Salvador Laurente, Jr.

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.

Hilton Lazo

Hilton earned his BS degree in Physics in 2012 and has worked briefly for a Filipino information technology firm. He has later decided to pursue a career in law and entered the UP College of Law in 2013. He passed the Philippine Bar Examination held last November 2018.

Vidal Wyatt Lopez

Wyatt obtained his BS in Applied Physics degree in 2019. His undergraduate thesis used image preprocessing and a machine learning algorithm for the computer vision problem of identifying pneumonia in X-ray images.


Gerard Antonio Mactal

Gerard finished his BS Physics degree in 2019. During his stay at SanD he modeled the anomalous diffusion of tracer particles on a graphene lattice using random walks and site percolation. He is now starting a career in data science at a financial institution in Makati.


Amancio II Manceras

Amancio obtained his Bachelor's degree in Physics from MSU-IIT. He joined SanD as a DOST-ASTHRDP scholar and completed the NIP MS Physics program in 2017. His research simulated the effects of generic diversity in populations of individuals with genotypes modeled by bit strings. He is faculty member of the University of Southern Mindanao in North Cotabato.

Ralph Paolo Mandingiado

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.

Ronaldo Marco, Jr.

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.

Daniel Marquez

Dan graduated from the National Institute of Physics with a Master of Science in Physics degree in 2018. His research involved a theoretical investigation of the role of magnetic orbit to orbit interaction between electrons in a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). Dan's graduate research and studies were supported by the DOST-SEI ASTHRDP scholarship.

Matthew Medrano

Matthew completed the NIP BS Applied Physics program in 2019. For his undergraduate thesis he calculated the hydrodynamic properties of submersibles used for rapid underwater coral surveying by computational fluid dynamics. In his free time, he performs in gigs around Metro Manila with his band Pinkmen. He also enjoys freediving and exploring the different islands of the Philippines.

Jade Dianne Mendoza

Jade completed her MS Physics degree in 2016. She has presented her research on fluctuations and entanglement in matrix product state representable states at the 13th Asia Pacific Physics Conference in Brisbane. Jade is a faculty member of the Central Luzon State University and her MS studies was supported by the CHEd Faculty Development Program. 

Joselito Muldera

Joselito studied thermoelectric transport in electron gas conductors in different dimensions as a SanD graduate student. He was also a SanD SA and was in charge of its computer systems. After obtaining his MS Physics degree in 2006, he worked for an international technology company that provides illumination and detection solutions to its customers. There he was employed as a design engineer and developed optoelectronic devices. In 2011 Joselito joined the Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory to continue his doctoral research on terahertz spectroscopy. He obtained his physics PhD in 2016.

Dean Von Johari Narag

Von obtained his BS degree in Physics in 2019, graduating with magna cum laude honors. His undergraduate thesis is about simulating 2D materials using density functional theory. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering under the UP Diliman College of Science. When outside the laboratory or free from course work, Von spends his time engaging in sports and recreation.

Chris Nombres

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 Ann Nuñez

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 Bryan Obias

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.

Mario Antonio Ongkiko

Mario finished his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics with magna cum laude distinction in 2019. For his undergraduate research he studied the electronic structure of adsorbed greenhouse gas molecules on graphene surfaces by density functional theory.


Zheina Ottong

Zheina completed her BS Applied Physics degree in 2018. Her undergraduate research was on computational modeling of the radiation-induced bystander effect using Monte Carlo methods. In 2019 she entered the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology School of Earth Science and Environmental Engineering as an MS student. When not learning new languages (human and computer), she is outdoors photographing nature or diving in deep water.

Earl Angelo Panganiban

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 Parinas

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 Peria

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.

Chrysline Margus Piñol

Chrysline obtained her PhD in Physics last 2011. As a SanD graduate student she performed numerical simulations of population dynamics. Her graduate studies were supported by a DOST ASTHRDP scholarship. Chrysline has been a member of the UP Los Baños faculty since 2003. She is currently the Director of UPLB's Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

Xavier Puspus

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 became a power trader for a renewable energy company. He is now a data scientist who has has worked for firms in Cebu City and Metro Manila.

Vincent Rivera

Vee graduated from the NIP BS Applied Physics program in 2019. His dream is to make memes as a professional but has settled for studying Data Science at the Asian Institute of Management.


Mariel Rodriguez

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.

Jan Philippe Sambo

Jan Philippe entered the NIP MS Physics program as a DOST-ASTHRDP scholar after graduating with highest honors from MSU-IIT. He completed the MS Physics program in 2017. Jan's results on correlation functions in quenched spin chains have been presented at several conferences with the support of the UPD OVCRD through Project No. 161614 PhDIA.

John Kevin Sanchez

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 Sandagon

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.

Eduard Renzo Santos

Eddy graduated from the BS Physics program in 2018 with a cum laude distinction. He is pursuing further graduate studies in Economics at the University of the Philippines Diliman School of Economics. His undergraduate thesis involved the simulation of the radiation-induced bystander effect via fractional Brownian motion.

Alexandra Santos-Putungan

Alex earned her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2019 with the support from the CHEd Faculty Development Program and the ICTP-OFID Sandwich Training Educational Programme. She was the Most Outstanding PhD Graduate of the College of Science for the Academic Year 2018-2019. Her dissertation was a theoretical study of how gas molecules like carbon dioxide adsorb on boron nanoclusters. She is a faculty member of the UPLB Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics


King Karl Seroje

King obtained his BS Physics degree in 2015 with the support of a DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship. He has performed vital project management tasks for the OVPAA-funded project OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05 as a member of its research staff from 2013-2015. Soon after graduating from NIP, King was hired as a project researcher tasked to analyze satellite imagery and oceanographic field data for a joint UP Marine Science Institute/DOST-PCCAARD study on the productivity of the Benham Rise.

Neris Sombillo

Neris obtained her MS Physics degree from NIP in 2010. Her graduate studies center on numerical simulations of quantum search algorithms. She has briefly worked as faculty for the Technological Institute of the Philippines and Far Eastern University. Neris is currently a full-time SanD PhD candidate and is supported by a DOST-ASTHRDP scholarship.

Joachim Suico

Joachim completed the BS Physics program of NIP in 2014. In his graduating year he worked as research staff for the OVPAA-funded research project OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05, performing administrative and research tasks for the project. He has also tutored high school students in science and math part-time. A few months after his graduation Joachim joined a computer security firm in Ortigas.

Ryan Carlos Tabernilla

Ryan completed his BS Applied Physics degree in December 2016. He benchmarked MPI-parallelized calculations of the phase transition temperature of a frustrated classical spin model for his undergraduate thesis. Ryan has also been an active staff member who performed administrative tasks for the management of OVPAA BPhD Grant 2012-05. He is now a web application developer in Manila.

Robert Tacbad

Robert earned his BS degree in Applied Physics in 2015 with the support of a DOST-SEI Undergraduate S&T Scholarship. His research involved performing fluid simulations and chaos-related calculations on a parallel computing platform. Robert was also a student assistant for the OVCRD-funded Project No. 141420 PhDIA. He is now applying his programming skills to respond to computer security threats.

Apolinario Miguel Tan

Miguel obtained his BS Applied Physics degree in 2017 with the distinction magna cum laude. For his thesis work he used finite element analysis to simulate the dynamics of gas mixtures in CVD reaction chambers. He was also supported by a DOST Junior Level Science Scholarship. Miguel is now a Senior High School faculty member in Quezon City.

Gina Rose Tongco-Rosario

Gina completed the NIP BS and MS Physics programs in 2004 and 2014, respectively. Her graduate research was on the thermodynamic properties of 2D electron systems with spin-orbit interactions. She has worked for technology companies for more than a decade and has experience in software engineering, technical support and operations, services and product delivery, program and project management, governance, quality consulting, customer experience, and data management. She is well-versed in enterprise-wide industry standards and policies. Gina is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science to further build expertise on data analytics.

Jhames Trinidad

Jhames finished the BS Physics program in 2018 as a DOST-SEI scholar. He was also a student assistant for SanD and managed its computer network. His research involved characterizing the local periodicity of iteroparous Penna populations as a prerequisite to the evolution of spatio-temporal distributed populations. He plans to pursue a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of San Carlos.

Toni Lei Uy

Lei completed the NIP BS Applied Physics program as a member of SanD in 2009. She then entered the MS Physics program as a member of the Instrumentation Physics Laboratory, graduating in 2012. During this time she was a university RA for the UP Marine Science Institute and later became involved with the Automated Rapid Reef Assessment System (ARRAS) Program as a Science Research Specialist. Since 2013 she has been working for a financial management services provider in Makati.

Louella Judy Vasquez

Louella completed the MS Physics program in 2006 under a DOST PCASTRD scholarship. Her research on the thermodynamics of carbon nanotubes was supported by a UPD OVCRD grant. She was also an NIP instructor and a SanD research assistant. In 2010, she obtained her PhD degree in Physics from the University of Warwick under the Vice Chancellor's Studentship award. She was later granted a research fellowship in Warwick to develop mechanistic models of stem cell reprogramming. Since 2012 Louella has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, where she performs genomic stem cell research with applications in transfusion therapy and disease modeling.

Marienette Vega

Marienette obtained her MS degree in physics in 2004 performing first principles simulations of magnetic heterostructures. Her research was supported by DOST PCASTRD and UP OVPAA grants. She obtained another MS degree from the University of South Florida in 2009. In 2015 she obtained her PhD degree from the Università degli Studi di Trieste performing spectroscopic studies of biomedical nanomaterials. She is currently a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University Physics Department.