By Shely Anne Ortiz

Last February 4-6, 2016, marked the ninth year of the Chemical Engineering Students Summit Philippines (CHESSPH).  Year after year, it has endeavored to showcase the youth’s role in developing science and technology as future engineers of the nation.

With over 300 participants, ChESSPH 2016 was able to realize its vision of going beyond the four walls of the classroom to further deepen the appreciation for the chemical engineering profession.

The first day of the event was held at the Malcolm Theatre of the UP Diliman College of Law. The morning session kicked off with the career paths seminar which featured speakers from various industries. They each shared their experience regarding their respective fields and introduced several career opportunities for the chemical engineering undergraduates. The fields discussed were petrochemicals, engineering design, mining, environmental engineering, biotechnology, and semiconductors.

The event had six distinguished speakers, namely: Engr. Richmond Rommel Mercado, a process engineer at Ambitech Asia ; Engr. Lawrence Sumera, a process engineer from Fluor Daniel, Inc.; Engr. Roy Roque Rivera, a production junior supervisor from  Coral Bay Nickel Corporation; Engr. Jerico Aguila, a process design engineer and environmental engineering practitioner from Manila Water Company, Inc.; Engr. Melvin Jusi, a science research analyst from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology; and Engr. Marlon Llana, Technical Operations Director at Nanotech Analytical Services and Training Corp.

For the idea generation seminar, two well-published researchers: Dr. Susan Gallardo, a university fellow and retired professor of chemical engineering from De La Salle University-Manila and Dr. Marienette Vega, an assistant professor from the Department of Physics, Ateneo De Manila University gave their insights on chemical engineering research and development.

A discussion on patent and utility model filing were given by Engr. Sherwin Lagonoy and Engr. Stephanie Lou Recuenco, both patent examiners at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines; in aim to increase students’ awareness and adherence on intellectual property rights and law.

And to cap off the first day filled with enlightening seminars, a chemical engineering game show was held. Eight (8) teams joined the elimination round that consisted of three levels. The top four (4) teams then proceeded to the final round that tested their knowledge and senses. Chemical engineering concepts as well as the topics discussed during the seminars were incorporated into the games.

The second day of ChESSPH 2016 started off with a team activity. Each team had to go through ten (10) booths that each featured a challenge depicting the real-life applications of transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, and thermodynamics – considered as the three pillars of chemical engineering. Various company booths were also present during the Chemical Engineering Expo held at the National Engineering Center Open Grounds.

A new addition to this year’s line-up, the Leadership Seminar was hosted by the Children’s Museum and Library Inc. – Junior Council Alumni Association (CMLI-JCAA), a non-profit organization advocating the involvement and empowerment of the Filipino youth. They provided the participants with an interactive learning experience as team building activities were done to supplement what they have learned during the project management seminar.

Afterwards, a corporate workshop was held at the Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED) Auditorium of the School of Economics, UP Diliman. Its main goal was to equip the participants with the crucial skills necessary for their future careers. It consists of three sub-workshops: power dressing, mock interview, and resume writing. Ms. Dina H. Loomis, Global Ambassador of Persona Profiling Academy of America LLC and President and CEO of Dina H. Loomis Image Consultancy Center, discussed the several benefits of power dressing and gave advice on how to dress to impress. An entertaining and informative talk on handling interviews and landing one’s dream job was given by Mr. Myron Sta. Ana, President and Chief EnterTraining Officer of Myron Sta. Ana Training and Consultancy Services. And to conclude the workshop, a representative from JobStreet.com provided the audience with key points and tips on effective resume writing.

The eventful day ended on a high note as the participants and organizers gathered in La Piazza by Albergus for Regale, the culminating party of ChESSPH 2016. Capacities, a home-grown band of UP ALCHEMES and champions of Acoustic Jammeng’g 2015, serenaded the audience with their captivating music. Prizes were also awarded to the winning teams during Escapade and the Chemical Engineering Expo.

The final day of ChESSPH 2016 was dedicated for the plant tour. This year, the Tabangao Refinery of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and the Petron Polypropylene Plant in Bataan were visited by the participants.

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The ChESSPH steering committee is headed by Jericho Danielle Torculas and Angeline Vanessa Villapando. The other members of the team are Patricia Bata, Joana Laxela Calma, Jon Marco Francisco, Alexander Louis Go, Sharmaine Grande, Ludhovik Luiz Madrid, Shely Anne Ortiz, and Rio Ann Padrones.

The Chemical Engineering Students Summit Philippines 2016 was presented by the University of the Philippines Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students in cooperation with Accenture and Birkenstock. The organizers would also like to express their special thanks to Fluor, Total, and JobStreet.com, together with the official media partners: 99.5 Play FM and ClickTheCity.com