Fluor Computer Laboratory Inaugurated at Mapúa

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L-R: Dr. Reynaldo Vea (Mapúa President and CEO), Angus Murray (Fluor Country Manager), Dr. Bonifacio Doma Jr. (Mapúa EVP for Academic Affairs), and Eric Tanjutco (Fluor Engineering Manager) pose for a photo after the inauguration of the new Fluor computer laboratory.


Fluor Philippines refurbished a computer laboratory of Mapúa Institute of Technology for use of its students under Schools of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering (CEGE); Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (ChE-Chm); Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering (EECE); and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME). The computer laboratory has been equipped with 15 Dell workstations, and each unit has installed software Aspen Hysys 7.3 (modeling system for process design and operations) and Bentley Autopipe (pipe stress analysis software).

The Fluor Daniel Computer Laboratory Room (FDCLR) at N302 was inaugurated last July 1 led by Fluor Philippines general manager Angus Murray and Mapúa president Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.

Dr. Vea expressed his gratitude to Fluor Philippines for generously helping Mapúa provide its students with highly relevant, professional, and advanced education in preparation for and furtherance of global practice.

Ms. Corazon Almirez, part of Fluor Philippines Management (second from left), demonstrating the use of the software installed in one of the Dell workstations at the new Fluor computer laboratory.

“I would like to thank Fluor Philippines for the generous donation of $36,000 (~Php1.5M) that enabled the renovation of one of our laboratory rooms, as well as the procurement of 15 workstations and software, like Bentley Autopipe and Aspen Hysys 7.3,” he said.

Dr. Vea said that the newly renovated computer laboratory will let the students attain the intended learning outcome of the Institute – to use modern tools of engineering in engineering design.

Successful partnership

The Mapúa president looked forward to students having an edge in working with Fluor given the new software and equipment.

“Hopefully with such software in our computers, and our students using it, they’ll be closer to hitting the ground running when they join Fluor,” said Dr. Vea.

Aside from state-of-the-art computer laboratories and software, Fluor will design a syllabus for an elective program to be offered to graduating Engineering students to prepare them to work in companies like Fluor. Their subject matter experts (SMEs) will train faculty members who will teach the said elective class.

”We know that this will be a successful partnership. We hope to be able to supply your needs for manpower. Certainly this Fluor Computer Laboratory Room is a big step in that direction,” said Dr. Vea as a closing remark.

For the benefit of the country

The Fluor Daniel Computer Laboratory Room (FDCLR) is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with 15 Dell workstations, each having Bentley Autopipe and Aspen Hysys software for Engineering students.

“We are privileged to be part of this partnership. It is a big thing for Fluor to be of support to the academe and help develop talent for the Philippines and the industry,” Murray said.

This sponsorship is part of Fluor’s Global University Scholarship Program where they fund university projects that are in line with their company's business and are in locations where they have corporate offices or projects.

For more than 100 years, Fluor has partnered with its clients to design, build, and maintain many of the world's most challenging and complex capital projects. Through its network of offices on six continents, more than 40,000 employees provide comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, fabrication, operations, maintenance and project management.

Today, the company serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations & maintenance, manufacturing & life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 109th on the FORTUNE 500 list.

Fluor started its operations in the Philippines in 1987 and has offices in Alabang, Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila and in Cebu City, Cebu.

Mapúans in Fluor

“We certainly hope that some of your graduates will come and join Fluor,” Murray said.

There are more than 100 Mapúans currently employed in Fluor Philippines. Corazon Almirez, a graduate of Chemical Engineering in Mapúa, is now the department manager of Fluor Philippines’ Process and HSE Engineering Department, and is a member of the Management Team.

Bottom, L-R: Elbert Olaes (Fluor Communications Lead), Samuel Santos (Fluor Recruitment Manager), Eric Tanjutco (Fluor Engineering Manager), Dr. Reynaldo Vea (Mapúa President and CEO), Angus Murray (Fluor Country Manager), Dr. Bonifacio Doma Jr. (Mapúa EVP for Academic Affairs), Cory Almirez (Fluor Process & HSE Engineering Department Manager and Mapúa Alumna), Atty. Maria Eloisa Gan (Mapúa VP for Operations).

Top, L-R: Ruth Francisco (Mapúa CFO and EVP for Finance), Engr. Noel Linsangan (Mapúa Computer Engineering Subject Chair), Dr. Lemuel Tayo (Mapúa Biological Engineering Program Head), Dr. Lawrence Madriaga (Mapúa Material Science and Engineering Program Coordinator), Dr. Felicito Caluyo (Mapúa Dean of School of Electronics, Electrical, and Computer Engineering), Engr. Alejandro Ballado, Jr. (Mapúa Electronics Engineering Subject Chair), Engr. Ronald Vincent Santiago (Mapúa Electrical Engineering Subject Chair), Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy (Mapúa Dean of School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering), Geraldine Gochioco (Mapúa AVP for Administration), Luz Lozano (Mapúa Dean of School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry), Flordeliza De Vera (Mapúa ABET Coordinator), Arlyn Corpuz (Mapúa Director of Corporate Communications Office), Brian Co (Mapúa Chief Information Officer).