The UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) and the UP Electrical and Elecronics Engineers Alumni Association, Inc. (UPEEEAAI) celebrated the Institute's centennial anniversary at the 14th Alumni Homecoming, held on 03 December 2016, at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman.
With the theme, "Isang Daan, Isang Tanglaw: Driving the Nation's Leadership in EEE for the Next Century," the event was participated by around 200 alumni, faculty members and staff, and graduating students-- considered as the highest number of attendees to date.
The event also served as an opportunity to relive the UPEEEAAI tradition of awarding the jubilarians (Class of 1956, 1966, 1976, and 1991) and recognizing outstanding alumni. This year, the UPEEEAAI recognized its first ten outstanding EEE alumni, six of which are recognized by the UP Alumni Association and UP Alumni Engineers Awards, while the other four were pre-selected by UP EEE Officials and UP EEE Alumni Association Board of Directors. The UPEEEAAI is said to open the nomination for the Outstanding EEE Alumni to fill the 90 more slots in the Top 100 EEE Alumni before the year 2017 ends. To jumpstart the awarding, the 14th Alumni Homecoming recognized the first ten outstanding alumni:
- Edmundo G. Fortunado, EE '74 (Managing Director, Analog Devices Phils. Inc.)- Industry and Academe Linkage Category
- Filemon T. Berba EE ' 59 (President, Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology)- Industry and Project Management Category
- Francisco L. Viray, EE' 70 (President and CEO, PHINMA Energy Corp. )-Energy Sector Category
- Hilary L. de Leon, EE '71 (Founder, Micrologic Systems, Inc.)- Manufacturing and Systems Integration Category
- Jesus P. Francisco, EE '66 (President, Clark Electric Distribution Corporation) Enterprise and Consumer Technology Category
- Jose B. Cruz, Jr., EE' 53 (Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology)- Science and Technology Category
- Ramon I. Castillo, EE ' 82 (Founder, Innovatronix)- Entrepreneurship Category
- Rizalina G. Mantaring, EE '82 (President and CEO, SunLife Financial)- Banking and Finance Category
- Romeo G. Solis, EE '80 (President, Tanza Child Development Centre)- Education Category
- Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, EE '85 (Undersecretary for Research and Development, DOST)- Government Service Category
During the awarding, Reimark de Guzman (BS EE '2013), one of the UPEEEAAI Board Directors, gave the criteria of the selection to serve as guide for nominations in 2017. He noted that more than one candidate is eligible per category and specific category may vary depending on the development and improvement of the profession, the nominations received, and the nominees' achievements.
The goal of recognizing the outstanding alumni, as noted by De Guzman, is to "bring to the next century an era that will maintain linkages between our EEE Alumni and the Institute and thereby, contribute to the development of EEE profession."
This year's keynote speaker was the UP College of Engineering's first Summa Cum Laude and one of EEE's outstanding alumni, Dr. Jose B. Cruz, Jr. He talked about the theme, which is the direction of EEE for the next years. He highlighted that to achieve "Isang Daan, Isang Tanglaw," the UP EEEI should not just improve its curricula but also focus on the shared high ground of EEE-- society roles of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineers; and personal attributes. Under personal attributes, Cruz enumerated the need to hone the students' communication skills and leadership skills, both as a leader and a member, and to develop life-long learning and commitment and firm adherence to principles of ethics. Cruz also added humility as one of the personal attributes that should be developed and practiced not just by EEE but to all UP graduates as well. You may view Dr. Cruz' presentation here.
UP EEEI Director John Richard closed the event by presenting the proposed framework towards a National Institute of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering or NIEECE. Hizon enumerated the achievements and the contributions of the Institute to the country and the world for the past years. He attributed that brand of education to the Institute's aggresive investment in faculty development, facility upgrades, and academe-industry linkages. In addition, Hizon also noted that the Institute continues to produce quality research that address local relevance and global impact, in line with the UP's mandate as a national university.
Taking UP EEEI to the next level is the vision to be the NIEECE, or to be the National Institute of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering. For this to be realized, Hizon emphasized that need to strengthen Academic, Research, and Extension components. He added the importance of engaging the alumni, industry partners, and other universities/state colleges for the vision to be realized. As a model of collaboration, the Institute sees its locally-relevant research initiatives as the “platform and the bridge” among the UP EEEI, other universities/SUCs, and the industry to work together.