“I will find or create opportunities for the School of Technology. Together with able faculty and staff, we will repackage and introduce SoTech to the industry and community partners and possible collaborators locally and abroad.”
These are the words of Ramer P. Bautista, PhD, the new Dean of the School of Technology in his vision paper presented during the search process conducted in May 2019.
Bautista is an alumnus of UP; earning his BS Chemical Engineering (Major in Sugar Technology) and MS Chemical Engineering (Specialization in Pollution Engineering) from UP Los Baños and his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from UP Diliman (a sandwich Program with University of Waterloo, ON, Canada). He is also a licensed chemical engineer. His vision paper also outlined his plans and programs for SoTech that covers the tripartite functions of UP, namely; instruction, research and extension.
To further improve instruction, Bautista believes that there is a need to cultivate and pursue more industry-academe linkages, institutional development grants, and project-based funding.
In terms of strengthening the research capability of Sotech, Bautista says that “every faculty member must have project involvements either as project leader or study leader.”
To achieve this, he said that workshops will be conducted establish the School’s directions and roadmaps while writeshops on making proposals will be organized as well.
“Each Faculty member must identify his or her area of expertise, which is in accordance with the School’s roadmap,” he emphasized. He added that one significant area of the research roadmap will have something to do with the environmental protection.
As for extension for extension, Bautista wants to replicate a project that has been implemented at UPLB and Pila, Laguna on solid waste collection system.
“With my specialization in pollution engineering and SoTech’s chemical engineering expertise, we can work on areas such as treatment of the wastewater effluents from the local industries and businesses; solid waste management in the local government (especially coastal areas including collection, treatment and disposal; coastal land remediation projects.
Bautista was appointed by the UP Board of Regents during its 3445th meeting on June 10, 2019 to serve a three-year term effective June 10, 2019 until June 9, 2022.