Mark Ivan Ugalino

Mark Ivan Ugalino

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Physics, UMass Dartmouth


I am a PhD student researcher at the Engineering and Applied Science program of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. My main research interests are on stellar & planetary astrophysics, partial differential equations, and computational physics. Writing poems and short literary works are my ways of exploring the intersection of the sciences and humanities.


  • Astrophysics of star formation and supernovae
  • Formation and evolution of stars and planets in low-mass disks
  • Green’s function methods in physics


  • PhD in Engineering and Applied Science, 2021-2025

    UMass Dartmouth (Adviser - Robert Fisher, PhD)

  • MSc in Physics, 2020

    University of the Philippines Diliman (Adviser - Ian Vega, PhD)

  • BSc in Physics, 2018

    University of the Philippines Diliman (Adviser - Ian Vega, PhD)

Programming Experience



5 yrs



< 1 yr



3 yrs



< 1 yr

Work Experience & Service to the Field


Graduate Research Assistant

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Jun 2021 – Present North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Jan 2021 – May 2021 North Dartmouth, Massachusetts


Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas Physics Conference

Aug 2019 – Present Philippines
Reviews article submissions related to theoretical and mathematical physics

Instructor 1

University of the Philippines Diliman

Aug 2018 – Dec 2020 Quezon City, Philippines

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching introductory lecture and laboratory courses in electromagnetism, classical mechanics, computational physics and physical electronics
  • Course group leader of the elementary physics laboratory in electromagnetism and optics (Academic Year 2019-2020)
  • Handles classes both in face-to-face (since 2018) and online format (starting AY 2020-2021)

Awarded with the “Gawad Direktor para sa Natatanging Bagong Guro” and the “Gawad Direktor para sa Natatanging Discussion Teacher” in 2018 for his exemplary performance as a newly-hired faculty of the Institute, and as a recitation instructor in lecture courses.


Education and Research Cluster Coordinator

University of the Philippines Astronomical Society

Jun 2016 – Present Quezon City, Philippines

Responsibilities include:

  • Gave lectures on the subject of celestial spheres to applicants as part of our semestral application process
  • Engaged high school students through lectures and activities about astronomy (history, misconceptions, and basic facts)
  • Expanded the book and periodical collection of the organization through donation campaigns
  • Served as head during the 2016 installment of the Big Bang! Astronomy Quiz Show held during the 2016 National Astronomy Week

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Steady-state density perturbations induced by a point mass in a finite cylinder

Contributed talk to the 38th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (Physics Society of the Philippines) on density perturbations in bounded domains

On the dynamics of SEIRS epidemic model with transport-related infection

Talk on the effect of transport between two cities to the transmission of infectious diseases as terminal requirement for my Math elective on mathematical methods in biology.

Dynamical friction effects on circular orbits immersed in a finite gaseous background

Online thesis defense as partial fulfillment to the requirements for a masteral degree in Physics from the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman.


Steady-state density perturbations induced by a point mass in a finite cylinder

We consider a massive point particle moving along a circular orbit, immersed in a finite cylindrical gaseous environment, as a model …

Density perturbations in a collisional fluid induced by a particle on a slightly-eccentric orbit

We consider a massive perturber moving along slightly-eccentric orbits through a collisional fluid in flat spacetime. We compute, via a …