Jerome obtained his BS Physics degree in 2017 with cum laude honors. For his BS thesis he derived thermodynamic equations for a chain of spins that are individually coupled to different heat baths. His undergraduate studies was supported by a DOST-SEI Undergraduate Merit Scholarship. He is now an instructor at the NIP where he is also a continuing PhD student.
Anthony obtained his BS Physics degree in 2009. After graduating from UP Diliman, he attended the University of Southampton where he completed the Master of Science program in Sound and Vibration Studies last 2011. He then moved to Toronto where he works as an analyst for a Canadian consulting firm that specializes in providing sound solutions for land use planning, architectural applications, and other acoustical problems.
Paul finished the BS Applied Physics (Materials Physics) program magna cum laude in 2018. He was supported by a DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship. His research involved developing methods to study the elastic and piezoelectric properties of hexagonal crystals with the Quantum ESPRESSO software package. He is now pursuing graduate studies in meteorology with his newfound interest in numerical weather and climate modeling.
Eia obtained her MS degree in physics in 2011. In her research she used epidemiological models to simulate the spread of malware. As a graduate student she was a university RA and the systems administrator of SanD. Eia is a reservoir engineer for the second largest geothermal energy producer in the world at their headquarters in Ortigas. As part of her career development, she spent several months in Reykjavik as a participant in a geothermal energy training program.
Clei completed her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics in 2018. She worked on molecular dynamics simulations of bulk metallic glasses for a year before turning her attention to the study of quantum spin chains. Her undergraduate thesis involved calculating several entanglement measures on a Kitaev chain with long-range interactions and analyzing its quantum critical behavior. She plans on continuing her studies by pursuing a graduate degree in Physics at the NIP.
Ben earned his BS Physics degree in 2018, with his research on disordered XY spin chains being cited as a Leticia Shahani Awardee for Best BS Physics Undergraduate Thesis. He studied the effect of a random transverse field on the correlation functions of the XY model. He is now pursuing a medical degree at the UP College of Medicine as part of the Regionalization Program for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Donna graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics. She later obtained postgraduate certificates in Information Technology from the UP ITTC (now ITDC) and Stanford, as well as a Master's degree in Technology Management from the UP TMC. She is also a PMI-certified Project Management Professional and her expertise in project management has been valued by several consulting and technology firms. Donna now works for a German banking and financial services company where she holds a senior management position in financial engineering.
Micielle defended her MS thesis on Monte Carlo studies of critical percolating systems last 2012. During her MS studies she tutored students in science and mathematics and later also worked for a quality management company as an ISO consultant. Shortly after receiving her MS degree, Micielle was appointed as a university RA for SanD and held that position until 2013. She currently resides in Winnipeg where she is pursuing a career in physics education.
Cris obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 2007. In the years following her graduation, she has been a senior software developer for an IT firm that supplies integrated general insurance software to its customers. She now applies her expertise in SQL databases as a systems architect for one of the Philippines' top medical centers.
Nick graduated cum laude from the BS Physics program in 2017. His research was on finding simple ways to improve the outcomes of machine learning by deep neural networks. Also, as the HPC systems administrator of SanD, he has worked to integrate GPU capabilities into the laboratory's computing facility. He is now a data scientist for an AI consulting and development company in San Diego.
April finished the BS Applied Physics program in 2008 and the MS Physics program in 2016. She has worked for an IT services provider and trained in IBM business server programming and operations, handling RPG development tasks on financial systems. She was later hired by an e-commerce company as a JDE developer and, later, supervisor for their back-end operations. She also has an interest in trading and portfolio and risk management. April is currently an instructor at the New Era University.
Rafael graduated from the BS Physics program in June 2016. He is a Leticia Shahani awardee for the Most Outstanding BS Physics Thesis and a 2016 BPI-DOST Science Awardee. In 2014 he worked as a staffer for the OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05 research project and in 2015 as a student assistant for SanD. Rafael is continuing his studies as a PhD Physics student and an instructor at the NIP.
Agatha obtained her BS degree in Physics in 2005. Soon after, she worked for a teleservices company where she provided directory assistance for its client customers. She was later involved with several financial services and banking firms as a fraud investigator, customer fulfillment specialist, and research & investigation officer. In 2010 she became a customer support executive for a multinational media and information company. She has since joined a services provider of an international law firm where she is a senior interaction coordinator tasked to maintain and manage databases.
Jane got her BS Physics degree in 2005. Her research involved the study of phonon thermal conductivity in superlattices. After graduation, she worked as a copy editor of physics manuscripts and a writer of electronic components and computer products articles. She then pursued a career in IT and landed an information developer/architect post for an international ERP manufacturer, where she focused on analytics solutions. Jane now works as a technical writer for government contracting and project accounting solutions.
Joshua completed the BS Physics program in 2016. He has worked for SanD as its high-performance computing (HPC) systems administrator using the knowledge and skills he learned from an ICTP Workshop on HPC Architecture and Applications in Trieste. He is now a systems administrator for a research project based at the UPD Marine Science Institute and manages its connection to the Philippine Genome Center's IBM BlueGene system. Joshua also provides HPC consulting services for the International Rice Research Institute and the PGC Core Facility for Bioinformatics.
Patrick graduated cum laude with a BS degree in Applied Physics in 2017. His undergraduate studies were supported by a UP Oblation Scholarship and a DOST Merit Scholarship. For his BS thesis he implemented a version of the Penna model that avoided artificial deaths. In 2015 he was also a project aide for the research project OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05. He is now an MS Physics student at the NIP.
Robbie graduated cum laude from the BS Applied Physics program in 2017. He was supported by a DOST-SEI RA 7687 Undergraduate S&T Scholarship. He carried out numerical calculations of the correlation functions and entanglement entropy in a one-dimensional extended Hubbard model using density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) techniques for his BS thesis. Robbie was also a student assistant for the OVCRD-funded Project No. 161614 PhDIA.
Ian finished the BS Physics program in 2018. His undergraduate thesis work focused on using Python libraries to achieve GPU acceleration in intensive algebraic calculations. He has worked as a staffer for PhDIA Project No. 161614 and the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas. He plans to work in the data science industry and to continue his studies in the computer sciences.
Zed obtained his BS Applied Physics degree in 2017 with the support of a DOST-SEI RA 7687 Undergraduate S&T Scholarship. He was also a student assistant for the OVCRD-funded Project No. 141420 PhDIA. For his undergraduate research he used molecular dynamics simulations to evaluate the metallic glass forming ability of a copper-silver alloy. He is now a senior high school physics instructor in Bacolod City.
Nica graduated magna cum laude with a BS Applied Physics degree in 2018. Her work on ballistic thermal transport in graphene junctions was recognized by the College of Science as the Best BS Applied Physics Undergraduate Thesis (Leticia Shahani Award). She was supported by the UPAA of Alberta, UP Presidential, and Angelo King Scholarship grants and worked as a project staffer while a student in SanD. Nica continues her graduate studies under the Condensed Matter Physics Diploma Programme at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.
Razel completed the BS Applied Physics program of NIP in 2006. She is currently based in Dubai, where she works for an international government services provider. In the last few years she has played a supervisory role as station master for the Dubai Metro, which is the world's longest fully automated metro network.
Rayda studied the thermodynamics and transport properties of two-dimensional electron systems at low temperatures as a SanD researcher. She was also an NIP instructor and a CHED scholar. She obtained her PhD degree in 2011 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics in Pohang, South Korea for three years. Upon her return to the Philippines in 2015 Rayda became a faculty member of the Mapúa Institute of Technology.
Lenie got her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics in 2006. She worked for a digital content services and solutions provider as an analyst of technical and scientific documents. In 2008 she obtained a Certificate in Information Technology (Applications Development) from the UP ITTC (now ITDC). She later moved to Singapore while performing search engine optimization (SEO) tasks for several technology firms. In 2010 she joined a Singaporean retail company in a management position that handles their e-commerce strategies.
Steph obtained her BS Applied Physics degree in 2007. She has worked as a mainframe programmer for a Filipino information technology company that provides integrated services for corporate clients. She now develops applications for the information technology department of a financial services and insurance provider.
Oliver obtained his BS degree in Applied Physics in 2006. Shortly after graduation, he joined a development and application support center of a North American retail company as a programmer. He has also worked as a software engineer and analyst for several international management consulting firms and information technology solutions providers. He has since moved to Kuala Lumpur where he has been a senior analyst programmer for a leading Southeast Asian financial and banking company since 2013.
Salvador (BJ) completed his BS degree in Physics in June 2016. For his undergraduate thesis he computed exact elliptic integral expressions for the average work done in quenched Ising model ground states. In 2015, BJ also worked as a project staffer for the OVPAA-funded Balik PhD research project OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05.
Ralph obtained his BS Physics degree from NIP in 2006 and a Master's degree in Technology Management from the UP TMC in 2012. He was a network administrator for SanD. He has been involved with editorial services providers writing abstracts and indexing scientific articles. He has also worked for an IT services company and led a team of its technology consultants. Ralph later joined a multilateral development bank as an IT process analyst. He has since continued practicing IT service management as a change manager for a global financial management firm.
Ron completed the BS Physics program in 2004. His thesis was cited as the most outstanding BS Physics thesis of his graduating batch. He obtained further post-graduate training in network systems IT (UP ITDC) and technology management (UP TMC). Ron has worked for companies that integrate and provide IT system solutions. He is a certified Cisco professional and instructor that has designed and handled customized IT training programs. He now applies his expertise in enterprise and data network infrastructure to manage network engineering and services for a telecommunications company.
Chris obtained his BS Physics degree in 2004. He studied the Penna model of biological aging using short bit strings and investigated its relationship to the logistic equation and chaos. He is now happily married to a fellow SanD alumna and provides plants with carbon dioxide while also working as a computer programmer.
Claire graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics in 2007. She is now a professional programmer and for many years has been developing software for several information and computer technology companies. She has been actively involved with projects that deal with web deployment, cloud migration, database management, and network development (user and backend interfaces). Recently, Claire has focused on the development and maintenance of desktop applications, with an eye on developing embedded and mobile apps in the future.
Eric obtained his BS Physics degree in 2004. He studied the low energy states of polymers by Monte Carlo methods for his undergraduate thesis. After graduation, he pursued a career in information technology and became a certified Java programmer. Over the years, his programming skills have been tapped by several software outsourcing companies in the Philippines. Eric moved to Singapore in 2007 and works for the investment banking division of a Swiss global bank as a Java developer and systems analyst.
Earl graduated from the BS Applied Physics program in 2010. He later obtained a Certificate in Information Technology (Mobile and Embedded Systems) from the UP ITTC (now ITDC). He works for a global energy company where he developed SharePoint architecture for its business applications. He was also briefly deployed to the US as a lead developer for a multisite SharePoint stack standardization initiative. Earl was later assigned to his firm's JDE projects team, which provides consulting and support services for the management of enterprise assets.
Ricelle obtained her degree in BS Physics in 2005. Shortly after graduation, she worked for various customer management firms as a service officer and technical support supervisor. In 2008 she moved to Singapore and worked for a regional financial and banking services company. Ricelle has since been appointed as a business analyst for this firm and leads technology and process improvement initiatives within its customer center. Her expertise in business analysis was recognized in 2014 through a CCBA certification by the IIBA.
Lean finished his BS Physics degree in 2018. His undergraduate thesis on density functional theory focused on the computation of the piezomagnetic constants of some antiperovskite crystals using the Quantum ESPRESSO package. He is an active member of the UP Concert Chorus and has performed with them on international tours.
Xavier graduated cum laude from the NIP BS Applied Physics program in 2015. His research on entanglement in low temperature superconducting states earned him a spot in the National Finals of the 2015 BPI-DOST Science Awards. Xavier's BS thesis was recognized as the Most Outstanding BS Applied Physics Thesis for 2015, earning him a Leticia Shahani Award. Shortly after graduating, he worked as a power trader for a renewable energy company in BGC. Xavier has since moved to Cebu City where he is now a data scientist.
Mariel obtained her BS Applied Physics degree in 2007 as a DOST-SEI scholar. From 2008 to 2009, she was a Java developer for a software development company where she was tasked to upgrade the online vehicle systems of its corporate clients. Mariel later joined an international insurance group to develop Pega applications as a certified PegaRULES Process Commander (PRPC) Systems Architect. Since 2014 she has been employed by a computer technology company in Makati as a professional programmer analyst.
Kevin finished the NIP BS Applied Physics program in 2015. In his senior year he served as a project aide for the research project OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05. For his undergraduate thesis research he investigated the phase transition in a classical Ising model using cluster algorithms implemented in parallel. Shortly after defending his thesis, Kevin signed up to work for a computer security company.
Ryan graduated from the BS Applied Physics program in 2004. He later obtained a Master of Management (Business Management) degree under the UP Extension Program in Olongapo (UPEPO) while working as a game animator for various online gaming companies. He then worked as a software engineer, developing enterprise applications for startup companies in Silicon Valley and the Boston area. Now based in Makati, Ryan is a video game developer and occasional book illustrator.
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