Established in 2019 by Unilab Foundation, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education, CISTEM aims to establish Integrated STEM Education and collaborates with like-minded organizations to revolutionize STEM Education in Asia.
Inspired by the community, driven by innovation, and backed by research, our programs help teachers to thrive in the rapidly evolving education landscape and prepare learners for the workforce of the future and for a better quality of life.

Why partner with us?

Educators Reached

We love to work with Educators.

As an authorized Learning Service Provider of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP), we have engaged over four thousand educators through intensive workshops on Integrated STEM Education for public and private school teachers across the regions.
Learners Empowered

We seek to empower learners.

We provide learners from kindergarten to senior high school an inspiring experience anchored on inquiry, innovation, technology, and community-building to prepare them for the workforce of the future and for a better quality of life.
STEM Schools Engaged

We strive to promote inclusion.

We place high value on the participation of women, early graders, out-of-school youth, and communities in STEM fields to harness their full potential towards improving innovation, social well-being, inclusive growth, and sustainable development.
Partnerships Established

We build and foster partnerships.

Through partnerships among government-industry-and-education sectors, we shape the STEM education landscape – making it accessible, impactful and relevant to the community.

We create a culture of inquiry and innovation for nation- building.

We implement projects led by a Dynamic Team

Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Melvin T. Magsayo, M.A. Ed.

Program Operations Manager​

Tristan C. Orbeta, M.A. Ed.​

Strategic Support

Edwehna Elinore S. Paderna, Ph.D.​

Program Leader, Teacher Certification and STEM Teaching Factory​

Lou Sabrina S. Ongkiko, M.A.Ed.

Program Leader, Innovation in Primary Schools

Frederick S. Talaue, Ph.D.

Consultant, Research Initiative

Rosanelia T. Yangco, Ph.D.

Consultant, Education for Sustainable Development

Ma. Nympha B. Joaquin, Ph.D.​

Consultant, Numeracy and Mathematics by Inquiry

Aljhun Datchberll G. Tapalla

Technical Training Officer

Nora Mae C. Gareza

Project Officer, STEM in TVET

Hanny Pearl S. Camerino

Project Officer, STEM Teaching Factory

Alexandria L. Torres

Knowledge Management Officer

French Michelle C. Israel

Social Impact Officer

Raul Joseph P. Lluisma II

Graphics Design Consultant

We are supported by STEM Champions

We work with eminent experts in our International Advisory Board

We nurture the STEM learning ecosystem with our partners

Let's work together!

Dr. Fidel Nemenzo

Dr. Nemenzo is a mathematician, professor and academic administrator and also an expert in the areas of number theory, elliptic curves, coding theory and cryptography who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from UP Diliman, as well as Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
He was the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development of the campus and is the convenor of the Center for Integrative Development Studies’ Data Science for Public Policy Program.
One of the campus’ most beloved and awarded mathematics professor, he now serves as the 11th Chancellor of University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Dr. Glenn Borja Gregorio

Dr. Gregorio, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Genetics (Cognate Statistics), is a professor in the Institute of Crop Science (ICropS) in the College of Agriculture and Food Science of UP Los Baños.

He also served as a Senior Scientist and Plant Breeding, and Deputy Division Head of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.
He was recognized as one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines in the field of Agriculture-Plant Breeding and Genetics in 2004, and as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Scientists of the Philippines (TOYS 1980).

Dr. Al Serafica

Dr. Serafica holds a Doctoral degree on Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering which he earned from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Presently, he is a consultant of USAID – STRIDE and also in the Technology Commercialization and IP in the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines.

Ms. Beng Coronel

Ms. Coronel leads Pointwest Technologies, one of the largest Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) company today.
She also serves as the Chairperson of Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP), and sits in the Board of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), heading its Capability Development Committee since 2011.
In recognition of her achievements in the field of Information Technology, Business Process Outsourcing, and Healthcare Information Management, she was awarded the Outstanding ASEAN Woman Entrepreneur Award in 2019 by the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN).

Lilibeth Aristorenas

Ms. Elizabeth Aristorenas is the Executive Director of the Unilab Foundation Inc. She leads the Foundation in achieving its mission of cultivating an enabling environment that is responsive to the emerging needs of Filipinos through innovative programs that deliver sustainable impact. At present, she is a Board member of the League of Corporate Foundations, Inclusion Initiative, and Project Inclusion Network.
Before joining the Foundation in 2017, she established The Teacher’s Gallery and the Inclusion Initiative in the Philippines, both founded on her advocacy for inclusive education. She also worked closely with UNICEF and The Asia Foundation in carrying out educational programs for the marginalized sectors of society, such as persons with disability and young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
She has graduate degrees in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, and Human Services from the University of Massachusetts. Previously, she received the Book Award for outstanding academic performance and also the Boston College Award for outstanding community service, both from the University of Massachusetts. She divides her time throughout the year between Manila and the greater Boston area.

Lance Bush, Ph.D.

Dr. Bush started his career at NASA as one of the chief engineers designing the next generation space transportation. He managed the International Space Station Commercial Development program.
With a goal to inspire more students, Dr. Bush has led the growth and expansion of the Challenger Center, including the development of a simulation-based program that can be delivered in the classroom.
Under his leadership, Challenger Center was recognized with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its work to promote a public understanding of science and engineering.

M. S. Vijay Kumar, Ed.D.

Dr. Kumar has been providing leadership for technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for the past 22 years, previously as MIT’s Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Assistant Provost, and Director of Academic Computing, and currently as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW).
His research and advisory engagements are directed towards strategy, planning, and implementing technological innovations globally.

Victoria Levin, Ph.D.

Victoria Levin is a Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice and a co-Lead of the Skills Global Solutions Group.
Her current work focuses on issues related to student assessment, measurement and development of socio-emotional skills, and innovations in adult literacy.
In the past, Victoria has worked in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice in the Europe and Central Asia region and also at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Victoria holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Mia Dubosarsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Mia Dubosarsky has been a science and STEM educator for more than 24 years.
Early in her career, Dr. Dubosarsky founded and managed a science education enrichment enterprise for young children called Discoveries, which engaged children in science phenomena through stories, games, and experiments.
For the past eight years, she leads the Professional Development group at WPI’s STEM Education Center. In this role, she oversees the development and facilitation of STEM-focused professional development workshops for PK-12 teachers and administrators across the country and internationally.
Under Dr. Dubosarsky’s leadership, the Center has engaged more than 4,000 educators (across 12 states and 3 continents) in high quality STEM programming.

Kelli List Wells

Ms. Kelli Wells has over 25 years of experience in working with corporations, nonprofits, and government organizations to build collaborative cultures to establish and meet priorities.
She designed and executed a portfolio that focused on building education, skills, and training initiatives by bringing key partners to the table to prepare the next generation for the demands of the workforce and the changing labor economy both nationally and globally.
Ms. Wells has done extensive work in the K-12 education systems which has reached more than 10,000 teachers and 1.3 million students across more than 2,000 K-12 public schools in the US, and has also saved school districts more than $20 million.

Daniel Rouan, Ph.D.

Daniel Rouan is an astrophysicist and CNRS Research Director Emeritus at Laboratoire d’Etudes Spatiales et d’Instrumentation en Astrophysique (LESIA), the space laboratory of the Observatoire de Paris, where he has conducted most of his career.
He currently serves as the President of the Fondation La main à la pâte, a foundation that aims to improve the quality of science and technology teaching in primary and middle school throughout France and internationally.

Manabu Sumida, Ph.D.

Dr. Sumida is a Professor in the Science Education Department at the Faculty of Education of Ehime University, Vice-Principal of Ehime University Senior High School, Deputy Director of Institute for International Relations, and Special Aide to the President.
He holds Ph.D. in Science Education from Hiroshima University. Dr. Sumida was a visiting researcher at University of Georgia in 1998 and visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2012-2013.
He was a committee member of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003, and the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 and 2015.
He received International Contribution Award in 2016, and Academic Contribution Award in 2018 from Japan Society for Science Education.
He also received Ryoji Noyori (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2001) Education Award in 2013.

Christopher Monterola, Ph.D.

Dr. Monterola is a physicist, an educator, and an entrepreneur. He holds an Aboitiz Chair in Data Science and a Professorship at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he is also the Head of the Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (ASITE).
He was a Senior Scientist at the Institute of High Performance Computing in the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) — Singapore’s lead government agency for fostering world-class scientific research.
Aside from teaching in UP Diliman, he also mentored and advised physics students (14 MS, 9 PhDs) on their research theses/dissertations.

Joel S. Marciano Jr., Ph.D.

Before his position as Director General of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), Dr. Marciano was Program Leader, Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-MICROSAT), which has so far launched the Philippines’ only indigenous two satellites – Diwata-1 (launched 2016) and Diwata-2 (2018).
The satellite program was initiated under the purview of DOST-ASTI, which has so far been responsible for space research in the Philippines.
Dr. Marciano, who is trained in telecommunications and electronics, was also previously responsible for radio communication in disaster management, one of the key areas which the new space agency is expected to focus on.

Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela

The 18th Director of SEAMEO, Dr. Valenzeula marked two firsts upon taking office in 2019, as the first Female SEAMEO Secretariat Director and the first Filipina to lead a regional organization in education, culture and science.
Her expertise is on educational policy research in the areas of internationalization of education, transnational and distance education as well as teacher education.
She has published international and local articles, journals, technical reports and guidelines for some SEAMEO and other international organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, CHED and DepED.
Dr. Valenzuela holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Management, Masters of Arts in Science Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.
She holds a Career Executive Service Officer IV rank (CESO IV) in the Philippine Government. She is a Doctor Fellow at the Royal Institution Singapore, and was awarded the Eminent Alumni and Blue Ribbon Award as Distinguished Alumni of the Philippine Normal University in 2013.