Mr. Steven Matthew C. Cheng, a recent graduate of BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) at the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI), was recognized as one of the awardees of the 26th Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science Awards.
His project “Design and Implementation of UHF Bi-directional Amplifier (BDA) for Wifi Over TV White Space,” was also one of the eight finalists for the Best Project of the Year of the said award-giving body. With the guidance of his thesis adviser, Miguel Carlo L. Purisima, Mr. Cheng looked into utilizing the abundant unused TV white space (TVWS) as a resource to provide communication channels during emergencies and disasters. Generally, the project aimed to implement a UHF BDA that will operate within the UHF TV band from 450MHz to 900MHz. The output of the project is expected to provide rural areas with [mobile] signals especially when there is a calamity by serving as a back-up communication system when the primary network fails.
He noted that being chosen as one of the top three projects in engineering was very unexpected, moreover being one of the [science] awardees. Even though Mr. Cheng did not win the Best Project of the Year, he said that he still felt “happy and contented with what [he] achieved and with the unforgettable experience.”
“Trust and have confidence in your thesis and your adviser […] As long as your project is implemented well and complete, success/awards will follow,” said Mr. Cheng when asked about his advice to aspiring BPI-DOST Awardees. He also emphasized that, aside from perfecting the implementation of the project, students must research on the project’s practical applications.
“I am really grateful and happy that my project has some sort of significance and others are able to relate to what I’m really doing. The feeling is truly nourishing,” he added.
Aside from Mr. Cheng, two other students from UP Diliman were selected as finalists namely Mr. Xavier M. Puspus (BS Applied Physics) and Ms. Raiza Elmira S. Imperial (BS Chemistry), who won the 2nd place in the Best Project of the Year.
Mr. Cheng, who just graduated on 1st semester of A.Y. 2014-2015 and now a lecturer in UP-EEEI, is one of the 29 science awardees for 2015 who received Php.25,000 and a plaque of recognition. The awarding of the Best Project of the Year was held in The Mind Museum, The Fort, Taguig, March 12, 2015. A ceremony to congratulate 26th BPI-DOST Science Awardees from UP Diliman was also held in the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology Auditorium, College of Science, April 20, 2015.
The BPI-DOST Science Awards is an annual recognition of outstanding young men and women from Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Siliman University, Saint Louis University, University of the Philippines (Diliman and Los Baños), University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, and Xavier University who excelled in specialized fields of science namely mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Science awards are given to top three senior students from the said universities. The students were nominated by their respective schools, selected on the basis of his/her academic performance, and recognized in view of “their potential contributions to industry and nation-building.”