Dabawenyo bags top spot in Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award

Dabawenyo Darius Joseph Diamante’s research work on engineering and technology won first prize in the 2021 Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award.

The Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology aims to encourage young Filipino students to pursue a career in science. Six other students from various universities were nominated for the Award.

Diamante’s presentation focused on “Analyzing the Pedestrian Dynamics of the Black Nazarene Procession in Manila City.” He was nominated by the university and was chosen to join and present the research work and thesis. His co-authors are Rex Emmanuel M. Apad, John Paul Aloveel C. Ferrer, Alerik Ezekiel C. Ruiz. Dr. Alexis M. Fillone served as their adviser.

“The study aims to assess the crowd behavior during the Black Nazarene procession for improved risk management planning,” Diamante said during his presentation.

Among the factors considered are the road characteristics, pedestrian density, estimation method, pedestrian aggressiveness and mitigating measures.

Diamante, who is popularly known as Jed, studied at the Ateneo de Davao from grade school (salutatorian) and high school (valedictorian). He recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from De La Salle University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree with specialization in Transportation Engineering.

His academic achievements has not stopped Diamante from pursuing his passion for sports. He used to be the team captain of DLSU men’s football team and the Little Askals Philippine Team. The Diamante brothers have in fact all served as DLSU men’s football team at one time. The first one was Derrico Gabriel Diamante or Gio, David Angelo or Gelo, and Jed.

The First, Second and Third Prize winners of the 2021 Magsaysay Future Engineers/Technologists Award received a cash prize of P100,000.00, P50,000.00 and P30,000.00 respectively. They also got a plaque of recognition from NAST.

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