Philippine Department of Science and Technology Awards Ocean NanoTech’s Senior Scientist, 2009
The Senior Scientist at Ocean NanoTech, LLC in Springdale, AR, Dr. Zoraida P. Aguilar, has been chosen to receive the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) award called the “Balik Scientist Program (BSP)” (returning scientist program). Under the BSP, the DOST chooses Filipino scientists and engineers with expertise in the latest technologies in their respective areas of discipline to return to the Philippines to perform technology transfer for short term or long term periods.
The award is given to scientists and engineers with excellent accomplishments in their areas of discipline who are working outside of the Philippines. The Philippines DOST expects to upgrade science and engineering by bringing back experts like Dr. Aguilar. “It is a rare opportunity for me as a scientist to be able to impart knowledge and skill to my country. I am very excited to talk to them about nanomaterials which is the technology of the 21st century,” says Dr. Aguilar.
Dr. Aguilar, who graduated with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, is one of three chemists who are recipients of the award in 2009. As part of the award, Dr. Aguilar will mentor local scientist, engineers, and students at the Ateneo University in Diliman, Quezon City for two weeks in 2009 and another two weeks in 2010 for a total of four weeks. Dr. Aguilar’s technology transfer lecture series will focus on nanotechnology and biotechnology which is her main area of expertise and concentration at Ocean NanoTech. She will provide the participants hands on experience in quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles, and electrochemistry applications in biosensor development for food, medical, industrial, environmental, and other applications.