A Compass for the Future

by Jelor Gallego

UP KEM, in its dedication to furthering the advance of scientific education in the Philippines, has long held career orientations towards prospective high school students, seeking to convince them to take up chemical engineering as their course in college.

Initially, this has been in the form of career orientation programs that encourage graduating high school students to pursue a field in chemical engineering. Yet this stalwart event of UP KEM has undergone a new iteration, adapting the event to suit the changing times.

With the advent of ASEAN regional integration and the Philippine K-12 program, COMPASS head Juan Ramon Danganan (14A) had to adapt the event with the new curriculum. And last September 19, 2015, their efforts did not come to naught.

Held at San Jose Academy in Navotas City, an estimated 100 students from grade 10 participated in a whole day track orientation program. The new K-12 program DepEd instituted added not only two years to the high school students’ stay but also implemented a track program, allowing the students to specialize in a specific track gearing towards their course of choice.

Formerly, the event advanced chemical engineering as a career of choice but now focuses on emphasizing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) track. In its new comeback, speakers such as Curt Marvin Cruz, a B.S Education graduate who was part of the curriculum review of K-12 program explained the details of the track program.

Other speakers such as Dr. Mikaela Irene Fudolig, the child whiz, introduced the role of STEM in everyday life and society and highlighted the reasons why she pursued a STEM course. Afterwards, Sir John Michael Constantino from the UP Civil Engineering Department emphasized Civil Engineering as a future course for the students.

Last but not the least, Dr. Leila Laguyo, a guidance counselor from UP, taught the students about effective decision making and also explained the results of the students’ career assessment test that was administered during the break.

The team is planning to expand the focus beyond STEM and hopefully in two years expand its scope to pushing chemical engineering as a degree program to the will-be-then graduating students.

The program was only possible due to the newly-granted advisory status of DepEd to UP KEM. A follow-up event is being conceptualized for hopefully this November after sNCEC and the event team is busy scouting schools for the next location.

Ramon explains his hope for the program, “We hope that KEMers will volunteer to be part of the program and other KEM alumni volunteer to be speakers for future events.”

UP KEM holds “Paradox: The UP KEM Orientation Seminar” for 16A

by Jessa de Guzman

The UP Chemical Engineering Society, Inc. held “Paradox: The UP KEM Orientation Seminar (16A)” at the Department of Chemical Engineering Building last September 13.

Aiming to introducing UP KEM to the future applicants of the organization, the event consisted of a series of activities and talks from the alumni and members of the organization. It was headed by Fatima Talan (15A).

Reminiscing their days in UP KEM, the alumni speakers Engr. Bemboy Nino Subosa (08B), Engr. Fra Olalem Cinco (01B), and fresh-grad Mr. Paul Jake Nalzaro (11A) shared with the event’s participants how and why joining the organization was one of their best decisions in their college life.

Engr. Subosa, a current faculty member of the Chemical Engineering Department, related how the organization had helped him hone his talents and academic performance as well as in finding his circle of friends in the organization. Meanwhile, Engr. Cinco, a reservoir engineer at Chevron, reiterated the importance of chemical engineers in the industry, where UP KEM alumni continue to shine. Concluding the inspirational talks, Mr. Nalzaro added how the organization has helped him develop his leadership skills, talents, and academics.

In addition, members of the Executive Council talked about the different committees of the organization. Aside from the committees, the events of UP KEM such as ChEck Marks the Spot (CMTS), KEM Gives Back (KGB), the upcoming Students’ National Chemical Engineering Congress (sNCEC), and the UP KEM Online Shop (Kosh) were presented as well.

The organization’s external affiliations such as the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students (PACs) and Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers-Junior Chapter Luzon (PIChE-JCL) were also discussed. Afterwards, Troy Delos Santos (13A), the Vice President for Membership encouraged and oriented the participants on what to expect during their application process.

Advancements, hurdles in ChE academe tackled in AUChEEdS 2016

by Rans Miguel Lintag

With a focus on the impact of the changing standards and policies in education on the chemical engineering academe, the ASEAN Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Education Summit (AUChEEdS) was held last September 19 to 21 as part of the National Chemical Engineering Week 2016.

The event was organized by the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers National. Some faculty members of the Department were part of the organizing body with Dr. Rizalinda de Leon (80A), College Dean, as the Logistics Chair and Dr. Terence Tumolva (99B), the Department Chair, as the Quiz Bowl Chair.

AUChEEdS was attended by students, professors, and instructors from across South East Asia. Troy Tolentino (12A), President of UP KEM, toured the Singaporean delegates around Manila when they arrived on the 18th. Several KEMers also attended the event as the Department requested delegates from UP Diliman.

Plenary sessions about the academe were given on the first day. Through a webinar, Dr. Richard Felder talked about effective chemical engineering instruction. Vicky Abagon (12A), President of PIChE – Junior Chapter Luzon, also had a plenary session of her own towards the end of the program.

The much-awaited ASEAN Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Quiz Bowl was held on the second day. The three winning teams from the PIChE Quiz Bowl 2016 (including UPD), together with the National University of Singapore and Chulalongkorn University competed against each other. The team from UPD, composed of team captain Ariel Rica, Dave Ramos (12B), Marrod Cruz (13A), and Ernest Delmo (13B), bagged the first place with 255 points. Engr. Karl Pilario (07A) and Engr. Jhud Aberilla served as their coaches. CSA Bacolod with 170 points and Chulalongkorn University with 60 points bagged the second and third places, respectively.

In the afternoon of the same day, teaching demonstrations were conducted by instructors from the different attending universities. Engr. Bemboy Subosa (08B) represented UP Diliman and taught about the application of mechanical energy balance in pitot tubes.

With the field of chemical engineering completely highlighted throughout the event, the week-long celebration finally ended with each participant bringing home innovations, renewed connections, and brand-new opportunities.

Heyday: Eng’g OWeek 2016 welcomes students for the new academic year

by Carla Jane Carandang

As part of the College’s effort to welcome the freshmen and transferees, the Engineering Student Council (ESC) held last September 5-9 the annual “Heyday: Engineering Opening Week,” a four-day event featuring a library tour, service booths, organization fairs and exhibits, and a college-wide sports fest.

One of major sub-events is the Sportsfest which pitted the different Departments against each other in in various sports. In the end, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering was hailed as the Champion, followed by Civil Engineering for the second place, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering both for 3rd place.

“Heads-Up,” was marked by service booths from different government agencies. Next was “Leg’go”, a library tour held for students to introduce them to the services offered by the Engineering Library.

The fourth day, “Hop-in,” was the College’s organizational fair. Different student organizations, fraternities, and sororities from the college prepared fun games and activities that reflect their respective cultures. The UP KEM blockhandlers planned a bubble-hoop activity which aimed to introduce KEM to the freshies.

OWeek ended with “Chill Out,” a culminating party at the CS Amphitheater where bands from different organizations were invited to play, including KEM’s very own KEM band (composed of Michael Jemziel Gulay (15A), Juan Paolo Paeldon (14A), Janina Damian (14A), Safiyah Dominique Buat (15A), and Yra Camacho (14A).

The Opening Week, this year spearheaded by ChE Representative Ralph Justine Baguinon (14A), has a long tradition of starting the year right for Engineering students, and this year is no different. The whole lineup of events included every chapter and sector in the college and also brought out the students’ love for the college.