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Group > Mark Yap
- Curriculum Research & Development Group
- BA - Communications 2001 UH Mānoa
Certificate - Ethnic Studies 2001 UH Mānoa
Brief BiographyMark Yap has over 15 years of experience in information technology (IT) and in video/multimedia production. In his various roles over the years, which include assistant teaching in Multimedia for grade six students for seven summers, consulting on IT and audio visual needs, creating multimedia content for K-12, and bridging IT in a blended K-20 environment. He is currently the IT manager for the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
As the founding organizer for IT for CRDG, Mark has helped transform technology in both our K-12 and higher education operations. Researching best practices, and implementing them for CRDG and ULS over the years have resulted in our abilities to foster 21st century learning. Projects such as multiple generations of servers, and tier one and two RAID storage, implementing storage area networks (SANs) with fiber channel technology, transitioning legacy category 3 and 5 networks to category 6 gigabit network, transitioning legacy 802.11A/B/G WIFI network to 802.11N with MIMO capabilities, and modernizing classroom technology with various multimedia technologies from SMART technologies and Epson BrightLink.
While some may think that CRDG and ULS are small in size compared to other schools, research units, or school districts, we have been able to leverage funds through strategic budgeting, grants, and strong fundraising efforts over the years. In life-cycle management investments alone, we have been able to acquire over $1.2 million in computing technology since 2005. Besides the computing needs for the research unit, the K-12 operations, large investments to wired, and wireless investments have been made with the support of over $275,000 with various funds. Mark served as the project manager on all of these projects to propel CRDG, and ULS with modern infrastructure, and technology.