Isang Daan, Isang Tanglaw: EEE celebrates 100th anniversary in UPEEEAAI Homecoming 2016

The UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) and the UP Electrical and Elecronics Engineers Alumni Association, Inc. (UPEEEAAI) celebrated the Institute’s centennial anniversary at the 14th Alumni Homecoming, held on 03 December 2016, at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman.

With the theme, “Isang Daan, Isang Tanglaw: Driving the Nation’s Leadership in EEE for the Next Century,” the event was participated by around 200 alumni, faculty members and staff, and graduating students– considered as the highest number of attendees to date.

Outstanding EEE Alumni

The event also served as an opportunity to relive the UPEEEAAI tradition of awarding the jubilarians (Class of 1956, 1966, 1976, and 1991) and recognizing outstanding alumni. This year, the UPEEEAAI recognized its first ten outstanding EEE alumni, six of which are recognized by the UP Alumni Association and UP Alumni Engineers Awards, while the other four were pre-selected by UP EEE Officials and UP EEE Alumni Association Board of Directors. The UPEEEAAI is said to open the nomination for the Outstanding EEE Alumni to fill the 90 more slots in the Top 100 EEE Alumni before the year 2017 ends. To jumpstart the awarding, the 14th Alumni Homecoming recognized the first ten outstanding alumni:

NAME BATCH AFFILIATION AWARD
Edmundo G. Fortunado EE ’74 Managing Director, Analog Devices Phils. Inc.  Industry and Academe Linkage Category
Filemon T. Berba EE ‘ 59 President, Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology  Industry and Project Management Category
Francisco L. Viray EE’ 70 President and CEO, PHINMA Energy Corp.  Energy Sector Category
Hilary L. de Leon EE ’71 Founder, Micrologic Systems, Inc.  Manufacturing and Systems Integration Category
Jesus P. Francisco EE ’66 President, Clark Electric Distribution Corporation  Enterprise and Consumer Technology Category
Jose B. Cruz, Jr. EE’ 53 Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology  Science and Technology Category
Ramon I. Castillo EE ‘ 82 Founder, Innovatronix  Entrepreneurship Category
Rizalina G. Mantaring EE ’82 President and CEO, SunLife Financial  Banking and Finance Category
Romeo G. Solis EE ’80 President, Tanza Child Development Centre  Education Category
Rowena Cristina L. Guevara EE ’85 Undersecretary for Research and Development, DOST  Government Service Category

During the awarding, Reimark de Guzman (BS EE ‘2013), one of the UPEEEAAI Board Directors, gave the criteria of the selection to serve as guide for nominations in 2017. He noted that more than one candidate is eligible per category and specific category may vary depending on the development and improvement of the profession, the nominations received, and the nominees’ achievements.

The goal of recognizing the outstanding alumni, as noted by De Guzman, is to “bring to the next century an era that will maintain linkages between our EEE Alumni and the Institute and thereby, contribute to the development of EEE profession.”

 
Humility, says Cruz

This year’s keynote speaker was the UP College of Engineering’s first Summa Cum Laude and one of EEE’s outstanding alumni, Dr. Jose B. Cruz, Jr. He talked about the theme, which is the direction of EEE for the next years. He highlighted that to achieve “Isang Daan, Isang Tanglaw,” the UP EEEI should not just improve its curricula but also focus on the shared high ground of EEE– society roles of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineers; and personal attributes. Under personal attributes, Cruz enumerated the need to hone the students’ communication skills and leadership skills, both as a leader and a member, and to develop life-long learning and commitment and firm adherence to principles of ethics. Cruz also added humility as one of the personal attributes that should be developed and practiced not just by EEE but to all UP graduates as well.

You may view Dr. Cruz’ presentation here.

 

Towards NIEECE

UP EEEI Director John Richard closed the event by presenting the proposed framework towards a National Institute of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering or NIEECE. Hizon enumerated the achievements and the contributions of the Institute to the country and the world for the past years. He attributed that brand of education to the Institute’s aggresive investment in faculty development, facility upgrades, and academe-industry linkages. In addition, Hizon also noted that the Institute continues to produce quality research that address local relevance and global impact, in line with the UP’s mandate as a national university.

Taking UP EEEI to the next level is the vision to be the NIEECE, or to be the National Institute of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering. For this to be realized, Hizon emphasized that need to strengthen Academic, Research, and Extension components. He added the importance of engaging the alumni, industry partners, and other universities/state colleges for the vision to be realized. As a model of collaboration, the Institute sees its locally-relevant research initiatives as the “platform and the bridge” among the UP EEEI, other universities/SUCs, and the industry to work together.

The UPEEEAAI and the UP EEEI also took advantage of the reunion by inviting the alumni to the upcoming events– the UPEEEAAI Lifetime Members Plaques Unveiling on 10 January 2017 and the UPEEEAAI Golf Tournament on 10 February 2017.

There was also a soft launching of the EEE Alumni Social Media Site, which was presented by Dr. Rhandley Cajote. The goal of this platform, as Cajote noted, is to provide an avenue for productive interaction through social media for alumni. It also aims to “encourage exchange of ideas, exchange of timely issues, promotion of constructive advocacies, and propagation of truthful information” among EEE network.

The Homecoming had a nostaligic feels as Ang Bahay ng Alumni was lit with a mix of incandescent and LED bulbs. The student organizations UP Engineering Radio Guild, UP Circuit and the UP Engineering Student Council- EEE Representatives also prepared audio-video presentations of a glimpse of EEE’s past for the senior alumni to reminisce and the vision of the Institute for the next years.

The event also showcased local talents like Prof. Miguel Escoto, Jr.’s band, Red66, and UP College of Music- UP EEEI collaboration- Gitara ni Juan.

Masters of ceremony were Engr. Ma. Cristina Ojeda-Cacnio and Engr. Stella Gatchalian.

The 14th Alumni Homecoming was organized by the UP EEEI and the UPEEEAAI, and co-presented by Nokia Manila Technology Center. Major sponsors are First Philec, PHINMA Energy, and Analog Devices, Inc. Philippines.

The UP EEEI is celebrating its centennial year in 2016, in accordance with the BOR approval of the BS Electrical Engineering program on January 10, 1916.

 

You may download the e-copy of the 14th EEE Alumni Homecoming here.