Stanford University has released a list of the most influential researchers in 2023. Within this list, five researchers from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) have secured a position in the Top 2% World Ranking Scientists. Published in October 2023 by Prof. John Ioannidis of Stanford University, along with Jeroen Baas and Kevin Boyack, this compilation comprises over 100,000 scientists whose works are frequently cited by their peers, establishing them as highly influential figures in the global research community.
The number of UGM researchers and faculty members included in the Top 2% World Ranking Scientists list has seen an increase of two individuals compared to the previous year’s count of three in 2021. This increase stands as evidence that the quality of UGM researchers is capable of competing globally.
UGM researchers who have previously been included in the Top 2% World Ranking Scientists list by Stanford University are: 1) Prof. Dr. Abdul Rohman, S.F., M.Si., Apt. from the Faculty of Pharmacy, with an h-index of 34 and 357 published works; 2) Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Muh Aris Marfai, S.Si., M.Sc. from the Faculty of Geography, with an h-index of 18 and 107 published works; and 3) Prof. Dr. Ahmad Maryudi, S.Hut., M.For. from the Faculty of Forestry, with an h-index of 25 and 76 published works.
In the latest prestigious list released by Stanford University, two new names from UGM have successfully entered the Top 2% World Ranking Scientist for the year 2023. These individuals are: 1) Prof. Drs. Sri Juari Santosa, M.Eng., Ph.D. from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, boasting an h-index of 18 and 133 published works; and 2) Prof. Dra. Wega Trisunaryanti, M.S., Ph.D., Eng. from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, with an h-index of 16 and 127 published works. The Directorate of Research at UGM extends heartfelt congratulations to these five researchers for their remarkable achievements, further solidifying UGM’s position as a world-class research university. Here are brief profiles of the five researchers.
- Dr. Abdul Rohman, S.F., M.Si., Apt.
Prof. Dr. Abdul Rohman, S.F., M.Si., Apt., is a Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, UGM. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Faculty of Pharmacy, UGM, between 2002 and 2006. His doctoral degree was conferred by the Halal Products Research Institute at Universiti Putra Malaysia in the field of Halal Food Analysis in 2011. His research focus lies in the analysis of the halal status of products and the authentication of food and pharmaceutical products. His expertise has earned him accolades, including the Young Scientist Scopus Award in 2014, the Extraordinary Intellectual Property (IP) Award in the Field of International Publications from the Ministry of Research and Technology in 2014, and the responsibility of leading the Center of Excellence for Science and Technology (PUI-PT IHIS UGM).
- Dr.rer.nat. Muh Aris Marfai, S.Si., M.Sc.
Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Muh Aris Marfai, S.Si., M.Sc., is a Professor specializing in Disaster Geomorphology at the Faculty of Geography, UGM. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Geography, UGM, in 1998, and his master’s degree after completing studies at the International Institute for Geo Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands in 2003. Furthermore, he obtained his doctoral degree from Justus-Liebig-Universitaet, Giessen, Germany, in 2008. His interest and expertise in coastal geomorphology have led him to play a significant role in formulating the Continental Shelf Bill, aiming to extend Indonesia’s continental shelf boundaries up to 350 nautical miles under the UNCLOS agreement. He has been entrusted with the position of Head of the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) since January 2021.
- Dr. Ahmad Maryudi, S.Hut., M.For.
Prof. Dr. Ahmad Maryudi, S.Hut., M.For., is a Professor at the Faculty of Forestry, UGM, specializing in forest policy and governance, particularly in relation to actors, interests, and power relations. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UGM, while his master’s degree in forest policy was obtained after completing studies at The Australian National University. Additionally, he holds a doctoral degree in forest development policy from Göttingen University. His various research and publications on forestry policy and governance, including community forest policy and social forestry, have led him to contribute significantly to the Indonesian government, particularly during international negotiations on forests and land. He currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator of the Forest Policy & Economics Division at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
- Drs. Sri Juari Santosa, M.Eng., Ph.D.
Prof. Drs. Sri Juari Santosa, M.Eng., Ph.D., is a Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MIPA), UGM. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of MIPA, UGM, while his master’s and doctoral degrees were earned after completing studies at Keio University in 1993 and 1997, respectively. His research focuses on addressing heavy metal pollution in the environment and hazardous dyes using synthetic adsorbents and selective adsorbents based on Indonesian natural materials. His expertise in the field of Green Synthesis and the Application of materials for valuable chemical Recovery and Environmental Remediation has garnered recognition, including the Hitachi Global Foundation Asia Innovation Award 2022 in Tokyo. This accolade was awarded for his research and innovation titled “Providing Safe Water Sources for Drinking and Domestic Uses through the Development and Implementation of an Adaptable and Reusable Hybrid Material-Based Removal Method.”
- Dra. Wega Trisunaryanti, M.S., Ph.D.,Eng.
Prof. Dra. Wega Trisunaryanti, M.S., Ph.D., Eng., is a Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MIPA), UGM. She obtained her doctoral degree after completing studies at Osaka University, Japan, in 1997. Her research interests lie in materials, particularly catalysts and adsorbents (clay, zeolite, silica, alumina, carbon, and MCM-41) for fuel production processes. She is actively publishing her research findings in both national and international seminars and journals related to catalyst materials for the conversion of Buton asphalt fractions into fuel fractions. Currently, she is conducting research on the production of Jet biofuel (bioaviation fuel) from palm oil using a one-pot atmospheric reactor system.