Hats off to Sir Roly!!!
The first MS Mathematics graduate of UPLB, Prof. Rolando Panopio has retired from service, leaving behind him a legacy that those after him will truly follow.
Prof. Panopio, or Sir Roly was born on September 27, 1954 in Tondo, Manila. He graduated cum laude from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1975. He pursued his Ph.D. Computer Science degree at the University of Wollongong, Australia, under the Australian International Development Program scholarship.
His illustrious teaching career began at UPLB. He was appointed as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics from 1980 to 1982 and was also tasked to monitor the scholars of the Integrated Academic Programs for the Sciences. He served as the Coordinator for Instruction of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) from 1987 to 1988; as Head of the DCSDL from 1992 May 1993; and as IMSP Director from 1998 to 2001. He then served as CAS Associate Dean from 2001 to 2007 and as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2014.
He also served as member of the GE System Education Council from 2001 to 2019, the Director of the UPLB RGEP Council from 2007 to 2019, and the Coordinator of the Mathematics and Science Teaching Program UPLB from 2002 to 2019.
His teaching prowess was recognized through the CAS Outstanding Teacher Award and the UPLB Distinguished Teacher Award in 1989 and 1990, respectively. He was also the Most Distinguished Alumnus of the CAS Alumni Association in 1998.
He also initiated the revision of IMSP’s undergraduate and graduate programs and instituted several courses. Together with Prof. Louis Ramos, former faculty member of the Institute of Computer Science, he crafted the original MS Computer Science program in UPLB. He also instituted the Diploma in Mathematics program for UP Open University. He also became an exchange professor for the Computer Science program at UP Cebu in 1991.
Prof. Panopio’s dedication, excellent service, and generous spirit will be missed by his colleagues at IMSP. At the same time, his exemplary work shall serve as an inspiration. (JOLoyola, CAS Accents vol. 21 no. 3)