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The researches ranged from climate change mitigation to public utilities and services. One such research, done in cooperation with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), persists today in the form of the Public Assessment Water Services (PAWS). Aura C. Matias, Ph.D.

Deputy Executive Director, 1996 to 2002.

"When we hosted the AEESEAP (Association for Engineering Education in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific) international conference in EDSA Shangri-la, the full resources of the NEC were tapped. Everybody worked as a team to make the event a success."

In 2002, Dr. Herman Mendoza became deputy executive director. He recalled the Engineering Enhancement Program of the NEC as one of its highlights at that time because of the close involvement of the faculty members from the Departments of Engineering Science, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. “This was one training program wherein NEC staff experienced working and coordinating closely with the faculty,” he disclosed. The engineering enhancement program aimed to strengthen the basic engineering skills of the new engineering graduates and help them prepare for the industry and their respective licensure examinations.

Herman Mendoza, Ph.D. Deputy Executive Director, 2002 to 2005

Dr. Mendoza also asserts that it was imperative to maintain an atmosphere of unity and cooperation among the NEC Staff to develop and implement effectively the projects and training programs of NEC and to support the research & development initiatives of the College of Engineering.


But even then, the willingness of the faculty to do research and consultancy work for the NEC still proved to be a challenge. “In terms of consulting and research, not all faculty members were intent on doing these apart from their teaching jobs,” Prof. Atanacio revealed. It was a problem that constantly plagued the NEC from the very beginning, and one that would be mitigated by his successor, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.

"My fondest memory of NEC was the communion with the whole NEC staff, during regular meetings, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, special gatherings where everyone gets to share ideas, work experiences, problems, etc."

Under Dr. Guevara’s leadership as Executive Director of NEC and Dean of COE, her biggest challenge on her first year in 2004 was to initiate a paradigm shift in terms of faculty involvement in NEC activities. “We had to convince the faculty members that you have to help the NEC so that it can help you back. It was an enormous mindset change. Before, the faculty just minded their own work. But eventually we convinced them that we all have to work together,” Dean Gev, as addressed by her colleagues, reported. Although the results were not instantaneous, faculty members’ participation in NEC programs dramatically increased from 20% to 80%.

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