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Dr. Enrico Paringit receives the Outstanding Engineering Researcher Award for 2013

Posted by administrator on April 29, 2013

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit

April 29, 2013 – Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Associate Professor in the UP Diliman Department of Geodetic Engineering (DGE) and current AGST Lab. Coordinator, receive today the “Outstanding Engineering Award” during the College of Engineering (COE) Recognition Rites award at the UP Amphitheater, Diliman, Quezon City.

The award is given to Dr. Paringit for having accomplished high-impact research in the fields of land surveying, remote sensing and geographic information system (RS-GIS), environmental monitoring, and disaster risk assessment and management, while at the same being able to significantly contribute in creating a research-friendly environment by including in his research projects the acquisition of state-of-the-art research equipments that could be used as well by fellow researchers, students and faculty members within and outside the DGE and Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (TCAGP).

In his 14 years of service in the UP Diliman College of Engineering, Dr. Paringit has undertaken more than 20 research projects, twelve (12) of which were completed between 2008-2013, and two (2) are still on-going. These projects were very instrumental for the acquisition of equipments that enhanced the conduct of research, training and instruction in the DGE & TCAGP. Some of these equipments include survey grade Global Positioning System receivers, spectroradiometer, single-beam and multi-beam echosounders, and mobile mapping system (MMS). Dr. Paringit has authored and co-authored a total of 112 publications which include 2 book chapters, 5 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals, and 105 papers presented in local and international conferences. Funded by both local and international agencies and government institutions, Dr. Paringit’s research projects addressed timely issues and environmental problems that need understanding and immediate solutions.

Dr. Paringit also undertook research projects to assist Philippine government agencies in their decision-making processes. In the “Pasig River Tributaries Survey and Assessment Study – Phase I”, Dr. Paringit and his team of researchers gathered primary data, information and analysis of the physical, tenurial and fiscal aspects of the Pasig River System tributaries. The baseline information is necessary to guide the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) for proper rehabilitation of this river. On the other hand, Dr. Paringit together with a team of researchers from the UP TCAGP undertook the profile and cross-section surveys, inflow measurements and flood modeling of Surigao River in Surigao City for flood hazard assessment purposes. This output of this research project was aimed to satisfy the requirements of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) as part of its effort in integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in local development planning and decision-making processes.

To top these achievements is the approval by the DOST of Dr. Paringit’s project proposal entitled “Nationwide Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM)”. With a total implementation cost of P1.6 Billion pesos, this 2-year research project is by far the biggest, single project that a research unit in the entire UP system has ever undertaken. The project, which UP TCAGP started implementing in January 2012, is an effort to address and mitigate the effects of natural disasters in the country. DREAM is a micro mapping project that will utilize geospatial data gathering technologies, particularly light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to produce detailed topographic information that will enable the creation of more accurate flood inundation maps. The project will prioritize the 16 river basins in the country and urban areas prone to flooding.

The Outstanding Engineering Researcher Award comes together with a cash prize provided by the College of Engineering, UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) and Globe Telecom, is given yearly to recognize and reward deserving faculty members in the College of Engineering for their outstanding achievements. Other faculty awards include


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