by Katarina O. Corpuz
Prof. John Paul Ben T. Silang receiving the awards during the Closing Program in behalf of his advisees who were reviewing for the PNLE 2014.
College of Nursing alumni Delvin Edwards Marquez, Lady Aizhalyn Angod, Hannah Bugtong, and Sandra Lois Laranjo garnered awards during the first MSU- IIT Innovation and Technology Fair dubbed Technovation 2014 held on September 25-26, 2014 at the Institute Mini Theatre.
The event highlighted researches and technological innovations and inventions made by graduate and undergraduate students of the Institute, with their respective advisers. Entries were categorized into four clusters: Cluster A for technologies related to Energy, Computer Applications and Animaton; Cluster B for Research and Development related to Environment; Cluster C for Health and Pharmaceuticals/Disaster Risk Reduction Management; and Cluster D for Food and Nutrition/Education research. Awards such as Best Project, Best Display, Industry Choice, Best Elevator Pitch, and Best Video Pitch were awarded to participants from each cluster.
Among the 27 entries from different teams in the Institute, Marquez’s study entitled “Evaluation of Wound Healing Effects of Ointments Formulated with Plant Leaf Extracts of Carica papaya, Cymbopogon citratus, and Psidium guajava on Exicional Wounds in Albino Rats” garnered first place as Best Innovative Project and Best in Oral presentation in Cluster C. He also won second place in Best Video Pitch.
The research study authored by Angod, Bugtong, and Laranjo entitled “Signus Vitalis: An Innovative Approach to Vital Signs Monitoring and Documentation Unsing Android Application and Smartphones” also won as Best Video Pitch, and second in Best Oral Presentation and Best Elevator Pitch, still in Cluster C.
Technofair 2014 also showcased lectures and workshops on innovation and technology, as well as discussions on the importance of promoting it in the academe. It also featured a talk given by Dr. Gary Wnek of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Insitute alumni Engr. Rolly Micheal Racsa and Engr. Gil Micheal Regalado also shared their success stories to the participants.
The event was hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension in coordination with the Intellectual Property Unit-Innovation and Technology Support Office (IPU-ITSO) and the Commission on Higher Education-Philippine Higher Education Research Network (CHED-PHERnet) Center, together with the Institute’s industry partners.