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DES faculty members attend international and national conferences

As faculty members of the University of the Philippines, it is not just their duties to provide higher learning engineering education to the students but to also extend their knowledge and expertise in their own respective field of study through research and extension works. Thus, several faculty members of the Department of Engineering Science have recently participated in different conferences to present their research works locally and internationally.  

Asst. Professor Clare L. Garing has discussed her study on the Effect of Carbon Black Substitution with Modified and Raw Bentonite on the Vulcanization Characteristics, Mechanical Properties and Water Resistance of Natural Rubber Nanocomposites in the Rubber Compounding Symposium last October 3, 2016 in Sequioa Hotel, Quezon City.   (Read More....)

DES faculty members graduate with master’s degree

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From left to right: Engr. Felix Rey C. Bueta, Engr. Maricris C. Cunanan, Engr. Gianina Martha A. Tajanlangit, Asst. Prof. Christian C. Vaso

Four Department of Engineering Science faculty members namely, Felix Rey C. Bueta, Maricris C. Cunanan, Gianina Martha A. Tajanlangit, and Christian C. Vaso recently completed their Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering (MS MSE) at the University of the Philippines Diliman under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) scholarship. (Read More....)

 

PHA project receives 5-M funding from DOST-PCIEERD

The DOST-PCIEERD (Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development) endowed a Php 5-million funding to a research project of the Department of Engineering Science. Spearheaded by Dr. Jey-R S. Ventura, an Assistant Professor of the Department, the study tackles the production of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) from agricultural residues.

The production of bioplastics is an emerging research as it addresses the country’s solid waste management problem. In addition, bioplastic application extends to smart drug delivery and biocompatibility. As such, this study aims to initiate the investigation of PHA production using cheap agricultural residues, progressively enhancing its efficiency to come-up with a market-competitive biomaterial.

The research project is divided into three stages: first, the production of PHA will be optimized by identifying the best microbial strain for fermentation, selecting the best substrate, and fine-tuning the fermentation process to yield PHA with the optimum mechanical and chemical properties. Second, the bioplastic will be subjected to several tests including that for biodegradability. Finally, the market feasibility of PHA production will be established to determine the market price of PHA-derived bioplastic using agricultural residues.

This project is in collaboration with the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH). 

DES welcomes two new faculty members

Gracing the ENSC classrooms are two new assistant professors, Jimyl M. Arabit and Clare M. Garing.

Ma’am Jimyl obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2012, and subsequently, her master’s degree in chemical engineering in 2015, both from UP Diliman. After she finished her master’s degree, she volunteered in Campus Crusade for Christ in UPD, where she found it pleasurable meeting students and new faces every day. During that time, she realized her passion for teaching, such that when she knew of an opening in the Department, she immediately applied for the faculty position. 2 from UP Diliman, and subseqciencere M. GaringNow, she handles ENSC 10a and ENSC 11 classes. “I have been enjoying the first few weeks of classes. Each day is a new experience. Those which I then have never thought of doing before keeps me excited every day. It’s a joy engaging with students, helping and seeing them learn,” she shares.

Ma’am Clare, on the other hand, is a BS Chemical Engineering graduate of UPLB. She finished her bachelor’s degree in four and a half years. Then, she studied MS Chemical Engineering in UPD, obtaining her degree last year. When asked about her reason for entering the academe, she cites teaching as her way of serving the people around her. Furthermore, she mentions that the idea of teaching engineering students makes her smile. Handling ENSC 10a, ENSC 13, and ENSC 26, she found the first few weeks of teaching to be really challenging. However, it is her passion for teaching that keeps her going. For her, every well-delivered lecture or laboratory class makes professional life in the university extremely satisfying.

 

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Asst. Prof. Jimyl M. Arabit (left) and Asst. Prof. Clare M. Garing (right)

DES’ Ma’am Adel receives Academic Excellence Award

Adeliza A. Dorado, an assistant professor of the Department, led the doctoral graduates in UPLB’s 44thCommencement Exercises held last June 25, 2016. She obtained the highest general weighted average (GWA) of 1.0192 among the 50 PhD candidates. She finished the degree of PhD in Agricultural Engineering.  (Read More..)