BIOGRAPHY

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AMBROSIO B. CULTURA II, Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM PRESIDENT UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II is a leader, an innovator, and an educator. He is currently the University System President of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP). He is also the elected Chairperson of the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (NORMINCIEERD) and Northern Mindanao Metal Innovation Center (NMMIC) and sits as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northern Mindanao Food Innovation Center (NMFIC).

In 2016, he was designated as the very first Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation of the USTP System which allowed the University to further advance to greater heights its research, extension, and innovative programs. As a researcher, engineer, and educator he strongly advocated for innovation and techno-prenuership as he deemed these solutions to sustain development. He even spearheaded the USTP and the former Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in institutionalizing policies and implementation of programs supportive to this advocacy. These include the promotion of an Innovation Ecosystem in collaboration with the academe, industry, government, and the community to propel inclusive development not just in the region but in the country in general.

As an academician, he specializes in renewable energy hybrid systems, energy storage, smart grid, and distributed generation. He earned his graduate degree as Doctor in Philosophy in Electrical Power and Energy Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he also earned his Master’s degree funded by the Ford Foundation-International Fellowship Program. His expertise in the field of electrical engineering resulted to various research publications and citations and even recognitions in the national and international research arena. He further shared his expertise in many extension services that significantly benefitted communities. One of which is the community in Tacloban, Leyte after surviving Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) with the project Disaster Response Initiative through Establishment of Emerging Communication System (DiRECS) supplied by solar photovoltaic system.

For over 29 years in Public Service, Dr. Cultura was able to pursue initiatives worthy of commendation due to its impact and opportunities that it created. In 2021, Dr. Cultura was awarded as the Regional Presidential Lingkod Bayan for the Individual Category of the 2020 Civil Service Commission (CSC) Search for Outstanding Government Workers. With his professional accomplishment that ranges within the purview of Innovation and Technopreneurship, Research and Extension, Leadership and Management, and his COVID-19 counter-measures, Dr. Cultura was able to instigate meaningful development not only for the USTP, but more so on the community that the University serves.

Dr. Cultura is a father to six children and a husband to Mrs. Emersita O. Cultura. Despite his firm commitment to his profession as University President, educator and engineer, his ethics advocates for work-life balance and ensures time for his family and faith as an active member of the Catholic Church.