College of Engineering and Design

College of Engineering and Design


Head: Dean
Maria Lorena L. Tuballa
Phone: +035 4226002 loc 280


Silliman University in the last 97 years has grown from a small boy’s school to a large university, among the country’s foremost schools. It all started when Dr. Horace Brinsmade Silliman, a New York philanthropist, gave the American Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions an initial grant to start a school in the Philippines. In the quiet town of Dumaguete in the province of Negros Oriental, a missionary couple, Dr. and Mrs. David S. Hibbard opened the school to 15 boys on August 28, 1901, from its humble beginning the school evolved into an institution of higher learning, receiving university status in 1938. The University’s motto is “Via Veritas Vita”.

The College of Engineering started as a Department of Engineering in June 1932, offering an undergraduate program in Civil Engineering. InS March 1935, the Board of Trustees authorized the change in the status of Silliman from an Institute to a University. With government approval of this change, Silliman proceeded to adopt additional undergraduate programs in Mining Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. The College produced its first graduates of the four-year Civil Engineering program in 1947. It was also in the same year that the first two years of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering were offered. In 1952, a two-year program common to all five-year Engineering courses with complete five-year courses in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering was offered. In 1998, the five-year course in Computer Engineering was offered under the Mechanical Engineering Department and then the Computer Engineering Department was created in 2000. However, in 2002, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments were merged into one department, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 1960, the Uytengsu Hall was put up for offices and classrooms. The construction of this building was made possible with the help of Mr. Tirso Uytengsu, a member of the Board of Trustees and a Silliman Alumnus. He also had previously given a memorial scholarship to bear the name of his son Wentworth, a freshman pre-law student of Silliman University who died a martyr at the hands of Japanese KEMPTEITAI when World War II broke out.

In 1970, the Engineering Building was built whereby facilitating additional classroom and laboratory spaces for the College. Its groundbreaking was held on August 28, 1970, and was inaugurated on August 28, 1971, exactly one year later whose guest speaker was the Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines, Thjark A. Meurs. The Engineering Building also became the site for the College administrative offices, leaving Uytengsu Building mainly for lecture rooms. In 1979, the Charles Bachelor Building was built through a loan grant from the Educational Development Project Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It was during the time that late Silliman University President Pedro V. Flores was able to obtain a grant for the payment of the loan from the Charles Bachelor Endowment Fund through the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asian (UBCHEA).

In 1980, the Charles Bachelor Building was commissioned to cater specifically to the need for additional spaces to deliver the Mechanical and Electrical/Electronics laboratory subjects in conjunction with the offering of technology courses.

Admission and Screening Procedure for Incoming Students for School Year 2020-2021

  1. Applicants must submit a certified true copy of Senior High School report card or scanned Grade 11 and Grade 12 grades with 1 pc. 2 x 2 ID picture to the Department’s e-mail address:
    Civil Engineering: [email protected]
    Computer Engineering: [email protected]
    Electrical Engineering: [email protected]
    Mechanical Engineering: [email protected]
    Architecture: [email protected]
  1. The general average and final grade in all Mathematics and Physics subjects must be at least 85.
  1. Applicants for engineering whose Senior High strand is not STEM/STEAM and those whose grades fall a little below the cut-off are to be assessed by the Department Chairpersons and endorsed to the Dean.
  1. Applicants for engineering will receive an e-mail and will be asked to complete a questionnaire.
  1. Additional requirements for Architecture applicants:
    • Preferably, applicants should have finished the Arts and Design Track or Media and Visual Arts strand that prepares and exposes a student to a creative field, such as architecture, or the STEAM strand.
    • Applicants who graduated from a strand other than what was mentioned shall be assessed by the Department Chair.
    • Applicants must have good drawing skill and are to self-assess for the following skills (to be verified as the student progresses during the First Semester):
      • at least an average level of creativity skill
      • at least an average level of visualization skill
      • at least an average level of thinking and reasoning skill
      • at least an average level of analytical skill
  1. Qualified applicants will be notified and may proceed with the enrollment process listed in the University website:

For inquiries not specific to a particular department, please contact the following:
Secretary: [email protected] Telephone Number: (035) 422-6002 local 280
Dean: [email protected] Telephone Number: (035) 422-6002 local 281

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Vittorio A. M. G.
Rank: Instructor
  • BS-Arch.
Cabije ,
Tessie A.
Rank: Assistant Professor
  • PhD-Tech. Mgt.
Ragpa ,
Stephen T.
Rank: Assistant Professor
  • M-Engineering
Duhig ,
Sherad P.
Rank: Instructor
  • M-ECE
Tabon ,
Sandra A.
Rank: Instructor
  • MS-Environmental Science
Pabu-aya ,
Rufwin A.
Rank: Instructor
  • M-Mech. Eng'g.
Lao ,
Richard U.
Rank: Instructor
  • MSCE
Villareal ,
Marife K.
Rank: Assistant Professor
  • M-Engineering
Tuballa ,
Maria Lorena L.
Rank: Assistant Professor
  • M-Engineering
Dicen ,
Malcolm Ted
Rank: Instructor
  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • Master in Mechanical Engineering