Dr. Erees Queen Macabebe of ECCE Department to do solar cell research in Italy funded by Erasmus Mundus

by Quirino Sugon Jr.

Dr. Reese Macabebe

Dr. Erees Queen Macabebe of ECCE Department

Time flies fast. Six years ago in 2005, Reese and I played table tennis with other faculty members in the Ateneo Dorm playing area near the Cervini Cafeteria.  On that night, she said goodbye to each one of us.  She was leaving for South Africa then for her Ph.D. in Physics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Fast forward to 2009.  I met Reese again at Manang’s Club House in a table facing the tennis court.  She had finished her Ph.D. in Physics.  Her field is in photovoltaics or solar cells.  She uses an algorithm based on swarm intelligence of bees and fishes to characterize the performance of solar cells.  Her work earned her a distinction of being one of the finalist in the Solar World Junior Einstein Award.  Upon her return to Ateneo de Manila University, she joined the ECCE department and led the photovoltaic research group.

Reese finished at the  Philippine Science High School (1998) in Western Visayas.  She was awarded a DOST scholarship to study in Ateneo de Manila University.  She worked in the Vacuum Coating Laboratory under the mentorship of Mr. Ivan Culaba.  Her thesis is on anti-reflection coatings using thin films.  She finished BS Physics in 2002 and BS Computer Engineering in 2003.  Reese then taught at the physics department and finished her Master in Physics Education in 2005.  Upon the suggestion of Dr. Jerrold Garcia who was the Physics Department chair then, Reese looked for a Ph.D. program abroad and chose South Africa.

Now, Reese is saying goodbye again to us her friends.  She was accepted for an Erasmus Mundus grant, an excerpt of which reads:

In the framework of the European Programme ERASMUS MUNDUS Action 2 EMMA West, coordinated by Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France) with the partnership of Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy) and funded by the European Commission, Dr Macabebe, Erees Queen  will spend a period of study/research of 6 months at Università degli Studi di Padova -Department of Technical Physics from October 15th 2011. Her supervisor will be Prof Davide Del Col.

In her correspondence with Prof Del Col, Reese was informed that she will be working on characterization of dye-sensitized solar cells in collaboration with Prof Vito di Noto of the Department of Chemistry. She will leave for Italy on the 17th of October.

Reese has gone to many parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia, circling the world with the sun, and for a time plants herself like a sunflower in foreign soil, unfolds her photovoltaic petals, and directs them to the sun till it passes over the horizon.

Farewell, Reese!  Best wishes!  And before you leave, let’s play table tennis.

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