ChE faculty holds lectures
Leonila Abella of the Chemical Engineering Department delivered
her inaugural professorial chair lecture at the Ariston Estrada
Seminar Room last December 11. Her lecture was on the liquid
phase dehydration of tert-Butyl alcohol catalyzed by ion exchange
training and research is on heat transfer, reactive distillation
and catalysis. She undertook training on these areas in the
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Lille, France,
the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Nagoya University
in Japan. At present, she is involved in a research project
on environmental catalysis focused on methane reforming using
the other hand, Dr. Armando Quitain, a visiting professor
from the Chemical Engineering Department of Toyohashi University,
Japan gave a lecture on the topic “Sub-and Supercritical Water
and its Application to Waste Resources Recovery.”
The lecture was held at the Science and Technology Research
Center on November 23. Quitain was a member of the ChE Department
before he pursued his postgraduate studies at the Nagoya University
in Japan through the Mombusho Scholarship grant.
ME links with Japanese University
December 6, Professor Yasuki Nakayama of Tokai University
in Japan visited the Mechanical Engineering Departmentand
presented a brief lecture on the progress of visualization
as applied to various phenomena such as flow, heat, and sound.
His visit was to establish links with Filipino professors
who specialize in fluid mechanics prior to the holding of
the Asian Symposium on Visualization in Manila.
is President of Future Technology Research Institute in Tokyo,
Japan, and co-author of Introduction to Fluid Mechanics,
a 1999 Butterworth-Heinemann publication.
another development, Godofredo Salazar and Gerardo Augusto
of the Mechanical Engineering Department attended the 5th
Annual Seminar-Conference on Mini-Hydro Development sponsored
by the Philippine Association of Small Scale Hydropower, Inc.
(PASSHYDRO) and the Department of Energy on December 5-6 at
Hyatt Regency Hotel. The conference theme was “Mini-Hydro
for Countryside Development and Environmental Protection.”
presented his paper entitled “The Micro-Hydro Project in Abra:
Its Innovation and Impact to the Upland Community.” He is
the team leader of the Abra Micro-Hydro Project in the university.