NAST honors 5 UPD faculty members

Lagmay

Lagmay

Balela

Balela

loquias

Loquias

 

The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines recognized five UPD professors for their outstanding contributions to science and technology in the country.

Dr. Alfredo Mahar A. Lagmay of the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) was conferred the title Academician for his researches in natural hazards and disasters.

The title Academician is a peer recognition. A candidate, a scientist for that matter, joins the roster if he obtained more than 50 percent of the votes of the total membership of NAST. The membership is the policy making body of the Academy.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Donnabelle L. Balela of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Dr. Manuel Joseph C. Loquias of the Institute of Mathematics, Dr. Majah-Leah V. Ravago of the School of Economics and Dr. Aaron Joseph L. Villaraza of the Institute of Chemistry were recognized as this year’s Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) in the field of materials science and engineering, mathematics, economics and chemistry, respectively.

Ravago

Ravago

Villaraza

Villaraza

The OYS award is given annually to young Filipino scientists who have made significant contributions to science and technology. In addition, the awardee should be “of exceptional ability to undertake scientific research as evidenced by papers published in reputable scientific journals.”

Established in 1976, NAST was created to recognize exemplary achievements in  science and technology and to serve as a reservoir of competent scientific and technological manpower for the country. It also serves as the advisory body of the Philippine president on policies concerning science and technology in the country.

The awarding ceremony was held on Jul. 14 at the Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel. —Photos courtesy of awardees

Posted: August 30, 2016 10:29