MIRO Staff


Yang Zhang, Ph.D., MBA
Director of Institutional Research

Yang was appointed as director in 2012. She reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and oversees the work of MIRO. Yang’s career in institutional research (IR) started in 2005, when she served as an IR analyst and then Assistant IR Director at Stonehill College, and then IR Director at Edgewood College. Yang has given dozens of talk, workshops, and seminars internationally on a wide range of IR related topics. She was the keynote speaker at the Chinese Association of Institutional Research’s 2015 annual conference, and an invited speaker at the 6th International Conference on World-Class Universities (WCU-6). Yang received her B.A. in Journalism from Shandong University, M.S. in Educational Statistics and Assessment from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MBA from Edgewood College, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Email Yang or call her at 808-956-5877.


Erick Yamanaka, B.S.
IT Specialist

A native of Kapahulu, Erick was fortunate to be able to follow his passion in computers as his career. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and went on to work for many years in the private industry as a computer contractor, building an extensive background in databases and many different types of computer technology. Finding his path back to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he joined MIRO in December 2016. Out of the office, he enjoys watching movies and singing with the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Oahu Choral Society. Email Erick or call him at 808-956-6303.


jung-ts-kelly-linKelly Jung-ts Lin, Ph.D.
Institutional Research Analyst

Kelly Jung-Ts Lin joined MIRO in June of 2014. Before that, she had never thought of dealing with numbers for a career instead of people. Kelly received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Studies at UHM. She wants to pursue a career in Institutional Research and use statistical methods to discover interesting stories and facilitate decision making. Kelly helps with internal surveys (e.g. the Common Data Set) and external surveys (e.g. world university rankings). Email Kelly or call her at 808-956-5366.


Marc picMarc Arakaki, M.A. Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Marc Arakaki is MIRO’s Graduate Assistant majoring in Communications. He is a native of Kaimuki, Oahu, Hawaii. Arakaki received his B.A. in Political Science and Communicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduation, he worked at Hawaii News Now (Honolulu’s CBS and NBC affiliate) as an intern, eventually becoming an assignment editor and news producer. He is currently in the Communications program pursuing a Master’s degree. In his free time, Arakaki likes to play golf and help out as a drum major adviser with his high school marching band. Email Marc or call him at 808-956-5366.