The Department of Chemical Engineering already existed with the transfer of the Sugar Technology program under the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology, during the college’s foundation on February 24, 1983. On the other hand, the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering curriculum was instituted upon approval by the UP Board of Regents on March 7, 1985. The program was the brainchild of then UPLB Chancellor Dr. Emil Q. Javier, also former UP System President.
Since it’s creation, the Department has had six chairpersons, namely:
- Dr. Ernesto P. Lozada (1983 – 1984)
- Dr. Casiano S. Abrigo, Jr. (1984 – 1991)
- Dr. Reynaldo I. Acda (1991 – 1997)
- Prof. Rex B. Demafelis (1997 – 2003)
- Prof. Myra G. Borines (2003 – 2005)
- Prof. Rex B. Demafelis (2005 – 2008)
- Dr. Jovita L. Movillon (2008 – Present)
The Department has always been able to make a name in chemical engineering education. UPLB Chemical Engineering graduates have consistently obtained high passing percentages in the chemical engineering licensure examination, with many exam topnotchers including first-placers, thus making UPLB one of the top-performing schools of chemical engineering in the country. Distinct and reputable awards and recognition have also been achieved by a number of faculty and staff members as well as students and alumni.
Through its existence, the Department has produced top-caliber graduates who are gainfully employed, and many are occupying top positions in the industry and other related fields. Numerous technological researches have also been conducted, many of which are published in local and international refereed journals. Dynamic linkages/partnerships with industries, local and international academic institutions and other relevant professional organizations have also been established and integrated in the academic network of the Department.