Four Mapúan researchers form part of top Filipino scientists list

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Dr. Rhoda Leron, School of ChE-Chm faculty member

Another professor of Mapúa Institute of Technology joins the ranks of top scientists in the Philippines, according to Spain’s largest public research body.

Dr. Rhoda Leron of the School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (ChE-Chm) is the most recent professor of Mapúa to be included in the list of top 450 scientists in the Philippines, complied by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group under Consejo Superior Investigaciones Cientificas.

The list also includes two other professors from ChE-Chm—Dr. Alvin Caparanga and Dr. Allan Soriano—and the Institute’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bonifacio Doma, Jr.

The same firm included Mapúa in the roster of the top 25 Philippine universities, which took into account the teaching commitment, research results, perceived international prestige, and linkages of the institution.

The ranking is a list of Philippine-based scientists and researchers in Google Scholar, an online search engine indexing various scholarly works.

Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Research in Mapúa

Mapúa has always put research and innovation as one of its top priorities. In fact, as the Institute prepares to surf the digital wave in the coming years, it projects itself as a research-driven international domain.

One of the research thrusts of Mapúa in the coming years is on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Researchers of the institute are now employing IoT in research projects such as designing wireless sensor nodes in the field of construction, health, and disaster-prevention, among others.

Mapúa is also active in forging partnerships with research institutions and universities around the globe. The Office for International Linkages for Research and Development has made collaborations possible with some of the premier research universities in Asia and Europe such as Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, among others.

Several researchers are taking up their PhD studies in these partner universities—Dr. Jacque Lynn Gabayno, a physics professor, completed her post-doctoral research on thbiomedical applications of magnetic nanomaterials in CYCU, while Maria Theresa Artuz studied about biosorption of metals from waste water at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science (CNU) in Taiwan. Artuz was a scholar at CNU.

Dr. Alvin Caparanga, Chemical Engineering Program Chair

Dr. Allan Soriano, School of ChE-Chm faculty member

Mapúa is also taking pride in its ongoing researches—the membrane technology, a separation process commonly used for the creation of processed water from groundwater, surface water, or wastewater, and the Mapúa-Phil LiDAR 1 and 2, which are currently housed in the institute’s Research Building. LiDAR 1 and 2, both grant-in-aid projects of the Department of Science and Technology, provides accurate identification of the country’s natural resources and hazard areas for disaster mitigation and resource conservation.