Engineers from PHilMech won numerous awards for best paper and best poster during the 13th International Agricultural Engineering Conference and Exhibition, 66th Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) Annual National Convention and the 27th Philippine Agricultural Engineering Week. The three-in-one event was held on April 24-30, 2016 at the Teatro Ilocandia, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), City of Batac, Ilocos Norte.
The paper, “Design, Testing and Evaluation of Compact Rice Mill with Impeller Huller” of Dr. Michael A. Gragasin, Engr. Jayvee P. Illustrisimo and Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez won first place in both paper and poster awards under the Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization category. The “Fluidized Bed Drying System for Complete Drying of Paddy: Phase III - Development of Fully-Automated Commercial Scale System” of Engr. Nestor T. Asuncion, Engr. Reagan J. Pontawe, Engr. Roselyn B. Villacorte and Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez garnered second place for both best paper and poster also under the Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization category. Meanwhile, “Development of Grain Probe Buriki Moisture Meter of Paddy” of Engr. Arlene C. Joaquin, Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez, Ma. Elizabeth V. Ramos and Elvin B. Santos won third best paper under the Agricultural Processing, Structure and Electrification category.
Engr. Andres M. Tuates Jr. and Dr. Ofero A. Caparino’s paper, “Development of Biodegradable Plastic as Mango Fruit Bag” bagged the third best poster award under the Agricultural Power, Energy and Waste Utilization category.
Meanwhile, Engr. Genaro M. Tolentino, chief of the Enterprise Development Division (EDD) was given distinguished service award as outgoing President of PSAE.
The weeklong celebration included exhibits, technology demonstrations, plenary and technical paper and poster presentations on the development and trends in Agricultural Engineering and Allied Fields. This year’s convention was spearheaded by the PSAE national in partnership with the local host chapter, PSAE Region I chapter and the MMSU with the theme “Agricultural Engineers in the Realm of Sustainable Green Technology”.