Wednesday, 26 May 2010

P2-B engineering laboratories up in UP Diliman soon

Dennis D. Estopace and Juei Villaruel
Business Mirror

THE University of the Philippines is constructing several buildings worth P2 billion in its Diliman, Quezon City, campus for laboratories that could enhance the research and testing capability of the UP National Engineering Center (NEC).

Dean Rowena Cristina L. Guevara of the UP College of Engineering (UPCOE) said the Mining, Metallurgical and Materials building is scheduled to open its first two floors in August.

The building for the Energy Engineering (EgyE) and Environmental Engineering (EnE) programs will rise on a 4,000-square-meter lot and will house 10 laboratories for both programs, according to the UP Diliman web site. Ground-breaking rites for this building were held last month.

A Building-Research Service (BRS) edifice is also planned; it will have a laboratory for fire-testing full-scale wall panels, according to BRS director Nathaniel B. Diola. He said the laboratory, which will be the first test facility of its kind in the Philippines, aims to transform prototypes into commercial stages.

The UP NEC is mandated by law to strengthen and ensure a steady supply of technical manpower in the various fields of engineering and of developing technologies that use indigenous resources appropriate to the needs of local industries.

From 2004 to May 2010, the UP NEC offered 325 training programs to more than 8,000 participants all over the country.

More than 1,400 were from different electric cooperatives and distribution utilities in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the NEC’s geodetic engineering updating program for students who had been unable to finish their studies has graduated 1,327.

Formally established on January 27, 1978, the NEC has served as the UP COE’s research and extension arm.

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