Fiscal year 2014-2015 is the second year for Asst. Prof. Jason Ongpeng, CE Dept. chair in the JSPS Ronpaku Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is aimed to provide tutorial and financial support for promising researchers who wish to obtain their PhD degrees from Japanese universities through submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. In this program, the Ronpaku fellow can visit the host university in Japan for short visits to do experiments and go back to Philippine university for the analysis of data and writing of dissertation. The program is funded for three years until the completion of the final requirements.
There are two advisers in the JSPS Ronpaku Scholarship Program, one in Japan and the other one in the home institution where the Ronpaku fellow resides and work. The host university in Japan, Professor Sohichi Hirose is from Tokyo Institute of Technology under the Department of Mechanical and Environmental Informatics. He is the current president of Japanese Society for Non-destructive Inspection (JSNDI), expert in the field of applied mechanics and non-destructive evaluation. The home adviser at DLSU is Dr. Andres Oreta, a professor in DLSU Civil Engineering Department, who was also Ongpeng's MSCE thesis adviser.
Ongpeng was in Japan for 25 days during the month of April/May to do experiments on acoustic emission test and non-linear ultrasonic test in different type of concrete when it is subjected to compressive load. Coincidentally, he also presented a conference paper, “Non-linear ultrasonic test for fiber-reinforced concrete using 3rd harmonic generation” in Nara, Japan under the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) with the theme ELEGANCE IN STRUCTURES held on may 13-15, 2015.
- Reported by JMCO