DES’ Ma’am Adel receives Academic Excellence Award


In her speech addressed to the Graduate School during its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony, she highlighted the importance of innovation in furthering our country’s development. She stressed how UP’s nurturing of its students fosters in them an innovative spirit, a prerequisite to be a prime mover of this country.

Ma’am Adel, as fondly called by her students, earned her BS degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1988, and her MS in Food Science in 1994. She was also a former University Registrar.

Below is the transcript of her speech delivered last June 24, 2016.

Distinguished Guest Speaker, Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Members of the Board of Regents, Officials of the UP System and UP Los Baños, faculty members, families, friends and fellow candidates, a pleasant afternoon to all.

 I am honored and humbled to address you on behalf of the graduating doctoral students of Class 2016.

While working on my dissertation, I learned about making things smaller, then putting them back together, to finally come up with things that are better. Looking back, it was quite funny that while I was doing my study, my six year old son was also doing his own dismantling of toys into smaller parts, then combining parts from different toys, to finally produce a totally “new” toy, although more often it does not come out to be a better toy. I cannot do anything but to simply smile and marvel at this dismantling of toys, because while studying in UPLB, I was freely allowed to explore, and was taught not to be afraid to try new ideas. This is the kind of innovative spirit I have learned from UP which my son has been practicing ahead of me.

Innovation is considered as a vital key to be able to compete successfully in the global economy. With the innovative spirit that UP nurtured in us, we are expected to actively contribute to the competitiveness of the country.

My dissertation was on the emerging field of nano technology, where things are one billion times smaller than a meter, although I am not sure if this is the same technology that Stan Lee used for Ant-Man as what my son kept asking me and begging to use on him so that he can become a superhero.

In my work, I explored the properties of individual materials at nano levels to be able to better harness their strengths, so that once combined, better materials will be produced. 

This is the kind of advanced knowledge and skills that I am grateful UPLB has given me, which I am sure my fellow candidates have also gained and are thankful for. I am also sure that my fellow candidates have worked on more advanced studies than my own, which is proof that UPLB is helping in continuously building a strong and competitive nation through these advancements.

                As in my nano study, UPLB brought out the best from each one of us from the rigid trainings and challenges we have faced, so that once we leave the University, we will be able to work with others to form a stronger society. Not to work on our own, but to work with others.

                In our quest for higher learning and more advanced technologies, let us not however forget to work for the betterment of our more needy countrymen. Let us always uphold what the Oblation represents.

President Obama in a Joint Session of Parliament of India said, and I quote “Today, India is a leader in using technology to empower farmers, like those I met yesterday who get free updates on market and weather conditions on their cell phones.” I hope we can do the same for our farmers.

Finally, my fellow candidates, I hope to see you in the future full of love for the endeavor you have chosen. As what Steve Jobs said in his commencement address at Stanford University “… the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when youfind it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until youfind it. Don’t settle.”

And if I may add, keep on innovating.

Maraming salamat at mabuhay po tayong lahat.

                                   Adeliza A. Dorado, PhD in Agricultural Engineering