University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering

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University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Engineering
UST Faculty of Engineering.png UST-FacultyOfEngineering.png
Former names
1907 - School of Civil Engineering
Established 18 May 1907
Dean Prof. Philipina A. Marcelo, Ph.D.
Regent Rev. Fr. Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., O.P.
Students 7,196 (as of 2011)[1]
Location Roque Ruaño Building, Ruaño Drive, UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Patron saint Blessed Jordan of Saxony
Colors      Gray

The University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering, or "UST-Eng'g", is the engineering school of the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest and the largest Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.

Established on May 18, 1907,[2] the faculty is the first engineering school in the Philippines. It is proclaimed as a Center of Excellence in Chemical Engineering and as a Center of Development in Civil Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering by the Commission on Higher Education.


Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P.
The priest-engineer Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P.
Roque Ruaño Building, circa 1950
The Engineering-Architecture Building, now known as Roque Ruaño Building, in 1950s.
Establishment of Degree Programs of
UST Faculty of Engineering
1907 Civil Engineering
1930 Architecture
1930–1938 under the Faculty
1934 Mining Engineering
Phased out in 1948
1934 Chemical Engineering
1939 Mechanical Engineering
1946 Electrical Engineering
1963 Electronics Engineering
1977 Industrial Engineering
2004 Computer Science
Information Technology
2004–2014 under the Faculty
2006 Information Systems
2004 as Information Management
2006–2014 under the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest engineering school in the Philippines. It was established on May 18, 1907, as School of Civil Engineering[2] with one program offering leading to the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE). From faculty records, it appears that it was only in 1912 when the earliest batch of students were conferred their MSCE degrees. The institution was actually patterned after the University of Havana in Cuba and was first set up at the second floor of the old UST building in Intramuros.[3] Taking into consideration the pioneering works of the teaching staff and students, the college got its first taste of prestige as the government, under President Manuel L. Quezon gave her recognition on July 12, 1921.[3]

After the formation of the Engineering's Students' Association in 1927, the first Engineering Student Council was organized the following year. Three years later, in 1930, the school established Architecture as its new program, with Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P. as the new school dean.[4] In 1931, UST Engineering included Plane and Spherical Trigonometry on its curriculum.[2]

The number of students enrolling in Civil Engineering decreased in 1934. So as to compensate this, another program was offered in the college, Mining Engineering. This new program was placed under the Mining Department which was headed by Theodore Lawson. On the same year, a famous Dominican engineering alumnus, Maurico Andres, CE, became the provincial superior and vice grand chancellor of Dominicans in the Philippines. The college also introduced courses in Chemical Engineering, which were first placed under the Chemical Department of the College of Liberal Arts.[2]

Eventually in 1938, the Department of Architecture became a separate college—School of Architecture and Fine Arts.[4] With the addition of the other engineering disciplines, the School of Civil Engineering eventually became the Faculty of Engineering in 1939.[2] The Department of Mechanical Engineering was also established on that year.

The University held classes up to 1941 but had to close when the Japanese turned its Sampaloc campus into a military camp during World War II. Sadly, the Intramuros campus was burned down on February 8, 1944. On January 7, 1946, the University reopened at its present site in Sampaloc and the Faculty of Engineering was temporarily based in the UST Main Building. UST Engineering reopened with 300 students. Chemical Engineering accepted the first batch of women enrollees in the faculty. Electrical Engineering was offered on the same year to attract more students.[2]

In 1948, Mining Engineering was phased out due to the decreasing number of students interested in mining.[2]

Roque Ruano Building

Things started to look good as the Faculty was given a new separate home in February 1950. The four-story, E-shaped building known as the Roque Ruaño Building, in honor of great civil engineer alumnus, Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P. (Batch 1912) who is responsible for the construction of the UST Main Building. It housed not only the Faculty but included the College of Architecture and Fine Arts. On the same year, the Faculty produced the first women engineer: Purita Sarandi, Carmelita Reyes and Josefina Lamban, who graduated Magna cum Laude.[2]

From four-year course, in 1954, engineering course was extended to a five-year course to accommodate more subjects related to engineering. Electronics Engineering paved the way for a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1963. The Institute of Technological Courses became part of the Faculty in 1972. Industrial Engineering is integrated into the college in 1977, with Dean Francisco G. Reyes as head. In 1979, the Engineering Sciences division that houses first and second year engineering students is formed to offer basic engineering-related subjects.[2]

In 2003, College of Architecture and College of Fine Arts and Design vacated the Roque Ruaño Building, and replaced by Department of Information and Computer Studies.[2]

Founded in 1999 as Institute of Computer Sciences under the College of Science, Information and Computer Studies was formally integrated to the Faculty of Engineering in 2004 due to its technically oriented character. However, in 2014, the department became a separate institute—Institute of Information and Computing Sciences—yet it is still affiliated with and is under the deanship of the Faculty.[5]

Faculty of Engineering officials[edit]

Deans of University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Engineering
Name Years of

Don Ramón de Irureta-Goyena 1907–19??
Don Santiago Artiaga 19??–19??
Roque Ruaño 1930–1935
Alberto Guevara y Sanchez 1935–1942
Manuel Mañosa y Trounqued 1946–1950
Jose M. Mijares 1950–1951
Jose G. Cortez 1951–1954
Jose M. Mijares 1954–1956
Jose M. Inocencio 1956–1975
Francisco G. Reyes 1975–1981
Mariano M. Pangan 1981–1984
Alberto A. Laurito 1985–2000
Marilyn C. Mabini 2000–2006
Peter S. Lim 2006–2009
Josefin S. de Alban, Jr. 2009–2012
Philipina A. Marcelo 2012–present


  • Dean - Prof. Philipina A. Marcelo (Chemical Engineer)
  • Regent - Rev. Fr. Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., O.P.
  • Assistant Dean - Engr. Rhoderick DJ. Asis (Electrical Engineer)
  • Faculty Secretary - Engr. Evangeline E. Deleña (Chemical Engineer)


Department chairs[edit]

  • Engineering Sciences - Assoc. Prof. Clarita Guevara, ChE
  • Civil Engineering - Asst. Prof. Rodelio A. Tiburcio, CE
  • Chemical Engineering - Engr. Mark Emile H. Punzalan, ChE
  • Electrical Engineering - Engr. Raymond A. Marquez, EE
  • Electronics Engineering - Assoc. Prof. Angelo R. dela Cruz, Ph.D.
  • Industrial Engineering - Ildefonso Joseph Angelo O. Valte, IE
  • Mechanical Engineering - Asst. Prof. Nelson M. Pasamonte, M.Sc.

Degree programs[edit]

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering
    • The Chemical Engineering (ChE) curriculum provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills needed for future leadership and global competitiveness in the practice of the Chemical Engineering profession. The core of its program is the Design of Equipments, Plants and Processes which are useful on several industries like the Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Biochemical, Biomedical, Food, Polymers, Metallurgical and Manufacturing also it provides a rich environment for research, and for imbibing Christian values distinct to Thomasian engineers.
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering
    • The Civil Engineering (CE) curriculum covers, among others, the design, construction, and maintenance of roads, bridges, buildings, water supply, irrigation, flood control, and ports. It also includes environmental engineering infrastructure development and human settlements. The CE program prepares its students to be technically competent and socially responsible civil engineers.
  • B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering
    • The Electronics & Communications Engineering (ECE) curriculum aims to fully equip the student with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the design of electronic and communication circuits, in broadcast and acoustics technology, computer networks and hardware, telecommunication systems, and industrial automation.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering
    • The Electrical Engineering (EE) curriculum emphasizes the application of the basic theories to the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical apparatus and equipment. It also covers the use of these apparatus and equipment in the generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of electrical energy for various commercial and industrial purposes.
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering
    • The Industrial Engineering (IE) program is designed to prepare the student for professional work in the design, improvement, installation, and maintenance of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and methods. The curriculum covers the engineering and social sciences, principles and methods of systems analysis and design, industrial management and human behavior.
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
    • The Mechanical Engineering (ME) curriculum provides the student with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the various types of machines, their elements, construction, operation, and functions, in preparation for professional work on machine design. The curriculum also covers the cycles, construction, and operation of mechanical prime movers like the internal combustion engine and the spark-ignition engine for power generation.

Student organizations[edit]

Student regulatory bodies[edit]

  • Engineering Student Council (ESC) - the official student government of the Faculty of Engineering
  • Engineering Commission on Elections (Engineering COMELEC) - the official student elections authority of the Faculty of Engineering

Major organizations[edit]

  • Mechanical Engineering Club (MEC)
  • Association of Civil Engineering Students (ACES)
  • Chemical Engineering Society (ChES)
  • Electrical Engineering Circuit (EEC)
  • Industrial Engineering Circle (IEC)
  • Network of Electronics Engineering Students (NECES)

Accredited college-based organizations[edit]

Academic Organizations

  • Advantage Management Group (AMG)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers - UST Student Unit (ASHRAE UST)
  • UST Cisco Networking Academy (UST CNAG)
  • UST Amateur Radio Club (DX1UST)
  • Mechatronics and Robotics Circle (MRC)
  • Operations Research Society of the Philippines - UST Chapter (ORSP-UST)
  • Tech-Advancement Group (TAG)

Socio-Civic Organizations

  • UST Engineering Team for Emergency Response and Community Development (UST-EnTERCoDe)
  • UST Red Cross Youth Council-Engineering Unit (UST RCYC-ENG)
  • Rotaract Club of UST - Engineering Unit (RAC-ENG)

Arts, Skills, Interest and Religious Organizations

  • Engineering Dance Troupe (EDT) - The Official Dance Troupe of UST Faculty of Engineering
  • UST Pax Romana - Engineering Unit
  • Scarlet - Engineering-ICS
  • One Voice Engineering Chorale (OV) - The Official Chorale of UST Faculty of Engineering
  • Thomasian Engineer (TE) - The Official Student Publication of UST Faculty of Engineering

Student Publications[edit]

Thomasian Engineer Journal (TEJ)[edit]

The Thomasian Engineer Journal is the official student publication covering the entire Faculty of Engineering.

Special interest groups[edit]

  • Engineering Quiz Team
  • Engineering Varsity Teams - Men's and Women's Basketball Team, Men's and Women's Volleyball Team, Men's and Women's Football Team, and Men's Judo Team

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bulauan, J.A.A. & Garcia, J.C.V. (2011-01-26). "Too many students, so few classrooms". The Varsitarian. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering: "Thomasian Engineer Journal", pp 4-8. Thomasian Engineer Media, 2007
  3. ^ a b History of Civil Engineering in University of Santo Tomas
  4. ^ a b History of the College of Architecture. []. Accessed September 22, 2014
  5. ^ IT, Computer Science set to separate from Engineering. The Varsitarian. Accessed September 17, 2014
  6. ^

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