Research

The research infrastructure of the Institute consists of administrative, academic and research components. The administrative component takes care of the day-to-day management of research activities, including provision of financial support, information, and coordination activities such as meetings and linkages. The academic component is led by the School of Graduate Studies which implements academic research. Finally, the Research Council, which is composed of research spearhead groups implements the research agenda of the Institute. These groups organizes activities such as fora, research competitions and linkage with external agencies to help raise awareness of the research agenda, provide venues for honing talents for innovation and invention, and generate support for research endeavours. The School of Graduate Studies (GS) and the Directed Research for Innovation and Value Enhancement Office (DRIVE) are headed concurrently by the Dean of the GS and are responsible for formulating the research agenda and long-term plans of the Institute. To support the research agenda of the institution and cover the all areas of Civil Engineering, faculty members in the School are grouped into five (5) course clusters (Transportation, Construction & Geotechnical, Structural, Water Resources and Environmental and Sanitary Engineering).

 

As for the physical infrastructure for research, specialized laboratories have been established. A prime example of this is the Mapua Nanotechnology Research Laboratory. Established to cater to the research program on nanotechnology applications, the laboratory has been support to even build its own research equipment from scratch. To date it has designed and constructed and is now upgrading an electrospinning apparatus which has successfully been used to generate research outputs on nanofibers. The computing facilities of the school also represent a major component of the physical infrastructure. The physical facilities of the Institute are so designed that they are intended for multidisciplinary use rather than a single group of users. Thus, for instance, the laboratories of the School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering are in fact open to students from other schools. This is important to maximize utilization of physical resources as well as to address the constraint of space.