Mechanical Engineer Ricardo S. Balog, former Assistant Dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Engineering, was chosen by the Asian Scientist Magazine (ASM) to be part of the “Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition,” a list of Asia’s most outstanding researchers.

Since 2016, ASM has been compiling annually a list of Asia’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines. To be acknowledged on this list, the honoree must have received a national or international prize in 2018 for his or her research, or must have made a significant scientific discovery, or provided leadership in academia or industry.

Balog, who is under the Engineering Category of the Asian Scientist 100, was awarded the Mario Cruel Award for Advanced Engineering Technology in September 2018 by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PHILAAST)  for his research on and fabrication of low-cost medical devices.

Among his inventions are: a low-cost surgical instrument, multi-purpose, adjustable and self-retaining retractor used by surgeons in performing surgery in a patient’s abdominal area; a clamp anywhere “flexible retractor stand-holder” which holds in place a retractor used in hemorrhoidectomy; an orthopedic device used to correct misaligned/dislocated bones; a practical heat block apparatus for the loop-mediated amplification (LAMP)-based detection of shrimp pathogens under the gram; and a balut vending machine prototype which is a part of “Project 5” (Market Research) of the “Itik Pinas” Program of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

Balog is one of eight new Filipino inductees into this prestigious list. In 2017, another UST faculty member, Prof. Raymond L. Rosales, M.D., from the Department of Neurology of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, made it to the list under the Biomedical Sciences category.

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