Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Prof. Lee-Hyung Kim, Director of BK21 Plus LID/GSI Research Center from Kongju National University (KNU) in South Korea was invited as Distinguished Visiting Professor at De La Salle University (DLSU) from July 25 to 31, 2018.
Hosted by the DLSU Civil Engineering Department, he was welcomed by the faculty members and staff on his first day of visit at DLSU on July 25, 2018. Prof. Kim was introduced to faculty members with their respective research interests and disciplines. On the next day, Prof. Kim provided a special lecture on the “Ecological footprints of LID and GI” for the DLSU Civil Engineering graduate students. In his lecture, Prof. Kim highlighted the effects of urbanization and climate changes, nature-based solutions for water-related problems, functions of low impact development (LID) and ecological LID design procedures. He also shared the research he is doing with his research team and the grants he is receiving from the private companies and South Korean government.

Prof. Kim delivers his special lecture to DLSU Civil Engineering graduate students taking seminar course on Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment.

A Symposium on Low Impact Development for Sustainable Cities of the Future: Bridging the Gap between South Korea and the Philippines was held on July 27, 2018 at the Natividad Fajardo Auditorium in Bro. Andrew Gonzales FSC Hall organized by the DLSU URCO RPW on Building Resilient Cities & Communities with the Civil Engineering Department HWR Division and supported by the Civil Engineering Society (CES). The program included two sessions and a panel discussion. The first session covered research presentations from South Korea. The first presentation was provided by Dr. Marla M. Redillas, Associate Professor and Head of the Hydraulics and Water Resources (HWR) Division of DLSU Civil Engineering Department. She presented about “Low Impact Development for Environmental Sustainability”. For the second presentation, Prof Kim shared his expertise on the “Policies and Implementation of Best Practices for Sustainable Cities of the Future: South Korean Perspective”. The second session highlighted research presentations from DLSU BSCE students from the HWR Division. The studies include rainfall-runoff analysis for designing LID to mitigate flooding in urban areas, LID simulation for the reduction of urban stormwater runoff in San Juan City, investigation on the applicability of infiltration type LID in SJWQMA, and LID project initiative at DLSU-Manila.

The symposium ended through a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Mario de Leon, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the DLSU Civil Engineering Department. The panel members include Dr. Renan Ma. R. Tanhueco from HWR Division, Mr. Myklim Casibang from DLSU Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) and Engr. Franz Kevin Geronimo from KNU LID/GSI Research Center also shared their expertise on LID and it’s possible application in the Philippines in general. The symposium was attended by around 150 undergraduate students from different universities in Metro Manila. The day ended with a networking dinner hosted by the Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research (CESDR) and participated by DLSU administrators, faculty members and staff.

Speakers and panelists of the LID Symposium organized by DLSU URCO RPW on Building Resilient Cities & Communities with HWR Division

Poster of the LID Symposium

Prof. Kim thanking the administrators, faculty members and staff of DLSU for welcoming him in his short visit as a Distinguished Professor during the dinner hosted by CESDR.

Over the weekend, Prof. Kim had a chance to visit historical sights such as Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral and Intramuros during a cultural tour arranged for him around Metro Manila. During this tour, Prof. Kim was able to learn briefly about the Philippine history and culture.

Technical site visit at DLSU STC Campus in Laguna

Saturday, September 21, 2019

DLSU-CE Transportation Engineering Division goes to EASTS 2019 in Sri Lanka

Last September 9 – 12, 2019, members of the Transportation Engineering (TRE) Division of DLSU Civil Engineering Department participated at the 13th International Conference of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) held at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The conference was attended by Dr. Alexis Fillone, Engr. Paolo Ian Lucero, Engr. Raymund Paolo Abad, Engr. Riches Bacero, Engr. Sherwin Roy Calumba, Mr. Monorom Rith, and Mr. Teddy Carl Omilig.

The main theme of the conference was "Redesigning Transport & Logistics for the rise of Asia" and it was jointly organized by the Sri Lanka Society of Transport and Logistics (SLSTL). EASTS 2019 had more than 500 participants from about 30 countries. EASTS started in November 1994 with 13 countries/regions from Eastern Asia. Currently, it is now being participated by 19 domestic societies with Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP) as the corresponding local organization in the country. The biennial conference mainly aims to "foster and support excellence in transportation research and practice" of professionals especially in Asia.

The following papers were presented at EASTS 2019.

The next conference (EASTS 2021) will be held in Hiroshima, Japan.

Dr. Jason Ongpeng participated in the Technopreneurship Faculty Training 2019

Last September 16 to 21, 2019, Dr. Jason Ongpeng participated in the Technopreneurship Faculty Training 2019 at Citadines Millenium, Ortigas. The training was hosted by PhilDev, in partnership with UNDP in the Philippines and the Australian Embassy in the Philippines through the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) project.

PhilDev and UC Berkeley co-designed the training modules which aim to enhance the current outline of the T101 subject by integrating social impact/social entrepreneurship concepts in its design.

This event brought together over 70 professors from various universities in the Philippines to undergo faculty training on teaching Technopreneurship 101. The ISIP Faculty Training on Ensuring Social Impact in Technopreneurship Teaching aims to enhance the capacity of professors to teach entrepreneurship and couple this with social impact using UN SDG framework, providing professors with teaching knowledge, tools, and techniques which are relevant, localized, and effective.

Leading the training is Ken Singer, Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and David Law, CEO of Venture Dojo. Both of them taught the world-class Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship in the training while also integrating social impact and social entrepreneurship concepts and frameworks.

The Faculty Training is one of the activities of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP), a project co-implemented by UNDP Philippines and PhilDev Foundation, with generous support from Australia In the Philippines. Learn more about the Faculty Training by visiting

To teach DLSU students Technopreneurship, the recommended teaching delivery are as follows-
Student lecture
Student games
Masterclass group reflections
Deconstruct lessons for instructors
Team project work

In addition, some important notes to consider from Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship are as follows-
Inductive learning
Journey based
Mindset and behaviors
Framework and cases
Networks and connections

Lastly, to have DLSU students' mindset of PAYING IT FORWARD.

With him are Federico Gonzalez of Animo Labs Technology Business Incubator and Lissa Magpantay of College of Computer Studies.

Dr. Bernardo Lejano in 2019 IABSE (International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineer Congress) Congress New York

New York, USA - Last September 2-6, 2019, Civil Engineering Department Professor, Dr. Bernardo Lejano, presented his paper with the title "C-section Cold-Formed Steel as Structural Members in Housing Construction in the Philippines" in the 2019 IABSE (International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineer Congress) Congress New York.

September 2-3 was the IABSE Annual meetings and September 4-6 was the Scientific Program which included Plenary and Concurrent Sessions, Panel Discussion, and Technical Tours.  The Sessions topics were the following: (1) The 200-Year Bridge, 2. Tomorrow’s Affordable Housing, (3) Extreme Events, Climate Change and the Resilient Metropolis, (4) Urban Infrastructure: Design and Preservation, (5) Mitigating Fire Hazards Through Engineering, (6) Globalization and Structural Engineering, and (7) Technology, Automation, and Innovation.

2019 IABSE Congress New York City main theme is Evolving Metropolis. The Evolving Metropolis will address the social and economic needs of the world with sessions on Durable Bridges and Affordable Housing as well as numerous other important and current issues presented in our world.

Friday, September 20, 2019

DLSU CE Dept - NCREE Networking Meeting during ChiChi20 Conference

DLSU-NCREE Netwrking Meeting on Sept 18, 2019
DLSU CE Dept. chair, Prof. Lessandro Garciano initiated a networking meeting with the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) of Taiwan during the ChiChi20 International Conference. The meeting was held on Sept. 18, 2019 with Prof. Garciano, Prof. Andres Oreta and Engr. Adam Abinales representing DLSU. NCREE was led by Shyh-Jiann Hwang, Director of NCREE. The meeting explored the possible collaborative activities that NCREE and DLSU can pursue. Among the activities that can be done are research collaboration, visiting researchers from DLSU to NCREE, visiting professors to DLSU and site visits. It was agreed that a Memorandum of Agreement will be formulated between the two organizations.

Acknowledgement: Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza, Jr. for arranging the meeting.