By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata
MANILA, Dec 16 (PNA) — The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) bared on Wednesday the winners of 2015 Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists (MFET) Award after the eight finalists' paper presentation at the Manila Hotel.
MFET, which started in 2006 as initiated by Senator Ramon Magsaysay, is an annual recognition of NAST and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to outstanding research outputs on engineering and technology at the college level.
Furthermore, it aims to encourage young Filipino students to pursue careers in science and technology.
Graduating students as well as recent graduates can join the competition. They use their undergraduate thesis as entries.
NAST conducts pre-screening to every entree it receives. For this year, there were eight shortlisted finalists.
After their presentations, the board of judges bared the following winners:
Ryan Madamba from University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) – 1st prize
For his entree entitled, "A combined mixture design approach for the optimization of enzyme-mediated extraction of carotenoids from luyang dilaw meal for use as food colorant", he received Php 50,000. Moreover, he will be given a Php 500,000 research grant if he'll write a research proposal approved by NAST.
NAST clarified that the research proposal is subject for approval.
Ian Lorenzo Gonzaga, also from UPLB, got the second prize worth Php 30,000. He presented the "Electrochemical recovery of nickel from leaf ash of the nickel-hypeaccumulating plant Rinorea bengalensis".
Dwayne Mark Acosta from De La Salle University received Php 20,000 as third prize. His research was entitled, "The propagation behavior of pile-driving induced vibration done on soil at varying distances and its effects on existing structures".
Jan Tristan Acenas from UPLB and Jhun Marc Salvador got Special Citations. Each of them received Php 10,000.
The board of judges were Angel Lazaro III, Estrella Alabastro, Melito Baccay, Allan Soriano, and Ruby Cristobal.
NAST told the Philippines News Agency that it was not easy to judge as they also had to look at the quality of research, and if the research is something that might be helpful for Filipinos. (PNA)