The CPU College of Engineering stands as a paragon of academic excellence. True to its epithet as a center of development, it has continued to produce quality graduates who have brought honor to its name.
Now, the college still stands holding forth the achieve of preeminence since the date of its foundation.
Three scores and five years have passed when Dr. Harland Stuart brought into existence the CPU College of Engineering. He dreamed to offer a general engineering course – a dream that is now a reality.
It was in 1945 when Prof. Juan Sornito was appointed as the dean of the college with 27 enrollees. Under his leadership, the college, starting with only the Civil Engineering course, rose from the ravages of war and the following years saw more enrollees.
In 1949, Dean Sornito joined forces with Prof. Lester Knox and the college graduated seven students with BSCE Degree after surviving the four strenuous years of study. The first graduates were Celedonio Buyco, Edmundo Cortez, Jimmy Hedriana, Silverio Montero, Romeo Portigo, Jorge Tamayo and Jose Tupaz.
Three years later, Jossette Garcia became the woman and first cum laude graduate.
The years saw the birth of three more disciplines, namely, Mechanical Engineering in 1955, Chemical Engineering in 1956, and Electrical Engineering in 1957. the first graduates for each of these programs were Juanito Fernandez, Alex Fulgencio, Eugenio Edgar Mana-ay, and Leonilo Robles (BSME);Nilda Balquin, Florita Cabafin and Timoteo Gan Jr. (BSChE); Rodolfo Sormieda, Rodolfo De Leon and Baltazar Nievares (BSSE).
Like two doting fathers, Dr. Knox and Prof. Sornito, still in partnership, establish an incentive for deserving students in 1965. This was the Quality Engineering Scholarship. Jose Azarcon Jr., Patricio Dionio and Virgilio Gotico were the first recipients.
In 1961, Prof. Sornito turned over the reins of deanship to Engr. Josette Garcia-Portigo. She contributed considerably to expanding the Engineering Library. She also supervised the fledging college paper, The CPU Engineer, which was the idea of then student governor, Alfonso Uy. Then building writer Miguel Veria was the first editor-in-chief.
Dr. Knox became dean in 1963 until 1965. He untiringly strengthened the College, especially the laboratories’ equipment. He was succeeded by Prof Jorge Tamayo in 1965, the latter still upholding the quality of engineering education, which made the College different from other schools.
The succeeding years saw significant changes in the College. In 1965, the one-year Sanitary Engineering course was offered with three graduates. One could only enroll in this course after he has completed the CE course. However, this was abolished later due to an insufficient number of enrollees.
Dean Tamayo was named Vice – President for Administration in 1971 and Engr. Oseni Maribojo-Millamena was appointed officer-in-charge of the college. She was succeeded by Engr. Walden S. Rio in 1974. That same year, enrolment surpassed the 1,000 mark.
The graduates’ board exam records were admirable thus far, but none had yet placed first – until one Vicente Balbin Jr., an EE graduate, achieve that honor in1976. He repeated the same performance five yeas later when he topped the board examination for Associate Electrical Engineers.
By God’s guidance, the College continued to earn the respect of other institutions. In 1977, the Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF) chose it as one of the ten resource-based schools of engineering in the country.
With such recognition, came scholarship opportunities for the college’s faculty. Engr. Edith Balboa-Baldonado, the first grantee earned her Master of Engineering Education degree at the University of the Philippines. Also through the EDPITAF, the Asian Development Bank and the Development Bank of the Philippines granted a 4 million-peso loan that was used to construct the present 3-storey Engineering Building. Until then, the college was house at the Technology Building beside the present P.E. Gym.
In 1980, the ever growing engineering family transferred to its new 3.6 million peso-3,791.6 sq.m. home beside the Franklin Hall.
Four years later, a revised curriculum for the four engineering disciplines was introduced to keep in step with technology. Computer subjects were added in the said curricula.
In 1985, the college again made news by making a 100% passing percentage in the Board Examinations for Civil Engineers. It was a fitting prelude to year-long Golden Jubilee Celebration of the college the following year. The first full accreditation granted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) came in 1986, again a perfectly-timed gift for the 50-year old college.
In 1989, the Department of Energy Non-Conventional Energy Division singled out CPU College of Engineering as its affiliated Non-Conventional Energy Center (ANEC) in Western Visayas. It’s main objective is to introduce, transfer and encourage the utilization of technically and economically viable non-conventional energy systems throughout the islands of Panay and Guimaras.
The year 1993 saw another addition to the Engineering family – the Electronics and Communication Engineering.
In 1994, PAASCU again granted Level III accreditation to the College.
The College holds many distinctions. It is a Priority Engineering Schools in Panay, a Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-ESEP School for Panay, a Center for Civil Engineering Education, and Heat Treatment Facility of the DOST.
It also a proud member of the organizations such as the Council of Engineering Schools in Western Visayas, the Philippine Association for Technological Education and the Association of Engineering Education in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
The College is also in partnership with the distinguished agencies and institutions like the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, the UNESCO-supported International Center for Engineering Education, the Consortium of ESEP Schools of Visayas and Mindanao, and the Consortium of PAASCU Engineering Schools, and Academic – Industry – Government Consortium in Iloilo City. Its reputation as a respected college has extended beyond the Philippine shores as evidenced by the steady influx of foreign students and her graduates now working in big companies here and abroad.
1996 proved to be another busy year for the College. It was a year of arrivals and departure; seminars featuring engineering alumni; and new responsibilities for Dean Walden Rio. Engr. Dahlia Pescos and Engr. Smileta Grace Cuales arrived from training at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, while Engr. Ruben Armadillo and Engr. Edith Baldonado left for the same University.
Dean Rio attended an international conference in the U.S. while Engr. Felix Ojario was sent to train at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand.
The College hosted the first-ever National Congress on Civil Engineering. Then, a seminar workshop was held featuring Dr. Stephen Agunlana from AIT as guest professor. This was followed by the two more Civil Engineering Seminars, this time featuring alumni, namely, AIT- based Engr. Henry Abiera (BSCE 1986) on Geotechnical Engineerng, and Engr. Vicente Golveo (BSCE 1957) from the USA on Structural Engineering. Seminars on Instrumentation and Micro Controllers were undertaken with Dr. Theodoro Robles (BSEE 1964), also from the USA, as resource person.
Dean Rio was named chairman of the Committee on Civil Engineering Curricula Revision in a Technical Panel for Engineering, Architecture and Marine Education (TPEAME) conference. He was also re-elected Vice-President for Visayas of the Philippine Association for Technological Education.
In 1977, a Php3M second floor extension of the laboratory building was constructed through the joint forces of CPU and DOST. At present, its room are being utilized as a computer laboratory.
Engr. Cirilo and Engr. Dany Molina were sent to the UNSW, Australia to pursue post-graduate studies.
1998 was another glorious year for the college. The first batch of ECE graduates made history when Modesto Trexine Cajita topped the ECE Board Examination and Romeo Baga placed 8th. A few weeks after, Winston Uy, outranked other board passers by placing first in the CE Board Examination.
The College of Engineering was again accredited Level III by PAASCU, during the resurvey last March 1999. In addition to this, the Commission on Higher Education awarded the Center of Development I Status (COD-I) for ChE, CE, EE, and ME disciplines.
Year 2000 saw the first batch of engineers off to Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), USA for further training, namely, Engrs. Alberto Java, Ernie Rey Robles II, Hernani Samson and Mr. Alejandro Manderico.
Also, the school year 2000-2001, witnessed the birth of yet another course born into the college-the Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering. This has earned the College another place in Engineering History in the Philippines. It is the only school offering such course in our country. It seems to attract a growing number of enrollees by the year.
In March 2001, two engineers were again sent to MSOE, namely, Engrs. Caesar Rico Acanto and John Dandee Hechanova.
June 2001 saw the “adoption” of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, which was formerly under the College of Commerce, by the ever-growing engineering family.
Last August 15, 2001, Dr. Ted Robles (BSEE 1964) of MSOE conducted a national seminar on a digital logic software known as the Altera Max + Plus II attended by different engineering school in the Philippines and hosted by the EE/ECE department of CPU College of Engineering.
At sixty-five, the College is far from being plain old and gray. It is growing old gracefully, wiser and better. It offers five-year and six-year programs for Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering; a four-year program in Computer Science; and a two-year Master of Engineering program.
YESTERDAY was a mine of golden memories. TOMORROW will be a day set for new beginnings. But TODAY is the all-important moment to reminisce, act, and dream.
The CPU College of Engineering will continue to excel as it keeps the faith in its vision and in the unchanging God who provides all its PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE blessings.
The College of Engineering is one of the leading professional schools nationwide. Its mission is to establish its academic endeavors on the firm foundation of Christian education for excellence. It is dedicated to:
- propagate God’s Word so that faculty members and students will know about Jesus Christ and live a Christ-centered life;
offer educational programs of the highest quality, promote research, encourage creative and scholarly activities of its faculty and students and provide outreach activities to the community.
- provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment for the students which encourages their desire for progressive and innovative changes, recognizes their leadership and team-building potentials, and develops values of decisiveness, integrity, perseverance and responsibility to equip them for life outside the academe.
The college of Engineering will uphold its national status as a progressive center of excellence which recognizes God as the only source of true wisdom and knowledge. It will continue to offer education of the highest quality and count among its resources dynamic and highly qualified faculty and dedicated staff members.
The College will nurture students regardless of economic status, color or creed who are willing to maximize their potentials; encourage in them outstanding academic performance; and guide them to be responsible, God-fearing citizens.
It will contribute to the development and progress of Region VI and the Philippines through provision of quality graduates, supporting research endeavors by its faculty and rendering community outreach programs.
The bachelors’ degree offering of the College of Engineering will reflect carefully planned programs which will adequately prepare graduates for the rigorous challenge of career excellence as Christian professionals. The curricula adopt, whenever appropriate, multifunctional, integrative and multidisciplinary approaches of teaching and learning.
The educational objectives of the undergraduate College of Engineering programs are:
To ensure sound understanding of fundamental engineering principles and concepts while conveying state of the art knowledge, thus maintaining a balance between theory and practice;
To develop in the students mathematical, scientific and computational skills relevant to the engineering practice;
To motivate students to think independently, critically and creatively;
To introduce to students the science and art of analysis and synthesis when formulating and solving engineering problems;
To foster interactive skills for effective communication and teamwork;
To share God’s word to the faculty, staff and the students of the College and encourage them to apply their Christian faith in their daily living.