Neilo D. Bandelaria, BS Applied Physics, Batch 1992

Neilo D. Bandelaria, a graduate of the BS Applied Physics degree program of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics, University of the Philippines Los Baños recalls how he got started in this field, “I chose BS Applied Physics by accident, to stay in line with the DOST-SEI scholarship. I had no specific preference before but had always been curious about how things work so I thought being in Applied Physics will help.”

Neilo relays his life story, “I was born and raised in Lipa City and was the youngest among eight siblings. My parents were the typical WW2 teens and though they dreamed of becoming a teacher and an engineer one day, they were just fortunate enough to finish their primary schooling. Life was not easy, but despite the challenges and the fact that we were a relatively big family, it had been their goal in life for their children would have college degrees. I’m quite blessed and truly grateful that my parents had a very clear vision for us. It was also a good thing that the public primary and secondary schools during my time were competitive enough, allowing me to be admitted at the UPLB. I started my career in UP, eventually moving to the electronics industry as head of R&D for an electronics company in Makati, before moving over to Philips, Intel, NXP and then Ampleon in December 2015 as head of A&T Operations in AMP.”

After being part of the IMSP Faculty from April 1992 to October 1997, Neilo moved to Mitech-BTHI where he designed and developed building management systems, carpark control and pay parking systems deployed across the business districts of the Philippines, including S&R, Robinsons and Ayala Malls.  From 2003 to 2004, while at Intel Technology Philippines, Inc., Neilo introduced key assembly materials, including a die-free package that not only improved quality and reliability but also reduced costs of up to 10%. This continued at Philips Semiconductors Philippines, Inc. (2004-2006) with marked yield improvement on automotive sensors and high volume runners; NXP Semiconductors Sdn., Bhd. (2006-2008), achieving more than 150% volume ramp up within two years; and NXP Semiconductors Philippines, Inc. (2008-2015), bringing in a steep ramp up of RF Power business, with nearly 3X growth in volume over two years while leading the RF Power and CATV operations and concurrently managing automotive sensors operations.

Currently, he is making his mark as the Vice President, Country Manager and General Manager of Ampleon Philippines, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturing company shaped by 50 years of RF Power leadership by exploiting the full potential of data and energy transfer in RF. The company offers products and solutions for a wide range of applications, such as mobile broadband infrastructure, radio & TV broadcasting, CO2 lasers & plasma, MRI, particle accelerators, radar & air-traffic control, non-cellular communications, RF cooking & defrosting, RF heating and plasma lighting. 

Though the nature of current work is in semiconductors manufacturing, general and operations management, he had also been involved in innovation and engineering functions during the early stages of his career. In fact, he had overseas assignments in Germany in 1999 as NPI engineer for the 3rd generation of Philips ABS Sensors and in 2006 as the head of Engineering for NXP Semiconductors factory in Malaysia.

Asked how his applied physics background and training helped him do his work, “Very useful especially in the beginning when I was involved in automation and instrumentation at Mitech-BTHI. Also, when I joined Philips, they had a specific requirement for someone who had knowledge on electricity and magnetism. Knowledge of device physics is key in engineering/technical role in semiconductors.”

Neilo also believes that physics has a big role in the 4th Industrial Revolution. “Wiki defines Industry 4.0 as “Strong customization of products under the conditions of highly flexible mass production. The required automation technology is improved by the introduction of methods of self-optimization, self-configuration, self-diagnosis, cognition and intelligent support of workers in their increasingly complex work” – these are all enabled by miniaturization of the transistors which allowed more powerful computing platforms.

His successes are the result of an incredible amount of persistence, dedication, and self-confidence. He continues to challenge himself to grow both personally and professionally. In addition to work, Neilo cherishes his time with his sons, Miguel and Gabriel, and his wife Tes, and enjoys travelling.

(IR Colambo)