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Engineering students win 2004 BPI Science Awards
Three engineering seniors of De La Salle University-Manila are to be recognized as Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Science Awardees for 2004. Beauregard Grant Cheng, Aldrich Seriales, and St. Anthony Tiu were chosen to be among the 30 college students selected annually by the BPI Foundation, Inc. from top universities across the nation to receive the award.
Cheng, Seriales, and Tiu will be formally awarded on March 5 at the Marilen Gaerlan North Conservatory. The awardees will be given trophies and corresponding cash prizes at the recognition rites and will be given a venue to present their papers to the public. Earlier, the students were joined by the other awardees as they were cited by the BPI Foundation Inc. at the recent 15th anniversary celebration at the Oakwood Premier Hotel in Makati.
The nominees for the BPI Science Award were judged based on their consistent outstanding academic record, leadership potentials, and research accomplishments. Only Filipino citizens and regular students of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics could be nominated for the award.
Cheng is a Manufacturing Engineering and Management major and is part of the pioneering batch of Star Scholars. He is also a scholar and exchange student of the National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as a Procter and Gamble (P&G) Student Excellence Awardee for 2002. He is the president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and a varsity debater for both the NUS Debate Society and the DLSU Debate Society. His project, Control Transfer of Fanuc S-10 Robot to a PC endeavors to make the robot more versatile by having a PC control the robot in place of a conventional controller.
A Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholar taking up Chemical Engineering, Seriales is active in extra-curricular pursuits as he holds various positions in office in different organizations. Aside from being vice president for the sociocivic sector of the Batch Assembly, he is also the AVP-internal for the Chemical Engineering Society. He was also one of the few students invited to participate at the Unilever Business Week last year. His thesis deals with the Thermogravimetric Analysis of Carbon Deposition on Various NiO Metal Oxide Supported Catalysts in the Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane. The study aimed to determine which among the catalysts given would have the least amount of carbon deposited.
Also a Chemical Engineering major, Tiu is currently Student Council president. Among Tiu’s awards are the Gawad Mag-aaral’s Most Outstanding Student Leader for 2003, P&G Student Excellence Award also for 2003, and The Outstanding Coeds-The Outstanding Young Men (TOC-TOYM) Award. Tiu won the award two years in a row, in 2002 and 2003. His study, Pressure Drop Correlation for Various Fibrous Biomasses Used as Biofiltration Packing Media was designed to develop a correlation equation for pressure drop that would describe the efficiency of fibrous biomasses.
Since 1989, the BPI Foundation Inc. has recognized around 430 young science awardees—selecting students from various institutions nationwide for their exemplary academic performance as well as for their researches that support the development of the industry and other sectors of society.