Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

Empowered Women of EEEI - Jean Marriz Manzano

As part of the National Women’s Month celebration, the EEE Institute recognizes outstanding women and their contributions electrical, electronics and computer engineering and to the institute through this series — Empowered Women of UP EEEI.

Next on the list is Jean Marriz Manzano, a Research Fellow of EEEI PCARi-VERSe and a Senior Lecturer at EEEI Microelectronics and Microprocessors Laboratory.

Read and be inspired of Ms. Manzano's story:

How do women make an impact in your chosen career and industry?

Working with women encourages other women to pursue the same field of career where females are outnumbered. It promotes (1) courage and self-esteem to other women who share the same interest in work, (2) opens opportunities for empowerment, (3) creates a comfortable workspace for female co-workers, (4) unlocks the potential for women to become competent in their work, and (5) serves as an inspiration to young women who are still navigating through their career and establishing a footprint that impacts our society.

Message to all the women of EEEI

I am always astonished to see women in engineering. I had this feeling that whenever I see and meet one, I am a part of fulfilling a purpose. To all women of EEEI, thank you for your existence and your valuable work as this had made me feel I am significant in my career.  

Also, I am most honored to know and have met the incredible women of EEEI. From faculty to staff, researchers, and students, there is always something I can learn. It is indeed amazing that we may be few, but the impact we can do causes a ripple effect as we continue to empower, strengthen, inspire, and support one another. 

Accomplishments and advocacies that you may want to share to our EEEI Community

Characterization of microfabrication processes in the University of California - Berkeley, Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory. In parallel with the characterization of processes that were made in UC Berkeley, the experience of working in a very diverse environment can be overwhelming, challenging, and enjoyable at the same time. Overwhelming as you need to absorb a lot of information in a small amount of time. Challenging as you will be working with co-researchers who have different educational backgrounds and cultures. But was fun and enjoyable at the same time because of the inputs we were able to exchange to our respective research. Today, the characterized processes are now used in the local cleanroom facility. We hope that in the coming years, new researchers of the facility will be able to make good use of and improve these characterized processes for their research. 


Establishment of the cleanroom facility housed at DMMME under CHED-PCARI Vibrational Energy Harvesters for Resilient Sensor Nodes (VERSe) project. Together with our team under the leadership of our project leaders, we were able to contribute to the establishment of the cleanroom facility. Despite the obstacles that were brought by the pandemic, the outstanding dedication of the whole team made realize the cleanroom facility. Now, almost more than half of the equipment in the facility was recalibrated and fully functional. Through this facility, it is our vision for it to open doors of opportunities to aspiring researchers in doing their research, discovering novel materials, and building new devices that we can use to upscale not only the research and development capabilities of the Philippines but also the semiconductor industry of our country.