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Engineering team triumphs in Indonesia tilt

Members of the winning team and their mentors pay a
visit to the UPD chancellor, (from left) Dean Aura Matias,
coach Claro Arriola III, IE Department Chair Iris Ann
Martinez, Chancellor Caesar Saloma with team members
Mico Cariño, Paolo Cacnio and Rhio Santos.

(February 20)—A team of students from the UPD College of Engineering (CoE) emerged triumphant in the recently concluded Industrial Engineering Competition (IECOM 2012) held in Bandung, Indonesia from January 14 to 20, 2012.

Under the guidance of CoE professor Claro Arriola III, a team comprised of fifth-year students Paolo Cacnio, Miguel Cariño and Rhio Santos, and fourth-year student Andrew Yap bested 14 other teams from all over Southeast Asia (including two others from the Philippines) to bag the top prize. The winners paid a courtesy call to UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma last February 10 in Quezon Hall.

The competition was organized by Keluarga Mahasiswa Teknik Industri, an Industrial Engineering student organization, with most of the events held at the campus of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Bandung Institute of Technology was first runner-up, and University of Indonesia (UI) copped second runner-up. The other two finalists were University of Surabaya (UBAYA) and Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR).

The competition was comprised of three elimination rounds and one grand final round. It began with an integrated case study about a fictional resort, the second an amazing race comprised of stations tackling different fields of Industrial Engineering, and the third was a product design simulation for an Indonesian telecommunications company. The final round involved a systems study on the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. 

“This wonderful first place victory affirms that as educators we're doing the right thing," said CoE dean Aura Matias. "To the parents of the winning team, we'd like to say we're grateful for entrusting your children to us, to support them in the right path as far as academic challenges are concerned," she added.

"When it came to choosing between what's optimal and what's feasible, we were characteristically the team that showed and displayed consistent flexibility, especially in using the instruments provided to us, some of which we were not even familiar with, because they are more advanced than us in their use of new and sophisticated equipment. But, on the other hand, we were quick to substitute speed and cleverness in seeking ways and means to handle problems and come up with the best possible solutions," said Cariño.

Coordinating with and advising the team was UPD IE Department Chair Iris Martinez. Sponsors were Jaime and Elise del Rosario of the One Small Step Forward Foundation Inc., Annie Dee of Teresa Marble and the UP IE Alumni Association. 

The other two teams from the Philippines are Southern Luzon State University and Foundation University.—AKR