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Dr. Alfredo B. De Torres ( BSc.Agric. (UP), MA (UK), MSc (UP), Ph. D. (MSU/USA)) came aboard at the NMC on Nov. 2009 joining the Science, Math, Health and Athletics (SMHA) department and was appointed as NMC’s Science Department Chairperson on July 1, 2010.  Dr. Alfredo B. De Torres is an Agricultural Scientist, Policy and Development Management Specialist and Resources Economist & Development Economist. He served as Associate and as retired Professor at the University of the Philippines and also as a United Nation’s Expert/Consultant in UNDP & FAO-UN for 10 years He obtained his undergraduate & graduate degrees from the Philippines, United Kingdom and the United States.  He has teaching (both undergraduate and graduate programs), research and development and extension/outreach/community engagement services in both national and international programs.  Dr. De Torres concurrently serves as the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Coordinator/Professor and teaches NRM courses and Environmental and Physical/Earth Science courses.  He also served for eight years, as NMC Campus Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP); for the Native American and Pacific Research Experience (NAPIRE, OTS, Costa Rica); and for the Island Ecology Course (IEC/UOG)in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines Program, which has the objective to recruit and retain students who have a talent in the STEM disciplines.  He was also the NMC’s Principal Coordinator for the “Partnership in Advanced Marine and Environmental Science Training in the Pacific Islands” another NSF-ATE grant program. In addition, Dr. De Torres also briefly coordinated the “Marine Stranding Response Project”. And for all the above projects, wrote the yearly Progress and the Final Concluding Reports.  As part of his student support services program, he initiated in his early years at the NMC; or founded the voluntary organization called the “Environmental and Natural Resource Organization” (ENRO) student club, a USDA/NCRS multi-awarded NRM Club at the CNMI, in particular at the NMC. He has envisioned it to be scaled-up as a voluntary non-governmental organization in the CNMI or in the Pacific region.