De La Salle faculty, alumnus reap NAST awards
Five faculty members of De La Salle University-Manila and an alumnus received the top honors in the 2005 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Awards. They were recognized during the NAST 27th Annual Scientific Meeting held on July 13-14 at the Manila Hotel.
Getting the plum award of Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of History is Associate Professor Dr. Ronaldo Mactal, chair of the History Department. The said award is given to young Filipino scientists, below 40 years old, who have made significant contributions to science and technology.
Meanwhile Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Joseph Auresenia, College of Engineering alumnus Sherwin Celestino (MS CHE ‘05), and Economics Department Full Professor Dr. Angelo Unite won Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards.
Auresenia and Celestino won for their research “Use of Taguchi Design of Experiments to Optimize the Parameters of Cleaning Machines for Sensitive Plastic Products.” Unite’s winning study is “The Effect of Capital Market Liberalization Measures on the Integration of the Philippine Stock Market with International Markets: Evidence from Johansen’s Multivariate Cointegration Procedure”
Also among this year’s NAST awardees is Dr. Irene Samonte, associate professor of the Biology Department. She was hailed as one of the winners of the 2005 NAST-Dupont Talent Search for Young Scientists Awards.
During the awards ceremony, College of Engineering Dean Dr. Pag-asa Gaspillo was again recognized for the NAST-Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award she received from the Academy in April.
Each year, NAST, in pursuance of its mandated functions, gives recognition to deserving scientists and researchers for individual or group works that have contributed to the advancement of science in the country.