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Farmer’s son becomes Duke scholar

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Edrian Paul Liao, who hails from Isabela, is the son of farmer and a former midwife, who recently accepted a full ride in BS Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Computer Science—as well as a Certificate in Aerospace Engineering—at Duke University in North Carolina, this August.


A graduate of Philippine Science High School-Cagayan Valley (or Pisay, as it is informally called), has also been offered a full scholarship in BS Physics at Jacob’s University in Germany.


As the recipient of the Karsh International Scholarship Program, he is assured of free tuition, lodging, food and required fees, all of which amount to about US$328,000.


Liao is especially gifted at math, something he knew from a young age. “Naisip ko baka ito ‘yung calling ko sa buhay,” he said, having represented his grade school, Centro de Cultura in international mathematics competitions abroad, particularly Singapore and China.


Having witnessed the challenges his farmer father faces in the country, Liao hopes to revolutionize agriculture: “I want to provide farmers with microsatellites that could potentially aid in minimizing the harsh effects of [typhoons and monsoons]. At least for this issue, I could be able to help and uplift the millions of farmers in the Philippines.”


He is also interested in working for agencies such as Boeing, SpaceX and NASA, to help build spacecrafts and satellites that contribute to “a positive common cause.” He also intends to join the newly-created Philippine Space Agency.

Photo: Edrian Liao


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