MSU-IIT, Vaquform conduct Industry Lecture on Design for Manufacturing

MSU-IIT, Vaquform conduct Industry Lecture on Design for Manufacturing

by Andrei Gabrielle Adlawan

WITH THE INSTITUTE’S priority of ensuring that the engineering and technology academic programs of MSU-IIT will be optimally relevant to industry practices, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, through FAB LAB Mindanao, hosted the Industry Lecture on Design for Manufacturing on August 29, 2019 at the Premier Research Institute of Science and Mathematics. 

The industry lecture was conducted by the founder and CEO of Vaquform, Mr. John Truman Tan. An industrial designer and a lecturer at the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Fine Arts, Tan introduced the first digital desktop vacuum former which is now widely used by various maker spaces and industries. 

He also shared his mass production experiences in Shenzhen, China along with discussions on the importance of achieving an effective prototype production open for the market, how to make these prototypes ready for manufacturing, as well as the challenges faced by hardware innovators and proposed solutions in transforming prototypes ready for manufacturing and production lines.

The highlight of the lecture was the unboxing of Vaquform, a desktop thermoformer, in FAB LAB Mindanao, which gave individuals and businesses open access to thermoforming. 

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Dr. Feliciano B. Alagao concluded the day’s activity by reiterating the Institute’s priority in research and innovation while challenging MSU-IIT constituents to integrate design for manufacturing in the development of relevant research outputs.

The industry lecture was attended by faculty members, researchers, students from the College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Computer Studies, MSU-IIT’s industry partners and institutions from Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Bukidnon, and Marawi City. 

MSU-IIT, DOST-PCIEERD, and Singapore’s Synopsys train Mindanao universities on IC Design

MSU-IIT, DOST-PCIEERD, and Singapore’s Synopsys train Mindanao universities on IC Design

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To strengthen IC and system design awareness in the academe, the Institute, through the Microelectronics Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology (DEET) of the College of Engineering and Technology (COET), in coordination with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, together with the Department of Science and Technology-– Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), and Singapore’s Synopsys train faculty members of Mindanao universities on IC design.

The colleges and universities which participated in the series of training are Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College, University of Mindanao, Caraga State University, Surigao State College of Technology, Notre Dame of Marbel University, Notre Dame of Midsayap College, Universidad de Zamboanga, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, MSU – General Santos, MSU – Marawi, and MSU-IIT.

According to the report by Engr. Rochelle M. Sabarillo, senior science research specialist of a DOST – PCIEERD project (uC-IC: Design of Microcontroller Integrated with Energy Harvesting and Power Management), Synopsys, the American company that owns and develops the current IC design tool used by the Institute, provided the training’s resource materials including lecture videos, online laboratory exercises, and soft-bound copies of the workshop laboratory guide.

The series of training featured lectures and laboratory exercises on Cloud-Based Synthesis using Design Compiler, providing the participants a clear understanding of the ASIC flow, as well as increase their skills in ASIC design;  IC Compiler Block Level Implementation, which focuses on using the IC compiler to perform placement, clock tree synthesis (CTS), routing, and design-for-manufacturability (DFM) on block-level designs with an existing floorplan; and on the SoC Design Planning Integration, which was conducted exclusively to DEET faculty members and researchers of the µC-IC project.

According to Sabarillo, the third training was to guide the participants on how to perform multi-voltage hierarchical design planning with a mix of black box and synthesized sub-modules, some of which are multiply-instantiated modules (MIMs) and to help them create a multi-voltage power network using Template-based Power Network Synthesis (TPNS) and use Data Flow Analysis (DFA).

Engr. Nicholas Yee Wee Han, a Senior Applications Engineer of Synopsys based in Singapore, conducted the lectures which were followed by laboratory exercises.

During the training, COET’s Prof. Jefferson Hora and Mr. Alvin Chua Yee Meng, Synopsys Marketing representative, underscored the significance of including microelectronics as a specialized field in the academe and how it can contribute to the country’s economic success.

COE, SCS faculty, alumni present papers in international confab

COE, SCS faculty, alumni present papers in international confab

Faculty members and alumni of the Electronics Communications Engineering (ECE) of the College of Engineering (COE) Department and the Electronics Engineering Technology Department of the School of Computer Studies (SCS) presented eight (8) research papers during the 2014 International Conference on Circuits and Systems (ICOCS 2014) held at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on March 20-21, 2014.

The conference was part of the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) 2014 Conferences and was convened alongside the “3rd International Conference on Network and Computer Science (INCS 2014)” and the “3rd International Conference on Security Science and Technology (ICSST 2014).

Of the three conferences, the selection committee accepted 30 papers out of 150 submissions. The accepted papers for presentation will be published in the International Journal of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IJEEE), Vol.2, No.4, December 2014 which may be at

The conference had 10 speakers from Brunei, Libya, Thailand, Japan, Kuwait, Turkey, Algeria, Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia.

Prof. Allenn Lowaton, Prof. Olga Labajo-Gerasta, Prof. Hareez Villaruz, Prof. Meriam Gay Bautista, and Prof. Jefferson Hora

Prof. Hareez Villaruz, Prof. Allenn Lowaton Prof. Meriam Gay Bautista, Prof. Jefferson Hora, Dr. Avni Morgul (session chair) , ECE Alumni : Christina Garcia, Jaydee Mangalin, Jayson Loreto, Van Buot, and Prof. Olga Joy Labajo-Gerasta
Papers presented by MSU-IIT faculty and alumni are published in the International Journal of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IJEEE)

The titles of the papers and their authors who presented in the conference and published in the IJEEE are:

“Verilog HDL Implementation of a Universal Synchronous Asynchronous Receiver transmitter” by Jefferson Hora, Meriam Gay Bautista, Kramer Chua, Demie Mae Dajao; “Overstress Free Charge Pump White LED Driver” by Allenn Lowaton, Hong-Yi Huang; “Low-EMI SPWM Generation Technique for DC-AC Converter” by: Hareez Villarus, Wan-Rone Liou, Mei-Ling Yeh; “3rd-Order Dual Trancation 18-bit Audio MASH 2-1 Delta-Sigma Digital to Analog Converter in 90nm CMOS Technology Implementation” by: Olga Joy Gerasta, Mycel Capilayan, Mark Laurence Dandan, Sittie Aleyah Magayo-ong; “12-bit Pipeline ADC Implementation in 0.09um Digital CMOS technology for Powerline Alliance” by Olga joy Gerasta, lavern Bete, Jayson Loreto, Sheerah Orlasan, Honey Mae Tagalogon; “Delay-Locked Loop Using 4 Cell Delay Line with Extended Inverter” by Jefferson Hora, Vincent Alan Heramiz, Pleiades Longakit; “7 Full-Custom Design Fractional Step-Down Charge Pump DC-DC Converter with Digital Control Implementation in 90nm CMOS Technology” by Jhon Ray Esic, Van Louven Buot, Jefferson Hora; and, “Fast Lock-in Time Phase Locked Loop Frequency Synthesizer for Continuous –Time Sigma-Delta ADC” by Jefferson Hora, Christina Garcia, Stella Sabate, Meriam Gay Bautista.

The said conferences held in one venue and the conference program updated participants in the latest development in the field of computer networks advances, computer and communication engineering, specifically, in circuits and systems.

In addition to the opportunity to learn about research achievements and challenges in the field, the event stressed that the true opportunity lies in innovative system design that could be gained through collaborative works and exchanging ideas, as well as promoted the development of research in the scientific community locally and globally. Contributed news for OPI

MSU-IIT faculty and alumni together with the other presenters from other Universities

Prof. Hareez Villaruz, from ESET department receives the best presenter award.

Topics : International Conference