August 26, 1954: UP KEM was born

On August 26, 1954, fourteen chemical engineering juniors formed a group. These students were nothing more than a circle of friends having the same subjects, interests, and break periods. During their stay in the College, these students began to realize the importance of formally organizing a group to unite all chemical engineering students in the college; thus, UP KEM Engineers was born.

1965: The first Awitan

The organization quickly grew to become one of the largest socio-academic organizations in the University and gained a wider vision of its path. Not limiting itself to social gatherings and events, UP KEM Engineers also represented the Department of Chemical Engineering in events in and out of the University. It was in 1965 that the organization took a big step and organized its first major event, AWITAN, a university-wide chorale competition for student organizations in UP Diliman.

ChE Week and Inter-U

Martial Law did not prevent the organization from growing and continuing to excel. From what was then a faculty-and-student bowling competition, the first ever Chemical Engineering Week was established. Here, UP KEM Engineers organized activities that promote community within the Department and the student body, such as plant visits, exhibits and film showings. The crowning glory of the Chemical Engineering Week, however, was the first Inter-University Chemical Engineering Quiz Show, which is currently one of the biggest chemical engineering quiz shows in the country.

A New Name

A few years later, UP KEM Engineers became the UP Chemical Engineering Society, Incorporated (UP KEM); and while its name may have changed, the core traditions of academic excellence, holistic development and prime professionalism remained. Guided by these objectives, UP KEM continued its path and remained true to its standards of excellence and leadership.

PIChE-JCL and PACS, Inc.

UP KEM then became one of the co-founders of the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers-Junior Chapter Luzon (PIChE-JCL), an organization for chemical engineering students in Luzon. UP KEM also joined the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students, Incorporated (PACS, Inc.), an organization for students pursuing chemistry and related courses.

2010: The first sNCEC

Aside from developing its members, UP KEM also seeks to make an impact for the entire chemical engineering community. In line with this, UP KEM organized the Students’ National Chemical Engineering Conference (sNCEC), the biggest national chemical engineering event in the country, in order to gather participants to learn about innovations in the field, as well as to connect with other students and professionals with its sub-events. As UP KEM’s flagship event, sNCEC provides an avenue for chemical engineering students and professionals from all over the country to gather and share their knowledge.

KGB and CMTS

As a socio-academic organization, UP KEM also realizes its capacity to serve the community and make a meaningful impact on society. Each year, KEM Gives Back (KGB) seeks to visit less fortunate communities and organize activities that are educational and beneficial to these communities. Aside from this, Check Marks the Spot (CMTS) is a year-long movement that promotes science and technology to the Filipino youth through its sub-events. CMTS envisions a nation built by critical thinkers and problem solvers in the future, and it targets the youth to be the catalyst that makes this vision a reality. UP KEM instills a sense of social responsibility and selfless service to our members, and these two events give them the opportunity to fulfill the role of giving back and influencing the lives of others.

The present: Going far

More than sixty-three years has passed and UP KEM still travels along the path set by the vision of its fourteen pioneer members. Home to over 150 members and over 1200 alumni, UP KEM continues to be the premier chemical engineering student organization in the country. Setting higher standards for itself, its members, and its projects, UP KEM has gone far and will continue to go above and beyond.