MC received her BS Applied Physics degree in 2020. For her undergraduate research work she applied machine learning algorithms to detect polyps in colonoscopy video frames. This work was cited while she participated in a MOST GASE Summer Program last 2019. She has also interned at the Philippine Genome Center (bioinformatics) and a data science consultancy firm (GIS). She was an Erasmus Mundus scholar from 2020 to 2022, earning an MS degree tackling image processing and computer vision problems. She worked briefly for a bioinformatics project in Singapore before entering a PhD program at Leiden University.

Mike completed his Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics in 2019. His undergraduate thesis focused on determining higher order periods of solutions to the logistic equation using a Chebyshev spectral decomposition. Mike served the College of Science Student Council for two years as the National Institute of Physics Representative and as a Councilor. During his free time, Mike does photography and plays football. He is currently studying medicine at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.

Jacob graduated from the BS Applied Physics program in 2020 as a DOST Merit scholar. For his undergraduate research thesis, he performed molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the break up of colliding clusters of silica dust. Jacob's work on this topic stemmed from his keen interest in astronomy and he has been an active member of the UP Astronomical Society. In 2022 he entered the MS Agrometeorology program of the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Gene graduated from the BS Physics program in 2022 cum laude. He studied the efficiency of quantum heat engine that uses a Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick magnet as a working substance for his undergraduate thesis. He is currently a Teaching Associate at the National Institute of Physics, where he is also pursuing an MS Physics degree.

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.

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.

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. He later completed the MS Data Science program of the Ateneo de Manila University, where he did research on real-time computer vision applications.


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.

Marc graduated with a BS Physics degree in 2021. Under the challenging conditions at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, his thesis work involved modeling the effectiveness of a vaccination campaign using a compartmental susceptible-infectious-recovered SIR model. He soon after utilized his computer and analytical skills as a data analyst for a proxy advisory firm.

Joshua obtained his BS degree in Physics summa cum laude in 2023. He was supported by a DOST-SEI Undergraduate Merit Scholarship. His BS thesis involved training convolutional neural networks to predict 24-hour wildfire spread through image segmentation. He now intends to pursue a career in data science in the financial sector using the programming and analytical skills he learned during his time at the National Institute of Physics.

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.

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. After graduation he pursued his ambition to work in the aerospace sector, becoming a satellite operations engineer and mission planner for the Philippine Space Agency. In his free time, he performs in gigs around Metro Manila with his band Pinkmen.

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 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.

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. He later obtained an MS Physics degree from the University of Warwick (2021) and is currently a PhD student at the University of Birmingham under the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Topological Design.


Spence completed his Bachelor's degree in Physics in 2023 with cum laude honors. His undergraduate thesis focused on the thermodynamic properties of small Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick spin systems at their energy crossings. His studies were supported by a DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship. In February 2023 he participated in the HPAIR Harvard Conference and attended the three-day series of leadership talks and seminars. He now pursues a Teaching Associate position and MS Physics degree at the National Institute of Physics to expand his knowledge, research skills, and passion for teaching.

Zheina completed her BS Applied Physics degree in 2018. Her undergraduate research was on Monte Carlo simulations of the radiation-induced bystander effect. She briefly worked at the UPD Marine Science Institute for a project developing a machine learning model for predicting harmful algal blooms. In 2021 she obtained an MS degree in Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea. She has since returned to the Philippines and is now a practicing data scientist. When not learning new languages (human and computer), she is outdoors photographing nature or diving in deep water.

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 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.

Aaron finished the NIP BS Applied Physics program in 2021. For his research thesis he used the density matrix renormalization group technique to study how the Schmidt gap closes about the quantum critical point in a magnetic spin chain with spin-orbit interactions. In addition to being a student researcher at SanD, Aaron was also a varsity player for the UP Diliman flag football team. 

Joseph graudated magna cum laude from the BS Physics program in 2023. He was supported by a DOST-SEI Undergraduate Merit Scholarship. His thesis analyzes the performance of different singular value decomposition algorithms on image compression, which can also give insights on how they can perform decompositions of different matrices.

Jerico was the College of Science's Most Outstanding BS Applied Physics graduate in 2022, obtaining his degee with magna cum laude honors. His thesis work involved the use of quantum computing architecture for exploratory combinatorics in dynamic magnetic systems. He is currently a data engineer and business intelligence analyst at a video game development company. For now he intends to continue accumulating experience working on data analytics, DevOps, and software engineering.

Mary June graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics and with summa cum laude distinction in 2023. Her thesis was on machine learning techniques for Filipino language text classification. She is now looking to expand her expertise in the field of machine learning and data science by pursuing a graduate degree. Outside of her academic activities, she takes part in advocacy journalism and volunteer work.

Vee graduated from the NIP BS Applied Physics program in 2019. He consequently obtained an MS degree in Data Science from the Asian Institute of Management. He is currently a professional data scientist and applies his expertise in digital marketing.

Tim completed the Materials Physics concentration of the BS Applied Physics program in 2021. For his undergraduate thesis research, he studied how conduction electrons on the surface of a metallic nanoparticle behaves when illuminated by electromagnetic radiation. He continued following his research interests by pursuing an MS degree at the Materials Science and Engineering Program of the College of Science. Outside the academe, Tim pursues weightlifting as a sport.

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.

Kobe graduated from the BS Physics program in the first semester of AY 2022-2023. For his thesis research he worked on the interpretability problem in computer vision by applying the method of integrated gradients. He seeks to continue his interests by pursuing a career in data science.

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.

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.

King obtained his BS Physics degree in 2015 with the support of a DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship. He performed 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, King analyzed satellite imagery and oceanographic field data for a joint UP Marine Science Institute/DOST-PCCAARD study on the productivity of the Benham Rise. He now runs a company that provides laboratories with biomedical supplies and equipment.  

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 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.