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5 NOV 2001. VOLUME 33. NUMBER 23. 4 PAGES_ 

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Mechanical Engineering
faculty leads national confab
Gives free instructional technology training

The Mechanical Engineering faculty of De La Salle University-Manila led the paper presentation session of the 49th Phi-lippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) National Annual Convention at the Manila Midtown Hotel on October 18-20.

The theme of this year’s convention was “Empowering the Mechanical Engineer Towards Professional Excellence.” It is aimed at properly equipping the nation’s mechanical engineers into becoming more competitive in the face of a globally open market. Dr. Manuel Belino, chair of the ME Department, and Dr. Aida Velasco, Business Management faculty and former COE dean, spoke on the convention’s theme.

Dubbed as “The Learning Convention,” the event provided the engineers with the technical know-how, making it possible for them to compete in the global workplace. Lined up in the national convention were innovative technical presentations, seminars, and industrial plant tours.

During the convention, the ME faculty members presented a total of 15 papers.
In the convention’s Innovention contest, ME students bagged the first and fourth prizes. Reinnal Rosales, Jian Carlo Alana, Mark Mendoza, and Leonard Tan won the first prize for their invention, the Solar-LPG Powered Tricycle. Due to the rising pollution along with the rapid increase of petroleum prices, the idea of a hybrid tricycle using renewable type of energy, specifically solar energy, and a much cheaper type of fuel such as LPG, arose from this team.

Terence Jason Gocheco, Chester So, John Paul de Jesus, and Chris Rumel Kho got the fourth prize for their invention of Integrated Control System and Strategy for a Hybrid Electric Vehicle. A pioneering research effort in the field of mechatronics in the University, the research project involves the automation of an existing hybrid electric vehicle set-up.

Faculty advisers of the winning entries were Laurence Gan Lim, vice chair of the Department, and Godofredo Salazar. COE Vice Dean Efren de la Cruz co-organized the said Innovention contest.

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