A P3 million worth of check for the Oscar Lopez Distinguished Professorial Chair in Energy Engineering fund donation was officially turned over to Silliman University in a ceremonial rites on July 12 at the Luce Auditorium.
A professorial chair in energy engineering in honor of Oscar Lopez, chairman of geothermal leader Energy Development Corp. awarded this fund to qualified student and faculty of College of Engineering to conduct comprehensive researches and studies on geothermal and renewable energy.
Lopez said this professorial chair is in support of its continuing effort to help the university in providing excellent education to students and nurture a new generation of engineer that contributes energy development.
Silliman University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III received the check along with the two copies of books on watersheds and trees that promote environmental protection.
In his message, Dr. Malayang expressed Silliman’s gratitude for recognizing the University’s strength in advocating sustainable energy development to Oscar Lopez and family. He also said the donation supports the University’s mission of promoting the welfare and development of the College of Engineering through making its programs contribute in addressing the environmental issues and concerns.
The two books, Trees of Tropical Asia written by Harvard educated James La Frankie, and Watersheds Sheltering Life on the 20 major watersheds in the country published by the National Power Corp. with the help of 45 organizations cite EDc’s watershed management efforts in its geothermal project sites.
The publication of the books were supported by EDC chair to inspire partner organizations to promote environmental protection and also distributed to universities and colleges in EDC’s host provinces within the areas of EDC operation. (PIA/JCT)