Department of Chemical Engineering

CHED Center of Excellence

PTC-ACBET-EAC Accreditation

100% passing, Chemical Engineer licensure examinations
(2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Two commercialized patents
(PHP100M capitalization)

Overview

The Department of Chemical Engineering was established in the early 1950s with the four-year Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program as its first offering. The then Bureau of Private Schools granted official recognition of the program after the first student cohorts graduated in 1956. In 2001, the department offered the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, which was developed with assistance from the Kluyver Laboratory for Biotechnology of Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft) through funding from the Netherlands Joint Financing Program in Higher Education (NUFFIC). Three years later, the Master of Engineering major in Chemical Engineering program commenced.

The department’s B.S. Ch.E. program earned recognition from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Development (COD) in 1998 and 2006, and as Center of Excellence in 2016. It was also accredited by the Philippine Technological Council (PTC) after it implemented Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) as a continuous quality improvement framework consistent with Washington Accord standards. This is in addition to the Level II accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines obtained through Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) evaluation. The department excelled with 100% passing in the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) chemical engineer licensure examination for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.

Research activities in the department’s Bioprocess Engineering and Research Center (BioPERC) has led to two technology patents which were commercialized in 2012 through the spin-off company Green Enviro Management System (GEMS), Inc.

Programs offered

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S. Ch.E.)
Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (M.Engg. Ch.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S. Ch.E.)

Career tracks

About 50% of our graduates work in manufacturing industries in the Philippines and overseas where they are involved in process engineering, plant and production management, product research and development, quality assurance, pollution control, safety management, and technical sales. Others work as design and patent engineers in design firms and as environmental management specialists in government institutions. Approximately 20% pursue graduate studies under scholarship grants and eventually work in higher education and research institutions.

Employers of our recent graduates include DASH Engineering, Fluor Daniel, Lexmark Research and Development, Kerry Food Ingredients, Shemberg, Universal Robina, Nestlé, P&G, San Miguel Brewery, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Manila Water, Petron, JG Summit Petrochemical, PASAR, Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer, Atlas Fertilizer, Mabuhay Vinyl, Taiyo Yuden, KEPCO SPC Power, Aboitiz Power, and DENR–Environmental Management Bureau.

Research groups

Bioprocess Engineering and Research Center (BioPERC)

The center was instituted in 2012 to carry out the department’s research agenda. To date, it has carried out several contract researches with industry partners before producing two patents on integrated processing of mango fruit processing residues. Investors funneled Php100M capital to create a full-scale plant to commercialize the patented technologies, prompting BioPERC to evolve into an R&D center for Green Enviro Management Systems (GEMS), Inc., which mainly produces mango flour from mango seed kernel. Funding from the CHED-Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet) totaling Php5.68M flowed into BioPERC in 2013–2015 for product development research. From 2015–2017, the USAID Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation Development (STRIDE) Collaborative Applied Research with Industry (CARWIN) grant amounting to USD200T funded R&D studies for mango polyphenol production using spray drying technology. For details, contact Evelyn B. Taboada, BioPERC Director.

Bioactive Products Research and Development Group

The group focuses on using local waste materials as sources of enzymes and bioactive compounds, investigating enzymatic activities of extracts of waste plant parts and the extraction of phenolic compounds from mango fruit processing residues. For details, contact Camila Flor Y. Lobarbio.

Biomass and Biofuel Engineering Research and Development Group

The group focuses on the exploitation and use of biomass and its residues in the production of bio-based materials and biofuels. It aims to provide scientifically sound, innovative alternatives and solutions for processing biomass into value-added products. Since its formation in 2016, it has conducted studies on valorizing spent coffee grounds, sugarcane residues, and cacao shells. For details, contact Alchris W. Go.

Environmental Sustainability Research and Development Group

Building up on the department’s track record of conducting contract researches on wastewater treatment design, this group now tackles both industrial and municipal problems pertaining to wastewater, solid waste, and air quality. The group integrates ad intra and ad extra extension into its research activities. Projects completed so far include treatment of wastewater using rotating biological contactor–packed media technology (RBC-PMT) and natural coagulants, composting and briquetting of solid wastes, and establishing the characteristic metal ratios of non-exhaust particulate matter (PM10) vehicular emissions. For details, contact Patrick U. Tan.

Facilities and equipment

Facilities

  • Bioprocess Engineering and Research Center
  • Chemical Engineering Research Laboratories

Equipment

  • Atago Digital Abbe Refractometer
  • Akta Amersham Biosciences UPC-900 Fast Performance Liquid Chromatography (FPLC) System
  • Labconco Vacuum Freeze Dryer
  • Shimadzu GCMS-QP2010 Ultra High-End GC-MS System
  • Shimadzu High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) System
  • Shimadzu TOC-L Total Organic Carbon Analyzer
  • Shimadzu UV-1700 Pharmaspec UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • VELP DK8 Kjeldahl Nitrogen Digester

Student life

The USC Chemical Engineering Council is the student organization of the department. It looks after the welfare of all chemical engineering students. Every year, the council organizes the freshmen assembly, acquaintance party, Christmas party, National Chemical Engineering Week celebration, and elections. The council has a representation in the Collegiate Engineering Council. The council officers also function as representatives to the Junior Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (JrPIChE)–Cebu Chapter.

There are two extra-curricular student organizations for chemical engineering students, namely the USC Chemical Engineering Society (CHES, founded 1957), and the USC Chemical Engineering Club (founded 1993). Membership to these organizations is by application.