Professor Maria Natalia Roxas-Dimaano, PhD was hailed as the 2021 Outstanding Chemical Engineer for Research and Development by the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PICHE), in its virtual convention that began on September 15, 2021 (Wednesday).Dimaano, who holds a PhD in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is an expert in the field of energy engineering. Among her research works are the conversion of non-edible seed oils into biodiesel and the production of wallboards, composites, activated carbon and biochar from waste seed husks as primary materials. No stranger to recognitions, Dimaano was the 2011 Gregorio Y. Zara Awardee for Applied Science Research by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PHILAAST), the 2009 Achievement Awardee for Engineering and Industrial Research by the National Research Council of the Philippines, and is a Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology and the PICHE College of Fellows.
Dimaano teaches at the Department of Chemical Engineering and is the Program Lead for Engineering at the UST Graduate School. She is also a researcher of the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences. She used to serve as the Internationalization Coordinator of the UST Graduate School and during this time, the dual-degree program Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, major in Metallurgical Engineering was offered with Curtin University, Australia.