The Office of Research, Development and Extension (ORDEx), and the College of Engineering (COE) in partnership with the Eastern Visayas Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (EVCIERD), and the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) – Tacloban Chapter organized a one day Science and Engineering Summit held last June 24, 2016 at EB 208. The theme of the said summit is “Molding the Future thru Science and Engineering Innovation”. This significant activity is part of EVSU’s College of Engineering 50 years anniversary celebration which highlighted researches of professionals in the field of science and engineering.
The summit commenced with a message given by the Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education, Dir. Maura Consolacion D. Cristobal who also served as the guest of honor during the event. This was followed by the formal opening of the poster exhibit through a ribbon cutting. Moreover, plenary sessions also highlighted the activity wherein two illustrious experts in the field of science and engineering served as plenary speakers. They were Dr. Leonila C. Abella, an adept chemical engineer and a professor of De La Salle University and Dr. Alejandro Tongco, a renowned GIS Expert.
Further, the summit also showcased the research outputs of faculty members across state universities and colleges in the region through a Best Paper Oral Competition in research and development categories. The contest was done through an oral presentation of their respective researches which were then scrutinized by the panel of evaluators composed of erudite professionals in the field of science and engineering. The evaluators were Dr. Leonila C. Abella, Dr. Alejandro F. Tongco, Engr. Ramil T. Uy and Prof. Rutchelle Enriquez.
After a thorough evaluation, the paper of Dr. Ernest J. Guades, Otilia G. Taduyo and Marlon D. Sobreviga entitled “Effect of Coarse Aggregate Size on the Compressive Behavior of Geopolymer Concrete” of NWSSU was named as Best Paper in Research Category while the paper of Dr. Eduardo Zeta Ramis entitled “Solar Powered Vulcanizer (SPV): An Innovation” of UEP won as Best Paper in Development Category respectively. Both of them were awarded a cash prize and a certificate.