University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering

University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Engineering
Former names
1907 - School of Civil Engineering
Established 18 May 1907
Dean Prof. Philipina A. Marcelo, Ph.D.
Regent Rev. Fr. Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., O.P.
Students 7,196 (as of 2011)[1]
Location Roque Ruaño Building, Ruaño Drive, UST, Sampaloc, Manila
Patron saint Blessed Jordan of Saxony
Colors      Gray

The University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering, or "UST-Eng'g", is the engineering school of the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest and the largest Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.

Established on May 18, 1907,[2] the faculty is the first engineering school in the Philippines. It is proclaimed as a Center of Excellence in Chemical Engineering and as a Center of Development in Civil Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering by the Commission on Higher Education.


Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P.
The priest-engineer Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P.
Roque Ruaño Building, circa 1950
The Engineering-Architecture Building, now known as Roque Ruaño Building, in 1950s.
Establishment of Degree Programs of
UST Faculty of Engineering
1907 Civil Engineering
1930 Architecture
1930–1938 under the Faculty
1934 Mining Engineering
Phased out in 1948
1934 Chemical Engineering
1939 Mechanical Engineering
1946 Electrical Engineering
1963 Electronics Engineering
1977 Industrial Engineering
2004 Computer Science
Information Technology
2004–2014 under the Faculty
2006 Information Systems
2004 as Information Management
2006–2014 under the Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest engineering school in the Philippines. It was established on May 18, 1907, as School of Civil Engineering[2] with one program offering leading to the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE). From faculty records, it appears that it was only in 1912 when the earliest batch of students were conferred their MSCE degrees. The institution was actually patterned after the University of Havana in Cuba and was first set up at the second floor of the old UST building in Intramuros.[3] Taking into consideration the pioneering works of the teaching staff and students, the college got its first taste of prestige as the government, under President Manuel L. Quezon gave her recognition on July 12, 1921.[3]

After the formation of the Engineering's Students' Association in 1927, the first Engineering Student Council was organized the following year. Three years later, in 1930, the school established Architecture as its new program, with Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P. as the new school dean.[4] In 1931, UST Engineering included Plane and Spherical Trigonometry on its curriculum.[2]

The number of students enrolling in Civil Engineering decreased in 1934. So as to compensate this, another program was offered in the college, Mining Engineering. This new program was placed under the Mining Department which was headed by Theodore Lawson. On the same year, a famous Dominican engineering alumnus, Maurico Andres, CE, became the provincial superior and vice grand chancellor of Dominicans in the Philippines. The college also introduced courses in Chemical Engineering, which were first placed under the Chemical Department of the College of Liberal Arts.[2]

Eventually in 1938, the Department of Architecture became a separate college—School of Architecture and Fine Arts.[4] With the addition of the other engineering disciplines, the School of Civil Engineering eventually became the Faculty of Engineering in 1939.[2] The Department of Mechanical Engineering was also established on that year.

The University held classes up to 1941 but had to close when the Japanese turned its Sampaloc campus into a military camp during World War II. Sadly, the Intramuros campus was burned down on February 8, 1944. On January 7, 1946, the University reopened at its present site in Sampaloc and the Faculty of Engineering was temporarily based in the UST Main Building. UST Engineering reopened with 300 students. Chemical Engineering accepted the first batch of women enrollees in the faculty. Electrical Engineering was offered on the same year to attract more students.[2]

In 1948, Mining Engineering was phased out due to the decreasing number of students interested in mining.[2]

Roque Ruano Building

Things started to look good as the Faculty was given a new separate home in February 1950. The four-story, E-shaped building known as the Roque Ruaño Building, in honor of great civil engineer alumnus, Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P. (Batch 1912) who is responsible for the construction of the UST Main Building. It housed not only the Faculty but included the College of Architecture and Fine Arts. On the same year, the Faculty produced the first women engineer: Purita Sarandi, Carmelita Reyes and Josefina Lamban, who graduated Magna cum Laude.[2]

From four-year course, in 1954, engineering course was extended to a five-year course to accommodate more subjects related to engineering. Electronics Engineering paved the way for a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1963. The Institute of Technological Courses became part of the Faculty in 1972. Industrial Engineering is integrated into the college in 1977, with Dean Francisco G. Reyes as head. In 1979, the Engineering Sciences division that houses first and second year engineering students is formed to offer basic engineering-related subjects.[2]

In 2003, College of Architecture and College of Fine Arts and Design vacated the Roque Ruaño Building, and replaced by Department of Information and Computer Studies.[2]

Founded in 1999 as Institute of Computer Sciences under the College of Science, Information and Computer Studies was formally integrated to the Faculty of Engineering in 2004 due to its technically oriented character. However, in 2014, the department became a separate institute—Institute of Information and Computing Sciences—yet it is still affiliated with and is under the deanship of the Faculty.[5]

Faculty of Engineering officials

Deans of University of Santo Tomas
Faculty of Engineering
Name Years of

Don Ramón de Irureta-Goyena 1907–19??
Don Santiago Artiaga 19??–19??
Roque Ruaño 1930–1935
Alberto Guevara y Sanchez 1935–1942
Manuel Mañosa y Trounqued 1946–1950
Jose M. Mijares 1950–1951
Jose G. Cortez 1951–1954
Jose M. Mijares 1954–1956
Jose M. Inocencio 1956–1975
Francisco G. Reyes 1975–1981
Mariano M. Pangan 1981–1984
Alberto A. Laurito 1985–2000
Marilyn C. Mabini 2000–2006
Peter S. Lim 2006–2009
Josefin S. de Alban, Jr. 2009–2012
Philipina A. Marcelo 2012–present



Department chairs

Degree programs

Student organizations

Student regulatory bodies

Major organizations

Accredited college-based organizations

Academic Organizations

Socio-Civic Organizations

Arts, Skills, Interest and Religious Organizations

Student Publications

Thomasian Engineer Journal (TEJ)

The Thomasian Engineer Journal is the official student publication covering the entire Faculty of Engineering.

Special interest groups

See also


  1. Bulauan, J.A.A. & Garcia, J.C.V. (2011-01-26). "Too many students, so few classrooms". The Varsitarian. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering: "Thomasian Engineer Journal", pp 4-8. Thomasian Engineer Media, 2007
  3. 1 2 History of Civil Engineering in University of Santo Tomas
  4. 1 2 History of the College of Architecture. []. Accessed September 22, 2014
  5. IT, Computer Science set to separate from Engineering. The Varsitarian. Accessed September 17, 2014

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