our history

The roots of the UPLB-CEAT Chemical Engineering Department may be traced to the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA) Sugar Technology Program (STP), which was reinstituted in 1968, even before UP Los Baños became an autonomous campus of the University of the Philippines System.


Department chairs

Since its institution, the department has been very well supported by all UPLB Chancellors and CEAT Dean, even under the different department chairs, namely, Dr. Ernesto P. Lozada, Dr. Casiano S. Abrigo, Jr., Dr. Reynaldo I. Acda, Prof. Rex B. Demafelis (three terms), Prof. Myra G. Borines, Dr. Jovita L. Movillon, Dr. Catalino G. Alfafara, Dr. Manolito E. Bambase, and Dr. Monet Concepcion M. Detras (current). 

Academic Linkages and collaborations

Through the years, STP and the department have collaborated with other CEAT and UPLB units through the affiliate faculty members coming from IAE, BIOTECH, CFNR, IC-CAS, IBS-CAS, IFST-CA, who serve as co-advisers and panel members of thesis students. There are also linkages with different sugar factories for the practicum of its students, like the Central Azucarera de Don Pedro, Inc. (CADPI) in Nasugbu Batangas, Batangas Sugar Central in Balayan, Batangas, Victorias Milling Company (VICMICO) and Lopez Sugar Central in Negros Occ., and Bukidnon Sugar Milling Co. (BUSCO) in Bukidnon. The department is continuously strengthening its academic-industry linkages by partnering with various companies for its Internship program.

Piche laguna

To achieve closer collaboration between the young DChE department and the chemical engineers in Laguna, as well as with their respective companies, Dr. E. P. Lozada advised Asst. Prof. Rex B. Demafelis to initiate the establishment of PIChE Laguna, Inc., together with Ms. Marilou Nabatilan (interim secretary) and 23 other chemical engineers in Laguna. Dr. Jovita D. Layoso-Movillon and Dr. Ernesto P. Lozada were the first advisers of PIChE Laguna. During that period, the department served as PIChE Laguna secretariat. Then Asst. Prof. Demafelis became the vice-president and chair of the committee on education. Through the department faculty and staff, PIChE Laguna sponsored and organized various technical seminars for the continuing education of chemical engineers in CALABARZON. Also, during this period, PIChE Laguna, through the department, started conducting review sessions for prospective examinees of the Chemical Engineering Licensure Examination.