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DLSU Eco Car Team places 1st in Shell Eco-Marathon Challenger Philippines

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In the recently concluded Shell Eco Marathon Philippines, held last February 2-5, 2017 at Mabalacat, Pampanga, the DLSU Eco Car Team placed first in the Urban Concept Gasoline category.

A total of 26 teams composed of 260 Filipino engineering students from 17 educational institutions all over converged at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga to take part in the first-ever Shell Eco-marathon Challenger Philippines.

A version of the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia, the renowned global competition challenges student-teams to design and build innovative and energy-efficient cars of the future.

For the competition, the students will be utilizing an energy mix that includes biofuels such as ethanol, to technologies such as compressed natural gas and gas-to-liquids (GTL) apart from conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel.eco3

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the advocacy projects that global energy and gas technology leader Shell drives its future energy visions of powering growth more sustainably by promoting innovation, energy efficiency, and upholding smarter mobility through smarter products, smarter use, and smarter infrastructure. The company also diversifies the energy mix by pioneering cleaner-burning energy resources such as natural gas.

With SEM Asia competition as the highlight of Make the Future festivities, visitors will also experience the ideas, contribute their own, and join the journey to an energy-efficient, low-carbon future. eco4

Through virtual reality and hands-on experiential zones, visitors will be able to explore what is happening now and what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energy to natural gas and low-carbon technologies. Visitors can also learn of the various innovations from across Asia and participate in interactive zones about the future of energy, mobility, and innovation by Shell and its partners.

Winners of the local Shell Eco-marathon competitions will be supported by Shell in their entry to the regional tilt. To know more about the event, check out www.shell.com/ecomarathon.

DLSU chemical engineering team places first in 2017 PIChe National Quiz Bowl

Team DLSU placed first in the recently held Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) National Quiz Bowl, held at LimKetKai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City last February 22, 2017. Alongside DLSU, teams from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of the Philippines Diliman, Adamson University, University of Santo Tomas, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Saint La Salle, Mariano Marcos State University, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, and Batangas State University also participated in the competition.

Team DLSU is composed of Donna Angeles (team captain); Christian Jay Balboa;  Joshua Martin Kalaw; and Francis Ian Tobias. Chemical Engineering faculty members  Dr. Vergel Bungay and Dr. Lawrence  Belo served as coaches. They were also trained by past quizzers Engr. John Frederick Tapia and Engr. Sed Anderson Holaysan.

In a separate competition, Industrial Engineering majors Christine Fernandez, Justine King, and Adrianne Tiu won second place in the Industrial Paper and Action (INPACT) 2017, an international competition hosted by the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Sumatera Utara. The competition was held from February 22 to 25 in Medan City, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The team scored 224.970 points, achieving second place overall. Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology placed first.

Another group from the Industrial Engineering Department won first runner up in the 14th Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE) National Student Congress held at Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa last February 24. This group is composed of Ian Frederic Ilagan, Paul Siegfried Barrios, Jayne Lois San Juan, Alysa Kimberly Tee, and Carlos Ilagan. IE Department faculty members Dr.Charlle Sy and Eric Siy served as coaches.

DLSU Eco Car Team to compete in Driver’s World Championship

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Photo by Noel Pabalate, Manila Bulletin

Following up on their second place run during the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon held in Rizal Park Manila, The DLSU Eco Car Team is set to compete in the Driver’s World Championship (DWC) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The team will be showcasing “Archer,” its entry in last year’s regional qualifier race at the Rizal Park in Manila. In last year’s qualifier, the Archer set the highest record in the Urban Concept-Battery Electric Category with a mileage of 78 km/kWh and placed second in the Petrol fuel subcategory after recording 159 km/l.

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Photo by Noel Pabalate, Manila Bulletin

The Archer itself will be a technology testbed for more advanced models and future energy efficient production cars. It sports a lightweight and aerodynamic design, an in-house developed motor controller, and is composed of carbon fiber and composite materials.

To monitor the various subsystems of the car, the Eco Car Team developed its own android app dubbed “Archer-Board” for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. The app has the capability to measure the car’s speed, temperature, battery level, efficiency, and computer power consumption.

The DWC is a gathering of the world’s best Urban Concept car teams that will compete on the basis of energy-efficiency and is an innovation competition that challenges students from universities from across the world to design, build, and race energy-efficient automobiles.

DLSU researchers to receive 2016 NAST Awards

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The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) will bestow awards on three De La Salle University researchers, including a Mechanical Engineering (ME) faculty who will receive the NAST Outstanding Young Scientist Award, in July.

ME Associate Dr. Aristotle Ubando will be recognized as Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of Mechanical Engineering for his research contribution to the field of algae and engineering. His Algae Bioenergy Laboratory is at the forefront of research on algal systems in the country. He is currently working on how to improve the production process of the algal industry and the automation of coco-sugar production.

NAST also notified Biology Associate Professor Dr. Isagani Janairo that he is the recipient of the 2016 Talent Search for Young Scientists (TSYS) for his paper, “Effects of biomineralization peptide topology on the structure and catalytic activity of Pd nanomaterials.” The study delves on coral-like Pd nanostructures and highlights the importance of topological arrangement in nanostructure formation and catalytic activity.

Likewise, CHED/PHERNet Sustainability Studies Program Research Assistant Christina Cayamanda will receive a TSYS special citation for her co-authored paper, “P-graph approach to optimal operational adjustment in polygeneration plants under conditions of process in operability.”

Her paper explores systems that integrate different processes and how they are susceptible to failure because of the manner that they are interconnected. The study scrutinizes the consequences of such lapses.

NAST is the highest recognition and scientific advisory body of the Philippines mandated to support outstanding achievements in science and technology.

 

Sony Pictures awards environmental grant to DLSU

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Sony Pictures, through the efforts of Sony Global Business Services, awarded a Greener World Grant to De La Salle University to support the community efforts of the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Ocean Research (SHORE) Center in Lian, Batangas.

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Part of the grant will go to the improvement of the tourism facilities in Sitio Kay Reyna, where residents are being trained as eco-tour guides and reef rangers in order to protect the rich marine life in their area.

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Last April 30, a total of 30 Sony volunteers together with SHORE Director Dr. Wilfredo Y. Licuanan and SHORE Center staff planted 300 mangrove seedlings and conducted snorkeling activities to explore the corals and other sea organisms in the Sitio Kay Reyna Marine protected Area.

DLSU student in 2016 Olympics

 

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DLSU student Ian Lariba of the DLSU Women’s Table Tennis Team will be a representative of the Philippines in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Currently taking up BS in Management of Financial Institutions, Lariba has consistently brought pride to the University in the five years that she has played for the DLSU Paddlers, winning Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 74, Most Valuable Player in UAAP Season 75, 77, and 78, and being awarded the Athlete of the Year in UAAP Season 77 and Season 78.

Lariba earned her slot in the quadrennial event after winning in the Asian Olympic Games Qualification Tournament held last April 16 in Hong Kong. She also holds the distinction of being the country’s first table tennis athlete to qualify for the Olympics.

 

CHED grants five-year autonomous status to DLSU

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The five-year status is the highest granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and was received by only three universities. Among the benefits of the grant is the University’s exemption from the issuance of Special Order for its graduates and from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED.

The University also receives priority in the grant of subsidies and other financial incentives or assistance from CHED whenever funds are available. Likewise, the University is authorized to grant an honorary degree to deserving individuals in line with the provisions of the existing CHED issuance on conferment of honorary degrees.

Other benefits include the privilege to determine and prescribe curricular programs to achieve global competence as well as the privilege to offer extension classes. The University may also establish linkages and offer programs via the alternative mode such as distance education or transnational education. It is also allowed to increase tuition without securing a permit from CHED.

BAGCED Co-hosts National Language Summit

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The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in cooperation with the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED) sponsored the Summit on the Survey of Philippine Languages on April 26, 2016, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Verdure, 5th Floor of the Henry Sy Hall, De La Salle University, Manila. The activity was in line with the commemoration of the 10th death anniversary of a Philippine linguistics giant, Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, who was a former Secretary of DepEd and the Chairman of the Board of SIL.

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The national language project was the brainchild of Br. Armin Luistro FSC, DepEd Secretary and Chairman of the Board of SIL, in his desire to help preserve and revitalize the Philippine languages.

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The event was a gathering of university and college presidents from all over the Philippines for the proposed survey and two-year research and community engagement of the current state of all 177 Philippine languages. The main objective of the event is for each higher education institution to adopt one Philippine language. For endangered languages this will help to ensure its preservation and survival through documentation. For more vital languages, it will give opportunity for collaborative work with the speech community to determine steps for language development. The main output of these research activities will be the production of the Philippine Ethnologue book that will document all language activities in the country.

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DLSU professors top research productive Filipinos and Philippine-based scientists according to SCOPUS

 

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With the recent publication of his 200th Scopus-indexed article, Dr. Raymond Girard R. Tan of the Chemical Engineering Department was named as the top research productive Filipino and Philippine-based scientist, according to the Scopus-Elsevier cumulative records.

Dr. Consolacion Y. Ragasa of the Chemistry Department and Dr. Elmer Dadios of the Manufacturing Engineering and Management Department were also cited as part of the Top 20 research productive Filipinos and Philippine-based scientists, with the former ranking second.

 

Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista Officially Inducted as National Artist for Literature

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Noel Pablante, Manila Bulletin

 

Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, De La Salle University Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, was among nine Filipinos formally inducted into the Order of National Artists last April 14 by President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Malancañang Palace. The induction of Bautista as National Artist for Literature follows the proclamation made on June 20, 2014.

The Order of National Artists is presided over by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Upon the recommendation of both the NCCA and CCP, the President of the Philippines confers the National Artist award on Filipinos “who have made distinct contributions in the field of arts and letters.

Described as a Renaissance man, Bautista is a poet, fictionist, painter, literary critic, and educator. At DLSU, he was honored as a member of the elite group of University Fellows. He spent 33 years teaching in the University, retiring in 2006.

He earned his Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature at DLSU in 1990. He was an exchange professor and honorary fellow in various universities abroad. He received notable literary recognitions including the first Hall of Fame Award of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, numerous National Book Awards, and the Grand Prize in the Centennial Literary Contest.

 

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