The establishment of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) was formally approved during the 1237th Meeting of the Board of Regents last October 24, 2008. The EEEI is envisioned to be a center of excellence in the field of electrical and electronics engineering through leadership in education, research and extension services in the Philippines and Asia.
Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr. was named the EEE Institute’s first Director. Dr. Marciano is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and currently holds the Prof. Emeritus Norberto S. Vila Professorial Chair in Engineering. Dr. Marciano obtained his PhD from the University of New south Wales in Sydney, Australia and his BS Electrical Engineering from UP Diliman in 2001 and 1994, respectively. He was a Visiting Associate Research Scientist at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2009 and 2007 and was the UP-Dado Banatao Fellow at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), UC Berkeley in 2004. Dr. Marciano has co-authored more than 20 international peer-reviewed publications and was one of the recipients of the Gawad Chanselor Para sa Natatanging Guro in 2008.
Dr. Marciano says that the change to an Institute is both a growth milestone and a strategic move that will put the EEEI in a better position to respond to rapid changes in the field of EEE. “There will be organizational and procedural changes,” says Marciano, “ but the more essential part is that, as an Institute, our role in teaching, research and extension become more highlighted and that we must strive to achieve a better balance between such functions. As EEEI, we are thrust into the front lines and we must execute these functions effectively and with a much wider reach than ever before. “