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Five faculty members and three 5th year Chemical Engineering students of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology (DChE&T) of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) presented papers during the 7th ASEAN Environmental Engineering Conference (AEEC) held at Hotel Centro, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, Nov. 21-22, 2014.
This regional conference was an annual venue for networking among experts in the ASEAN in solving regional problems.
The conference was funded by the AUN/SEED-Net was likewise an opportunity for participants to discuss future collaborations and activities related to various engineering disciplines.
It aimed to maximize the outreach of the AUN/SEED-Net for stronger impact by involving external participants, including representatives from government, industry, community, non-member institutions, and other professional organizations.
Hosted by the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and with the theme “How Can Communities Be Ready for Disasters?: The Role of Environmental Engineering in Community Preparedness, Immediate Response and Environmental Sustainability,” the two-day conference included a keynote lecture and technical sessions on “Wastewater Treatment and Water Pollution”; “Solid and Hazardous Waste Management”; “Green and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems and Environmental Systems”; “Water Quality and Management”; “GeoEnvironment, Soil Pollution and Remediation”; “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Climate Change and Engineering Education”; and, on “Environmental Systems”.
International experts from Japan, the Netherlands and from the Philippines gave messages and shared their knowledge and experiences on disaster preparedness and mitigation, including experts from Japan, the Netherlands and the Philippines.
The 7th AEEC was participated in by various Philippine universities and member institutions of the AUN/SEED-Net including MSU-IIT.
This year, the DChE&T presented eight (8) research studies. These researches and their authors/presenters were: “Effect of N/P Molar Ratio on Struvite Seeded Map Crystallization in a Fluidized Bed by Engr. Ralf Ruffel M. Abarca; “2k Factorial Design for the Determination of Significant Parameters in Acidolysis of Polyfurfuryl Alcohol Resin” by Engr. Ronald P. Bual; “Monitoring and Profiling of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining at Rogongon, Iligan City: Effects on the Physico-Chemical and Biological Characteristics of Surface Water and Mercury Concentration in Sediments of Mandulog River System” by Prof.Dr. Ma. Sheila K. Ramos; “Eco-friendly Method of Preparing Clay-Based Ceramic/Carbon Composite” by Prof. Alexander O. Mosqueda; “Synthesis of Furfural from Coconut Shells and Husk” by Engr. Rodel D. Guerrero; “Optimization of Alkali-catalysed Biodiesel Production from Used Cooking Oil Through Transesterification and Ozone Technology Under Response Surface Methodology” by Mr. Brian B. Pugate; “Optimization of Furfural Synthesis Using Coconut Shells via Acid Hydrolysis” by Ms. Kimberly Julve; and, “Phosphate Removal from Synthetic Swine Wastewater by Fluidized Bed Struvite Crystallization: Influence of Upflow Velocity” by Mr. Remegio S. Pusta, Jr.
Aside from the paper presenters, the MSU-IIT delegation for the AEEC 2014 also included 5th year Chemical Engineering students: Ms. Juliet Fernandez, Ms. Ellaine Llanos, Ms. Frances Nicole Dumas and Ms. Cherry Mae Bala.
AEEC 2014 was in partnership with the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) and University of the Philippines-Diliman. – Contributed news for OC-OPI
At the Banquet:
From top to bottom: Some of the DChE&T faculty and students who participated in the AEEC 2014; Prof. Dr. Ma. Sheila K.Ramos with Dr. Annaliza P. Rollon of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering of UP-Diliman; and Engr. Bual and Ms. Dumas and the other MSU-IIT participants during the conference’s banquet dinner at Hotel Centro.
Photos by: Ronald P. Bual