future” (NexCities) workshop last September 4 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

The event was held in conjunction with the Newton Fund– Research Councils UK Project (RCUK). Representatives from the British Council, Newton Fund, Research Council UK, University of Surrey, University of Nottingham, and Maynilad were also collaborators for this event.

The NexCities project aims to develop a new concept of Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus in future cities that would help in identifying factors involved in energy and resource efficient wastewater management for improved water resources, enhanced water quality, sustainable food production using recycled nutrients, and positive social impact.

The workshop aims to provide a venue for knowledge exchange among researchers and stakeholders from water utility agencies, civil societies, local government units, and other relevant sectors.

 

DLSU law students ace international moot

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De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU COL) students bagged top honors in the recently culminated Vis East Moot in Hong Kong. The prestigious international moot competition took place last July 2 to 8.

Theodore Dolar, Romeo Lanzarrorote, and Gavriil Sulano had a stellar finish, ranking first among all moot participants. The team from DLSU COL was able to defeat representatives from the Edith Cowan University of Australia, last year’s Vis East Moot champions.

Lanzarrote was also given the Colin J. Wall Award for Best Mediator for the Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd’s 3rd Young International Mediation Competition.

Competing universities are from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, and South Korea.

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