Dr. Kathleen Bernardo Aviso has been named among Asia’s Rising Scientists by Asian Scientist Magazine for her environmental research using mathematics.
The award-winning Singapore-based science and technology (S&T) magazine, which earlier named 8 Filipinos among the region’s best scientists, recognized the contributions of Dr. Aviso to environmental research using mathematical models in a published release on September 18, 2020.
The Asia’s Rising Scientist received her Chemical Engineering degree (cum laude) at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2000. She later pursued her masters in Environmental Engineering and Management (with outstanding thesis award) in 2006 and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at DLSU in 2010.
The 2013 Outstanding Young Scientist awardee is developing mathematical models for designing sustainable industrial systems, in which she created low-carbon energy technologies to the optimal allocation of human resources during climatic disruptions.
Professor Aviso also created a model based on game theory to simulate and optimize how governments can influence the industry to invest in green technologies in 2010 which still remains relevant to current sustainability issues today.
Multiple awards have been received by the 41-year-old engineer who is also currently the Assistant Dean for Research and Advanced Studies at the Gokongwei College of Engineering at DLSU.
In 2008, Aviso won the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology. She was named one of the nine finalists of the 2016 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women.
“My message to Asian scientists is that we can become contributors to global rather than just regional scientific concerns and that we should always look at problems and solutions from a broader perspective. With the right training and mindset, researchers in developing countries can do more than just local science,” said Aviso.
Filipino scientists who have been recognized for their research include DLSU professor Dr. Michael Angelo Promentilla whose Wastewater-to-fertilizer won the Php13 million UK Newton Prize in January.
Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines researchers dominated the 2020 Outstanding Young Scientists National Awards held amid the pandemic.
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