Y-Chie Primo is often one of the first people visitors meet at the Institute. As an administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE), she greets new DUE employees as well as MIT visitors who arrive at the dean’s office off the Building 7 lobby. Y-Chie’s colleagues note that her gregarious personality charms visitors—thereby offering a wonderful first impression of MIT for everyone.  

In her main role, Y-Chie provides support to DUE Human Resources and Financial Administration, ensuring the smooth operation of a busy and diverse office. She does everything from handling phone calls and appointment calendars for several administrators to preparing promotion letters and entering HR transactions in SAP. She also applies her positive energy to encouraging and engaging staff in the DUE awards programs.

Y-Chie’s journey to MIT spanned three continents. Her initial training was as a legal secretary at a prestigious law firm in the Philippines while she was in college. She gained a global perspective at her subsequent job at the Asian Development Bank. Her work with colleagues from all over the world and her missions to Burma and Nepal sparked what continues to be a passion for international travel. Her next eight years were spent at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia. She immigrated to the United States in 1993.

“I was extremely happy when I got the job at MIT in 1999. I like the work that I do and the different people I meet every day, and all my colleagues are friendly,” says Y-Chie, who has been at MIT for 11 years.  

Y-Chie enjoys the camaraderie of her work environment. “My role keeps me connected to everyone involved with undergraduate education, and we work cooperatively as a team.”