In their signature colors of black and orange, the School of Engineering and Architecture kicked off this year’s SEA week with a blast. The Tigers’ cries of elation for the upcoming events bounced through the four corners of Arrupe Hall last January 29, activity period.
The first-day run of SEA Week 2018 opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony which were led by SEA Dean Randell Espina, Assistant Dean Renly Barroca, and SEA Representative Lilibeth Yu.
With Environmental Awareness as this year’s SEA Week theme, Lilibeth Yu, took her time off facilitating the flow of events to share to Atenews its relevance and significance for the Ateneo community.
“For us, we decided on the theme in preparation for the EA Fair in Abreeza, gaganapin this March 8-9. And also, our university, they’re promoting renewable energy, and target namin na magtaas ‘yung percentage ng renewable energy in school kay nalaman din namin na each month, four million ang binabayaran ng school sa kuryente lang,” shared Yu, emphasizing how this is only a teaser for the upcoming SEA Fair.
“‘Yun ang prinopromote namin dito na mag-conserve energy, ganyan, and environmental awareness. […] Hopefully, through that, ma-aware din ang mga students.”
When asked whether SEA plans to widen the reach of their current Environmental Awareness advocacy on a city-level, Yu did not disappoint.
“Hopefully, ‘yun talaga ang target namin. Lalo na pag naging engineers na ‘yung mga batchmates ko, ganyan, at saka mga lower years. […] Hopefully, ‘yung mga projects na i-display namin sa EA fair kay ma-commercialized para sa mga investors since may business pitching. And then, kung interested sila, sana mag-invest sila. And then, [ma-widen siya into city levels].”
SEA Week 2018 also didn’t forget to shed light to the efforts of Team Blue Knights, School of Engineering and Architecture’s team for Shell Eco-marathon, as they successfully launched Apo Duwaling.
Apo Duwaling, a fuel-efficient tropical vehicle, will be Ateneo de Davao’s entry to the upcoming Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018, which will take place in Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore on March 8-11 this year.
In an interview with Atenews, Team Blue Knights member, Carl Gabriel Beduya, shared the concept behind their recent work.
“The Apo Duwaling is a prototype fuel efficient vehicle designed to run on Ethanol. We are still undergoing further optimization, but we expect that our vehicle could run 200 kilometers per liter,” Beduya said.
Beduya did not shy out when asked what makes Apo Duwaling different from their previous entries.
“Every year we change [our] fuel type. This year we are using a biofuel Ethanol instead of gasoline. Our vehicle this time is also lighter. It’s only about 80 kg.”
Beduya also noted how the vehicle agrees with SEA’s environmental awareness advocacy.
“It coincides with this year’s SEA them because ethanol is a renewable biofuel. It can be synthesized from local materials, such as corn and sugar cane. [Also,] Ethanol fueled engines produce lesser exhaust gas emissions compared to petroleum fueled vehicles.”
Among the various events during the first leg of SEA Week was the popular SEA Quiz Bowl, which gave the Tigers a platform to release their intellectual juices in a friendly-face off against their fellow cluster-mates.
SEA Week 2018 will have a three-day run, scheduled on the activity periods of the week January 29. For the complete schedule of events, do check the official SEA Twitter account, @ADDU_SEA.