PAASE President's Corner 

24 January 2018

Connect. Create. Contribute.

by Dr. Joel Cuello

In the globalized world of the 21st century, every nation on the planet proactively aspires, and thus makes it part of its national mission, to catch up on advances in both science and engineering. For countries that are economically emergent, they employ science and engineering in their national effort to achieve development; but for all countries, both emergent and developed, they strive to put innovation to work to achieve and then push farther the advancing edges of their economic competitiveness.


Our globally-linked world now greatly expedites every country's national project to advance in science and engineering by empowering it to assemble and tap into its own global network of cooperation. There is no self-respecting country today that does not engage in this enterprise of plugging into a globally-networked cooperation in science and engineering.


Indeed, the world today views science and engineering as a collective, universal resource -- that is, humanity's shared achievement -- that has been attained through knowledge accretion and advancement across the world's civilizations and through centuries.


Last December at Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron in the West Bank, Palestine -- while in the middle of my delivering a lecture on photobioreactor design as part of a workshop for the large-scale production of algae for animal feed production -- I was struck by a sudden epiphany that I was sharing scientific and engineering knowledge to a group of Arab colleagues, whose proud and learned forebears gave the world a wealth of foundational scientific, mathematical and engineering principles -- encompassing algebra, algorithms, chemistry, hydraulics, optics, astronomy, etc. -- that subsequently gave the Western world a significant portion of its intellectual capital to mold and advance science and engineering to their modern incarnations.


In that workshop in the ancient biblical city of Hebron, I realized in a flash that I was serving as a conduit in conveying scientific and engineering knowledge to a proud civilization from whose cradle many of the very foundational principles of the knowledge that I was sharing were born.

It was a fleeting moment of a head-spinning, full-circle, 360-degree roundabout across centuries, continents and civilizations.


PAASE, as a scientific and engineering academy, was founded on the principle of intercontinental and global cooperation in science and engineering against a backdrop of national development. As such, PAASE members connect with minds globally, create value through impactful innovation, and contribute to improving lives through innovation.


As PAASE members, we connect, create and contribute.


For the 38th installment of the PAASE Annual Meeting and Symposium (APAMS) on 6-7 April 2018 at The University of Arizona, our theme of "Science for People, Profit & the Planet: Toward Building Innovation Ecosystems for Inclusive Development in a Globalized World" throws into sharp relief our individual and collective privilege and responsibility to connect, create and contribute.


This year, Arizona serves as the intercontinental and global convergence zone for our Philippine-based, U.S.-based, European-based and Australian-based members, and including, of course, a few from other parts of the globe.


We look forward to hearing from our distinguished invited keynote guests as well as from one another.


We will talk, discuss and learn from one another.


And together, we will connect, create and contribute.


By way of appreciation and gratitude for their unstinting service to the Philippines, I would like to mention here the following Philippine-based PAASE members who, by virtue of their leadership and resolute dedication, daily embody PAASE's spirit of connecting, creating and contributing:


            Ernesto Pernia, Philippine Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General

                        of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)

            Rowena Cristina Guevara, Undersecretary of Department of Science and Technology


            Ester Garcia, President of University of the East

            Reynaldo Vea, President and CEO of Mapua University

            Gisela Concepcion, until recently Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of the University

                        of the Philippines

            Christopher Bernido, President of Central Visayan Institute Foundation

            Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido, Founding Senior Researcher at Research Center for

                        Theoretical Physics, Central Visayan Institute Foundation



Come one, come all to APAMS 2018 in Arizona.