UP Scientist Awardees from the IMSP

Five professors from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) were officially appointed to the UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) by the UP Board of Regents. Two faculty members, Dr. Editha C. Jose and Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante, were conferred UP Scientist III while the other three, Dr. Allan Abraham B. Padama, Dr. Alvin Karlo G. Tapia and Dr. Jerrold M. Tubay, were conferred UP Scientist I.

Dr. Editha C. Jose obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2010. Her dissertation was completed at the University of Rouen, France under a Sandwich program of UP. She is the immediate past president of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines Calabarzon chapter and now sits as a board member of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines National. She is currently the director of the IMSP which she has served since 1988. In 2017, she was awarded the University’s Outstanding Teacher in the Physical Sciences, Senior Category. Her research interests revolve around three fields: the homogenization and control of partial differential equations; chemical reaction and network theory; and biomathematics. Being the only woman UP Scientist at the IMSP, she serves as an inspiration to women that hard work and perseverance always pays off.

Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante received his Doctor of Science in Mathematical and Systems Engineering, major in Environment and Energy Systems, from Shizuoka University Japan (2016) under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship. His research interest is mathematical modelling of complex biological and social systems. He is currently the Dean of the UPLB Graduate School. He also holds an appointment as Junior Associate at the Quantitative Life Sciences Group of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste Italy. Moreover, he is an affiliate faculty member of the Faculty of Education of the UP Open University. He is the main proponent of the first and only Ph.D. Applied Mathematics graduate program in the Philippines. He has received numerous awards including the One UP Professorial Chair for Outstanding Teaching and Research, as well as the Outstanding Young Scientist award by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

Dr. Allan Abraham B. Padama finished his Ph.D. in Engineering, major in Applied Physics and specialization in Computational Material Science, from Osaka University Japan (2014), under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship. He is a member of the Computational Physics and Statistical Physics research cluster, which is dedicated to investigating nanoscale devices and electronic properties of materials. In particular, he is the coordinator of the Materials Computation subgroup which employs first principles calculation and quantum mechanics-based computing methods. His research interests revolve around interaction of molecules with surfaces such as metals or semiconductors, which are used in different industries for energy-related applications or anti-pollutant and anti-microbrial agents. He is collaborating with the National Institute of Physics and the Department of Chemical Engineering in UP Diliman, as well as Osaka and Tokyo Universities. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award from NAST in 2015. He was also a recipient of the Follow-up Research Fellowship from Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) in 2019.

Dr. Alvin Karlo G. Tapia obtained his Doctor of Science in Chemical Physics from Kobe University in 2013 under the Hitachi Scholarship Foundation. His research work is on Charge Dynamics of Disordered Materials using Pulsed Terahertz Spectroscopy. After doctoral studies, he was invited to be a JASSO research fellow in Kobe University in 2018. He also taught several graduate courses in the Graduate School of Science of Kobe University. He is the head of the Optics and Instrumentation Research Cluster of IMSP. He is collaborating with the Applied Spectroscopy Research Group. The goal of their group is to use spectroscopic techniques to understand fundamental dynamics in matter and applications to solve practical problems. His research interests revolve around optics and instrumentation, materials physics and spectroscopy, which are relevant in building the capacities of their laboratory to probe properties of matter. They have received funds from DOST to fingerprint relevant substances for agriculture, environment and health in the low-frequency region. His recent publication is on the charge dynamics in composite materials using Terahertz spectroscopy, in which they have shown how charges behave in conducting networks in a material with temperature. He is currently collaborating with his former professor, Prof. Keisuke Tominaga, on charge dynamics in disordered materials, and Dr. Elmer Mojica of Pace University for spectral fingerprinting of biomolecular systems.

Dr. Jerrold M. Tubay received his Ph.D. in Mathematical and Systems Engineering, focusing on Environment and Energy Systems, from Shizuoka University (Hamamatsu Campus) in 2015, in which he was part of the Environmental Leaders Program and was an international scholar of the Mitsubishi Corporation. He is a member of the Biomathematics and QMDS clusters, which both aim to enrich their respective fields and promote science-based decision-making in the country. His specific areas of interest are modelling of population dynamics related to coexistence, control of infectious diseases, germs, and mathematical programming applied to comprehensive land-use planning. He was awarded Special Citation in the 2017 NAST Talent Search Award for Young Scientists.

The UP SPS was established in 2005 with the aim to support the development of science and technology, as well as to encourage and reward scientific output in the University.

(PLA Tan)