Inspirational Message from Dr. Benito M. Pacheco for UP-COE Graduates

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Dr. Benito M. Pacheco Professor, Institute of Civil Engineering, UP Diliman Former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Diliman Former Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, UP Diliman

Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, Professor, Civil Engineering

#resolution by Benito M. Pacheco

Maligayang bati sa bawat isang nagtapos sa Class of 2018! Salamat po, Dean at mga kapwa faculty, sa paanyayang ito. At salamat po sa inyong pagdalo, mga mahal sa buhay. Salamat din po sa pagpapakilala sa akin at aking pamilya. Dear Graduate, happy are you for a number of good reasons. Your family members are excited about your degree, such as: BS Civil Engineering, wow, the best! LOL. Or your loved ones are very glad that you graduated from UP, not the other school! LOL. Or they are very happy that you graduated, finally, period! LOL. Sa aming naunang henerasyon ng UP engineering graduates, mas maraming summa: sumasabit; mayroon ding magna: magna-nine years; walang cum: kumokopya… LOL. Now you already conquered the terror that was. 2 This is one of the many ways that you may thank them, for motivating you to come this far. Happy are you in coming over, from everywhere in the Philippines, to this huge building, a very fitting venue for celebration. Did you know that the same person designed – and did very well – the church of Holy Sacrifice in Diliman who also designed this Convention Center? Here the only thing that you miss is… the sunflower? 3 You are a bit sad, too, Dear Graduate, for a number of other things that you will soon miss from Diliman: the clear view of super blue blood moon, or the bright stars in the sky; the tall acacia trees; the green grass; the lagoon; the Area food; the ikot and toki jeepneys; the lantern parade; the engineering week; the org; the persons who really warmed your heart on each sad day when you felt that you had failed… 4 And are you anxious, too, Dear Graduate, about what is out there, about what is next? (I remember I was when I graduated.) So, I come before you with a proposed resolution to speak truthfully about your anxieties and mine. Will you find a job; pass the board exam; and stabilize your own finances? … Will you find and keep the love of your life? Will you match your passion with a good career, a job, or a master’s degree; figure out how to be successful while young; and prepare to be compared to colleagues in profession or industry? Will you get along well with everyone? Will your guardians be around much longer to motivate you? Will you stay relevant in this fast-changing world and universe; or face uncertainty of government support to your industry? Will you deal with society that, in some ways, you view as dysfunctional? So many anxieties, so little time! (Is this not another anxiety, too? LOL.) 5 How will industry welcome you? Is it not this same industry that clamored to revamp the education system, which you just went through? Soon the first regular batch of senior high school graduates will study engineering with a very different curriculum from yours. Of course you had no control on the 5-year curriculum that was required of you; yet you cannot stop asking yourself the question: Will the 4-year graduate become a better engineer or computer scientist than you? And soon the first batch of freshmen in other colleges in Diliman will have the option to take an elective minor program in another college. Will you yourself wish to be an engineer or computer scientist with a minor in Creative Writing? Will each member of the Class of 2022 – four years from now – become a better UP graduate than you? 6 Who will be the better UP graduate, the better engineer or computer scientist to research, develop, and apply winning technology? How will technology win the war on poverty and inequity of wealth? How will technology cure the illness of apathy? Technology seems to make each person less and less personal, would you not say? How is it that information and communication technology seems to consume you, more than you consume ICT? Has wisdom been drowned by information? And has the universe become so loud and so mad? Amid the haste, have you yourself been reduced into a rigid body or a mere particle, unable — humanly and humanely — to flex, to act, and to reach out? What do you do, now? 7 There was a university president named Minor Myers (1942-2003). On each graduation day, for many years, to their graduates he would say, “Go into the world and do well.” Minor Myers was confident that the university provided education, including liberal education, so excellent that whichever job or career every graduate chose, there he or she would excel. I am confident, too, in you. You will do well. If every anxiety be treated as a problem, and for every problem a solution be found, the engineer or computer scientist in you will find a tool and will use that well. For example, algebra: Negative 5 plus Positive 8 equals Positive 3. Another example, vector algebra: 5 kilometers northeast equals 4 kilometers north plus 3 kilometers east. In algebra, as in life, you may derive the same positive outcome from the sum of negative and positive terms. In life, as in vector algebra, you may get to your destination even if not always in a direct line. There was also a broadcaster named Les Crane (1933-2008), in his early life an air force jet pilot and helicopter flight instructor, then acquired an image as a bad boy of late-night television talk show. Once and only once he made a hit recording of a very contemplative old prose poem for commercial distribution, not to mind his bad-boy image, so 8 soothing was his voice. Was he the most surprised soon after when he was awarded the annual Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording! And more than a decade after his TV career, he founded and chaired a software developer company that he grew very successfully for ten more years, and then sold at a huge profit. That was Les Crane. There was also a lawyer and poet named Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), in his early life a reluctant partner in the family businesses with his brothers, and then decided to be a poet full time. Only one of his poems was said to have become modestly known during his life. He married very late and within a year died. After his passing his wife published his works, and you can now say that one poem, not the first one but another poem, seems to be living forever. That is “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann. Dear Graduate, you – and I – may have lessons to learn from the lives and the works of poets, broadcasters, lawyers, accountants… equally from professors, scientists and engineers… For doing well, it appears that the resolution of your every anxiety depends firstly on breaking down that anxiety into its components, even when the sign, direction, or sense of every part you do not always desire. Such resolution reveals that the direction has always been there – there somewhere – towards the positive outcome that you want or towards the destination that you need. 9 President Minor Myers every year actually said further, “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” And there, Dear Graduate, is the harder part than doing well: that is, doing good and being good. That takes more than skilled use of some tool; it summons devotion of your whole self. It means more than taking what you desire or want; it means giving, or sometimes giving up, what others need. For doing good, alas, you already possess the greatest technology in your own gut, heart, and mind. Befitting to the situation, it is your ability with your personal lenses to view or sense the universe with adjustable scale and resolution. You are able to sense the smallest details up close, at other times appreciate those within your reach, and yet at other times be properly satisfied to take in the vistas from a distance. You are able to seize the moment when you should, or feel the seasons of the whole year, or savor your whole life thus far. For such discernment, you summon your strong gut, big heart, and open mind. So, I come before you with a final resolution: You are the best technology of this universe; to do well and to do good, apply yourself. 10 Going back to that pilot turned broadcaster turned software developer, his award-winning and one-time hit spoken-word recording in 1971 was… (you guessed it) “Desiderata.” Go placidly amid the noise and the haste… Oh, well… in closing I humbly offer as graduation gift today a new translation into Filipino of “Desiderata.” 11 Salin ni Benito M. Pacheco “Desiderata” Tumuloy ka nang mahinahon, sa gitna man ng ingay at kahog, at tandaan: may kapayapaan na bunga ng katahimikan. Hangga’t maaari ang lahat ng tao, hindi man santohin, ay unawain mo. Sabihin ang totoo nang walang sigaw at nang buong linaw; at pakinggan din ang saysay ng iba, maging sino pa man. Iwasan ang mga taong hambog at mapusok, dulot lamang nila ay ligalig sa puso. At kung ang sarili ay ihahambing pa sa iba, baka mainggit ka lamang o kaya ay yumabang; dahil laging mayroong taong higit pa o kaya ay kulang pa kaysa sa iyo. Ipagpasalamat ang iyong mga narating, at paghandaan ang mga tutunguhin. Ang iyong okupasyon payak man, mahalin; tunay mo itong mapanghahawakan, magbagu-bago man ang panahon. Imulat ang mga mata sa paghahanap-buhay; dahil sa mundong ito ay may pagkukunwari rin. Ngunit ‘wag namang ipikit ang mga mata sa buti ng tao; maraming yumayakap sa mabuting prinsipyo, at sa bawat panig ng mundo ay may magiting. 12 Magpakatotoo. Higit sa lahat, huwag magkunwari sa pag-ibig. Huwag din namang magduda rito, dahil ang pag-ibig, abutin man ng tag-tuyot, ay sumisibol muli tulad ng luntiang damo. Pakinggan ang payo ng panahon, isuko man ang ilan sa aliw ng kabataan. Patibayain ang loob sa paghahalo ng tagumpay at kasawian. Ngunit huwag sumuko sa labis na pangamba. Maraming takot ay dulot lamang ng pagod at lungkot. Disiplinahin ang sarili, at, bukod doon, sarili ay mahalin. Ikaw ay lalang ng sanlibutan gaya ng mga puno at mga bituin; Marapat kang magpatuloy rito. Ang sanlibutan ay nagpapatuloy kasabay mo. Kaya makiharap ka sa Diyos, anuman ang pagkakilala mo sa Kanya. At ano man ang iyong mithiin at tunguhin, sa gitna ng ingay o gulo ng buhay, kapayapaan ang iyong isaloob. Sa kabila ng ilan mang pagkukunwari, pagkabagot, at pagguho ng ilang pangarap, Maganda pa rin ang ating daigdig. Matuwa ka. Magpakaligaya.

Valedictory Address by Mr. Ernest P. Delmo (BS ChE, summa cum laude)

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Ernesto P. Delmo, BS Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

To the students, professors, parents, and guests, to our very own Dean, Dr. Rizalinda De
Leon and to our honored guest, Dr. Benito Pacheco, good afternoon! To the graduating class
of 2018, congratulations and a job well done to everyone! It has been one hell of a journey,
and we have reached the end of a very long segment of our lives. ‘Tapos na ang mga majors,
mga thesis consultations, mga design projects, mga GE, at mga Engineering Science subjects
natin’. I am sure everyone of us has been reminiscing, relaxing, or even partying during the
past days as a reward for the diligence everyone has exhibited in the past years. You deserve

The past days have been very interesting for me. Days before graduation, just after my
weighted average grade was announced – I was flooded with the following questions from my
friends, family members, acquaintances, and even strangers – ‘di ka na po ba natutulog
kaaaral’, ‘isa kang idolo – how to be you po’, ‘ang galing mo siguro mag-manage ng time
and stress, ang sabi sa akin’. From there, I instantly understood that the image of a perfect,
flawless student was being projected on me. “Sa utak-utak ko, iniisip ko – ganoon ba akong
klaseng mag-aaral? Ngunit kilala ko naman sarili ko at alam kong hindi talaga ako ang
estudyanteng nasa isip nila.’

In Engineering Science, or ES 11, terminology, I was being likened to a fixed support, able to
handle all kinds of loads and external forces – able to handle all the challenges life gives from
all directions. ‘Para akong inihalintulad sa podium na ito, kahit itulak ko man pakaliwa o
pakanan – kahit subukin ko itong baluktutin paikot ay hindi ito gagalaw. Kahit daw ano mang
ibato ng mundo sa akin, ay kaya ko raw – ito ang sabi nila’

But, I beg to differ. Most of the crucial turning points in my college life were actually caused
by shortcomings and almosts – almost failing my 7:00 AM Physics 73 class due to maxing
out the number of allowed absences – on a side note, for those who have been my classmates
here, you all know that waking up early was never my forte. That aside, I almost failed Bio 1
because of a 40/100 exam, I even almost filed a leave of absence during my second year due
to personal problems. ‘Kahit nga pong itong speech na ito ay hirap na hirap akong isulat at
ipractice lalo na’t hindi naman ako magaling magrecite sa klase. Hindi rin po ako uno sa
Comm 3.’. I knew deep down that I was not a full package, not a fixed support like this
podium, I was more of a simple support. ‘Para akong iyang legs ng mga upuan ninyo, kaya
ko man suportahan ang bigat ng isang tao o isang librong nakapatong sa akin, ngunit kapag
itinulak ako sa ibang direksyon, ako’y mapapagalaw, at baka pa’y matumba.’

How then did I handle the load that the past five years have given me – from academic to
personal obstacles? Simple. First – by having faith in myself in spite of my faults, and second
- by seeking support and working with others whenever needed. ‘Itong speech na ito? Nako,
paulit-ulit ko itong ikinonsulta sa mga bestfriend ko na sina Alec Yau, AJ Sadural, at Asis
Roxas. Sa mga bagsak ko, kinailangan ko lamang ng moral support ng mga kaibigan ko
upang makabawi. Sa pagiging late ko naman, simple lang – dahil hindi ako nagigising sa
alarm ko, nagpagising na lamang ako sa kapatid ko para di na ako malate.’.

It was then that I realized that the goal was never for me or for each of us to be the perfect
student, the perfect support, the podium, but about us learning to acknowledge our
imperfections and improving them, seeking help, working with others, and basically going on
in spite of these shortcomings – a difficult action in itself. ‘Kahit isa lamang akong leg ng
upuan ninyo, hindi pa rin ako natutumba sapagkat hindi ako mag-isa – apat kaming legs

nagsusuportahan sa isa’t isa’. I am not saying that cutting classes or being irresponsible is
okay – this is not a glorification of mediocrity or imperfections, but rather an encouragement
of redemption. To end the Physics 73 story, I never exceeded the maximum cuts of the
lecture class. After that faithful moment, the consequences of cutting classes became more
apparent to me. In fact, in my Eng 11 class – my first class last semester, I was never absent,
only sometimes late – all thanks to the second chance given to me.

When receiving support and guidance from our teachers, friends, and even from institutions
such as the university. It is important to note that they do this because they believe in us.
They support us because they know that we will grow as we survive through these obstacles.
The university believes in us when they fund our research, our tuition, and so on. That
organization that we applied to during our freshman years, in my case UP KEM – their
members believed in us despite our naivety back then. With this comes the second point of
my message – as others believe in us, we must believe in others as well.

When I say believe, I do not just mean having a passive role in the growth of others. I mean
sharing your passion to others in the hope that they will turn it into something of good use. I
mean making an effort to help the less fortunate and believe that they will put your service
into something fruitful one day. Give other people the chance to grow, to prove themselves,
in the same way others have believed in us and given us that opportunity.

To quote Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother – ‘When you believe in people, they
come through.’

One concept I would like to highlight here is the importance of exhibiting empathy and
understanding towards our fellow citizens. Believing in someone does not mean judging a
person’s character and reputation just because they do not adhere to the perfect standards of
society. Believing in someone must also include understanding a person’s situation, and
never giving up on them in spite of their shortcomings. This includes trying to understand
your groupmate or orgmate who has not been replying to your messages – maybe he’s going
through a grave, personal problem. This includes making an effort to understand the
circumstances of that person who had a different political view than yours – maybe his
privileges were not the same as yours.

Exercising empathy is now more relevant than ever as the number of diagnosed mental health
ilnesses has been increasing not only in the College, but in the whole of UP as well according
to Dean De Leon. We must help each other improve via support, not bring each other down
with judgement. I really like how Chancellor Tan worded it in his speech last May – Honor
and Excellence should always come alongside compassion. Let us be compassionate not
because we are expecting something in return, but because we have already received a lot of
support from this country.

The rippling effects of compassion and belief can be compared to the dynamics of rigid
bodies and fluids. Motion inspires motion in the same way that momentum transfers in fluid
flow. Compassion from you will breed compassion from others in the same way that an
action always has a reaction based on Newton’s 3rd Law. Passion from you will accelerate
the growth of other people, similar to the acceleration of objects upon the application of a net

What then, is the end goal of my message? What is the end goal of having faith and
exhibiting empathy in yourself and other people, of learning how to seek and give help and
support? ‘Ano ngayon kung nagsusuportahan tayo? Ano ngayon kung may pagmalasakit tayo
para sa kapwa natin?’

Let us go back to the perfect student or should I say, the perfect support – the bottom of this
podium. Yes, it can counteract my pushes, my twists, and any external forces. It’s statically
determinate, it’s stable based on the concepts of the statics of rigid bodies – a perfect support
indeed! It turns out, however, that even the best support can fail once the concepts of
deformation, or trese, is applied. Apply a large force, and this podium will bend despite the
support holding its bottom. In the context of ES 13, no matter how strong the support, the
object will still crumble upon its own internal stresses in the presence of very large external
forces. ‘Samakatuwid, kahit ang isang perpektong estudyante, hindi pa rin niya kakayaning
hawakan at lutasin ang mga malalaking isyung panlipunan.’.

The national issue at hand could be climate change or the energy crisis. It could be the war on
drugs, the violation of human rights, or even the neverending inequalities in today’s society.
A single, perfect student could never solve it. I could never comprehend solving these issues
by myself.

Solving these problems then becomes simpler – we just have to act together. Only multiple
imperfect students would be able to handle the world’s complexity. This is the main message
I would like to convey today – for everyone to exhibit more understanding for ourselves and
for others, not because we are unable to stand alone, but because together, greater feats may
be achieved, feats unachievable by individuals alone. In the same way that multiple supports

are required in big structures such as bridges and buildings, multiple people are required to
team up in tackling these issues.

I am sure we have all witnessed the impact of solid teamwork and camaraderie in the
organizations we have in UP. ‘Grabe, sa Engineering Week palang, ang taas na ng kalidad
ng sining na ipinapamahagi natin. Sa mga event ng mga iba’t ibang organisasyon sa Engg at
sa UP, ang dami nating natutulungang mga bata, mga matatanda, mga estudyante, at mga
taong nangangailangan.’. Imagine applying those not as students anymore, but as capable,
working citizens, each with his or her own profession. Envision the changes we could pave
the way for by not anymore serving the college through student organizations, but by serving
the country through our own career paths.

The problems of society cannot be solved by a perfect student or person. Instead, they can
and will be solved by imperfect people sympathizing with each other, working together
towards a shared dream to serve others and the nation. In other words, the world does not
need one perfect summa cum laude, ‘ang kailangan lamang ay summa-summa tayong
nagsisikap tungo sa pag-unlad ng ating bansa.’

Thank you, and before we tread through our own separate paths, I want each of us to thank all
the people who have played a part in our growth for the past years. To UP KEM, UP CAPES,
UP INHENYERO, to my best friends Alec, Asis, Rans, Lyssa, and AJ, to the College of
Engineering, and to my family, especially my late father. I dedicate my graduation to you.

As we sing UP Naming Mahal this evening, I want each and everyone of us to remember the
critical thinking our GEs have taught us, the engineering sense our majors have given us, and

the passion to serve our college has bestowed upon us. Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan!
Thank you and I look forward to working with you in the future.


Engineering Forum Series: Organizing Humanitarian Engineering Projects

i Jun 19th by

EFS PubmatHumanitarian Engineering has emerged as a new field of engineering in which the application of engineering and technology is used to benefit people in disadvantaged communities. Humanitarian engineering projects span thematic areas from water to renewable energy to infrastructure and applications from disability access to poverty alleviation. Such projects offer rich learning opportunities for engineering students to work on real world projects. Yet such projects also require careful preparation and considerations in engaging with under-served communities. This presentation will be focused on how to prepare students to work on these types of projects and how faculty and students can work together on organizing such projects.


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June 15-16, 2018
Oriental Hotel, Bataan
Theme: Teaching Innovations in Engineering


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Arrival and Registration

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM

Doxology and the Philippine National Anthem

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks


Dean, College of Engineering

University of the Philippines Diliman

10:00 AM -10:40 AM

Plenary Talk: Reading Cues and Observing the Behavior of Students


Head, Office of Counseling and Guidance

University of the Philippines Diliman

10:40 AM – 11:20 AM

Plenary Talk: Special and Inclusive Education in Higher Education


Trainer, Teach for the Philippines

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM

Open Forum I

11:40 AM – 1:30 PM

Photo Session, Lunch and Check-In

1:30 PM – 2:10 PM

Plenary Talk: Pedagogy for Millennials


Professor, College of Education

University of the Philippines Diliman

2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Plenary Talk: Engineering Teaching Innovations


Professor, College of Engineering

University of the Philippines – Diliman

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM

Open Forum II & Afternoon Break

3:10 PM – 3:50 PM

Plenary Talk: Cultivating T-Shaped Engineers Through Collaboration


Professor, College of Engineering

University of the Philippines – Diliman

3:50 PM – 4:50 PM

Plenary Talks: Individual Initiatives of Faculty Members of UP Diliman College of Engineering on Teaching Innovations


4:50 PM – 5:10 PM

Open Forum III

5:10 PM – 7:00 PM

Free Time

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dinner & Socials



7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast and Check Out

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM


8:35 AM – 8:40 AM

Synthesis of Day 1

8:40 AM – 9:40 AM

Keynote: Observations on Teaching Innovations: The Case of ASEAN and the Philippines


Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of the Philippines

9:40 AM – 10:25 AM

Plenary Talk: Using Real World, Global, Humanitarian Engineering Projects to Improve the Education of Engineering Students



Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA

10:25 AM – 10:45 AM

Morning Break and Photo Session

10:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Parallel Workshops


Workshop I: Mapping Teaching Innovations


Professor, UP College of Mass Communication

Workshop II: Special and Inclusive Education in Higher Education


Trainer, Teach for the Philippines

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

Presentation of Output and Closing Ceremonies

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Lunch and Waiting Time for Departure

3:00 PM

Departure to UP Diliman


Masters of Ceremonies



2018 Gawad Tsanselor Para sa Natatanging Guro

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The College of Engineering is very proud to have two (2) of its own faculty members chosen to receive this year’s Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Guro! Congratulations to Dr. Louis Danao of UPD Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr. Bryan Pajarito of UP Diliman Department of Chemical Engineering!

The Gawad Tsanselor para sa Natatanging Guro recognizes teachers of UP Diliman who have shown excellence and commitment in teaching, administrative, research and extension services.

2018 Gawad Tsanselor Para sa Natatanging Mag-aaral

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31179901_958139551012155_7742304024777490410_n.jpgThe UPD College of Engineering community is proud to announce that two of our students, Mr.Joseph Daniel Dantes (BS CoE) and Mr. Ernest Delmo (BS ChE), will receive this year’s Gawad Tsanselor Para sa Natatanging Mag-aaral!

The Gawad Tsanselor Para sa Natatanging Mag-aaral is the highest, most prestigious University award given to students who have attained a high level of academic accomplishment, demonstrated good leadership and exemplified ‘honor and excellence in the service of the people’.

Congratulations JD and Ernest! We are very proud of you!

UPCAT results to be released by end-April

i Apr 20th by

Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista issued a memorandum on UPCAT 2018 to provide additional information and facilitate a better understanding of the UPCAT situation.

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UP Diliman got 100% passing rate in April 2018 Electronics Board Exam!

i Apr 18th by

UP Diliman got a 100% passing rate in the April 2018 Electronics Engineer Licensure Exam! Congratulations to all our new engineers!Congratulations also to Engr. Mel Ramirez, who placed 8th in the Electronics Engineer Exam, and to Engr. Cromwell G. Ybanez for being in the Top 2 of the Electronics Technician Licensure Exam! Padayon UP! Serve the country!

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Signing of the Deed of Donation for the Prof. Emeritus Dr. Meliton U. Ordillas, Jr. Professorial Chair in Metallurgical Engineering

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The signing of the Deed of Donation for the Prof. Emeritus Dr. Meliton U. Ordillas, Jr. Professorial Chair in Metallurgical Engineering was held last April 4, 2018, at the UP Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering Auditorium.

WITCO Construction and Development Corporation, which was founded by Mr. Marcelo Villanueva, BSMetE ’69, is supporting the programs ofUP ERDFI in faculty and student development and for Engineering facilities. Mr. Villanueva was the UP Alumni Engineers awardee in the field of Metallurgical Engineering in 2017. Prof. Ordillas, who is 81 years young, is one of two living emeritus professors of Engineering, and still teaches a course in Met Eng’g!


New Mechanical Engineers!

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Congratulations to our new Mechanical Engineers!
UP Diliman got a 93.75% passing rate (15/16 takers) in the February 2018 Mechanical Engineer Licensure Exam.