UP fetes donors of Centennial Professorial Chairs in Engineering

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“Forging new ties and strengthening of existing ties with the donors of Engineering Professorial Chairs is one way of realizing greater academic productivity that elevates the quality of teaching and excellence through conferences and research,” Dean Rizalinda L. de Leon said in her welcome message at the reception for donors of Centennial Professorial Chairs in Engineering on January 11 at the UP Board Room in Quezon City.

The new batch of donors was dedicated to the “Centennial” Engineering Professorial Chairs as this marked the centennial anniversary of the respective departments receiving the donations, according to former College of Engineering Dean Aura C. Matias.

“It is also fitting that we begin the New Year by returning to our roots, in this case by going back to one of our core values, the same values that hold our culture and society together.

The five Professorial Chairs in Engineering that we are commemorating today are demonstrations of this revered value as much as they are expressions of a generous and supportive spirit and a far-sighted vision. What values are these? Nothing less than honoring the people and institutions who have made us who we are—our parents, and our Alma Mater,” UP President Alfredo E. Pascual said in a message delivered by UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion.

Former UP Diliman College of Engineering Dean Aura Matias speaking before the donor families. Photo by Jun Madrid, UPSIO.

The five Professorial Chairs in Engineering are the following:

The Edgardo and Agnes Paynor Electrical Engineering Centennial Professorial Chair is named after Engr. Edgardo Paynor, a UP Electrical Engineering graduate and founder of Telmarc Cable, and his wife Mrs. Agnes Paynor, who is also a UP graduate.

The Don Benito Yao Metallurgical Engineering Centennial Professorial Chair was donated by SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation President Mr. Benjamin Yao in honor of Mr. Yao’s father, Don Benito Yao. The company has been a great supporter of the College of Engineering as it has been hosting since 2015 such projects as summer internship programs, study grants, and the completion of the Civil Engineering building.

The Pedro and Francisca Maniego Professorial Chair in Industrial Engineering is named in honor of the parents of UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation Inc. (UPERDFI) Chair and former National Renewable Energy Board Chair Pete Maniego, who is also a graduate of the UP College of Law.

Honoring the life and legacy of the late Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary and Senator Vicente Paterno is the Vicente T. Paterno Mechanical Engineering Centennial Chair, which recognizes Sen. Paterno’s outstanding achievements as a businessman and public servant. He was also recognized as one of the distinguished alumni of the UP Alumni Engineers.

The Quintin and Norma Calderon Chair in Civil Engineering is named in honor of UP Civil Engineering alumnus and pioneer in Philippine construction Quintin Calderon and his wife, Norma. Its donor is Engr. Rosario “Chato” Calderon, the incumbent vice-president of the UPERDFI and former president of the UP Alumni Engineers.

Also present at the reception were the families of the donors, as well as UPERDFI President Alfonso A. Aliga, Jr.

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