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Faculty attends USA confabs on water treatment technology

Dr. Pag-asa Gaspillo of the Chemical Engineering Department attended the 73rd Annual Exhibition and Technical Conference on Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment (WEFTEC, 2000) held in Anaheim, California, USA last October 14-18.

The activity sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) featured the recent advances in treatment systems of municipal and industrial wastewaters, biosolids management, surface water quality, and ecology. The program included visits to the West Basin Water Recycling Plant in El Segundo, California and to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (Regional Plant 1-CHINO Basin Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant) in Ontorio, California.

Gaspillo’s attendance to this event was through the invitation from the Office of Technology Cooperation of the United States-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP).

Post-WEFTEC 2000 activities were also held in Arizona from October 18 to 21. These included visits to the Scottsdale Water Park and the Northern Arizona State University. Through these activities, Gaspillo learned the latest technology for water reuse and recycling and discussed with experts involved in environmental technology.

Gaspillo also attended the training on Wastewater Treatment Technologies (Industrial and Municipal) and Sewage Treatment Plant Operators held on October 21-26 at the City of Elkhard, Indianapolis. Her participation in these events were made possible through the invitation of the Indiana Water Pollution Control Association (IWPCA) and through the sponsorship of the US-AEP and the Water Environment Association of the Philippines (WEAP).

ChE faculty attends Cebu workshop

Dr. Julius Maridable, also of the Chemical Engineering department, attended a course workshop on Enzyme Technology held at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City last October 16-20. The USC and the Delft University of Technology of Netherlands sponsored this activity. Dr. Maridable was the sole participant coming from Luzon.

ME chair at 26th PICE convention

Dr. Manuel Belino, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department presented his paper, “Key Elements to Consider in Revising the Code of Ethics of Filipino Engineers,” at the 26th National Convention of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers held on November 9-11 at the Manila Hotel.

The convention carried the theme, “Infrastructure in the New Millennium--Technology in the Service of Society.”

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