Fourteen out of 20 graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering passed the Board of Licensure Examination on July 1-2, 2014 held in Manila and Davao City.
CMU got a passing percentage of 70 percent, which is almost 20 percent higher than the national passing percentage of 50.24 percent based on 623 total number of examinees wherein 313 of them passed.
At present, the total enrolees of Agricultural Engineering course for the 2nd semester of SY 2013-2014 and 1st semester of SY 2014-2015 are 179 and 213, respectively. This shows that there was almost 19% increase on the enrolment. Fifty seven students (about 27 percent of the Department’s population) are also recipients of scholarship programs like academic scholarship, politicians-sponsored scholarships, socialized tuition fees and grant in aid. Moreover, 16 students were included in the Dean’s lists of the College of Engineering with a GPA of 1.0 to 2.0 last 2nd semester of SY 2013-2014.
To maintain the quality standard of teaching and the higher passing percentage rate compared to the national passing percentage, the Department continuously conduct several researches. One of the completed researches was headed by Dr. Perfecto B. Bojo on the study of “Stream Channel Characterization” which is collaborated by Engr. Rex O. Yadao. Other faculty members play the role of an adviser for students doing their thesis.
The research project on Kilabagon Creek Catchment Basin Characterization is headed by Dr. Nelsa J. Olila who is at the same time the study leader of Study 1 on “Land-use Characterization of Kilabagon Catchment Basin”. The study 2 on “Stream Channel Characterization” is headed by Prof. Rodrigo C. Bayawa and Dr. Perfecto B. Bojo in collaboration with Engr. Rex O. Yadao. All these studies are completed as scheduled.
The Department conducted extension activities for six (6) months under the Extension Project “Training Needs Assessment on Postharvest Operations of Rice, Corn and Vegetable Farmers in Northern Bukidnon”. These was break down into three (3) studies and each study was leaded by Prof. Nelsa J. Olila, Engr. Rex O. Yadao and Engr. Rowena P. Rosales on the TNA on Postharvest operations on Rice, Corn and Vegetable, respectively. Agricultural Engineering Department Faculty were also involved in extension projects, two (2) faculty members were involved CMU-PhilMech Extension Project on the Mechanization and Postharvest Technologies as technical committee members and currently pushing one (1) extension project related to the CMU-PhilMech extension project entitled “Training Needs Assessment on Postharvest Operations of Rice, Corn and Vegetable Farmers in Bukidnon.” Another faculty member is also involved in the DOE-CMU-Affiliated Renewable Energy Center. (ALN)