As part of the year-long centennial celebration, the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) hosted its first of the lecture series and seminars, which featured Dr. Luis Manuel Alarilla, Jr., held on 25 January 2016, at the PLDT Multimedia Hall, EEEI Bldg. I.
The professorial lecturer traced the history of the Institute by telling his 50 years of student and professional life. What he went through, according to him, was the “worst time of the Department.” He also highlighted the mid-60’s, when senior faculty members left the then Department of Electrical Engineering (DEE), leaving seven faculty members. He then noted that the Institute could learn from these experience by continually improving its faculty development initiatives so that it would not happen again.
“Maintaining a certain number of faculty is critical to planning and curriculum development. When there are no senior faculty, there is nothing left,” he added.
Dr. Alarilla also shared a piece of his wisdom as one of the lead persons in establishing the University’s Department of Computer Science and as chair of the DEEE.
In the closing remarks, the UP EEEI director, Dr. John Richard Hizon, relate the talk to the common Filipino proverb, Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan (S/He who does not know how to look back at where s/he came from will never get to his/her destination). He noted that it is important to trace the history to serve as guide in the Institute’s endeavors. Recognizing the events happened leading to what the Institute is today, Dr. Hizon ended his remarks by challenging the faculty members and students on “how to reach the next stage.”
The UP EEEI Centennial Lecture Series and Seminars is a year-long activity which aims to feature distinguished alumni who chose to be successful in the Philippines. The lecture is expected to guide the students with their career choices, and inspire them as well to contribute to the betterment of society.
The next lecture would be on 15 February 2016, to be held in the MERALCO Innovation Hall (Rm. 120), EEEI Bldg. II.
Audio file: 50 years with EE, EEE, and EEEI
Video file: 50 years with EE, EEE, and EEEI