Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr. of the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) received the David M. Consunji Award for Engineering Research from the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST), during the International Conference on Science & Technology (S&T) Education and the 64th PhilAAST Annual Convention on 10 September 2015, at Henry Sy, Sr., Hall, De La Salle University.
Dr. Marciano is the second recipient of the said award after Dr. Benito Pacheco of the UP College of Engineering (UP COE) last year; and the only recipient of awards from UP this year. He was awarded for his “20 years of research and development work in the areas of wireless communications [...], including research on public safety and emergency response communications and on rural telecommunications technologies and policy.”
Some research Dr. Marciano lead include the CloudTop Program; Senslope Project (Development and Deployment of Landslide Sensors and Data Communications Systems); Project ROGER (Robust and Rapidly Deployable GSM-Base Station and Backhaul for Emergency Response); and PHL Microsatellite Program, to name a few.
The David M. Consunji Award for Engineering Research was established by PhilAAST and D.M. Consunji, Incorporated (DMCI) Holdings “to give recognition to outstanding researchers in the field of engineering.” This award is also in honor of UP COE alumnus (BS Civil Engineering 1946), David M. Consunji.
Other awardees are Dr. Claro Mingala of Philippine Carabao Center (Gregorio Y. Zara Awardee for Applied Science Research), Dr. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro of the University of Santo Tomas (Gregorio Y. Zara Awardee for Basic Science Research), Dr. Ramon Gustilo who developed the Gustilo Classification of Open Fractures (Dr. Paulo C. Campos Awardee), and Dr. Nelly S. Aggangan who is involved in researches about mycorrhiza (Leads Agri Awardee).
Apart from the awarding on the first day, the two-day conference also include plenary lectures with the theme, “Internationalization of S&T Education.”
The PhilAAS is a non-profit national organization composed of scientists and technologists that aims to promote and broaden the base of scientific advancement in the Philippines through research that “center on promoting the value of science to the community.”