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Meet the Team Leader: Philip Christian C. Zuñiga


(November 12)—The Utilities Management Team (UMT) has a new Team Leader: Philip Christian C. Zuñiga.

Zuñiga succeeds Prof. Mario Carreon.  Appointed on September 6, he is supposed to serve for six months, but since there will be a search for a new chancellor, “my term might be co-terminus,” he said.

What does it take to be part of UMT, more importantly, to lead it?  “You have to like numbers,” he said.  And Zuñiga likes numbers.  His main job is teaching—as professor of Computer Science at the College of Engineering (CoE).  Zuñiga joined the CoE Department of Computer Science in 2006, two years after graduating cum laude at the UPD with a BS Mathematics degree.  He also holds an MS Mathematics degree (with the area of study on wavelets, image processing and digital watermarking) from UPD and is now pursuing his PhD in Computer Science (with the area of study on computer security) also at the University.

As UMT leader, Zuñiga leads a small team—four to be exact—that closely monitors the electric and water consumption of all academic and support offices in UPD.  Having only four staff members—three keep track of UPD’s utilities consumption in the 70 plus buildings on campus, and one mans the office’s administrative concerns—was one of the challenges that Zuñiga had to face.

In his six-month stint, Zuñiga hopes to “migrate” the UMT data that are currently all paper files to digital form to better serve the University.

“Presently, when we need some data on utilities consumption, we still have to pull out the paper files.  Professor Carreon started ‘Project Watchman,’ research to develop a software application for end users to check their monthly utilities consumption.  Once this becomes operational, my goal is to migrate to digital form all the data that are on paper,” he said.
He also plans to keep watch and manage UPD’s electric and water consumption to generate more savings.

Professor Zuñiga received a number of awards and professorial chairs, the latest of which was the Marlon Bacani Professorial Chair of Engineering.—Mariamme D. Jadloc, image by Jefferson Villacruz