Dr. Angelito A. Silverio of the Department of Electronics Engineering and Engr. Albert S. Surla of the Department of Civil Engineering joined the three-day Faculty Bootcamp for Technopreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City on 27-29 March 2017. The Bootcamp was organized by the Philippine S&T Development Foundation, Inc. (PhilDev) under their Innovative Development for Entrepreneurship Advancement (IDEA) Program in cooperation with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at the University of California at Berkeley (UC-Berkeley).
Silverio and Suria with PhilDev Chairman Dado Banatao
“It was an enjoyable learning experience,” said Dr. Silverio of their stint while Engr. Surla marveled at the exhilaration of “presenting my ideas to Technopreneurship experts”, including the prominent technopreneur himself and current Chairman of PhilDev, Engr. Dado Banatao. Dr. Silverio and Engr. Surla, who is eyed by the Faculty of Engineering to help design its Technopreneurship Program, joined close to 70 faculty members from different universities all over the country who participated in the Bootcamp. Four faculty members from their cohort will be chosen to join the Study Visit at UC-Berkeley in Fall 2017 (9 August – 17 December 2017).
This is the third year of Bootcamp. This year, Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu and Ken Singer, the Chief Scientist and Founding Director and the Managing Director of SCET Berkeley, respectively, led the Team of lecturers and trainers in the Bootcamp. The Faculty of Engineering has sent four faculty members in the 2015 and 2016 series of the Bootcamp where Engr. Charlie A. Marquez of the Department of Industrial Engineering was chosen to join the first batch of five faculty members chosen to join the Study Visit at UC-Berkeley.