At the 2014 Homecoming of the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineers Alumni Association Inc. (UPEEEAAI), Director Joseph Marciano announced the readiness of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) for the country’s efforts towards integration with the rest of Southeast Asia through fellowship and collaboration between the University and the alumni.
“We are gearing up our curriculum, our faculty, staff and students to meet the test of internationalization head-on and towards a more responsive and relevant engineering education that redound to the country’s global competitiveness,” he said.
“EEE Eyes ASEAN 2015” is the theme of this year’s homecoming, and supported by University of the Philippines Dean of Engineering, Aura C. Matias. “I believe that this institute, with the support of its alumni, will be able to contribute towards the pursuit of excellence and innovation that will benefit the country.” In a message, she underscored that the EEI has the most number of students in the College, and most have continued to make strides in their respective industries,” she said in a message.
The event’s keynote speaker, Rafael Nestor ‘Chicho’ Mantaring joined their call for innovation while citing areas beyond the field that will be impacted when ‘ASEAN 2015’ is realized.
“We have to innovate. At the same time, the government has to exert more effort in lowering the cost of doing business in the Philippines, and our Universities have to stay abreast with the best in the region,” he said.
According to Mantaring, who serves as Head of Design and Development for Asia of Integrated Microelectronics, Inc. and a member of the technical panel of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), failure to take advantage of opportunities would result in fewer Filipino professionals working for the country’s growth.
“Accept that to retain good talent, you have to pay and that to stay competitive, you have to continue finding better ways of doing things,” he added. Mantaring, a UP Electrical Engineering alumnus, was the former Chair of what was then the UP Department of Electrical Engineering. He was also the Philippines’ private sector representative to the Talent Mobility Workshop of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology.
UPEEEAAI board members took part in the celebration, with Carlo Capiral presenting the Election Mechanics of the association and Dodgie Arevalo delivering the President’s Report.
For the current school year 2013-2014, the UPEEEAAI Scholarship Program was started with the goal of financially supporting at least 1 EEE student thru his/her last 3 academic years. Targeting two scholars next school year and three for SY 2015-2016, these will be internally funded by the association.
The association also shared other highlights including assistance to six EEE students affected by Typhoon Yolanda, alumni donations contributing to the scholarship funds, and the annual EEE alumni golf tournament as fundraising activity for the UPEEEAAI Scholarship Program and other future projects. This year’s event, UPEEEAAI Golf 2014, will be held on 22 May 2014 at the Valley Golf & Country Club. Alumni, faculty and students were invited to visit the updated website upeeeaai.org as a venue for information and the exchange of ideas among members.
Vic Gruet formally closed the program before attendees proceeded to the after-party.
The 2014 Homecoming honored the Jubilarian classes of 1954 (diamond), 1964 (gold) and 1989 (silver) as well as members of batch 2014 who are now eligible for inclusion into the rolls of the UPEEEAAI. “These new graduates, members of EEEI student organizations and student council EEE representatives were invited to a homecoming experience that hopefully will inspire them this early to give back in their own respective capacities,” said UPEEEAAI President Conrado S.R. Arevalo II. According to him, alluding to the Institute’s acronym, ‘Enthusiasm, Energy and Entrepreneurship’ are key to sustaining their group’s development.
“Your alumni association is all the more earnestly committed to fulfill its mandate of serving the interests of UPEEEI, including its students, faculty and alumni,” he noted in his message. “This is a call for everyone to join hands and contribute in enhancing the academic resources of our institute.”