Professor Philipina A. Marcelo, PhD, a faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering, was named as the 2021 Outstanding Professional in Chemical Engineering by the Professional Regulation Commission, a letter from Commissioner Yolanda D. Reyes confirmed.
Marcelo, who is currently on leave as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering to pursue her Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in the United States, headed the Faculty of Engineering from 2012-2021, during which time she led the faculty to having all six degree programs locally and internationally certified by agencies like the Philippine Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities, the Philippine Technological Council, and the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Marcelo likewise spearheaded the offering of international dual-degree programs in civil engineering with the Catholic University of America and metallurgical engineering with Curtin University.
In an e-mail message to the Engineering family and the Communications Bureau, she said “I humbly share this with ALL OF YOU in the Faculty of Engineering. This would not have been possible without all of you.”
With the award, Marcelo joins the fellow Outstanding Professional of the Year Award recipients, such as Academician Maribel G. Nonato, PhD (2020, for Chemistry), Donald G. Manlapaz, PhD (2020, for Physical Therapy), Aleth Therese L. Dacanay, PhD (2018, for Pharmacy), Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH (2010, for Physical Therapy), and Jacinta B. Cruz (2009, for Medical Technology).