SanD student is 2016 BPI-DOST Science Awardee

SanD graduating student Rafael dela Rosa is one of the thirty BPI-DOST Science Awardees for 2016. For his BS thesis project Rafael quantified entanglement and coherence in a model of electron spins interacting with an environment for quantum computing applications. Some of his results have been published in the European Journal of Physics as part of a larger project describing effective thermodynamic models for entangled quantum systems.

The theme of this year's awards is Engineering our Future through Environmental Sustainability. Jerome Alan Japitana (Chemistry, UST) won the Best Science Project of the Year and the Best in Basic Research Awards. He developed alternative cathode catalysts for ethanol fuel cells. The Best Applied Research Award went to Joselv Albano (Biology, ADDU) who isolated soil microorganisms that can reduce mercury ions. Joining Rafael are the two other BPI-DOST Science Awardees from UP Diliman: Charleston Dale Ambatali (Electronics and Communications Engineering, UPD) and John Andrew Kane Jovellana (Chemical Engineering, UPD).

Shown in the photograph are Josette Biyo (DOST Science Education Institute), John Jovellana, Rafael dela Rosa, Charleston Ambatali, and Faye Corcuera (BPI Foundation).