Technological Institute of the Philippines

Inhinyera Club officer represents T.I.P. in AHFE 2015 International Conference

Diana Jing Acula, 5th year Industrial Engineering student and Inhinyera Club Secretary, represented the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) in the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) 2015 held in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 26 to 30, 2015.

The AHFE is an academic multi-conference composed of various affiliated conferences all held under one management and registration. The objective of the conference is to provide an international forum for the exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of human factors and ergonomics.

The presented paper entitled “Human Error Reduction for Cost Efficiency Improvement in the Butcher Area of a Chicken Processing Company” focuses on the relationship of workers to the workplace environment and highlights improving cost efficiency within company. It was made by Acula (3rd from left) together with her fellow Inhinyera Club officers, namely Romalyn Galingan (Communication Officer) (1st from left) and Alexa Marie Palines (Project Committee Chair for T.I.P. QC) (2nd from left), and her fellow 5th year Industrial Engineering student, Joseph Viterbo (4th from left).

Like other research papers submitted to the conference theirs went through rigorous vetting before it was finally approved for presentation.

One big challenge that the group encountered was the lack of financial funds to pursue presenting their paper as a group in Las Vegas. In the end, only Acula, who has relatives in the US, was able to attend the said conference and present the paper. According to Acula, their paper was the only one presented by a student while the rest were presented by company professionals.

“It was an honor to be able to represent T.I.P. and the Industrial Engineering Department to the AHFE. For people I know who are not familiar with T.I.P., they got to know that engineering in our school is really good when they found out about us participating in the AHFE 2015 conference,” said Acula.

Acula explained how their paper’s presentation in the conference added boost to the other female engineering students and Inhinyera Club members. “We can make it. Our abilities are not limited just because we are women. It is not our gender but our perseverance in and dedication to our studies that counts. Also, we should not settle for mediocrity and always strive for excellence,” she said.

Currently, Acula, Galingan, and Palines are doing another research paper for a conference to be held in Vietnam this December and are also set to participate in the upcoming Shell Eco-marathon 2016.