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DLSU Structural Engineering Students Win at A.CONCEPT2014 Poster Competition


Top 3 Winning Posters. Marvin Salazar, 1st place (left) and Kriss Ngo, 2nd place (right)

Top 3 Winning Posters. Marvin Salazar, 1st place (left) and Kriss Ngo, 2nd place (right)

In the recently concluded A.CONCEPT2014 convention held last May 22-24, 2014 at the Century Plaza Hotel, Structural Engineering students Marvin Salazar and Kriss Ngo from De La Salle University’s Gokongwei College of Engineering won in the student research poster competition sponsored by the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. Salazar’s poster entitled “A Methodology for Site Specific Wind Contouring and Hazard Mapping: A Case Study in Surigao City” and Ngo’s “Utilization of Perna Viridis as Partial Substitute to Cement in Concrete Mix” placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

Congratulations Marvin and Kriss!

DLSU students included in 2014 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines-NCR

(From left) DLSU students Miguel Moreno, Ira Gayll Zamudio, and Justin Sucgang  

(From left) DLSU students Miguel Moreno, Ira Gayll Zamudio, and Justin Sucgang

Three students from DLSU were named as part of this year’s Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in the National Capital Region (TOSP-NCR) last May 5. Jose Miguel Moreno from the College of Liberal Arts, Justin Sucgang from the College of Law, and Ira Gayll Zamudio from the School of Economics were cited as exemplary students alongside seven other pupils from universities in the National Capital Region. DLSU President and Chancellor Br. Ricardo Laguda FSC issued a statement regarding the three Lasallians that made it to this year’s roster of TOSP-NCR. “Being part of the TOSP NCR also presents a responsibility and a challenge to engage in the task of transforming our nation. Being true Lasallian leaders I am confident that you will carry the values of Faith, Service, and Communion in performing your tasks of serving our nation.” Moreno, Sucgang, and Zamudio will move on represent the University in the TOSP nationals.

DLSU Pursues the Dream of Renewable Energy–With Cars!

Solar Car Going Out

The question concerning fossil fuels is that of “when” rather than “if” the world’s reserves will finally run out. In 2007, De La Salle University wanted to be the first educational institution in the country to take a stab at the matter by developing the Philippines’ first solar car: the Sinag or “Sunray” in English. In the words of Engr. Jack Catalan, Electronics and Communications Engineering Department faculty and Electrical System adviser: “The Solar Car Project is a venue to demonstrate that we, as Filipinos and as Lasallians, can make a mark in this field.” To that end, faculty and students from both the Mechanical Engineering and the Electronics and Communications Engineering departments in partnership with Ford Group Philippines, San Miguel Corporation, Motolite, Shell, Sunpower, Philippine Airlines, and Ventus pooled gray matter and resources and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Tech specs

The Sinag sports some very non-pedestrian materials. The car’s frame is composed of carbon fiber and nomex, lightweight but durable materials that can be found in Formula One cars and the suit of a certain pointy-eared superhero with a taste for the theatrical. Sunpower, a local manufacturer of solar panels known for their efficiency, was also sourced for another key performance element. The car itself weighs in at a trim 295 kilograms or, to put things in perspective, a fifth of what a typical sedan would weigh. So yes, the Sinag is a very interesting piece of technological kit whose every inch, nook, and cranny screams clean propulsion. Tech and performance metrics aside, you arrive at a certain quandary. What do you do with the product of so much man-hours, blood, sweat, and tears? Hold a press event and call it a day?

Not quite.

A proper, self-respecting gear head would test their creation and would probably want to see how it fares when pitted against what the other guys did. Yes sir, a proper engineering fiend would race their car—in a grueling 3,000 km race against 40 other like-minded fellows and their creations. And yes, the Sinag team did just that by joining a biennial race that highlights advances in automotive technologies and promotes alternative vehicle engines: the World Solar Challenge (WSC) in 2007.

Faculty and Student

Passion…and a lot of elbow grease

It’s easy to imagine a dedicated team milling about in a workshop in a project such as the Sinag. It’s also easy to imagine these bright fellows spending their days just tooling over and immersing themselves in the solar car project, but for the twenty member core group comprised of both faculty and students of De La Salle University, the Sinag was a real, honest to goodness passion project conceived and executed in their spare time and within a mere seven months. The Sinag team had to literally balance personal and academic responsibilities with their time on the solar car. Even with such a balancing act, the team had achieved amazing results in their spare time and the proof was very much in the pudding: Sinag qualified for the WSC which is no easy feat by passing the Scrutineering and Qualifying events. More amazing still, Sinag’s performance in the actual race was exceptional placing 12th among 20 teams, ahead of teams from Canada and France, and finishing a day before the race’s cut-off date.

No one-hit wonder

After the Sinag, De La Salle University’s team of faculty and students weren’t quite done with solar cars. Sikat followed Sinag and was used a testbed for technologies that would later be implemented in Sikat II and Sikat II-A. The Sikat II-A is the fourth version of the Sinag and sports a number of improvements over its predecessors. Compared to Sinag, Sikat II-A takes an even sleeker, more aerodynamic form. Additionally, Sikat II-A has an average speed of 80 kph and a maximum speed of 110 kph. The Sunpower Silicon C60 solar cells used in the car are rated at 22% efficiency and outputs 1300 watts of power. Improvements were also made to the battery management system, telemetry, wiring, cruise control, brakes, and suspension system. Sikat II even makes use of Schwalbe Sleek tires. The end result of all these improvements and engineering work enabled Sikat II-A to place first in the pre-race qualifying round and third in the 2013 World Solar Challenge Adventure Class. In total, Sikat traveled 2,487 “solar kilometers,” the car’s mileage on solar energy, ahead of entries from Hong Kong, Turkey, the USA, and Japan.

Side Shot

Beyond the race

The successes made by the Sinag and Sikat teams in the arena of solar car racing illumine the wonderful possibilities of alternative and renewable energy-based transportation in the country. It also clarifies a few things about the capabilities of our people. Filipinos have the means and the know-how and producing vehicles such as Sinag and related technologies are very much within our grasp–if we as a nation so desire it. Moreover, our local talents and our ingenuity are competitive with our brethren across the globe and we can achieve our designs at a fraction of the cost of competing products. Sikat II for instance took 7 million pesos to manufacture while those from other countries would cost, on the average, at least $600,000. On a more immediate note, Engr. Catalan points out that the experiences and know-how gained from the Solar Car Project can be used in the production of electrical cars. “This is a direct application of the Solar Car Project. There are a lot of electrical components that we can adopt into an application involving electric vehicles. This is green technology that is expected to be part of the future.” As inspiring as these technical achievements are and its import on the capabilities of our country, Bro. Ricky Laguda, DLSU president and chancellor, best encapsulates what the Sinag and Sikat teams have achieved by stating that, “…Filipino students are capable of producing solutions to our current concerns in renewable energy and long-term sustainability of our planet.” Building cars with an eye towards the future indeed.

DLSU Eco Car Team nabs 2nd place at Shell Eco Marathon 2014

Manila, Philippines- The De La Salle University Eco Car Team’s entry, “Archer,” bagged 2nd place in the Urban Concept Battery Electric Category of the Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) 2014. The team was also given the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event Award for helping out India’s MIT Eco-Warriors. 107 teams from 15 countries participated in this year’s competition.

The Archer, which had a record of 66.38 km/kWh, bested 14 cars in the Urban Concept Battery Electric Category. Singapore’s team ITERBO3 from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) managed to nab the top spot with a record speed of 126.3 km/kWh.

The DLSU Eco Car Team also received one of the six off-track awards. The team’s helpfulness and sportsmanship earned them the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event Award. The DLSU Eco Car team aided the MIT Eco-Warriors so they can push through with competing in SEM.

The team from India was slated to compete in the Battery-Electric Prototype Category of SEM, but their vehicle was held in Singapore due to carrier complications. To help the MIT Eco-Warriors, The DLSU Eco Car Team volunteered to lend one of their former cars. “The MIT Eco-Warriors were given two days to build a new car from scratch. Seeing the impossibility of this, the team decided to help them out. ‘We asked Br. Ricky Laguda, FSC for permission and he gave us the go signal to do so.” Morris Papio, DLSU Eco Car team manager, shares. He also states that they were glad to have aided the Eco-Warriors in locating and buying parts for their vehicle.

The Shell Eco marathon 2014 was held at the Rizal Park and Quirino Grandstand. This is the first time the Philippines hosted the competition. Participating countries include Brunei Darussalam, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Forum: The Manuscript Doctor | November 12, 2013

DLSU hosts its NBDB-sponsored International Literary Festival on November 12, 2013 (Tuesday). One of the parallel sessions will be The Manuscript Doctor scheduled from 2:40 to 4:10 p.m., at Conference Room 3A, Faculty Centre.

The Manuscript Doctor is a forum where potential authors (students, faculty, etc.) bring their book ideas/proposals/manuscripts for review by a panel of publishing house representatives. A 10-minute talk on publishing criteria will foreground the 1.5-hour period. Writers will then queue up to meet a panelist individually for 10 minutes or so to present details of their project and/or sample chapters. In turn, the panelist will read and comment on the proposal as to its merits/demerits and if they would be interested in acquiring it for publication.

The last 15 minutes will be devoted to each panelist introducing themselves and their publishing houses, their in-house criteria for book projects, and other information pertinent to the objective of the activity. The aim of this event is to foster a publishing culture that starts writers off at a young age. Karina Bolasco (publisher, Anvil Publishing), Agatha Verdadero (publisher, Master Publishing), and a few other industry players will be part of the panel.

Please come on time to reap the full benefits of the session.

Harlequin Theater Guild presents “Ang Buhay ng Fratman” | November 8, 2013

THE STUDENT DISCIPLINE Formation Office (SDFO), in coordination with the Culture and Arts Office (CAO), invites everyone to attend a theater production entitled, “ANG BUHAY NG FRATMAN” by the Harlequin Theatre Guild. This will be on November 8, 2013 (Friday) at 2:40 pm-4:10 pm and 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at the William Shaw Little Theater.

Lasallians celebrate Animo Night Victory Party

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY celebrated its green victory with the Animo Night on October  17, 2013 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall grounds. Animo Night is a thanksgiving party for all the sports teams, athletes and their coaches for their winning performance at the first half of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76. It was also a send-off activity for the teams who will compete in the second half of the UAAP season.

A Thanksgiving Mass was held at 4:20 pm to kick off the celebration. Classes in all DLSU campuses were suspended from 4:20 pm onwards to give everyone the opportunity to join the activity.

Philippines’ Sikat II places third in world solar car race

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Sikat II placed third in the Adventure Class of the 2013 World Solar Challenge after travelling six days from Darwin to Adelaide.

The Philippines’ representative to the most prestigious solar car racing event travelled a total of 2,487 solar kilometers, beating Hong Kong, Turkey, USA, and two teams from Japan. Australia’s Aurora Evolution placed first while Chile’s Antakari landed second place in the same category.

A solar kilometer is the distance traveled by a vehicle relying solely on the sun’s energy.

DLSU Green Archers win the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Championship Crown

THE DE LA SALLE University Green Archers won the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Championship Crown against the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in Game 3 Finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on October 12, 2013. The scores went to overtime ending at 71-69.

DLSU has officially ended the five-year reign of its strong rivals, the Ateneo Blue Eagles from 2008 to 2012, by winning their championship since 2007 under Coach Franz Pumaren. This is Coach Juno Sauler‘s first championship for La Salle.

Sikat II completed the 3,000 km journey!

Finally, Sikat II has reached the end of timing stop. They have completed the 3000 km journey! Congratulations! Animo La Salle!

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