faculty attends ASEAN symposium
of the Chemical Engineering Department Dr. Leonila Abella,
Dr. Susan Roces, and Joseph Auresenia attended the Regional
Symposium on Chemical Engineering (RSCE) held in Bandung,
Indonesia on October 29-31.
All three faculty members presented technical papers during
this symposium. Abella presented a paper titled “Catalysis
in the Natural Gas Industry in the Philippines: CH4-CO2,”
reforming a paper co-authored by Dr. Susan Gallardo, also
of the same Department. Roces’ paper presentation was on charcoal
briquettes from biomass. Auresenia’s paper, on the other hand,
concerns the use of Taguchi Design of experiments to optimize
the parameters of cleaning machine for sensitive plastic products.
Abella served as chair of the technical session on process
Meanwhile, the launching of the ASEAN Journal of Chemical
Engineering was held during the symposium. Roces, as chief
editor of the said journal, addressed the body during the
With Indonesia as the host country, the organizers for this
year are the Department of Chemical Engineering of DLSU-M,
faculty of Industrial Technology of the Institut Teknologi
Bandung, and the Indonesian Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Engineering faculty presents research papers in international
Civil Engineering faculty of De La Salle University presented
papers in the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies
(EASTS) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam held on October 23-27.
Attended by over 400 participants and observers from governments,
private industry, and various universities in Asia and the
Pacific Region, the Hanoi EASTS Conference 2001 focused on
the theme “Transport for Equity, Economy, Mobility and Sustainability”.
Alexis Fillone, assistant professor of civil engineering,
presented two papers titled, “Immediate Effect of MRT 3 Operation
on Bus Service Along Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA)”
and “Delineating Metropolitan Iloilo, Philippines Using Traffic
Volume Analysis.” The latter was co-authored by Ma. Olivia
Caday-Fillone of the University of the Philippines.
Doña, assistant professor of civil engineering and
concurrently CERTC Director, presented a paper titled, “Strategic
Issues in Providing Urban Infrastructure for Megalopolitan
Areas in Developing Asian Countries.“ It was published in
the prestigious Journal of EASTS.
The papers presented in the conference are offshoots of the
research activities of the Fillone and Doña under the
auspices of the University Research Coordination Office.
delivers paper on environmental pollution
Education Department chair Dr. Maricar Prudente participated
in the 3rd International Workshop for Marine Environment on
October 21-26 in Otsuchi Marine Research Center, Iwate, Japan.
The United Nations University and the Ocean Research Institute
of the University of Tokyo jointly sponsored the workshop.
The event was supported by the UNESCO project, Asia-Pacific
Cooperation for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources
in Biosphere Reserves and Similar Managed Areas (ASPACO),
and by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
project, Pollution of Hazardous Chemicals in the Coastal Marine
Environment and their Ecological Effect (POME).
Prudente presented her studies on toxic contaminants in coastal
and urban areas in the Philippines during Session 3 on environmental
pollution in coastal ecosystems. The workshop discussion was
focused on understanding the coastal ecology with particular
emphasis on Asian and Asia-Pacific region, nutrient cycles
in the coastal areas and its impact on living resources.