Dr. Ian A. Navarrete was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Scientists for 2016 by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the premier and most prestigious recognition and advisory body on science and technology in the Philippines. He was awarded for his outstanding achievements in Soil Science as reflected by his papers in international journals as well as by the prestigious research awards he has won. Dr. Navarrete as one of the Outstanding Young Scientists in 2016 (photo by IA Navarrete) Every year, NAST selects 12 recipients of the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Awards who should be young Filipino scientist (below 41 years old) and who have made significant contributions to science and technology. Dr. Navarrete, who comes from Javier, Leyte, finished his BSA Soil Science and MSc in Soil Science from Visayas State University (VSU). He conducted his undergraduate and graduate theses under the supervision of V.B. Asio. For his MSc thesis on the characteristics and genesis of highly weathered soils from Samar, he spent four months performing mineralogical and elemental analyses at the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Martin Luther University, Germany (hosted by Prof. Reinhold Jahn) with scholarship support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The thesis discovered the occurrence of an Oxisol in Samar. With members of the pedology group of VSU during the field work for his postdoctorate research He then pursued his doctorate degree at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan, and then went to the University of Goettingen, Germany, for his postdoctorate as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, a highly competitive and world-renowned fellowship. The field studies for his doctoral dissertation and postdoctorate research were conducted in Leyte in collaboration with the Pedology and Geo-ecology Laboratory (V.B. Asio) at VSU. Since 2015, Dr. Navarrete is an Assistant Professor at Ateneo de Manila University.