Division IX Chairpersons

Dr. Salvador led a team of scientists from the Research and Extension, National Institute of Physics (NIP), who made breakthroughs in the field of fiber optic communications. The team produced unique semiconductor materials like gallium arsenide (GaAs) and aluminium-gallium arsenide (AIGaAs), by using a process called molecular beam that enables faster and superior data transmission over conventional copper wires found in usual cables.

Dr. Salvador’s team won the coveted Most Outstanding Research and Development Award given by the Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCASTRD-DOST, now known as PCIEERD after it merged with another DOST agency).

Dr. Salvador earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines in May 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States, in December 1993.

He is now Associate Director for Research and Extension in the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines (NIP-UP).

Dr. Wilson O. Garcia is an Associate Professor of the National Institute of Physics (NIP) at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. He also serves as the NIP Deputy Director for Research and Extension. In 2011, Dr. Garcia was elected as Chair, Physics Division of the National Research Council of the Philippines. Dr. Garcia was also elected as the first Vice-President of the Physics Society of the Philippines to a two year term in 2012.

Dr. Garcia completed BS, MS and PhD physics degrees at the U.P.–Diliman Campus. He was a research fellow and visiting scientist at the University of Swansea, Wales in the United Kingdom; Institute of Quantum Electronics in Florence, Italy; Institute of Laser Technology in Shanghai, China; and Institute of Laser Engineering in Osaka University, Japan. His fields of specialization are optics, development of laser sources, laser produced plasma, pulsed laser deposition and spectroscopy. He has made scientific contributions in the field of non–linear optics, pulsed laser deposition and spectroscopy. Dr. Garcia has mentored several undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D,) physics students.

His research works and academic excellence have been recognized by several honors and awards including the 2007 NRCP Physics Division Achievement Award, the 2004 Dr. Jose P. Rizal Awards for Excellence (S&T) and U.P.–Diliman Campus Chancellor Award on Invention and Innovation for 2002 and 2005.