Doctor of Physics, that is!
This is a short but sweet post documenting my very first experience of watching a dissertation presentation in the new and improved National Institute of Physics in UP Diliman.
The topic? Surface modification of polytetrafluoroethylene (we normal people just call it TEFLON) and … oh god, I forgot the thing related to the sea (it sounded like poisson and then something something). I’m so sorry. :S I only took Physics 71-73 for engineering and after being introduced to Einstein’s theory of relativity, I haven’t gotten much chance to explore the nuances of the world of physical science. If I did understand my context clues correctly, the study had some significance to the environment in a way because it studies the properties of how surfaces absorb liquid. It’s really nice and heavily technical.
And then the way the liquid hits a surface has interesting models like Cassie-Baxter and Wenzel. I never knew those things! LOL. How can a single drop have so much in it?
It was 3 hours of presentation and interestingly, I found some parallels or vague similarities of physics in the engineering subjects I took like when he mentioned the concept of hysteresis. The force body diagram of the approaching and receding angles reminded me so much of free body diagrams in the ES series on the frictionless incline. Also, I was amazed by the numerous equipment that this ultra-ultra-smart person used. Some of the research and materials were even done and taken in FRANCE! Ooh lala!
Despite my complete unfamiliarity and occasional zoning out or nosebleeding after the Powerpoint presentation, I really appreciated what this life’s work has brought to my good friend Jethro. And I am mighty proud to call him my friend. 🙂 At least I know of a real life physicist aside from my favorite characters in the TV show Big Bang Theory.
Congratulations, Dr. Hernando Salapare III! 🙂
(I prefer calling this Francophone Jethro in his non-working time!)
“Laida Magtalas version 2.0” decided to give 2 dozens of roses as a congratulatory gift. 🙂 The beautiful flowers deserve its own set of photos. 🙂 Many thanks and image credits to my forever Skyflakes buddy, engineer, and manager Homer Pagkalinawan. 🙂
It was really a fun morning so far and while I gave the doctor one of my favorite books on planet earth, I still want the world to know that my friend Jethro reached one of the pinnacles of the academe today and I am mighty proud to have witnessed it with a free breakfast meal to boot.
[I also made me think of what my academic plans are. I wish I can accomplish something as monumental. Hahaha. 🙂 ]
Prior to attending this presentation, I was just looking at teflon products in a regular way. I guess I will start becoming more conscious of the oil dripping on the teflon surface because of what I just witnessed. I never knew that there was this much at a microscopic (?) level. It’s amazing. 🙂 The wonders of the world never cease.