Alarcon, Minella C.

Part Time

After working for more than a decade at UNESCO as Programme Specialist responsible for the basic sciences, particularly, physics and mathematics, and science education, and being cited last August 2010 by SPIE for her founding and heading the successful project ALOP (Active Learning in Optics and Photonics), Dr. Minella Alarcon has retired from UNESCO and returned to her roots at the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Physics. Dr. Minella Alarcon got her PhD degree in Physics from UP Diliman back in 1987 and did her experimental research at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. It was in 1987 that she started the Laser Laboratory in the department with experiments in Applied Laser Spectroscopy and set up in 1996 the Mie Lidar System at the Manila Observatory. Dr. Alarcon is currently active in Physics education research and heads the team who trains the Physics teachers of Ateneo de Manila High School.

In the News

Ateneo Physics Department welcomes back Dr. Minella Alarcon from UNESCO: Inquiry-Based Science Teaching (IBST) training of Ateneo de Manila High School teachers

Ateneo physics faculty members Joel Maquiling and Ivan Culaba are part of UNESCO’s Active Learning in Optics and Photonics project which won a SPIE award

Courses Taught: 

PS 113 A Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Research Interest: 

Lasers, physics education