Adamson University, one of the institutions to pioneer industrial engineering in the country, was at the forefront of the 10th National Congress and 4th IE Research Conference of the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE) held on March 11 and 12 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City.
The PIIE is the premier professional group of industrial engineers in the country. The organization has gone through several changes since the first initiative began in 1961 but it continues to be the leading organization uniting both professionals and students to push their cause forward.
Adamson’s involvement was spearheaded by Engr. Venusmar Quevedo, director of the Center for Research and Continuing Education (CRECE), who was chairman of the research conference. Her counterpart for the National Congress was Engr. Florendo Maranan, Treasurer of the Industrial Engineering Certification Board. Engr. Maranan is the Vice President of the Total Quality Office for the Bank of the Philippine Islands and an Outstanding Adamsonian awardee in 2007.
Among those who graced the opening day of the Congress were Aurelio Montinola III, President and CEO of BPI; Rossana S. Javier, Managing Director and CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Ambassador Francis Chua, President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Breakout sessions focusing on Manufacturing and Service were held in the afternoon.
The second day was dedicated to the Research Conference. Engr. Quevedo opened up proceedings with her opening remarks, which was then followed by the plenary session presenting researches from various schools, open fora, parallel sessions and campus achievement awards. The faculty and student representatives who presented papers were from Adamson, University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle University, Mapúa Institute of Technology, University of Sto. Tomas, Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila, Cebu Institute of Technology, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, University of San Jose-Recoletos, and University of San Carlos.
Other AdU administrators who took part in the event were Engr. Noe Enriquez, director of the Institutional Policy Planning and Development Office, and Mrs. Grace Rapsing, director of the Human Resources Management and Development Office. Both were chairpersons during the parallel sessions, with Engr. Enriquez sitting as chair of the Education/Systems/Service track while Mrs. Rapsing served as chair of the Manufacturing/Production Industry track. Engr. Enriquez is the current Treasurer of the PIIE.
Industrial engineering can trace its roots to Adamson, when it became one of the first schools to offer industrial engineering as a collegiate course in the 1930s. Since then Adamson has played a big role in the development of future engineers and gave support to establishing a stronger industry. Yael Esperat