Dr. Aida Istino Yap has been appointed by the Board of the Regents as the new NISMED Director effective 31 May 2018. She takes over from Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, who held the position from December 2011 – 30 May 2018.
Dr. Yap joined NISMED as Science Education Specialist I in June 1996. She has served as Chair of the Elementary School Mathematics Group, Deputy Director for Administration, and Deputy Director for Research and Extension.
She earned her doctoral degree in Mathematics Education from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She finished her MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Tsukuba, Japan and graduated cum laude in BS Mathematics from the University of the East-Manila.
Dr. Yap has been actively involved in the Institute’s programs and projects and has spearheaded a number of research projects, professional development programs, and extension activities of the Institute. She envisions NISMED to be a leader and a hub in research and innovation in science and mathematics education. She plans to strengthen collaboration with other UP constituent units, government agencies and private partners, and international institutions to extend NISMED’s reach as a research unit and extension arm of the University.
She also aims to implement processes and tools for transparency and efficiency in the Institute’s daily operations and adopt strategies that will foster a positive working environment that ensure equal opportunity and a collegial relationship among the staff.