Schedules for thesis defense and thesis proposal defense for SY 2015-2016


Thesis defense schedules for PS 199.5 and PS 199.8 for SY 2015-2016

Thesis Defenses (Ps 199.8) will be held during the week of April 11-16. This week is the 3rd week before Seniors’ Final Exams (which will be held from May 2-4) and was so chosen to allow ample time for any preparation for submission for consideration for the SOSE Awards (which will be given during the week of May 10-13).

Thesis drafts are expected to be with the panelists one week before the defense (i.e. April 4-9). Hence, students are expected to submit their drafts to their advisers one week before the deadline for submission to the panelists (i.e. Mar 28 – Apr 2).

Thesis Proposals (Ps 199.5) will be held during the week of May 2-7. This week is the 2nd week before the Regular Final Exams (which will be held from May 16-21).

Proposal drafts are expected to be with the panelists one week before the defense (i.e. April 25-30). Hence, students are expected to submit their drafts to their advisers one week before the deadline for submission to the panelists (i.e. April 18-23).

The actual proposal/thesis grade may be lowered by 0.5 quality points (e.g. A reduces to a B+, B+ reduces to a B, etc.) for each day of lateness in submitting the draft to the panelists.

Physics Career Questions

by Quirino Sugon Jr.

A physics student named Nicole asked me several questions regarding careers in physics.  Below are my replies to her questions:

1.  What kind of grades/QPI (e.g. per major subject, per year, overall) do I need to be able to easily land a well-paying job in a physics related-field after I graduate?

You need at least to be a good student with a QPI of B.  But beyond the grades, your adviser’s recommendations regarding your work ethic is a big factor.  So you must work hard in your thesis.  It is a big plus if you presented your work in national or international conferences or get it published in international journals.  If you can get a publication out, your academic grades won’t matter much.

2.  What are you recommendations and opinions on choosing between pursuing a Master’s Degree in Physics right after college versus immediately pursuing a paying career with only a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics?

I would suggest you go straight to MS Physics.  In a crowded field of job seekers, an MS Physics is a plus.  A degree in MS Physics means you master one topic very well and that is your MS thesis.  Employers in technology firms normally layoff the bottom 30% of their employees.  An MS Physics degree may insulate you from this.  It takes only two years of full-time work to finish an MS Physics degree. In many companies, an MS degree would set you apart and may double your salary.

In the US, you go straight to PhD. in Physics.  An MS degree is only given as a consolation prize to those who finished their coursework but not their dissertation.  If you get accepted for PhD in Physics in US, you get to study for free and the university gives you at least $30,000 per year as a student.  (Read Reinabelle Reyes answers to physics career  questions of Physics Majors here.)

3.  Based on your knowledge, what is the competition like for physics-related job positions in the real world (locally, or in neighboring countries)? What can I do as a student to boost my chances of “getting the job” when pitted against other excellent physics degree graduates?  

There are fewer physics graduates than engineers, and the demand for physicists is greater in other countries than in Philippines.  Check out the physics jobs, for example, in Physics WorldPhysics TodayAmerican Physical SocietyTip Top, and New Scientist.   Since you will be competing against other excellent physics students, the only thing that would set you apart is your specialization: your thesis.  Work on your thesis by spending at least an hour or more on it each day.  Read journal articles about your topic.  See your adviser often and share to him your new knowledge.  Listen to his advice.  Hone your skills related to your thesis: Python programming, Matlab commands, LaTeX word processing, Linux servers, spectrometers, holographic crystals, climate data processing, etc.  These are the skills that would separate you from the pack. Master them well and list them down in your skill set.  These will get you the job.

4.  How much does an entry-level B.S. Applied Physics degree holder usually earn in certain physics-related fields (e.g. teaching, oil-industry, engineering, etc.)?

If you are teaching, you may get Php 15,000-Php 20,000/month.  If you are in industries like HP or Canon, you may get Php 30,000/month.  This is only in the Philippines.  You may get higher rates abroad.

5.  How much does an entry-level M.S. Applied Physics degree holder usually earn in certain physics-related fields (e.g. teaching, oil-industry, engineering, etc.)?

About Php 25,000-30,000 in teaching.  This may be double in the industry.

6.  What are the drawbacks of working in a physics-related field?

The joy of physics is in using what you learned in physics to derive new equations or fix old problems or make new things.  Usually, this would require long hours of lonely work in a laboratory.  If you don’t find this appealing, it is time to quit physics and change career.

7.  What are the benefits of working in a physics-related field?

Physicists are the company’s problem solvers.  Give them any problem–engineering, finance, mathematics–and they will thank you for giving them a fun thing to do.  The physicist can break down a problem into components and analyze each one using models in physics: this road cracks due to uneven thermal heating and linear expansion, the Ohm’s law breaks down for large voltages, lighting strikes induce currents in the roof rails due to Faraday’s law,   financial accounting equations are similar to balancing of torques, and profit optimization is similar to Fermat’s principle of Least Time.   Once the physicist understand the reason for the failure and propose solutions, engineers would then step in to check the computations, propose standard operating procedures, and apply the theory to more complex but similar problems.

8.  Any additional comments and advice?

Physics is an exciting field.  If you love someone or something, you have to spend time on him or on it.  If you love physics, you must spend time on it to solve more problems, read more papers, and do more things.  As the fox said to the Little Prince, “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”  It is the same way for roses and for physics.  Magis.  More.  That is one of the motto’s of Ateneo’s Jesuit education.  And the rewards will be great: the joy of discovery, the joy of adding one bit more of knowledge to the edifice of physical thought that span thousands of years constructed by individuals from all space and time.  Good salaries and Nobel prize may come, but they are only consolation prizes.  And as the fox said, “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Thesis proposal defense signup sheet for 15-18 Feb 2012












15 FEB. 2012


Sarah Jaye Oliva

Dr. R. Guerrero

Dr. B. Chan

Dr. Q. Sugon


Jonah T. Frany

Dr. R. Guerrero

Mr. I. Culaba

Mr. P. Dailisan


Kevin Caballa

Dr. N. Lagrosas

Mr. I. Culaba

Dr. G. Narisma


 Patricia Bonife  Dr. G. Narisma


Sammy O. Chua

Dr. G. Narisma

Dr. N. Lagrosas

Mr. N. Uy



17 FEB. 2012


Miguel Yorro

Dr. B. Chan

Mr. P. Dailisan

Dr. J. Simpas


Francis A. Bayasbas, Jr.

Dr. Q. Sugon

Dr. R. Guerrero


Roy N. Meñez

Dr. J. Simpas

Mr. I. Culaba

Mr. P. Dailisan


Christian M. Laurio

Dr. Q. Sugon

Dr. R. Guerrero




18 FEB. 2012











Wendel J. N. Barte

Dr. N. Lagrosas

Mr. N. Uy

Submit Thesis evaluation forms for SOSE Awards

Hi all,

Please send the thesis evaluation results to the department asap so we can determine the top students that we will represent the department in the SOSE awards.



Ateneo de Manila University’s Brochure for 2012: Department of Physics

by Quirino Sugon Jr.

I got copies of the new brochure from the Physics Department’s office.  Below are the scanned copies.  Note the triptych fold.

Ateneo Physics Department Brochure for 2012

2012 Brochure of the Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University

2012 Brochure of the Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University

2012 Brochure of the Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University

October 2005: History of Ateneo de Manila University Physics Department

The BS Physics program and the MS Program and thus the official beginning of the Physics Department trace their orgins to the initiative of the Jesuits in the Manila Observatory in 1965.  They wanted a way to fittingly celebrate the centenary of the Observatory in 1965.  This featured an Open House celebration which highlighted the first gas laser used in the country.  Another highlight was the well-stocked library which at that time was the best research library in the country.

Through the 70’s the program continued with graduates numbered by the fingers on one hand.

By 1979 the first returning graduate became the new Chair of the program.  At the same time the ADMU new administration, under Fr. Jose Cruz, asked what would be needed to advance the physics program.  The new Chair was convinced that physics could mnove at ADMU and the country only if there was sufficient laboratory space devoted to experimental physics.  Fr. Cruz agreed and laboratories were built in the second floor of Gonzaga Hall where at present LS has its cafeteria for the students.

By the mid-80’s further desire for ADMU to modernize its offerings led to the development of the CS program and the Physics/CE program.  To house these new initiatives, a grant was secured from USAID and Faura Hall was built.  In this structure, for the first time in ADMU history, special physics research laboratories were built.  Since the building from USAID also included an equipment grant, the Chair was able to go to the US where through the services of the Purchasing Department of Fordham University in NYC, physics instructional and research equipment was purchased and shipped to ADMU.  At that time surplus research physics equipment was also secured from US Government labs.  In this way vacuum equipment, the aluminum optics bench, and much of the instrtuctional material now in SEC Physics was gotten.  The only requirement under the grant was that the material all be of US manufacture.

With this new setup the next question addressed was the students for the new BS Phys/CE.  These proved to be not too difficult to find when it was realized that one of the main attractions of the program was the double degree.

In this time frame of the 80’s the country at large was also setting up the ESEP program to move forward the development of science and engineering in the Philippines.  Under this program the three Physics Departments of UP Dilimna, ADMU Physics and DLSU Physics agreed to specialize in order that, working as a Consortium, the development of Physics could proceed in an orderly fashion.  UP was to be the center for fields and particles, ADMU for lasers and DLSU for material science.  Subsequent events of the 90’s have modified this arrangement.

(You may like to read a longer history of the ADMU physics Department in Ateneo Physics News)

CHED Survey instruments for undergraduate and graduate physics programs

The CHED Office of Programs and Standards (OPS) through its Technical Committee for Physics shall conduct assessment activities of higher education institutions offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Physics for a period of two (2) monts within this year.  Your institution is tentatively scheduled on September 12, 2011.

CHED is sending the department an electronic copy of the following:

  1. Memorandum of the Office of the Executive Director
  2. Form A_Physics assessment instrument_2011-0714
  3. Form B_Survey instrument_BS Physics 2011-0714
Accomplished Survey Instrument shall be submitted back to the OPS via electronic copy through this email address: mawigabillo(at)gmail(dot)com or argemato(at)gmail(dot)com on or before August 24, 2012.  This due date is specified to allow the members of the Technical Committee for Physics to have time to evaluate the data/information provided in the Survey/Instrument prior to the conduct of the assessment visits.
For clarification and or further inquiries, please coordinate with the Office of Programs and Standards, Division of Physical and Natural Science at telephone numbers 441-1253 or 441-1228.


Ateneo Physics Department Brochure for 2011

(University Seal)


Department of Physics, 3rd Floor, Faura Hall, School of Sci­ence and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Ka­tipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, Phil­ippines. Email: Phone: (+632) 426-6001 local 5690 or 5691. Telefax: (+632) 426-1043.
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Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of Physics

Physics is so fundamental that other sciences are based on its different fields. Classical Mechanics governs Wiimote’s gyroscope sensors and the orbits of of satellites in global positioning systems (GPS). Classical Electrodynamics governs holograms, optical fibers, lasers, microwaves, x-rays, radars, plasma TV, cellular phones, satellite commu­nications, and integrated circuits (IC). Quantum Mechanics governs the formation of molecular bonds from the simple water molecule to complex amino acids and DNA molecules. Quantum Electrodynamics governs nuclear weapons and reactors, and nuclear magnetic resonance ima­ging (NMRI). There are still many other fields of physics and their applications are vast and endless.

Today, physicists form the research backbone of industries in many countries. The mathematical abilities that physi­cists learn allow them to navigate the complex movements in the stock and financial markets. Physicists are ideal for these jobs because they have a repertoire of physical models as metaphors.

The Ateneo de Manila University’s Physics Depart-ment began in 1963 when the Manila Observatory’s Jesuits offered to teach physics in conjunction with their research work. For the Jesuits, the Observatory is a Jesuit mission: to give greater glory to God by knowing more about the world using the most precise instruments and the latest mathematical models. In order to share in this mission, the provide its students with physics training that is internationally competive and nationally relevant. Many of the Department’s graduates have pursued graduate studies abroad, founded their own companies, and helped build the nation.


A. Faura Hall and Science Education Complex house several Physics Laboratories:

1. Advanced Physics Laboratory–setups that reproduce many notable experiments in Modern Physics in the last century such as the Fabry-Perot interferometers and gas discharge spectroscopy.
2. Materials Physics Laboratory—contains universal testing machine, four point probe tester, hardness tester, analytical balance, digital oscilloscope, precision resistors and capacitors, stereo microscope, metallographic mi­croscope, electron microscope and several interferometric microscopes.
3. Photonics Laboratory—the university’s focal point for research activities in optics and laser applications and home of the only elastomeric optics and volume holography systems in the Philippines. Students are currently working on biomimetic elastomeric optics, dye-doped elastomers for optical storage, holographic processing and optofluidics.
4. Vacuum Coating Laboratory—uses high vacuum sys­tems for thin film coating of glasses to improve their reflectance and transmission at selected frequencies. The Laboratory also studies magnetized plasma deposition.
5. Machine Shop–housed near the Faura Hall. Parts of equipments in metal, plastic, or wood are precisely fabric­ated here by expert technicians.
6. Professor Norberto Tecson Laboratories—named after the Ateneo physics teacher who pioneered the devel­opment of corridor demonstration experiments. Under­graduate lab experiments are performed here.

B. Manila Observatory is a separate institution from Ateneo de Manila University. But because of the Observatory’s historical ties with the Physics Department, three of the Observatory’s research programs are headed by the Depart­ment’s faculty:
1. Regional Climate Systems—uses global climate mod­els and data from automated meteorological sta­tions to pre­dict Philippine climate 10 to 20 years from now. Also uses downscaling methods for forecasting typhoon paths and meteorological parameters.
2. Urban Air Quality/Instrumentation Technology and Development—designs and fabricates meteorological in­struments such as telemetric rain guages and differential optical absorption spectroscope for identifying aerosol con­tent of urban air. Houses the LIDAR and the AERONET solar monitor.
3. Ionosphere Research Building—the Kyushu Univer­sity’s Space Environment Research Center (SERC) Subcen­ter which is in charge of 6 magnetometer stations in the Philippines. The building also houses two ionosphere mon­itoring systems: an FMCW radar and SCINDA.


Minella Alarcon, Ph.D., Laser Physics, UP-Diliman
Obiminda Cambaliza, Ph.D. Washington State University. Civil Engineering.
Benjamin O. Chan, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales
Mariano Estoque, Ph.D. New York University. Meteorology.
Jerrold J. Garcia, Ph.D., Mathematical Physics, Syracuse University
Raphael A. Guerrero, Ph.D. UP-Diliman. Photonics.

Nofel D. Lagrosas, Ph.D. Chiba University. Remote Sensing (Chair, Department of Physics)
Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, S.J., Ph.D., University of Colarado. Astro-Geophysics.
Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Ph.D. Macquarie University. Atmospheric Science.
Quirino Sugon Jr. Ph.D. AdMU. Geometric algebra.
Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atmospheric Sci­ence. (President, Ateneo de Manila University)

Jerry T. Barretto, M.S Physics. AdMU.
Clint Dominic G. Bennett, MS Physics. UP-Diliman.
Ivan B. Culaba, M.S. Physics, AdMU. Plasma Physics.
Patricio Dailisan, M.S. Physics, UP-Diliman. Laser Physics.
Joel T. Maquiling, M.S. Physics, AdMU. Quaternions.
James B. Simpas, M.S. Physics, Pennsylvania State University. Atmospheric Science.

Juan Paolo S. Bermundo, B.S. Physics, AdMU. Materials.
Jennifer Damasco Ty, B.S. Physics, AdMU. Materials.
Johann Ignacio, B.S. Physics, MSU-IIT. Instru-mentation.
Eleanor Alma D. Jugueta, B.S. Chemical Engineering, De La Salle University


BS Physics is a 5-year program without summers that of­fers rigorous training in theoretical and experimental phys­ics.

BS Applied Physics is a 5 year program with two tracks: Instrumentation (BS APS/In­strumentation) and Materials (BS APS/Materials). The Instrumentation track is for those who wish to design and build their own instru­ments. The Materials track is for those who wish to develop new materials with desired qualities.

The department’s unique five year, double-degree programs are the BS Applied Physics/BS Material Science Engineering (BS APS/MSE) and BS Applied Physics/BS Applied Computer Systems (BS APS/ACS).

BS APS/ACS enhances the student’s knowledge of areas such as communications, computer interface design, and operating systems.

BS APS/MSE integrates the knowledge and tools of chemistry and physics with engineering principles to design, fabricate and characterize improved and novel materials.

Master of Physics Education is a non-thesis degree pro­gram for high school and college teachers.

M.S. in Physics is a masters program for training physi­cists to be experts in a particular area of research. A gradu­ate thesis is required.

M.S. in Atmospheric Science is a masters program with foundational courses in meteorology and branching out to either instrumentation/monitoring and/or computer model­ing.

Ph.D in Physics program aims to develop outstanding physi­cists who can get their research works published in in­ternational physics journals and mentor the next generation of physicists. A doctoral dissertation is required and at least one ISI journal publication.

General Assembly with Physics Majors in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs

General Assembly with Physics Majors in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs:

29 July 2011
4:30 PM

Prof. Tecson Laboratories, SEC-C (Open Forum with the students)

Faura 318 – Dinner.

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