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World Water Day 2018 at DLSU

DLSU World Water Day 2018

 

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 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’s Project Einstein 2015 Announces Call for Entries

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To commemorate the centennial year of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and in accordance with the International Year of Light, De La Salle University’s Philosophy and Physics Departments, in cooperation with the College of Engineering and the College of Computer Studies, will be hosting a three day international, multi- and inter-disciplinary conference from September 29 to October 1, 2015.

The event will be held at DLSU on the first two days of the event and at DLSU Science and Technology Complex, Laguna on its final day. The conference, entitled “Project Einstein 2015: An International Conference Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity,” is part of the global effort to honor Einstein’s ingenuity and contributions in diverse fields of study.

Project Einstein 2015 will feature plenary speakers noted for their experience and contributions in their respective fields including the award-winning Dr. Paul Berger, full professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University. Dr. Berger is the founder of Nanoscale Patterning Laboratory and both founder and director of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics Laboratory (NOEL) and Polymer Device Laboratory (PDL).

Project Einstein 2015 will also showcase research works in fields directly influenced by Einstein such as physics, mathematics, education, literature, psychology, philosophy, religion, politics, holocaust, gender studies, engineering, computer science, music, art, and their significance to the progress and development of the modern world. In addition, performances and art exhibits commemorating Einstein’s life and works will also be featured in the conference.

The Lasallian community as well as the general public are welcome to submit proposals for papers, artworks, and performances. Submissions will be accepted until July 10.

Lasallian is Philippines’ Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student

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DLSU student Lawrence Caringal

A student of the DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering, Kristian Lawrence Caringal, was named as the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering
Student of the Philippines 2014 by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).

Caringal is under the ladderized program BS/MS in Civil Engineering with specialization in Structural Engineering.  He was recognized for excellence in academic performance, leadership, community service, and knowledge regarding the topic “How to utilize technological innovations to further improve the infrastructure in the Philippines as a future Civil Engineer”. The awarding was held during the PICE 40th National Convention last November 13 at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City, Albay.

PICE is an organization accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, composed of more than 74,000 registered CE members in 96 chapters and some 46,646 CE student members in 170 student chapters throughout the country.

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Lasallians to Unveil World-Class Foldable Bicycle at the 1st Philippine Bike Expo

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A team of Lasallians from the De La Salle University Gokongwei College of Engineering will unveil the first upscale Philippine-made foldable bicycle at the 1st Philippine Bike Expo on November 15 and 16 at the World Trade Center. Faculty member Engr. Isidro Marfori III and former co-faculty Engr. Carl Mamawal will lead the launch of NYFTI, one of the winners of the 2nd IdeaSpace Startup Competition supported by IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. The NYFTI team is composed of engineers, designers, and fabricators who are very passionate about transportation design. NYFTI is committed to create world-class quality foldable bicycles that showcase Filipino innovation. Attendees of the expo will have the opportunity to have first dibs in owning this premium novelty as pre-selling will be done in the event.

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Epitomizing Filipino innovation, the technology startup team behind NYFTI was able to create a handmade full-size geometry bicycle with the smallest fold volume – the best in its class so far. It showcases a patent-pending three-fold design that seamlessly folds and fits into spaces one never would have imagined. It has the ability to transform into three convenient modes namely: the fold, park, and cart mode. All of which are perfectly suited for bi-modal commutes.

Built with tough yet light chromoly alloy steel, NYFTI weighs approximately 10 kilograms. In addition, it incorporates 8-speed gears, reliable brakes, and 16-inch wheels granting urban wanderers a safe and nimble ride experience. NYFTI celebrates a lifestyle lived largely in the city with portable and functional handmade bicycles. Altogether, it is a product that is perfect for the on-the-go urban wanderer.

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IdeaSpace is the largest private-sector commitment for technology entrepreneurship based in the Philippines. It is supported by the following companies: First Pacific, First Pacific Leadership Academy, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, MPIC hospital group, PLDT, Meralco, Smart Communications, Inc., Digitel Mobile Philippines and its mobile brand Sun Cellular, SPI Global, ePLDT, Indofood, Philex Mining, Maynilad, MediaQuest, and TV5.

To find out more about NYFTI Bicycles, please visit their website: www.nyftibicycles.com, Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nyftibicycles.

Let there be light: Changing lives with renewable energy

Apayao is a landlocked province of mountains, rivers, and farmlands. Found at the northern edge of Luzon, it is bordered by Cagayan to the north and its east, Ilocos Norte to the west, and Abra to the south. Within Apayao, some 607 kilometers north from Manila, lies the municipality of Calanasan.

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The trip to Calanasan is a grueling fifteen hour trip by car, but to reach Parina, another three hours is needed. The mountain community is only accessible via a rugged access road, freshly cut through the mountainside. On good days, the mud stymies most vehicles and, occasionally, a tractor is needed to haul vehicles up the sharply inclined slopes. On bad days, the road is subject to landslides making travel all but impossible.

Once Parina is reached, visitors are treated to a reminder of a more pristine time. Parina is verdant with dense foliage while, off in the distance, fog envelops the peaks of the Cordilleras. Taking in the scenery, there is an almost primaeval feeling to the community’s isolation. That isolation extends to facilities taken as staples of city life. Like other far-flung communities across the country, Parina has neither phone lines nor a cell tower nearby. It is, however, home to a micro-hydro power plant, a project of De La Salle University and its partnership with SN Aboitiz Power. This 10 kilowatt power plant supplies power to fifty-five households in Parina. More amazing still, it is operated and maintained by Parina’s residents.

A convergence of technology and environmentalism

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Engineer Isidro Marfori is the project head of the Micro-Hydro Technology power plant in Parina. A faculty member of DLSU’s Gokongwei College of Engineering and project head of the Center for Micro-Hydro Technology for Rural Electrification (CeMTRE). As Marfori explains it, the Micro-Hydro power plant uses water sourced from nearby Cadcadir river. Water from the river is diverted through canals, channels, and pipes. The diverted water is then led through a turbine. As the turbine rotates, mechanical energy is generated and then transferred to an electric generator which then produces the electric power.

Marfori was happy to point out that the process does not add chemicals, gas by-products, and is, thus, very clean. As a “run-off” system, no dams are put into place. Dams are notorious for unbalancing delicate ecological systems  as these significantly alter natural topography and displace wildlife.   In contrast to dams, run-off systems such as the micro-hydro power plant merely diverts a much smaller volume of water and, thus, maintains the natural balance of the area. The very sustainability of the system is one the reasons why De La Salle University strongly believes in the project.

Preparing communities for change with social engagement

In implementing the project, Marfori described DLSU’s approach which he termed as “Community-based Micro-hydro System.” The process was one of social engagement in which the community’s active involvement was encouraged by the DLSU team. To begin the process, the DLSU team took into account the community’s living conditions, means of livelihood, demographics, and knowledge base. After the necessary information was gathered, the team then approached the community on a per family basis and introduced them to the concepts behind the technology. According to Marfori, some members of the community were not even aware of electricity prior to the project.

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After the preparatory phase of the project was completed, the team proceeded to build consensus within the community by talking to the community’s elders. Only after the consensus of the community is attained that the actual planning and design phases took place. Planning began with the selection of members for the Barangay Power Association or BAPA who are tasked with managing and operating the power plant. Marfori stressed that while DLSU can provide technology that can last nearly a lifetime, the system can only work if the community takes care of and maintains the plant. As such, the DLSU imparted on the community the importance of technology management and the skills to actively maintain the plant–from changing worn out parts to ecological awareness such as checking if their water source is still available. Marfori stressed to the community they have to maintain their forest and not cut down trees. “In fact, they should plant more trees so that the retention of water in the mountain will increase or remain the same,” he said.

DLSU’s history of sustainable development

The micro-hydro power plant in Parina is not the DLSU-CeMTRE’s first foray into the technology and the electrification of a remote community. Since 1998, DLSU has been providing electricity to underserved communities. as Marfori recounts, one of the earliest project areas for DLSU was Abra. “We have three power plants there that are still operational up to this point,” he said. Marfori was also proud to point out that a cooperative emerged from one of the communities managing a power plant which was evidence that communities were developing and even profiting from their new power systems.

In regards to Parina itself, Marfori sees a number of ways in which the community can thrive with the help of the new power plant. “They can actually gain an income by implementing livelihood activities that the micro-hydro power plant can power. They can put up, say, a rice peeling facility. Because the rice mill is powered by a renewable source of power, they don’t need to buy gasoline,” said Marfori.

The implications for a small community such as Parina is staggering.

“Since they don’t have to buy fuel, they can actually save money and this is additional profit for them. They can also put up a welding shop so that, within the community, if they have welding services, they can repair things themselves and charge for the service,” said Marfori.

Challenges and the future of sustainability

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According to Marfori, there are many communities in the Philippines that continue to live without the benefit of electricity. Given that the country is tropical, why isn’t there more of these projects addressing the needs of far flung communities? Simply put, the development and execution of a micro-hydro facility is not easy. Moreover, coal is the defacto energy source for much of the Philippines and the developing world. “Coal is the easiest energy source. You just import everything and that’s it,” Marfori intones.

Another concern of Marfori is that sufficient volumes of water needed to power micro-hydro plants are found only along the mountains and countryside. Such areas add difficulty to the logistics of complex projects and invariably increases cost and construction time due to their inaccessibility. Marfori also confided that communication is another problem as no cell towers are present in the area. Thus, each component and piece of equipment must be meticulously planned into the itinerary.

Regarding components, the turbine needed for the plant introduced a challenge in its own right. Very few people in the Philippines are capable of designing and manufacturing micro-hydro turbines. Fortunately, DLSU is one of the few institutions that have the capability to design, produce, and deploy the component in the field.

“Initially, it was technically challenging. I designed the turbines then we built and later tested them in a laboratory. Once we deployed the turbine, that is where the unknown comes in. Is your design durable? Will it work? Will it be efficient? Will it provide power to the community? As the project progressed and as we went through our daily activities in the center, built more turbines, and implemented more power plants, challenges change and new goals are set.”

Beyond the logistical and technical difficulties of the project, Marfori presented DLSU aims: to make the technology widely available to other universities so that they can implement similar projects to other underserved communities like Parina. While difficult and costly, Marfori reiterates that the completion of such plants will change lives.  If the prior Abra projects are any indication, the Parina community is on track to experiencing growth themselves. And in regards to how long the plant will remain in operation, Marfori replies with the words: “It will last almost forever.”

DLSU and Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Recognize Scholars

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De La Salle University Manila and the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) honored the third batch of scholars for the Gokongwei Grants at the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Hall last August 15.

Every year, scholars are carefully selected through a rigorous screening process for the Gokongwei Grants Program of the Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE) and the DLSU Office of Admissions and scholarships. Twenty grantees were chosen for the current batch.
 Qualifying scholars are among those who received the highest marks in the university’s college admission test. The grantees can pursue any degree program offered by GCOE and will receive full scholarships and monthly stipends for lodging, meals, and other expenses.

Lance Gokongwei and Marcia Gokongwei Sy, representatives from the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc. (GBF), joined DLSU in giving recognition to the new scholars and their high schools.

With their shared mission of educating the best and the brightest students in the country, DLSU and GBF established the Gokongwei Grants to award new scholarships that will help in developing engineers and leaders who will contribute to our nation’s progress.

DLSU Will Host Climate Change Impacts and Disaster Preparedness Seminar

Researchers, educators, and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend “Climate Change Impacts and Disaster Preparedness –Technologies, Protocols and Policies Optimized for the Philippine Setting” on July 4, 2014 (Friday), 9:00AM – 12:00 PM at De La Salle University, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, Learning Commons, Exhibit Area, 13th Floor. The seminar will cover the impact and challenges that climate change presents to the Philippines and all aspects of the initial, ongoing, and post-rehabilitation needs of affected communities.  This activity is open to all researchers within DLSU-Manila, the DLSP system, and those belonging to other universities, institutes, and agencies–both public and private.  Resource Speakers for the seminar include Mr. Arnold Grant S. Belver (Climate Change Commission); USEC Teodoro Herbosa (Department of Health); Ms. Edna Juanillo, Chief Climatology and Agrometeorology Division (PAGASA), Mr. Ramon J. Santiago, Director, Flood Control Information Center (MMDA), and Dr. Francisco Magno, Director, Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance (DLSU).

For inquiries, please contact: edgar.vallar@dlsu.edu.ph or 524-4611 loc 424

 

Gokongwei College of Engineering Hosts Digital Transformation Forum

The Gokongwei College of Engineering in cooperation with Amihan Global Strategies will be holding the Digital Transformation Forum as part of its Enterprise Briefing Series on May 29, 2014, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Yuchengco Hall, Rm. 407. The forum panel includes Dr. Jayakanth “JK” Srinivasan and Mia Umanos who will be speaking on Sustainable Enterprise Transformation and Understanding the Digital Consumer respectively. Dr. Srinivasan will focus on “Enterprise Visioning and Transformation Planning” through the application of the seven principles of Enterprise Transformation which serves as a guide in affecting change in the organization: from the assessment of the current business state, to identifying improvement opportunities, to its execution cycle. Ms. Umanos will be discussing how consumer data can be harnessed for more insightful decision-making through the application of analytics to customer interaction data for reports, analyses, recommendations, optimizations, and predictions.

Faculty, students, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Registration details can be found here.

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