Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr. of the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) was recognized as one of the recipients of the Manila Water Foundation (MWF) Engineering Excellence Award 2015.
Dr. Marciano was awarded for his “work in landslide detection and alert system for high-risk areas." His team developed instrumentations for cost-effective monitoring of landlside-prone slopes towards more accurate prediction. He also led a team in developing "engineering interventions for rapid restoration of communications capability in the aftermath of disasters." To date, he serves as the program leader of the PHL-Microsat, a DOST-funded program which aims to launch the "country's first micro-satellite into space to further improve efforts at weather forecasting and climate change monitoring."
Other awardees are Dr. Enrico Paringit of UP Diliman, Dr. Rex Demafelis of UP Los Baños, Dr. Merlinda Palencia of Adamson University, and Dr. Evelyn Taboada of University of San Carlos. They all received their glass medals and a cash prize of Php 500,000.00 each on the awarding ceremony held at the Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City, on 24 November 2015.
The MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence is “a nationwide search for engineers and scientists who manifest excellent engineering competence, inspiring passion to make a difference, and outstanding commitment to the development of communities resulting in projects that champion water, sanitation, environment, and sustainability.” This is a biennial search which will continue in 2017.
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