• CHED Center of Excellence
  • PTC-ACBET-EAC Accreditation
  • 100% passing, Chemical Engineer licensure examinations (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Two commercialized patents (PHP100M capitalization)

Overview

USC is 2nd best school in Oct ’21 Ch.E. boards

 

The Department of Chemical Engineering was established in the early 1950s with the four-year Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program as its first offering. The then Bureau of Private Schools granted official recognition of the program after the first student cohorts graduated in 1956. In 2001, the department offered the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, which was developed with assistance from the Kluyver Laboratory for Biotechnology of Technische Universities Delft (TU Delft) through funding from the Netherlands Joint Financing Program in Higher Education (NUFFIC). Three years later, the Master of Engineering major in Chemical Engineering program commenced.

The department’s B.S. Ch.E. program earned recognition from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Center of Development (COD) in 1998 and 2006, and as Center of Excellence in 2016. It was also accredited by the Philippine Technological Council (PTC) after it implemented Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) as a continuous quality improvement framework consistent with Washington Accord standards. This is in addition to the Level II accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines obtained through the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) evaluation. The department excelled with 100% passing in the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) chemical engineer licensure examination for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.

Students in the department mainly come from Cebu and the neighboring provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Leyte, as well as some provinces in Mindanao. Undergraduate enrollment has been stable at around 250 to 300 students every semester since 2000. Chemical engineering faculty members and students pursue research that contribute to the attainment of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Programs offered

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S. Ch.E.)
Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (M.Engg. Ch.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S. Ch.E.)

Career tracks

Around half of USC chemical engineering graduates are employed in the manufacturing industries in the Philippines and overseas where they are involved in process engineering, plant and production management, product research and development, quality assurance, pollution control, safety management, and technical sales. Others work as a design and patent engineers in design firms and as environmental management specialists in government institutions. Approximately 20% pursue graduate studies within three years after graduation and eventually work in higher education and research institutions.

Employers of our recent graduates include DASH Engineering, Fluor Daniel, Lexmark Research and Development, Kerry Food Ingredients, Shemberg, Universal Robina, Nestlé, P&G, San Miguel Brewery, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Manila Water, Petron, JG Summit Petrochemical, PASAR, Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer, Atlas Fertilizer, Mabuhay Vinyl, Taiyo Yuden, KEPCO SPC Power, Aboitiz Power, and DENR–Environmental Management Bureau.

Research groups

Advanced and Sustainable Materials Group
This research group focuses on the discovery, modification, and engineering of alternative and green materials for sustainable applications. For details, contact Noel Peter B. Tan.

Biomass and Biofuels Group
The group focuses on the utilization of agricultural biomass and agro-industrial residues and by-products as feedstock in the production of biofuels and other commodity chemicals. For details, contact Ramelito C. Agapay.

Bioprocess Engineering and Research Center (BioPERC)
The center was instituted in 2012 to carry out the department’s research agenda. To date, it has carried out several contract types of researches with industry partners before producing two patents on the integrated processing of mango fruit processing residues. Investors funneled Php100M capital to create a full-scale plant to commercialize the patented technologies, prompting BioPERC to evolve into an R&D center for Green Enviro Management Systems (GEMS), Inc., which mainly produces mango flour from mango seed kernel. Funding from the CHED-Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet) totaling Php5.68M flowed into BioPERC in 2013–2015 for product development research. From 2015–2017, the USAID Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation Development (STRIDE) Collaborative Applied Research with Industry (CARWIN) grant amounting to USD200T funded R&D studies for mango polyphenol production using spray drying technology. For details, contact Evelyn B. Taboada, BioPERC Director.

Environmental Sustainability Group
The group generates data on industrial and municipal issues pertaining to wastewater, solid waste, and air quality. This research group integrates ad intra and ad extra extension work into its research activities. For details, contact Patrick U. Tan.

Food and Bioactive Products Group
The group focuses on the utilization of agro-industrial residues and waste materials as sources of enzymes and bioactive compounds for industrial applications. For details, contact Camila Flor Y. Lobarbio.

Facilities and equipment

Facilities

  • Bioprocess Engineering and Research Center
  • Chemical Engineering Research Laboratories

Key analytical equipment

  • Aerospinner L1.0 for nano fiber production by solution-blow spinning
  • Atago Digital Abbe Refractometer
  • Akta Amersham Biosciences UPC-900 Fast Performance Liquid Chromatography (FPLC) System
  • Labconco Vacuum Freeze Dryer
  • Shimadzu GCMS-QP2010 Ultra High-End GC-MS System
  • Shimadzu High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) System
  • Shimadzu TOC-L Total Organic Carbon Analyzer
  • Shimadzu UV-1700 Pharmaspec UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • VELP DK8 Kjeldahl Nitrogen Digester

Student life

Student governance. The USC Chemical Engineering Council is the officially recognized co-curricular student organization that looks after the welfare of the chemical engineering student body. The council organizes annually the freshmen assembly, acquaintance party, Christmas party, and the National Chemical Engineering Week celebrations. It has representation in the Collegiate Engineering Council. The council officers also function as USC student representatives to the Junior Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (JPIChE)–Cebu Chapter.

Extracurricular organizations. Students may opt to apply for membership to either the USC Chemical Engineering Society (CHES, founded 1957) or the USC Chemical Engineering Club (ChEC, founded 1993).

Faculty