UPAAA SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDEES
DIOSDADO BANATAO, Dr., Honoris Causa (UP)
Diosdado (Dado) Banatao is an entrepreneur and engineer working in the high-tech industry, credited with having developed the first 10-Mbit EthernetCMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip, the first system logic chip set for IBM's PC-XT and the PC-AT, and the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers. A three-time start-up veteran, he co-founded Mostron, Chips and Technologies, and S3 Graphics. He provides scholarships in engineering in the Philippines and also to high school students of Filipino heritage in California who are pursuing degrees in engineering. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering cum laude from the Mapúa Institute of Technology and his MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University in 1972. He was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by U.P. in 2000.
International Medical Services
Aida Sarmiento is a Practice Manager at Midwest Pediatrics, Ltd., Lombard, Illinois. She is the UPAAA Vice President for Midwest, 2017-2019 and served as its board secretary 2015-2017. With her husband, Dr. Rodolfo Sarmiento, she has participated in numerous medical missions in the last 20 years. They went to 40 countries including the Philippines, Scotland, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, Kenya, Malawi (twice), Amazonas, Brazil (twice), India, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. In these missions, she actively led and participated in providing free medical, dental, and vision services; visited orphanages and impoverished communities, giving food, clothing, toys, school supplies, and provided health education and Christian ministries. She earned her graduate degree in Nursing from UP-PGH in 1967.