PTC-WEN awards Dr.Lawas as Inspiring Filipina Engineer
by Jorgelyn C. Rivera, LPT
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mishell D. Lawas was awarded as one of the Inspiring Filipina Engineers during the 4th Philippine Technological Council Women Engineers Summit (PWES4) held at the Royce Hotel Clark last August 22-24, 2019.
The Professional Regulation Commission which has a mandate to develop a corps of globally competitive professionals, commends the initiative of the Philippine Technological CouncilWomen Engineers Network (PTC-WEN) as a fulfillment of the advocacy to promote lifelong learning and continuing professional development. With the solid reputation that the Filipina engineers have built both locally and abroad, it is all more important to assert their global competitiveness through their enthusiastic participation in the said Summit.
Dr. Lawas, along with other awardees, is an inspiration to the youth around the country to follow academic interest and career in engineering. She has been in the academe for 20 years. She is an accomplished academician, accreditor and administrator whose passion and dedication for education has accorded her the designation as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Mindanao State University-General Santos City. She acquired the degree of Doctor of Engineering at MSU-IIT in Iligan City, and she earned both her undergraduate and master’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the University of Southern Philippines in Davao City. Outside the academe, Dr. Lawas serves as a professional consultant on various local and national Electronics Engineering projects.
In addition, Dr. Lawas was one of the cofounders of IECEP-SOCSKSARGEN Chapter when it was constituted in 2009. She had served as the IECEP-SOCSKSARGEN Chapter Governor for four (4) years from 2014-2017. Currently, she is the IECEP-National Vice President for Education and Student Affairs. In her service as a Governor for IECEP-SOCSKSARGEN Chapter, she was awarded the meritorious Outstanding Service Award. Lastly, apart from her engagement in engineering work and services, Dr. Lawas has also been actively involved in social, civic, and service organizations in the region. She is the SOCSKSARGEN Coordinator of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and is an active member of the Rotary
Club of Gensan Tuna Port.
According to Commissioner Yolanda D. Reyes, gone are the days when the engineering practitioners are dominated by male professionals. Through the
active involvement of the PTC-WEN as the country’s representative to the Women Engineers of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizaton (WEAFEO) and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), the lady engineers have helped in demonstrating the value of diversity and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for women to continue in the practice, promote greater contribution in industry, and provide overall support to women engineers and leaders.
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