Dr. Amelito "Boyet" Enriquez : Presidential Mentoring Awardee

The UPAASF and Westbay got a boost when Dr. Amelito Enriquez gave inputs and wise counsel to the mentoring program. Dr. Enriquez is a Mathematics and Engineering professor at Canada College in Redwood City. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1983 BS Geodetic Engineering, magna cum laude. He took up his masters in geodetic engineering at Ohio State University and did his Ph D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Irvine.

Last December, Dr. Enriquez was given the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. He has been credited with a number of programs designed to help underprivileged students do better in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of them is the establishment of a Summer Engineering Institute. He set up an internship program with NASA and partnered with the San Mateo County to help veterans move into engineering jobs.

In a meeting with officers of UPAASF and Westbay last March 2, Dr. Enriquez gave valuable suggestions and practical tips namely; a) tap s&t achievers from local high schools to be peer tutors b) invite the Exploratorium to conduct Family Science Nights for parents c) utilize available technical resources (example: Lego Mindstorms). He invited both groups to nominate students to Canada College Summer Enrichment Program. The program has three modules; Math-Jam, Engineering Institute and Mini-Math Jam. A stipend will be given to those accepted.

Present were UPAASF board members Dr. Manuel Gaspay, Gil Ongchangco, Vic Gacusan, Claro Rabago and Gabby Moraleda. From Westbay were Atty. Rodil Rodis, Rudy Asercion. Tina Novero and Ester Aure.