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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

The Mapúa Robotics Team won international recognition in the 2006 National Inventors’ Week held last November 13-17 at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City.

The team was composed of the following students: Michael S. Poblete, Ivan Karl P. De Vera, Leonard C. Canoza, Jaylord T. Jauod, Harry Balanay, Paul Kevin Diaz, and Charles S. Rico.

RM-625: Low-cost underwater remotely operated vehicle

The Mapúan’s winning project is “The Low-Cost Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).” This innovation was designed to perform such tasks as salvaging assistance, ship hull inspection, accident investigation, toxic waste inspection, small item recovery, and oil rig pipe inspection. This Mapúa invention can go as deep as 300 feet with maximum horizontal speed at 1.18 feet/second and maximum vertical speed at 0.9 feet/second. Weighing only 4 kg, its turn rate is 45 degrees/second.

The ROV won the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Award, an international recognition given for creative research and inventions. The project won three other major awards: SIBOL Award (college level) for Outstanding Student Creative Research ( 1 st Place); Philips Most Promising Invention Award (college category – 1 st Place); and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., Award (college level) for Outstanding Student Creative Research ( 1 st Place).

The Mapúa Robotics Team received the awards after a week-long exhibition of the entries of the 17 finalists.

The 5-day event was organized and sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), thru the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI).

The Mapúa Robotics members were given the Special Merit Award for Research Excellence during the 128th Commencement Exercises of Mapúa. (3rd Row, L-R) Aaron Plata and Jaylord Jaoud; (2nd Row, L-R): Harry Balanay, Michael Poblete, Engr. Roel John C. Judilla (adviser), Charles Rico and Paul Kevin Diaz; (1st Row, L-R) Andrew Alcomendras, Ivan de Vera and Leonard Canoza. Not in the photo is Engr. Sherwin S. Magon, one of the team’s advisers.

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