NOVEMBER 2016 UP Electrical and electronics engineering institute centennial celebration

UP - Analog Devices, Inc. Microelectronics Laboratory II Inauguration, 3 November 2016

The Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) renewed its support to the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) as the expansion of the UP-ADI Microelectronics Laboratory (MicroLab) II was formally opened last 3 November 2016, Thursday, adding 30 seats, a conference room, and a bench testing area to the existing MicroLab I.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by ADI Design and Layout Engineering Director Miles Ramirez, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and UP College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda de Leon.

In his speech at the Microlab’s ribbon cutting, Ramirez focused on the importance of ADI’s engagement with UP through the years, adding, “The expansion of the lab signifies ADI’s commitment to the academe, and our appreciation of the importance of engineers and engineering in developing our country, helping solve our hardest problems, and making lives better.”

Dean De Leon closed the event by highlighting the “great story” of the partnership between UP EEEI and ADI.

“While the College continues to seek new partnerships with the industry, these new partnerships could not replace the trust, the friendship, and the value we already have with ADI,” she added.

On October 11, 2013, the ADI donated 20 workstations and furniture, and renovated the existing Microelectronics Lab, which was later renamed as the UP-ADI Microelectronics Lab I. The goal of the laboratory expansion then is to provide more students a high quality learning facility where they can learn, design, and implement their research areas – eventually producing more competent and topnotch microelectronics engineers.

The UP EEEI MicroLabs, which are headed by Dr. Louis Alarcon and Dr. Ma. Theresa de Leon, focus on a wide variety of areas that complement ADI’s line of interests including RF, analog and mixed-signal, and low-power microprocessor design. In the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the UP MicroLabs have also begun research in wireless sensor node IC design in the 65nm process, platform design, and software development for SmartWire applications.

Apart from this facility upgrade, the ADI Philippines also collaborates with the UP MicroLabs by organizing regular design reviews and technical presentations, exposing graduate and undergraduate students to real world challenges and design considerations, and helping to align the labs’ design and technical curriculum with ADI’s technology roadmap.

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To cap the Centennial Celebration Lecture Series, Dr. Delfin Jay Sabido IX (BS EE '89) of Ionics EMS, Inc. talked about Innovating the Philippines on 7 November 2016.

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Dr. Luis G. Sison (BS EE' 91) of the UP EEEI received the Professional Degree Award for Electronics & Communication Engineering Award in this year's UPAE Homecoming.

The 68th UP Alumni Engineers Homecoming (UPAE) Homecoming, with the theme "Inhenyero ng Bayan: Kaagapay sa Malawakang Pag-unlad" recognized three distinguished alumni of the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI), on 12 November 2016, at the Manila Polo Club.

Dr. Luis G. Sison (BS EE' 91) of the UP EEEI received the Professional Degree Award for Electronics & Communication Engineering Award for his contributions in the field as an academician, a project leader of the DOST-UP Enterprise Center for Technopreneurship where he advises startup companies on technology and business strategy, a Director of the UP Technology Transfer Office, a Laboratory Head of the UP EEEI- Innovations Research Center, and as the former Vice Chancellor for Research and Development.

The National Achievement Award for Finance was awarded to Senior Executive Vice President and Head of the Financial Markets Sector for Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company, Fernand Antonio A. Tansingco (BS EE '88). He is recognized for his exceptional banking and finance career experience from the 90s to today.

Chairman and CEO of Telmarc Corporation, Edgardo A. Paynor (BS EE '70) was hailed as the National Achievement Awardee for Entrepreneurship Information Technology. He has been in the business since the 90s and is known to have lead the company that "operates CATV systems and wired broadband internet in Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, Morong, and Teresa, Rizal and Alaminos, San Pablo, Calauan, and Victoria in Laguna."

The UPAE Professional Degree Achievement Award is given to the outstanding alumnus/alumna who have excelled nationally/internationally in his/her respective field of profession/ career. On one hand, Achievement Awards (e.g. National and Global) are given to alumni who have made outstanding accomplishments in areas of endeavor related to engineering field, thereby contributing to the development and improvement of the profession. Particular awards under this category may vary depending on the nominations received by UPAE.

UP alumna Tuesday Vargas and UPAE's own Dante Briones served as the event’s masters of ceremony.

Fellowship Night: Faculty + Donor, 28 November 2016

Special thanks to PHINMA Energy and Nokia Manila Technology Center, and to representatives from donor companies Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Maxim Integrated, Fujitsu Ten Solutions, and Mr. Filemon Berba, Jr., and faculty members who attended this event. Thanks also to My3D Concepts Corp. (3D2gO) for the souvenirs and the UP College of Music for the entertainment.


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All photos unless indicated are from D.R. Arcega

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