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Chem Eng dept co-sponsors seminar on advances on chemical process control instruction

The Chemical Engineering (ChE) department conducted a seminar on Advances in Chemical Process Control Instruction held at the Tereso Lara Seminar Room and in the Process Control Laboratory in the Velasco Building last October 26-28.

The seminar emphasized the role of process control software and hardware in the effective teaching of process control. College of Engineering Dean Servillano Olano, ChE Vice Chair Raymond Tan, and ChE faculty Joseph Aurenia were the lecturers and the resource persons. They developed some of the simulation programs on temperature control and pressure control software used in the hands-on portion of the seminar.

Ten different universities all over the Philippines were represented in this activity. These were University of Santo Tomas, Mapua Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila, Adamson University, DLSU-Manila and Technological Institute of the Philippines (National Capital Region);

Pablo Borbon Memoral Institute of Technology (Batangas); St. Louis University (Baguio City); MSU-Marawi, and the University of Mindanao. Florinda Bacani of the ChE Department represented DLSU-Manila.

The short course was the first in a series developed by the ChE Department to address its role as the Philippines’ Center of Excellence in the field of chemical engineering education. This seminar was also part of the department’s CHED-COE community extension program.

La Salle faculty spearheads national computing science congress

De La Salle University faculty will lead the more than 250 participants from all over the country who will attend the first annual national congress of the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP) to be held from November 29 to December 1 in Manila.

CSP president and College of Computer Studies Dean Dr. Raymund Sison said the event, dubbed Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC 2000), is undertaken in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology.

The November 29 session to be held at the Westin Philippine Plaza is a joint activity with the Southeast Asian Regional Computer Conference (SEARCC 2000). The next two days will be held at the DLSU-Angelo King International Center.

CSP is a new national society of computing science researchers, educators, industry practitioners, policy makers in government, and students, whose two-fold aim is to promote information technology (IT) research and development, and improve computing science education in the country, especially in the tertiary and graduate levels.

All papers in the conference were refereed by top Filipino Ph.D.’s and researchers here and abroad. In addition to paper presentations, the conference will also feature poster sessions, panel discussions, and tutorials.

FThe event aims to provide an opportunity for IT practitioners, especially in the academe, to establish networking and partnerships.

SDRC hosts visiting researchers from 4 countries

What proof can be further expected? The University’s confidence on its research programs is equal to its capacity and capability. Presently, the Social Development Research Center (SDRC) is hosting four foreign scholars under its Visiting Researcher Program. SDRC Director Dr. Francisco Magno saw the decision of the visiting researchers to affiliate with DLSU-Manila as an indication of the excellent international reputation of the university and its faculty in the field of social science and development research.

These scholars come from multi-disciplinary fields of expertise. Pilar Muñoz, a Ph.D candidate of the Department of Political Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of University of London, focuses her dissertation on a case study of selected Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) projects in the Philippines. A student of Leiden University of the Netherlands, Inge van der Luyt’s research study is titled “Filipino Family Values and Its Influence on Children’s Education.” Anthony Talbott, a Fulbright scholar and another postgraduate candidate of the Political Science Department at the Arizona State University of the United States of America, is accomplishing his research on “A Comparative Analysis of the Persistence of Millenarian Movements in the Philippines.” An MA in Economics graduate of the Punjab University of India, Tikaram Adhikari is a 2000 Asia Fellow of the Ford Foundation, doing his research paper on the “Resiliency Building of Bhutanese Youth.”

Under the Visiting Researcher Program, SDRC provides the visiting researchers faculty research advisors and support services. They, in turn, are expected to give at least one lecture in the university, submit progress reports of the research, and acknowledge the assistance of the University and SDRC in publications arising from their stay as visiting researchers.

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