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 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. Yang is an alumna of the SCUP Planning Institute from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). She has served as an IPEDS trainer, and taught IPEDS Peer and Benchmark workshops. Email Yang or call her at 808-956-5877.
Dave is MIRO’s first ever database and software developer, joining the office in June 2013. He is a native of Philadelphia, holds Masters degrees in computer science and linguistics, and is currently procrastinating work on a Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics at UHM. Before coming to Hawai’i, he worked as a software developer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and before that in Tokyo. Dave actually misses the snow in Utah, and is hoping to teach his kids to program in Perl 6, but realizes it’ll end up being his grandkids. Drop Dave a note or call him at 808-956-6303.
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 is currently a Ph.D. candidate 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.
Sonya Smyk became MIRO’s Graduate Assistant in January 2015. She is originally from Edinburgh in Scotland. After receiving her B.A. in American Studies, Sonya worked for BBC Scotland as a television and radio researcher, producer and director. Since coming to the United States she has worked as a communications director and as a freelance journalist. Sonya is now enjoying the academic life, and sunshine, at Mānoa where she is studying for a Master’s degree in communications. When she is not researching or writing, Sonya likes to swim with sea turtles or hike to waterfalls. Email Sonya or call her at 808-956-5366.