University of the Philippines professor and project scientist with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)’s microsatellite projects, Gay Jane Perez, bagged the ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2018.
Perez successfully led the DOST Philippines-Microsat program that was sent into orbit Diwata-1 in 2016.
Perez is the first Filipino winner of the prestigious award given by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US Agency for International Development and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
The ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women was started by the US government to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality and improvement.
The prize emphasized the role of female scientists who use their work for societal improvement through sustainable ways. She was chosen from a field of 45 scientist nominees in the ASEAN region.
Perez will receive a cash prize of $20,000.
For this year, she was recognized for her research on precision agriculture and on how it can improve yield by using satellite observations in conjunction with models and ground date.
In turn, it could derive and develop prediction tools for agriculture in the Philippines. Her research included the assessment of how drought evolves through time.
Therefore, it could be a possible basis of drought advisory and corresponding mitigation measures.
The work of Perez would inspire other women scientists and the youth to help support the agricultural industry of both the country and its smallholder farmers, as well as the ASEAN region.