Philippine microelectronics competition champion and fifth year MSU-IIT electronics engineering student Robert Tac-an Nericua flies to the First Republic of Armenia on Saturday to compete in tomorrow’s 11th International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia.
Nericua will take on at the October 18 Olympiad the world’s best engineering students who come from around 29 other countries.
“I am excited to meet all the other participants,” he said.
Nericua promises to do his best at the competition, but takes care to note the he “will probably have fun there, too!”
The annual microelectronics olympiad of Armenia is a global contest that highlights the world’s brightest engineering students under the age of 30 who are active in the field of microelectronics.
The Armenian Olympiad will be the Aloran, Misamis Occidental native’s first trip abroad.
Thus, Nericua also looks forward to seeing the Olympiad’s host country, as plenty of side activities are being prepared for the participants like sightseeing tours, city tours, and tree plantings.
The First Republic of Armenia is a former Soviet republic located in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia.
Nericua qualifies to compete in Armenia after he beat 95 other contestants from top schools in the country like UP Diliman at the Philippine-wide competition administered by the Philippine Institute for Integrated Circuits (PIIC) held in August.
Some of the competitors he defeated in that competition were Master’s and PhD students.
Among the goals of the Olympiad are to increase interest in microelectronics, inspire and recognize young and talented engineers, and create a community of young specialists involved in microelectronics.
The general organizer of the Olympiad is Synopsys, a world leader in the electronic design automation industry.
Prof. Allenn Lowaton , a faculty member of Electronics Engineering presented a research paper at the 2016 International Conference on Renewable Energy and Green Technology (REEGETECH) held at Harris Hotel and Conventions in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 12-14, 2016.
The title of the paper is “A Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Interface Circuit using Negative Voltage Converter” which is also co-authored with Engr. Qadier Jilluh, an MS Electrical Engineering graduate of MSU-IIT.
The said event was organized and hosted by the Universiti Malaysia Perlis, UNIMAP together with Malaysia Technical Scientist Association (MTSA). The aim of this international conference is in the development of the cutting edge technology related to renewable energy and green technology.
All accepted and registered papers of the conference will be published in Jurnal Teknologi, a Scopus-indexed journal. Researchers from Ukraine, India, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan attended the event. Prof. Lowaton was the lone representative from the Philippines.
The said conference was held along with the 2016 International Conference on Advanced Research in Material Sciences, Manufacturing, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Technology (AR4MET); and 2016 International Conference on Education (ICOED).
Dr. Eryk Dutkeiwicz, a visiting professor from Macquarie University, Australia recently concluded his month-long lecture series at the Electrical / Electronics / Computer Engineering (EECE) Department. This is Dutkeiwicz’s third visit to MSU-IIT.
Dutkeiwicz’s lectures focused mainly on Wireless Sensor Networks from June 22 to July 17, 2015. The attendees of the lectures comprised of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering students, Doctor of Engineering students and the EECE faculty members. The opening ceremony was held at the Conference Room at the College of Engineering on June 22, 2015 with COE Dean, Atty. Edgar Alan Donasco gracing the event.
The lecture series was composed of lectures and laboratory activities as well. The participants were able to gain new knowledge regarding wireless sensors, its networks and the corresponding applications.
Starting the first semester of school year 2015-2016, the EECE Department will open a new elective course regarding wireless sensor networks.
On July 17, 2015, a closing ceremony was held at the Microelectronics Lab (MicroLab), College of Engineering.
During the closing ceremony, the participants received their certificates of attendance while the EECE Department presented a plaque and a token to Dutkeiwicz who also donated to the EECE Department wireless sensor tools and equipment.
During his stay in MSU-IIT, Dutkeiwicz toured Iligan City and joined educational caravans to Cagayan de Oro City and Davao City with the EECE faculty members. He also visited Dahilayan in Bukidnon and some tourist spots in Surigao.
The said lecture series was made possible through the funding from the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT).
Dutkeiwicz is currently the Director of a multi-disciplinary Research Centre; the Macquarie University WiMed Research Centre that focuses on the development of medical implant technologies. He is also the Director of the Wireless Communications and Networking Laboratory researching 5G technologies.
Dutkiewicz has held visiting professorial appointments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the City University of Hong Kong and Coventry University in the UK.
He is an author of over 170 research papers and has written several chapters for books. His professional activities in recent years included his participation on various International Steering Committees with the latest being the IEEE ICC 2014 and the IEEE WPMC 2014. He is the General Chair of BodyNets 2015 and IEEE VTC 2017-Spring in Sydney.