Dr. Edgar W. Ignacio, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA), was elected to the board of the Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (APTCC).
The APTCC elected Ignacio to the board in its meeting on July 10, 2013 in Gyeongju, South Korea.
Ignacio is one of about only five practicing computational chemists in the Philippines today, and is the first Filipino to sit on the prestigious APTCC board in the past three years.
Ignacio told MSU-IIT’s Office of Publications & Information (OPI) he is honored and happy to be part of the APTCC board that recognizes theoretical and computational chemists from emerging countries like the Philippines.
Ignacio brings to the APTCC his extensive administrative experience and expertise in Computational Chemistry, and experience in Computer operations and programming.
The APTCC meets every three years in any city within the Asia-Pacific rim. The next meeting in 2016 where Ignacio is slated to attend as a board member will be in Tainan, Taiwan.
Ignacio’s expertise in Computational Chemistry and his Computer skills has enabled him to do extensive research, singly or in collaboration with fellow chemists and physicists to publish over 20 papers in internationally refereed journals, and to be a consultant, resource speaker or special trainer in various Chemistry departments, in seminars and conferences here and abroad.
It was Professor Leo Radom, APTCC President and a faculty of the School of Chemistry of the University of Sydney, who emailed Ignacio of the good news.
Prior to his election to the APTCC board, Ignacio was nominated as special member to the association by a Japanese visiting professor in MSU-IIT, Prof. Keiji Morokuma.
Ignacio took his Ph.D. at the Wayne State University in Michigan, USA and his post-doctorate at the Nara University in Nara, Japan under a DOST-PCASTRD Program.
Ignacio was appointed as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of MSU-IIT under the administration of former Chancellor Marcelo Salazar and is currently serving another term under the present administration of Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol.
Before this—he was on Secondment from MSU-IIT—President of Northern Mindanao State University of Technology (NORMISIST) now known as the Caraga State University (CSU).
Ignacio was also chair of the Caraga Consortium for Agricultural Resources Research and Development; Dean of the MSU-IIT School of Graduate Studies; and, Coordinator of the Nodal Program of the CHEd-Mindanao Advance Education Project in MSU-IIT among other administrative positions in the last 22 years.
Ignacio received the Outstanding Teacher Award in Chemistry during the MSU-IIT’s 29th Charter Day and the Tindalo Award for 25 years of Loyal Service to the Institute during its 35th Charter Day celebration. He is married to the MSU-IIT College of Engineering’s Assistant Dean Ma. Teresa B. Trinidad Ignacio. They have two sons, Eigen and Johann. (CGO/OC-OPI)