#PinoyScienceIdols: Two Filipino Diwata-1 Engineers Graduate in Japan

DIWATA Pinoy Microsatellite (3)

Just in time for Diwata-1’s first anniversary in space, two of the engineers who built our very own microsatellite graduated yesterday, March 23, 2017 from Hokkaido University in Japan. No less than the DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Pena attended their graduation in Japan.

Congratulations Ms. Kaye Kristine Vergel, graduated M.S. in Cosmoscience with a thesis titled “Remote sensing assessment of typhoon-induced vegetation damages in the Philippines” and Engr. Benjamin Jonah Magallon graduated M.S. in Cosmoscience with thesis titled “Vegetation monitoring in Japan and the Philippines using satellite images”

Both scholars are involved in science mission development; payload design and testing; and Diwata-1 ground operations. Vergel is tasked specifically with mission planning and the day-to-day creation of commands while Magallon is on software development. They are under the supervision of Professor Yukihiro Takahashi.

Also today, two Diwata engineers, Engr. John Leur Labrador and Engr. Ariston N. Gonzales will graduate at Tohoku University. (photos to follow).

We are proud of you, guys! #DiwataNgKalawakan#PinoyScienceIdols #ProudtobePinoy