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"Still Continuing Our Excellence"

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" goes a popular saying. But the engineering students of Holy Name University "ain't" waiting for things to get broken to "fix 'em." These future engineers work hard to make sure things get better, not broken.

And to show off and share the fruits of their labor, the College of Engineering of Holy Name University in cooperation with BQ Mall and SMART Communications, Inc. , will hold its "4th HNU Engineering Fair" on March 6-8, 2008 at the Atrium of BQ Mall with the theme "Still Continuing Our Excellence."

The main feature of the fair is the public presentation of the various project designs from the Departments of Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electronics & Communications Engineering. The fair is one way of promoting and generating interest in engineering, science, and technology. It also provides an opportunity for the HNU engineering students to display and demonstrate their skills, ingenuity, and creativity to the public through their project designs.

Among the highlights of this event, aside from the three-day project exhibit display, is the formal launching and ribbon cutting ceremony which is scheduled on March 6 at 9:30 A.M. Two separate quiz bowls sponsored by the Engineering Local Government Unit (LGU) and Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineering of the Philippines (IECEP) Local Chapter are scheduled in the afternoon of March 6 and 7, respectively. The Awarding and Closing Ceremonies is on March 8, Saturday at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

This year, the fifth year Civil Engineering Project Study class of Engr. Ian Samonte is running a design analysis on “The Proposed Development of Moalong as an Eco-Tourism Destination in Loon, Bohol.” Meanwhile, the fourth year CE students of the Carpentry and Building Methods class of Engr. Joseph Anthony Petalcorin is handling the Two-Storey Residential or Duplex Buildings. Scaled miniature models and landscaping of these carpentry designs will be displayed during the occasion. Engineering students are encouraged to have feasibility studies that will not only improve their knowledge and skills but will also give impact to the community should the study be implemented and realized.

On the other hand, the Department of Computer Engineering will showcase the product of their researches on automation and robotics. Among the projects lined up for this year's fair are the "Robotic Arm" and "Spy-Bot" from the fifth year ComE graduating students of Engr. Luz Nuera. These "mobots," as they have come to be known, are self-propelled, stand-alone projects that are usually driven by their own microprocessor system and power supply. "Mobots" are capable of performing pre-programmed tasks in response to stimuli.

Meanwhile, the fourth year ComE students under the Computer Systems Architecture and Interface Techniques class of Engr. Grethel Mende will present USB-Interfaced projects such as the "Attendance Monitoring System" and the "Automated Inventory Control." These projects are starting to dominate the industry today.

Moreover, it is also the pride of the ECE graduating students to present and display their projects on early-warning devices that make use of current communications technologies such as SMS and the Internet. Other ECE students make use of communication technologies and computers in their projects. Among these electronics based prototypes are the "i CAM," "Flood Control and Monitoring System," "Ultrasonic Water Level Detector," "Parking Area Security System," "SIM Card as ID and Key," "SMS Infoboard," and "Stock and Inventory Control." The Project Design class of the ECE Department is spearheaded by its adviser, Engr. Rosanne Daquio.

To spice up the affair, trivia questions will be asked from time to time during the duration of the exhibit. Prizes will be given to those who can give the correct answer. Other contests will be conducted at any given time of the day during the exhibit. These contests will come in the form of logical or mathematical problems/puzzles. Prizes will also be given to the lucky participants.

The 4th HNU Engineering Fair is supported by its generous sponsors, 1st Flower Avenue, AAC Tech, AWS, Auza.net, DASH, DAVIES Paints, DN Steel, EXCEL First Review Center, HUMIL International Trading, MARLE Advertising Designs, Mitsumi, QBros Technology, Save n’ Earn Sales, and Thinking Tools.

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