EVA MARIE A. RATILLA, Ph.D.
August 2, 1961 – December 14, 2020
On December 14, 2020, we, at the Institute of Chemistry, UPD mourn the loss of one of our professors, and a dear colleague – D. Eva Marie A. Ratilla.
Eva fought several decades of battle with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and complications of diabetes, always with objective determination and optimism. Ever the scientist, she kept abreast of the latest research and advances on the molecular aspects of treating her condition and seek to obtain these latest medical treatments, even joining in experimental drug trials. Through it all, Eva performed her duties and responsibilities as professor at the Institute to the fullest, where she taught Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Together with Dr. Nestor Valera, she spearheaded the development of the Advanced Inorganic Laboratory Courses and the expansion of the Inorganic Graduate Courses to include topics in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, and Physical Methods of Inorganic Chemistry. She was instrumental in promoting Inorganic Chemistry as an interesting and cutting-edge field of research to IC students in the 1990’s and she served as graduate thesis adviser to the first batch of local PhD graduates with specialization in this field of chemistry. She has mentored many of the current younger generation of PhD faculty members of IC. Eva worked together with the Inorganic Chemists from other Universities to uplift Inorganic Chemistry in the Philippines and led the establishment of KKP-DICAF (Kapisanan ng mga Kimika sa Pilipinas – Division of Inorganic Chemistry and Allied Fields), serving as its First Chairperson. KKP-DICAF hosted the 10th EURASIA Conference on Chemical Sciences in Manila in January 2008. Eva also contributed her expertise during the early development of the Materials Science Program in the College of Science and the College of Engineering. Eva was a staunched advocate of excellence and cutting-edge research projects and she encouraged the collaboration of academe and the private industries by advocating for faculty members to provide practicable solutions to industrial processes by serving as consultants in the R&D departments of industries and for thesis students to work on solving process-related problems. Eva served as consultant to Intel, Philippines and her experiences in the industry sector served to enrich her teaching which benefited her students much. She effectively demonstrated the practical applications of difficult molecular concepts and the importance of having a strong foundational knowledge on these to effectively solve process issues in electronics manufacturing.
We will miss her “fierce” dedication to teaching, her counsel and her friendship. Her physical presence is gone but the lessons she taught us in life will serve us well for many years to come. Thank you for the 30 years of service to the Institute of Chemistry and to our beloved University.