Sunday, August 26, 2012

DLSU TRE Students win best paper presentors at the 5th ATRANS

Filipino Delegation at the 5th ATRANS Conference
with ATRANS Secretary-General Dr. Tuenjai Fukuda
DLSU BSCE Transportation Engineering Majors (TRE) Students successfully presented their papers at the 5th Asean Transportation Research Society  Symposium (ATRANS) at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand last August 24-25, 2012.

Best Student Paper Presentation
The student paper, "A Proposed Circulation System for the Old Calle Real de Iloilo City, Philippines presented by by Hector Macapagal and Adrian Alarcon was selected as the best paper presentation in the student chapter session of the 5th ATRANS.

The 5th ATRANS with the theme, "Transportation for a Better Life: Preparing for ASEAN Integration", attracted more than a hundred participants not only coming from ASEAN countries but all over the world, including government officials, researchers, academicians, and students involved in the field of transportation.

Dr. Alexis Fillone with Thai Prof. Sorawit
Dr. Alexis Fillone of the Civil Engineering Department-TRE Division presented during the main symposium about the "Pedestrianization of the Proposed Heritage Site in Iloilo City, Philippines."  In the student chapter session, DLSU graduating students presented papers based from their undergraduate thesis. The student papers presented were:
  • Applicability of the Bus Rapid Transit System along Epifanio de los Santo Avenue, Metro Manila by Caroline Escover, Mayumi Tsukamoto, Marcus Kyle Baron
  • A Proposed Circulation System for the Old Calle Real de Iloilo City, Philippines by Hector Macapagal, Adrian Alarcon, Juanito Dator, and Angelica Ongkingco
  • Modeling the Impact of On-Street Parking on Vehicular Traffic by Eriko Luis Hallare, Marc Alvin Lim, and Jesus Gerard Briones
  • Establishing the Vehicular Speed-Density-Flow Relationships along Selected Primary Roads in Iloilo City by Keane Gregory Landoy, Miguel Antonio Pena, and Joselito Luis Pabiton
  • Impact of Road Infrastructure Improvements along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City by Elisa Joyce Prescillas, Jeddalyn Gallero ,Melvin Flores.
The Filipino delegation at the symposium came from DLSU and  the Central Philippine University (CPU), Iloilo City. CPU is led by Engr. Daryl Grio who presented a paper entitled, "Proposed Parking Facilities for the Local Heritage Site of Iloilo City" by Paul Vincent Lacsao, Jolly Mae San Luis, and Razel Davila. DLSU TRE Division has an ongoing collaborative research partnership with CPU.

The ATRANS symposium is a yearly event held in Bangkok, Thailand. Incoming forth year Civil Engineering students from DLSU-Manila especially those majoring in Transportation Engineering are therefore encourage to work hard on their thesis so that they could get accepted to this yearly symposium. The student paper presenter is given free roundtrip ticket and accommodation.

Photos from Erika Uy (FB)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AlumNews: Earl De Guzman - grad student at University of Manitoba (Canada)

Earl De Guzman, a magna cum laude graduate in BSCE (Structural Engineering) in 2011 was accepted as a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, Canada with Prof. Marolo Alfaro as adviser. Prof. Alfaro was a visiting lecturer at DLSU in August 2010.

Earl narrates his reflections on his present quest:

"I recently arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba last August 8, 2012 to undertake my graduate studies in the University of Manitoba (U of M). Everything was happening so fast after my student visa application was approved last July 27, 2012. In almost a year’s time of applying to the University, I finally arrived safely in Canada and another step closer in becoming a full fledged Civil Engineer.

I am in the University of Manitoba under the tutelage of Dr. Marolo Alfaro, Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Alfaro is also a Filipino who once gave a lecture in DLSU-M under DOST’s Balik Scientist Program last August 2010. I never knew him back then and surprisingly he was looking for an interested student to study in the U of M and have a M.Sc. degree. After Dr. Dungca’s recommendation, I and Dr. Alfaro are continuously in dialogue to check out my application in the U of M. I have been accepted last February 2012 while I was still reviewing for the CE Board Exam. I took the Board Exam in May, oath taking as a professional in June, worked as a research assistant in July, and August is the time I flew to Canada, a month before the Fall Term in U of M will begin. In addition to my status as a graduate student, I will be a teaching assistant to a professor’s subject every term. I am currently a teaching assistant under Dr. Alfaro’s Geotechnical Materials and Analysis (soil and rock mechanics) for this Fall Term.

It has been a great adventure preparing for my graduate studies. Nevertheless, I look forward to challenges of being a graduate student both in the classroom and in the field, at the same time being away from family and friends.

I take this opportunity to thank my professors in DLSU-M for supporting and encouraging me to pursue my graduate studies; my friends who were always there to listen and whom I share the joys I have in life; to my family who never failed to support and continuously love me in all endeavours and choices that I made; and to a God whom without none of this will be possible.

Yours in St. La Salle, Engr. Earl Marvin B. De Guzman."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dungca: Gawad Lasalyano 2012 Awardee!

Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca of the Civil Engineering Department will be one of the recipients of the Outstanding Lasallian Mission Partner for Gawad Lasalyano 2012. The awarding ceremony will be held on August 10, 2012, 5pm at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

"Gawad Br. Cecilio Hojilla FSC recognizes faculty, staff, parents, alumni and external partners who contribute to the propagation of the Lasallian values of faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission by volunteering their time, talent and treasure as a formator.” Such honour is among many prestigious awards given to recognize achievers promoting excellence in various fields such as leadership, community engagement, discipline formation, faith formation , sports, campus media, culture and arts, and military service."

Dr. Dungca is an associate professor in civil engineering. He has been an awardee in the Students Search for Outstanding Teachers (SSOT) in several years and was recognized as an outstanding student organization adviser of the Civil Engineering Society (CES).

Congratulations, Dr. Dungca! May you continue to be an inspiration and may the spirit of St. John Baptist De La Salle, and our Lord Jesus Christ continue to live in your heart.