43rd Commencement Exercise of UPLB: First Graduation After Calendar Shift

Despite of the heavy pour of rain hours before the ceremony which caused the collapse of the temporary roof built in DL Umali Freedom Park, the very first July graduation of UPLB successfully carried on last July 4, 2015, Saturday. The air was filled with a happy mist as honorable guests, UPLB officials, and graduates take part in the start of a new chapter of each graduate’s life.



Wearing their sablay, as per memo no 089 issued 23 June 2015 by the current Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., BS, MA/MS, and PhD graduates marched into the roofed field at four o’clock in the afternoon while family members, friends, and org-mates cheer them beyond the fences.

The graduates were reminded by the current Chancellor, in his Message to the Graduates posted in the Chancellor’s blog, about the responsibility of each iskolar to turn the honor and privilege of graduating at the University of the Philippines to public service that means dedicating self to others in many ways.

IED Continuously Improves the BS Industrial Engineering Curriculum

The BS Industrial Engineering curriculum offered by the University of the Philippines Los Baños has already been revised thrice since the course was offered in 1999. The first revision was the 2008 version which is followed by the 2011. The most recent version was released year 2014. Each revision simplifies but enhances the previous, slowly eliminating bottlenecks and adding units for more intensified learning.

Though the most recent revision has only been implemented for a year, the Industrial Engineering Department (IED) has conducted a deliberation of all IE courses in the curriculum last June 22, 24, and 25 which was attended by all faculty members, facilitated by Ms. Clarissa M. Pesigan at IE104. This is to address K-12, AUN-OBE, and CHED Requirements.

Kyushu University Accepts IED Faculty Member

MaamLizEngr. Lizbeth A. Mariano, Instructor 7, has been accepted as one of the six graduate school participants of the 2015 Human Science Summer School at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan with full scholarship from the said university. The summer program will start August 24 and end September 3, 2015 where Engr. Mariano will attend a series of lectures and laboratory sessions on ergonomics and human science.

The said faculty is expected to arrive at Japan on August 21 and return to the Philippines on September 4.

Kyushu University was a partner university of the University of the Philippines where Engr. Mariano is enrolled in a Master’s Degree in  Production Systems.

The financial support includes round trip tickets to and from Japan, accommodation, and meals. Participants will stay at a dormitory with a small kitchen and LAN.

The participants were selected based on academic records and supervisor recommendations.

Source: Call for Participants to 2015 Human Science Summer School August 24 - September 3, 2015, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2015 at http://www.hs.design.kyushu-u.ac.jp/2015SummerSchool/CFP/

Bigger Family, Better Home

                 Every business has a goal to expand. Stretching and widening a business’ give its shareholders an increasing profit and its employees a much more comfortable work place making them more efficient and more effective. For these advantages of expanding, the Industrial Engineering Department continues to renovate and develop its facilities, especially the faculty room since the whole department is enlarging its man power to cope up with the increasing demand of potential industrial engineers of the Philippines.

                With the supervision of the department’s chairman, Assistant Professor Dean Haerold Z. Layaoen, the construction started April 16, 2015. This project, entitled “Rehabilitation of Industrial Engineering Department,” is just one of the proposed projects of the chairman that has been approved by the chancellor and the Construction Planning and Development Office(CPDO). It aims to construct the faculty room extension at the open area adjacent to the lounge of the second floor of the building just above the entry porch of the IE Building, to construct an aisle(between Room 102 and the new classroom) and fire escape door at the end, and to improve Room 101 and 102. To further illustrate this, Operations Personnel Noel Aspreno M. Salcedo explained that the stairs for the second floor will be aligned with the hallway at the first floor and this hallway will have its duplicate at the second floor just above it. He also pointed out that the main entrance will be at the center of the building and the old entrance will be closed and will be converted into a room as seen on the floorplan below.

floor gallery

                These changes will be appreciated more using this computer aided design (CAD) representation.

                The second floor which is currently the faculty room will be extended to the direction of the lobby. This will create more space for the instructors to work and more comfortable place to accommodate consulting students. In effect, the lobby on the first floor will have a lower ceiling but will be more accommodating for the entrance position will be at the center of the building.

                This construction project is administrative which means the administration provides the budget and the materials including the engineers. The budget for this project in total is almost three million which came from the university budget. The head architect and the team leader is Arch. William Jeffrey Y. Ranola.  The following are the engineers and their respective position: Mr. Arthur A. Matalog – Architectural Works Co-Inspector, Engr. Franklin L. Juanillas – Civil/Structural Works Inspector, Engr. Pamela Marie K. Gordovez – Electrical Works Inspector, and Engr. Paul Michael M. Buduan – Sanitary/Plumbing Works Inspector.

                The building of the different additional and extension facilities is projected to be finished six months to one year and is expected to run smoothly as planned. However, there will be distractions on the ongoing classes when it started but Prof. Layaoen explained that this is just for a few days because the construction will be shifted at night to avoid disruptions on classes.

                Even on business, continuous expansion and development are keys for the betterment and productivity of it but on its way, struggles are inevitable and therefore must be handled as careful as possible. This rehabilitation of the department will benefit not only the faculty but also the students as they take their journey ahead and be an industrial engineer in the future, equipped with knowledge, skills, and most importantly, the attitude towards work and to the people that surrounds them.

UPLB IE Students place third in the 12th PIIE National Inter-university Quiz Contest


In the most recent Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers National Student Congress (PIIE NSC), UPLB 4th and 5th year students stand victorious, as they won third place in the national inter-university quiz contest held at Mapua Institute of Technology, Intramuros, last February 7, 2015. Leianne Casupang,  Jhon Carlo Esmas,  Mark Lester Teodoro, fifth year IE students, and 4th year students Renzo Robert Manalo and Erick Louise Sioson together with their coach  Engr. Angelo Ani bagged the national award after spending  weeks of late-night trainings.


A sweet start. (From left to right) Vicente Co (PIIE President), Engr. Angelo Ani (UPLB faculty and team coach), Jhon Carlo Esmas, Renzo Robert Manalo, Leianne Casupang, Erick Louise Sioson , Mark Lester Teodoro, Engr. Kathleen Lee (UPLB faculty), Jerry Lim (PIIE NSC adviser).


The UPLB students grabbed third when they and the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) nearly tied but with the latter claiming the second place. At the end of the competition, De La Salle University prevailed and seized the trophy. The match had been profound and breathtaking that even weeks after the event, UPLB student participants haven’t forgotten the tension and privilege they felt during the hours they sat in the contest hall.

“I had to say it was a great start [for] this semester,” wrote Manalo when asked about the PIIE NSC though they only ranked third of the country’s best. This one-day event was attended by 37 universities nationwide and was jam-packed not only with the Quiz Contest and the Mr. And Ms. PIIE pageant but also with Congress Talks, led by experts and leader students, aligned to the theme “Leadership Empowerment towards Nation Building”. JP Peñol, National Youth Commissioner, and Elisier Fantillo, Consultant and Subject Matter Expert in Kaizen Management Systems, Inc., led the Congress Talks sharing their experiences and tips to the audience. In addition, IE students from different universities, Peter John Gamboa, Julie Anne Tañas, and Elyzza Marie De Gala, including our very own Gabriel John De Leon (PIIE NSC President), also imparted inspiration and wisdom in the segment SMART Ideas.

UPLB participants really proved to be consistent as they also won third place in the PIIE Regional Student Congress, held at the DL Umali Auditorium, UPLB last January 17, 2015, prior to the PIIE NSC Quizcon. However, the 4th year participants aim to snatch the top place in the next year’s PIIE NSC.