University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology

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University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology
Established 1912 (department)
1983 (college)[1]
Type Constituent college
Dean Arnold R. Elepaño
Location Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

The UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) is one of the eleven degree-granting units of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. It began as the Department of Agricultural Engineering under the College of Agriculture in 1912. It was then elevated into the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Technology in 1976 and eventually became a full-fledged college in 1983.[2]

The College is recognized as one of the best-performing engineering schools in the country in terms of passing rates in board exams.

Departments and Institutes[edit]

The College offers a variety of curricular programs. Admission into these programs is very competitive. Prospective students may look into the admission process of the university for information on how to become a student in the college. The College administers baccalaureate programs in:

Institute of Agricultural Engineering

BS Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

The undergraduate program provides the basic education for developing skills and professional knowledge common to the specialized fields of agricultural and biosystems engineering. The curriculum integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental and agricultural sciences that allows the students to develop a professional command of a particular specialized area of discipline such as agricultural power and machinery for bio-production systems, agricultural and bio-process engineering, agrometeorology and farm structures or land and water resources engineering. The BS curriculum provides for entry level competencies into engineering design, biosystems and agro-industrial development, operation and services including teaching and research. Undergraduate students enroll in a five-year curriculum that meets the minimum requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education, and for the Professional Regulation Commission board examination for agricultural engineers. Graduates of the program are expected to apply their professional knowledge to the agro-industrial development needs of the country. High school graduates who are interested in pursuing an engineering degree at CEAT must have good and solid foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as strong interest in the biological and physical sciences.

Major in Agricultural & Bio-Process Engineering

Major in Agricultural Power and Machinery Engineering

Major in Structures and Environment

Major in Land & Water Resources Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS ChE)

The graduates of this curriculum are expected to meet the technical manpower requirements of the newly emerging agri-based industries and traditional chemical process industries, specifically in the area of bio-process engineering and chemical process engineering. Chemical engineers with some understanding of bio-processes are needed to scale up production from laboratory to bench levels into the industrial level. In the long run, local processing of raw materials into consumer and industrial products should help raise rural income, generate foreign exchange and protect the Philippine economy from adverse external trade conditions. Students in this program may take the general curriculum or the major in Sugar Technology or Pulp and Paper Technology options which require 39 units of Revitalized General Education courses, and 3 units of a legislated course. The general curriculum includes at least 56 units of chemical engineering courses and 6 units of cognate courses which may be chosen from the following fields: sugar engineering, food engineering, pulp and paper technology, management, economics, scientific and technical communication, experimental design, wood science and technology, environmental chemistry, biotechnology and food microbiology. Six units are devoted to thesis work to provide the student experience in integrating and applying his technical knowledge in solving industrial processing problems and generating new technologies relevant to agri-based industries. The inclusion of microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology courses in the curriculum will strengthen the student’s background in agri-based industries.

General Curriculum

Major in Sugar Technology

The graduates of this curriculum are expected to meet the technical manpower requirements of the sugar industry and allied industries. With solid background in both chemical engineering and sugar technology, it is envisioned that this program will develop in the graduates the competency and proper perspective to meet the changing needs of the sugar industry and related agro-based industries. Students in this program may take the thesis or practicum option. Both options require 22 units of Sugar Technology courses, 42 units of Chemical Engineering courses and 6 units of thesis/ practicum.

Major in Pulp and Paper Technology

The graduates of this curriculum, who are sufficiently trained in the science and technology of pulp and paper making, are expected to meet the professional manpower requirements of the pulp and paper industry. With strong backgrounds in both Chemical Engineering and in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology, it is expected that this program will produce globally competitive professionals equipped with the knowledge of the process involved in converting wood and fibers, and recycling the same, into paper. Students of this program may take the thesis or practicum option. Both options require 27 units of Pulp and Paper courses, 39 units of Chemical Engineering and 6 units of thesis/practicum.

Department of Civil Engineering

One of the most important aspects of rural development in the Philippines is the continuing need for infrastructures for transportation, communication, commerce, education, human settlements, energy development and agriculture. In the age of modern technology and interdependence of people and institutions, civil engineers constitute a specialized group of trained manpower whose expertise is indispensable for the design and construction of infrastructures for public and private use. The Southern Tagalog Region, in particular, is an emerging agro-industrial center with a high-projected need for irrigation and drainage, roads, bridges, manufacturing plants, agro-processing facilities, warehouses and port development. There are parallel high growth needs in residential homes, business offices, water supply systems and waste-disposal facilities. In the total picture, competent civil engineering graduates with other professionals are needed to effect the development of structural systems that are safe, economical and efficient. UPLB seeks to help upgrade in the long run, the quality of civil engineering education in the country, particularly in the Southern Tagalog Region.

Department of Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BS EE)

This curricular program offers an excellent opportunity for the students to acquire solid academic preparations in electrical and electronic circuit theory and analysis. Graduates of the program are expected to be fully equipped and able to enhance the level of their competencies as they chart their professional careers in the development mainstreams, particularly in power, electronic and computer engineering including equipment/instrument design. This curricular program was conceived in response to the dire need for well-trained electrical and electronic engineers in all sectors of development, both on the local and global scale. In the Philippines, graduates of electrical engineering are key players as the country modernizes in agriculture systems and accelerates in rural-urban and industrial base for the 21st century. Each student can specialize in one or more of the following fields: (a) power engineering, (b) electronic engineering and (c) computer engineering. Moreover, the student may choose a thesis research or practicum as a specialization course.

Department of Industrial Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BS IE)

This curricular program aims to enable its students to have the competence to plan, design, install and evaluate integrated systems of personnel, materials, equipment, energy and information in ways that reduce costs and increase system efficiency and effectiveness. Through the program, the students are provided technical competencies for industrial systems analysis, design, and management. The BSIE program meets the minimum standards and other requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education. Graduates of the program are expected to apply their knowledge and skills for the industrial development needs of the Philippines. The academic program is distinct from other curricula in industrial engineering in that it requires the students to conduct and document a thesis research or practicum study before they graduate. The UPLB BSIE program is highly recommended for high school graduates who are good in mathematics, physics and chemistry and have keen interests in industrial systems processes, organization and management.

Department of Engineering Sciences Department of Engineering Sciences

The Department of Engineering Science is the multidisciplinary department of the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT). It was established on February 23, 1983 when CEAT was elevated into a full-fledged college from the former Institute of Agricultural Engineering Technology. The department was conceived primarily to handle basic engineering courses and serve as a springboard from which additional departments could emerge.

Also, the UPLB Graduate School administers the following post-graduate programs through CEAT:

Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering

Master of Science in Agrometeorology

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Engineering'



Aside from teaching, CEAT also pursues research in collaboration with government and non-government organizations, the private sector, and international organizations. CEAT likewise implements extension projects for the benefit of engineering stakeholders.

Current notable research includes spearheading the Philippines' National Biofuels Program as well as the Agricultural Mechanization Development Program.

College Administration[edit]

The UPLB CEAT Executive Committee as of May 2014 is composed of the following:[4]

  • Dean: Dr. Arnold R. Elepaño
  • Associate Dean: Dr. Myra Gumasing-Borines
  • College Secretary: Asst. Prof. Ma. Cristine Concepcion Dungca-Ignacio
  • Director, Institute of Agricultural Engineering: Dr. Rossana Marie C. Amongo
  • Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering: Dr. Manolito E. Bambase Jr.
  • Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering: Prof. Perlie P. Velasco
  • Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering: Asst. Prof. Annie Liza C. Pintor
  • Chairman, Department of Engineering Science: Asst. Prof. Erwin C. Escobar
  • Chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering: Asst. Prof. Haerold Dean Z. Layaoen
  • Director, Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center: Dr. Aurelio A. Delos Reyes Jr.

College Student Council[edit]

The current CEAT Student Council (2014-2015) is composed of the following:[5]

Chairperson: Marion Louise Catanghal
Vice Chairperson: Hazellene Patrice Lomboy
College Representative to the University Student Council: Charles John Gunay

  • Aira Mae Alvarez
  • Sherimae Artillaga
  • Karina Jessica Barotil
  • David Bondoc
  • John Arvel Canilang
  • Bobby Ching Jr.
  • Ruth Esther Dangue
  • Vincent Paul Duller
  • Monique Diane Escueta
  • Alyssa Marie Guevarra
  • Kenji Sahagun


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Coordinates: 14°09′41″N 121°14′51″E / 14.161437°N 121.247617°E / 14.161437; 121.247617