The College of Engineering (COE) of the University of the Philippines-Diliman launched the Philippine Engineering Journal Centennial Issue at the Beta Epsilon Multimedia Room, Melchor Hall of the UP College last December 14, 2010.
Dr. Mark H. Zarco, managing editor, gave the opening remarks. He said that the journal was a compilation of outstanding articles published in the PEJ since 1980. The editorial board selected the 10 articles to be included in this two-part issue.
On behalf of Dr. Aura C. Matias, Dean of COE, Dr. Rhodora M. Gonzales, Associate Editor, explained the process of their search for the old articles representing the best of what COE faculty have been doing in the college. The two-part issue demonstrates the pioneering works that set the trend in technology development. She also said that reprinting landmark articles reminds the present of the past. The researches are relevant until today as we continue to search for knowledge, for better ways of doing things, and for sustaining life in our planet. “We are reminded that we have to pursue here, we have to carry on, there’s much to be done. Kung nagawa natin noon, dapat mas magawa natin ngayon” challenged Dr. Gonzales.
Dr. Zarco acknowledged the authors and COE guests who attended the event. He distributed complimentary copies to Dr. Guevarra, Dean at the time the centennial issue of PEJ was conceived, Dr. Ibarra Cruz, Dr. Ruben Garcia, Prof. Cedrik (on behalf of Prof. Teodorico Festin), Dean Manolo Mena, Dr. Karl Vergel, Dr. Gonzales, Dr. Peranan, Assoc. Dean for Institution & Research, and Dr. Nieves, Associate Editor for EEE. Copies were likewise given to the associate editors, the college secretary, and representatives from the main library.
Dr. Leonardo Q. Liongson, PEJ editor-in-chief, delivered the closing remarks. He reiterated the reasons for the significance of the latest issue: (1) to celebrate the centennial of the college (2) to celebrate some of the best written works of the faculty, and (3) to encourage more readers. He also acknowledged the efforts of the associate editors and managing editor for coming up with the issue.
By Luis Jayceel Novio