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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

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T H E O F F I C I A L N E W S L E T T E R O F V I S AYA S S TAT E U N I V E R S IT Y - C O L L E G E O F E N G I N E E R I N G

V O L U M E N O. 5 I S S U E N O. 1 JANUARY - M ARCH 2018

US$22,000 Donation of
Engr. Glicerio dela Cerna Mirambel Jr.
to initiate the COE Scholarship Program in August 2018

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ngr. Gliceriodela Cerna Mirambel to enroll in the new Four (4)-Year
Jr., one of the 16 pioneer undergraduate degree program in
Agricultural Engineering graduates Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
of the Visayas State College of Agriculture (BSABE). The amount has been deposited
(ViSCA), now the Visayas State University as me deposit at Landbank of the
(VSU), has donated US$22,000.00 in 2016 Philippines, Baybay Branch which now
to support the College of Engineering earns ample interest. A significant
(COE) Scholarship Program for the percentage of the said amount will be
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and used as part of the COE Scholarship Trust
Biosystems Engineering (BSABE). The first Fund and the remaining amount plus the
batch of scholars is expected to be interest will be used to ini ate the
awarded during the first semester of implementa on of COE students
Academic Year 2018-2019 to deserving scholarship program for BSABE star ng
first batch of K+12 graduates who qualify August 2018.
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VSU’s Agricultural and Civil Engineering Degree Programs


Undergo PTC-ACBET Washington Accord Accreditation

V
isayas State University’s
(VSU) Agricultural and Civil
Engineering degree programs
underwent a Philippine Technological
Council - Accredita on and
Cer fica on Board for Engineering
and Technology (PTC-ACBET) -
Washington Accord Accredita on
from January 22 to 24, 2018.
The PTC-ACBET supervises PTC’s
implementa on of policies,
procedures, and processes for the
cer fica on and accredita on of
engineering programs in the
Philippines.
Faculty of Agricultural and Civil eng’g departments with the PTC-ACBET accreditors.
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BSAE and BSCS Degree Programs now


AACCUP Level III Phase II Accredited

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science completed the Level III Phase II AACCUP
Accredita on.

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n February 18-19 2018, the ins tu onally accredited SUC [state disclosed that VSU may be entrusted
Bachelor of Science in university or college], go to the with self-accredita on by AACCUP by
Agricultural Engineering and Visayas State University,” Dr. Manuel T. 2025, or even earlier.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Corpus, founding president and Along side agricultural engineering
Science of the Department of execu ve director of the AACCUP said and computer science, the other
Agricultural Engineering (DAE) and during the exit conference. degree programs which were
Department of Computer Science and This statement was supported by evaluated and also granted with Level
Technology, respec vely, successfully his fellow accreditors. They gave a III Phase II accredita on were biology,
passed the Level III Phase II very posi ve general impression and a chemistry, development
Accredita on by the Accredi ng resounding congratula ons to all the communica on, food science and
Agency of Chartered Colleges and eight programs evaluated for technology, forestry and veterinary
Universi es in the Philippines successfully hurdling the two-day medicine.
(AACCUP) Accredita on. accredita on event.
“If you want to see the best In an interview, Dr. Corpus also
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VSU’s Agricultural and Civil Engineering Degree Programs Undergo Washington Accord Accreditation

Led by College of Engineering Dean Dr. Dr. Abellana was joined by Washington Accord standards.
Virgilio E. Abellana of the University of accredita on deputy team chair Engr. A Washington Accord-accredited
San Jose-Recoletos, the accredita on Charlito L. Canesares, members Engr. Engineering Degree Program makes its
team assessed the two undergraduate Mel Dennis A. Ferrer, Engr. Oliver S. graduates eligible to prac ce his
engineering degree programs based Dimailig, and Ms. Robelle Ampuan. profession in the interna onal arena
on nine (9) criteria namely; Program The Accredita on team was joined by recognized signatories. Washington
Educa onal Objec ves, Student PTC President Engr. Federico A. Accord grant (or recommend to the
Outcomes, Students, Faculty and Monsada, and PTC Execu ve Director relevant na onal registra on body, if
Support Staff, Curriculum, Facili es Dr. Lydia Tansinsin as observers. different) graduates of each other’s
and Learning Environment, Leadership The PTC is the sole organiza on accredited programs the same
and Ins tu onal Support, Extension recognized by the Commission on recogni on, rights and privileges as
Service, Community Service and Higher Educa on (CHED) to accredit they grant to graduates of their own
Industry-Academe Linkage, and engineering programs in the accredited programs.
Con nuous Quality Improvement. Philippines in accordance with
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US$22,000 Donation of Engr. Mirambel to initiate the COE Scholarship Program from page 1
Engr. Mirambel started his college 1980, Engr. Mirambel worked at the the Na onal Tax Prac ce of the United
educa on as a freshman student in Ministry of Human Se lements in States of America where he passed
Agricultural Engineering (AE) in 1975 Tacloban City. While working, he the highest creden al examina on as
at the Department of Agricultural enrolled in the BS in Civil Engineering a Tax Consultant. He is also a licensed
Engineering and Applied Mathema cs and finished the degree in three (3) Real Estate Broker in Miami, Florida.
(DAEAM) of the then Visayas State years. He also finished another degree Engr. Mirambel is happily married
College of Agriculture (ViSCA), in Bachelor of Laws. He became a to Dr. Azucena Polo Mirambel, FPOGS
together with other new 76 freshman prac cing Geode c Engineer a er (OB-GYNE) with their son Mark P.
AE students. He finished his BSAE passing the Geode c Engineering Mirambel. At 58, he plans to spend
degree in 1980 together with the Licensure Board Examina on and more me in the Philippines a er his
other 15 pioneer AE graduates. As eventually became real state re rement to be with his family to
student he was known as Chess developer and part me farmer. engage in farming, and help the
Wizard since that me nobody could Currently, Engr. Mirambel is underprivileged sector of the society.
defeat him in playing Chess even if he residing at Cutlerbay Miami
was blind folded. Florida,USA and owns and operates
A er passing the AE Licensure the JOJO MIRAMBEL TAX SERVICE
Board Examina on in September there. He is a Fellow prac oner of

VSU College of Engineering: Stronger at Eight

T
he College of Engineering
(COE) celebrated its 8th year
with a week-long series of
exhibits, seminars, and student
compe ons held on February 19 to
24, 2018.
This year’s anniversary theme is
anchored on ‘Unite, Engage,
Empower: Building the Founda ons
towards Technological Advancement,
Economic Progress, and Sustainable
Development’. The three core ideas of
unity, engagement, and The College of Engineering kicked off its eight anniversary at the VSU Gymnatorium.
empowerment were the basis in
conceptualizing the different ac vi es art, and basketball tournament to tested the analy cal skills, logical
lined up for this event. hone their talents and to promote reasoning, and verbal a en veness of
Uni ng COE students camaraderie among the students. student par cipants. Because of its
The College of Engineering – A college expo was also organized uniqueness, the ‘Craziest Quiz Show
Supreme Student Council (COE-SSC) which enabled students to showcase Ever’ has become one of the most
led by its President Marcyl Anne Juls their engineering projects and highly an cipated events by students
Mercurio and with the support of its outputs. Among the featured works within the COE.
College Dean Dr. Roberto C. Guarte, were dam and bridge construc on Engaging aspiring engineering studs
organized various ac vi es to plans from civil engineering students A career talk seminar for senior
showcase the different talents and and projects on robo cs from the high school students was also held on
abili es of the engineering students. mechanical engineering students. February 23, 2018. Schools that
Different student compe ons were For the third me, the ‘Craziest par cipated in this event included
also conducted that included Quiz Show Ever’ was also held. This Pomponan Na onal High School, Bato
extemporaneous speaking and balak, quiz show was not the typical one School of Fisheries, Ormoc City Senior
video produc on, AutoCAD, because it featured mind-boggling and High School, Baybay City Senior High
programming, poster-making, scrap out-of-this-world ques ons that surely School, Hilongos Na onal Voca onal
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School, and Visayas State University


Senior High School.
The talk provided an overview to
aspiring engineering students on what
the engineering profession and the
industry are all about. Speakers of this
event guided the par cipa ng
students on future career direc ons
and the path towards achieving their
goal of becoming future engineers.
A laboratory tour followed allowing
the senior high school students to An engineering student demonstra ng his robo cs projects to Senior High School students.
operate and experience first-hand the
different engineering equipment that the teaching profession because the Baybay City. The amazing race, on the
are available in COE. industry offers be er pay than the other hand, was held on February 24
An Inter-Senior High School Quiz academe. But for him, a er ge ng to test the ability of COE students in
Show was also conducted to cap off enough savings in his professional solving puzzles and their endurance in
the career talk and laboratory tour. prac ce in the industry, he shared that accomplishing different strenuous
VSU Senior High School won the first there is a different kind of sa sfac on physical ac vi es.
place while second and third places and fulfillment you get from teaching. COE started as the then
were snatched by students from the This convinced him to take another Department of Agricultural
Hilongos Na onal Voca onal School. career path in life. Engineering and Applied Mathema cs
Empowering the future engineers The last speaker of this event is (DAEAM) in May 1974. It later grew
Highligh ng the COE week Engr. Julious B. Cerna, a young faculty into the College of Engineering and
celebra on is a seminar graced by member of the Department of Food Agro-Industries (CEAI) in 2001 when
accomplished industry engineers- Science and Technology (DFST). He ViSCA was converted into a state
turned-professors who talked about was known for landing the top spot in university. In 2009, it was renamed
their rich professional experiences the 2010 licensure examina on for the College of Engineering (COE)
and their reasons for shi ing from the agricultural engineers. In his talk, he following a major restructuring of
industry to the academe. provided ps on how to axe exams academic units in VSU.
Dr. Daniel Leslie Tan, an affiliate and why career decisions are
faculty of the Department of important in self-growth and
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Agricultural Engineering and Head of development.
Following the seminar, outstanding
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experiences as a researcher and how Compe ons Awarding Ceremony to Dr. Roberto C. Guarte
his research ac vi es became basis honor achievements of students in Associate Editor
for what he is teaching in the various compe ons and and their Engr. Manuel E. Casangcapan
Contributors
classroom. outstanding projects and outputs. Department Heads
Meanwhile, the second speaker in Concluding the COE week was a Writer and Layout
the person of Engr. Dindo L. Sacay, was live jam and an amazing race. The live Engr. Jucel Marie T. Guatlo

a prac cing engineer for more than 10 jam which was held on the evening of For comments & suggestions, please
years before he decided to jump to February 23 featured performances contact us at:

the academe. In his talk, he shared from selected engineering students College of Engineering

how difficult it was for him to shi to and some local band ar sts here in

VISION College of Engineering as the Center of Excellence in Engineering Educa on, Research and Development in
the Visayas

MISSION Provide excellent instruc on, conduct relevant research, and foster community engagements that produce
highly competent graduates in engineering necessary for the development of the country