Dr. Alvin Caparanga of Mapúa recognized as outstanding chemical engineer in the 81st PIChE national convention
Dr. Alvin R. Caparanga, Dean of Mapúa University’s School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering and Sciences (CBMES) received the Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award for Research and Development in the 81st Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) National Convention held in Bacolod City last February 19 to 22. He was recognized for demonstrating professional competence of the highest degree as a researcher in chemical and environmental engineering and as dean of Mapúa’s School of CBMES, creating a balance by excelling in both his administrative and research duties.
Currently, Dr. Caparanga has 44 publications in Scopus with 626 citations. In 2010, he was awarded Outstanding Young Scientist in Environmental Engineering by the Department of Science and Technology–National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) for his research work on mixed solvent systems for carbon dioxide absorption. Last year, he was a recipient of The Outstanding Mapúan (Special Endeavor: Academe) awarded by the National Association of Mapúa Alumni (NAMA).
PIChE is the solely accredited professional organization for chemical engineers in the country. It is a prime mover in the promotion of excellence in the Chemical Engineering Profession and Education composed of various chapters nationwide. Dr. Caparanga has been an active member of PIChE-MMAC (Metro Manila Academe Chapter) since 2003. He was a member of the board of directors in 2009-2011 and became the president in 2013-2015. During his term, PIChE-MMAC co-organized the first-ever ASEAN Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Education Summit in 2014. He now serves as one of the advisers of the PIChE-MMAC board.
Dr. Caparanga took up BS Chemical Engineering in Mapúa. He completed his Master of Science and Engineering degree in the University of the Philippines Diliman and Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering in Mapúa.
Mapúa is known as the first school to offer BS Chemical Engineering in the Philippines. It is accredited by US-based ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC). Three more programs are offered in the School of CBMES, namely, Biological Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering. The Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering programs are also ABET EAC accredited.