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. 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 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.

Marc Lesney Maddumba

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 Deiondre Malalad

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.

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.

Mykhal Mangada

Mykhal received his BS degree in Applied Physics from UP Los Baños in 2014. He continued his studies at the NIP as a DOST ASTHRDP scholar and graduated from the MS Physics program in 2021. He has served SanD in various capacities as a Research Assistant, project staffer, and resident yo-yo champion. His thesis work on machine learning used tensor network-based codes for image classification. He now earns a living as a software developer.

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. He joined the faculty of the Western Mindanao State University's College of Science and Mathematics in 2022.

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. 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.

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. 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.


Andrei Espencer Ordonio

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 Ottong

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 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.

Aaron Paul Ramos

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 Garret Rances

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 Rangel

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 Ricaña

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.

Vincent Rivera

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.

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.

Tim Jeff Rodriguez

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.

Kobe Brian Sacres

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.

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 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.  

Neris Ilano 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 defended her PhD dissertation on nuclear magnetic resonance-based quantum computing in 2021. She was supported by a DOST-ASTHRDP scholarship. She is now a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University.

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 undergraduate 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. After briefly teaching at a senior high school, Miguel returned to NIP to complete the MS Physics program in 2021. He finished the ICTP Condensed Matter Physics Diploma Programme in 2022 and continued his PhD studies at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA).

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.

Kryss Urbano

Kryss earned her Bachelor's and Master's in Physics degrees in 2019 and 2023, respectively. Her research on 2D Ising models focused on the effect of spinless regions on their critical properties. She worked as a project assistant for the UP Diliman-funded projects PhDIA No. 161614 (2016-2017) and ECWRG Project 2018-1-009 (2018-2019). A DOST-ASTHRDP scholarship supported her graduate studies.

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 Materials Science and Engineering Program of the UP Diliman College of Science.

Celso Villano, Jr

Celso obtained his BS Physics degree in 2019 with cum laude honors. As the SanD system administrator, he was responsible for the management of its computing cluster. For his BS thesis he developed a Monte Carlo algorithm that simulates the proliferation of epithelial cells. His undergraduate studies was supported by a DOST-SEI Undergraduate Merit Scholarship. He is now a management trainee in data science at a financial institution in Makati.

Aura Mae Villaruel

Aura completed her MS Physics degree under the DOST ASTHRD Program last December 2015. Prior to joining SanD as a graduate student, she was an engineer for an optical device and equipment manufacturer. Aura's research led to the identification of a subsystem observable whose fluctuations can be used to measure quantum entanglement. She has been working for a semiconductor laser company since 2016 and is now assigned to a post in Thailand.

Vladimir Villegas

Vlad obtained his BS Physics, MS Physics, and PhD Physics degrees from the National Institute of Physics. He defended his PhD dissertation on refrigeration and spin transport in a one-dimensional Fermi-Hubbard model in 2022. His graduate studies were supported by a DOST-ASTHRDP-NSC scholarship. He is currently working as a faculty member at the Department of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Santo Tomas.

Jan Fronimarc Viloria

Jan obtained his MS Physics degree in 2017 while on study leave from the Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU). His studies were supported by a DOST-ASTHRDP scholarship. For his Master's research he performed numerical evaluations of the elasticity tensors of several binary metal alloys by molecular dynamics simulations. Jan has since resumed his duties as a faculty member of TAU.