Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dr. Lejano, a Lasallian Excellence Awards (LEA) Winner for being the Most Outstanding Teacher for the Gokongwei College of Engineering





 Lasallian Excellence Awards

To commemorate the service of various organizations under the Council of Student Organizations (CSO) and Lasallian individuals through recognitions and turnover activities, the Lasallian Excellence Awards (LEA) Night was celebrated last August 4, 2017 at the Natividad Fajardo-Rosario Gonzales Auditorium, Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall, De La Salle University.
                With the theme “Kaleidoscope: Leadership in Different Colors and Perspectives”, the LEA committee, in partnership with the Award Giving Bodies (AGB), awarded three components of the Lasallian body: Harvest of Winners (HOW), which recognizes different Lasallian student leaders, organizations, and activities; The Outstanding Coeds, The Outstanding Young Men (TOC-TOYM), which is dedicated for Lasallians who personifies the University’s mission statement; and Student’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SSOT), which commends, and awards outstanding faculty members of the Lasallian community.



 Dr. Bernardo A. Lejano

                For the SSOT awards, Dr. Bernardo A. Lejano, a full-time professor from the Civil Engineering Department, was one of the awardees and was given a plaque for being the Most Outstanding Teacher for the Gokongwei College of Engineering.
                On the other hand, among the CSO organizations, Civil Engineering Society (CES) was one of the few who stood out in the event, after being nominated, and winning numerous awards. For the HOW officer awards, two officers from CES were awarded, namely, Jonathan Sebastian P. Isleta, and Riva Donia C. Tadi, for being the 2nd runner-up for Most Outstanding Secretary, and 1st runner-up for Most Outstanding Assistant Vice President, respectively.
                Additionally, CES was also nominated and awarded for their academic activities, seminar/workshops, organizational development activities, and publication. For the academic activities, four out of the five nominated ones were from CES, and two from those, specifically, LBYCVS1 Field Trip, and CES Finals Review, were finalists, garnering the 3rd and 2nd places for the Most Outstanding Academic Program/Contest, respectively. Technical Writing Workshop 2016, another CES academic activity, also won the 2nd place for the Most Outstanding Seminar/Workshop. For the Most Outstanding Organizational Development Activity, the CES Junior Officer Training was awarded the 3rd place in the said category. CES was also nominated for their publication, BRIDGES: The CES Magazine (Volume II), for the Most Outstanding Minor Publication
                Aside from the officers, and activities awards, CES was also nominated as the Most Outstanding Professional Organization, and won an award for being the Most Outstanding ENGAGE Organization.
               
ARTICLE BY FRANCIA MONTEJO

Monday, September 11, 2017

DLSU - Tokyo Tech Student Exchange Program 2017



Article by: Anna Mendoza
Photos by: Anna Mendoza, Jay Tongco and Aira Ong

This year’s Tokyo Tech Student Exchange Program was held from August 25 to September 3 in Tokyo, Japan with a total of 44 participants; 35 Civil Engineering (CIV) students and 9 Manufacturing Engineering and Management (MEM) students. The 10-day student exchange program was composed of different socio-cultural activities and site visits which exposed the participants to the culture and technological innovations of the country. The exchange program also aimed to strengthen ties between De La Salle University (DLSU) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT). Among those who accompanied the students during the exchange program were: Engr. Ronaldo S. Gallardo, (Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management), Dr. Lessandro Estelito O. Garciano, (Civil Engineering Dept. Chair), Dr. Nilo T. Bugtai (Manufacturing Engineering and Management Dept. Chair), Engr. Cheryl Lyne C. Roxas (Civil Engineering Dept. OJT Coordinator), and Tokyo Tech Philippines office staff, Mrs. Ioulany Esguerra and Ms. Dianne Buagas. 




DLSU participants accompanied by Engr. Gallardo, Dr. Garciano, Dr. Bugtai, Engr. Roxas at Haneda Airport




Part of the exchange program was a visit to EBARA Corporation, a manufacturing company which makes environmental and industrial machinery such as pumps and turbines. The tour started with a presentation about the company’s history, profile and their leading edge technologies designed to provide superior service to different areas around the world. The participants, accompanied by Professor Takahashi, were also given a chance to tour the facilities and warehouses of the company where they were able to witness the different processes involved in the manufacture of the pumps and turbines. 


DLSU participants and professors accompanied by Professor Takahashi at EBARA Corporation


Presentation of tokens of appreciation to EBARA Corporation





The following day was allotted for the Tokyo Institute of Technology campus tour which was headed by Professor Yamashita along with Tokyo Tech students. The first agenda of the tour was the presentation of the Tokyo Tech Supercomputer Ubiquitously Accessible Massstorage Environment or TSUBAME 2.5 which is a large-scale supercomputer that provides computational modeling, simulations and storage resources for research at TIT and selected projects at outside research institutions. The participants were then toured around the TIT Library or the Cheesecake Library, named due to its architectural design which is similar to that of a cheesecake. The library comprises of underground stacks and an aboveground study hall. One of the notable features of the library is the powered mobile shelving which helps increase storage capacity and is fitted with enhanced safety features. At the end of the day, a welcoming party was held wherein both DLSU and TIT students and professors were able to socialize with each other.






Professor Yamashita welcoming the participants to Tokyo Institute of Technology






DLSU students at the Tokyo Tech welcoming party




The participants were also given a chance to visit some of the main research facilities of the Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI) such as the long-term exposure experiment facility, large-scale testing facility, underwater 3D shake table, laboratory for coastal ecotoxicology and large hydro-geo flume. The long-term exposure experiment facility is where seawater is used to evaluate the deterioration and long-term durability of materials such as concrete, steel, anti-corrosive and wood. The large-scale testing facility is for structural loading tests on large-scale models which allows investigation of the mechanical properties of post, coast and airport structures. The laboratory for coastal ecotoxicology examines how chemical substances existing in coastal areas behave in the ecosystem. The large hydro-geo flume and underwater 3D shake table are large-scale facilities which provide simulation of disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, respectively, for investigation of ground motion and structure destruction.






Underwater 3D shake table facility




Large hydro-geo flume facility






DLSU and Tokyo Tech students and professors at PARI



The other days of the exchange program were allotted for the students to explore and experience the culture and traditions of Japan. Some of the sites visited were the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku, Shibuya, Meguro Church, Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree in Oshiage and Odaiba. The program also exposed the students to the progressive technology and efficient systems present in the country. From Asakusa to Odaiba, the participants rode the Tokyo Cruise and were able to see the different advancements in engineering and architecture in Japan, from the buildings to the bridges – all these, a marvel to the eyes.




DLSU students and professors at Meiji Jingu Shrine




DLSU participants and professors at Meguro Church

The Japan Socio-Cultural Exchange Program served as an avenue for holistic development of the students by exposing them not only to the technological advancements of the country but also to their rich culture and traditions. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that brought about many learnings and realizations - learnings that will hopefully be applied by these future Lasallian civil engineers for God and country.