WEEK #17: 24 – 30 April 2017



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)



 A. Announcements


(i)    Revision of 2017 AIT Official Holidays

Please note that in summarizing, the government had announced abolishment of Friday, 5 May 2017 - Coronation Day - and establishment of 2 additional days on Friday, 28 July 2017 - H.M. the King's Birthday - and Friday, 13 October 2017 -  H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day, consecutively.
The holiday of the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol which is expected to be held this year will be considered by the AIT Management Team based on a cross- comparison with the reputed international institution.

(ii)    Extended library hours during the final exams from Thursday 20th - Wednesday 3rd May 2017

AIT Library has extended the Library's hours to one o'clock in the morning from Thursday, 20 April through Wednesday, 3 May 2017.  The Library's hours will be as follows:
Monday - Sunday          8.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.

(iii)    Schwarzman Scholars Now Accepting Applications for Third Class of Future Leaders

New York & Beijing, April 17, 2017 – Schwarzman Scholars has opened their global application for the third cohort of young leaders. The highly selective, fully-funded scholarship program is designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China. Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force from world‐class faculty from leading institutions and guest speakers at the state‐of‐the‐art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

The scholarship aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field are invited to apply.

The application can be found on the Schwarzman Scholars website, www.schwarzmanscholars.org  and will be open until 11:59PM on September 28, 2017.

Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org , like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SchwarzmanScholars , and follow us on Twitter at @SchwarzmanOrg .
See more details: https://www.facebook.com/AITasia/posts/10155198729249709

(iv)    Confirmed Notes, AIT Management Team, 23 March 2017

At its meeting today, the AIT Management Team (AMT) confirmed the notes of its 23 March 2017 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes for easy reference.

(v)     Revised and New P&P Statements on Academic Curriculum Structures

At the 2 February 2017 AIT Management meeting, on the endorsement of the AIT Management Team and the Academic Senate, in its meetings of 28 September 2016 and 26 October 2016, the President approved the following revised Institute P&P:

§    (revised) AA-2-1-5 Academic Curriculum Structure
Policy for the academic curriculum structure of the Institute.  

    Made a reference to the P&P on SOM Academic Curriculum Structures and Program Requirements (AA-2-1-6)
    Replaced the Institute-wide required elective of 2 credits (grading for which was not counted towards cGPA) with elective course and counting these 2 credits for cGPA.
    Credits for seminar courses
    Adjustment of minimum credit requirements
    Address discrepancies with Academic Requirements and Practices

Following deliberations at its 9 and 23 March 2017 meetings, the AIT Management Team endorsed for the President's approval the new Institute Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statement on the School of Management (SOM) Academic Curriculum Structure and Program Requirements (AA-2-1-6).  
At its 23 March 2017 meeting, the AIT Management Team received the inputs/feedback from the Academic Senate, which were responded to (Document A) based on clarifications provided by the SOM Dean.  These have been communicated to the Academic Senate through its Chair.  
Due to the urgency of the transformation of SOM per the mandate of the Board during the recruitment of the SOM Dean, the President approved the following new P&P and its implementation from this August 2017 intake.  

§    (new) AA-2-1-6  School of Management Academic Curriculum Structure and Program Requirements
Policy for the academic curriculum structures and program requirements of the School of Management (SOM).

These P&P statements are Intranet-published at (AA) Academic and Administrative Affairs


Organizers: the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development Adapt Asia-Pacific Project in cooperation with the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology, under the Climate Change Asia Initiative.

Dates: 21 August to 1 September 2017
Venue: United Nations Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Objective: The training programme aims to equip government officials and other stakeholders in the Asia and the Pacific region with economic tools necessary to identify, prioritize, design and implement climate-resilient projects and policies, formulate national adaptation plans and access climate finance for adaptation action.

    Introduction to key economic principles and review of impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific
    Assessment of economic impacts of climate change, cost-benefit analysis of investment projects and climate-proofing options
    Proposal development

Target audience: (1) Policy and technical staff from line ministries and national agencies who are involved in national adaptation planning process, development of project proposals on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming climate change adaptation issues into national strategies and plans; and (2) Experts in the field of economics or statistics from governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions who are involved in economic analysis of climate change adaptation actions and climate-resilient investments.    

The training programme is limited to 25 participants as follows:

Ten participants from target countries of the UNDP “Economics of Climate Change Adaptation” capacity building programme, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, will receive full scholarships covering travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Five participants from Thailand and 10 participants from other countries of Asia and the Pacific can attend on a self-funded basis.  
Further details on the application process are available at www.rrcap.ait.asia/ecca

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.

AIT personnel are welcome to apply and requested to forward this information to other colleagues who may be interested.

For more information, please contact: ecca@rrcap.ait.asia

(vii)    Nanjing University Scholarships

Thammasat University-Nanjing University Joint Office informing us that Nanjing University is offering scholarships for full-time program in Master of Journalism and Communication in CHINA-ASEAN Culture and communication, Nanjing University, China. Should you are interesting in this fellowship, please apply online at http://istudy.nju.edu.cn/  by 1 May 2017. Please note that the detail and all requirements are in attached.For further information please contact Ms. Sukjit Kachitmanee Tel +66-96-9499422 or e-mail: tu-nju.joint@hotmail.com

Ph.D. and Postdoc Positions in Soft Materials and Emerging Electronics at Zhejiang University

The “Soft Machines & Electronics Lab” (SMELL), affiliated within the Key Laboratory of Soft Machines and Smart Devices of Zhejiang Province, and the Departments of Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science of Zhejiang University, China is seeking highly motivated Ph.D. students and Postdoc Scholars to join the group from 2017 Fall or later.

At SMELL lab, we focus on the mechanics and applications of soft materials & nanomaterials, the design and fabrication of flexible/stretchable/printed electronics and biomedical devices, as well as the multiscale and multifield analysis and 3D (4D) printing of advanced materials. We use a combination of experimental, numerical and theoretical methods to study the fundamental mechanics and physics of advanced materials, and to design and fabricate novel machines and electronics using advanced technologies for a broad range of applications in engineering and medicine. Our work are essentially multi-disciplinary and we believe that disruptive solutions can be found at the interfaces between disciplines.

Currently we have multiple positions available for both Ph.D. and postdocs in the field of soft materials and energizing electronics (such as mechanics of soft materials, active materials, nanomaterials; 3D/4D printing; flexible/stretchable/printed electronics (transistors, sensors, display, LEDs, RFIDs) and energy devices (battery, solar cells, supercapacitors); biomaterials and biomechanics; metamaterials and metasurfaces; multiscale and multiphysics modeling; soft machines and robotics; medical devices etc.), and the positions will be open until filled.

Applicants for Ph.D. students should have a B.S. or M.S. degree in Applied Mechanics, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering or related fields. Candidates with course or research background in additive manufacturing, solid mechanics, mechanical design, mechanics of materials or polymer physics are highly encouraged to apply.

Experience in using ABAQUS or COMSOL or LAMMPS is a plus, but not required. The qualified Ph.D. students will be provided with full financial support, and will be systematically trained in research for an independent career as scientist, engineer and future leader.

Applicants for Postdoc positions must hold a Ph.D. degree in the area of Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics or related fields.

Candidates with solid knowledge in non-linear elasticity and mechanics of soft materials, deformable/wearable electronics, additive manufacturing or bioprinting are especially encouraged to apply. Posts will be offered for the initial period of two years with possible extension to five years, subject to review. Internationally competitive salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Interested candidates should email the following documents as one single .pdf file (with email subject as: Ph.D./Postdoc_name_major) to Dr. Changyong Cao via changyongcao@gmail.com  or Dr. Shaoxing Qu via squ@zju.edu.cn

1.    CV with details on education, employment, publications, and research experience, as well as contact information of at least two professional references
2.    Copy of transcripts, in English (and original language)

(viii)    Emergency cases covered by the modification of the Social Security Laws

Effective 10 April 2017, the Social Security Office has announced that all emergency cases, notably accidents, sickness, are entitled to be conveyed to the nearest hospital of both private and / or government with no cost under the commitment of the Social Security Laws within the first 72 hours or 3 consecutive days, whilst we will have to immediately inform the matter to the Social Security Office and our registered hospital.

(ix)    New Locations of the Offices in the Administration Building

The Administration Building will be renovated from Jan – June 2017. Most offices in the building have started moving to AIT Conference Center and other buildings. Below is the list of the new location of Administration Offices:

President: Presidential Lounge, AITCC

VP Administration: Room B138
VP Academic Affairs: Room B136
VP Development: Room B130
Office of the President and Office of the Institute Secretary: Room B144B
Office of Academic Administration: Room B144A
Office of Human Resource Services: Room B109
Office of Internal Auditor: Room B113
Office of External Relation and Office of Host Country Relation: B115
Office of Special Degree Program: B115
Office of Advancement: Room 102 (ground floor), Outreach Building
Office of Finance: Room 225 (2nd Floor)
Office of GRU: Room 223 (2nd Floor)
Office of Purchasing and Inventory Procurement: Admin (No Change)
Office of Student and Affairs: Admin (No Change)



B. Events



(a)    Seminar on “Robust Strategies for Urban and Regional Energy System Resilience” by Prof. Matthias Ruth, Northeastern University, Boston: 24 April 2017, 10:30am

Prof. Matthias Ruth, Professor at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston.

Title: Robust Strategies for Urban and Regional Energy System Resilience

Date  :  Monday, 24th April 2017

Time  :  10:30 AM-12 Noon

Venue :  ET238, Energy Building

For more information, please contact: Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal at email: shobhakar@ait.ac.th , shobhakar.dhakal@gmail.com

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/seminar-on-robust-strategies-for-urban-and-regional-energy-system-resilience/#.WOSPNGelaUk

(b)    Special Lecture on 24 April 2017, S101, SERD Meeting Room

A special lecture on “State-Formation and Democratization from Below’: Movements against Hydropower Projects in India, 1970-2004” by Dr. Arnab Roy Chowdhury, National University of Singapore, will be held on following:

Date:         Monday, 24 April 2017

Time:        14:00-16:00 hrs

Venue:       S101, SERD Meeting Room

(c)    Sustainability Workshop: 16 May 2017

School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) is organizing the first Sustainability Workshop "MANAGEMENT OF AIT CAMPUS FOREST FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES" to give opportunity for students to present their papers and for non-AIT students to learn how AIT students did their research.

Date: 16 May 2017 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Venue: ROOM B202, AITCC

Those who have worked on similar topics on AIT campus are encouraged/invited to make the presentation. It is planned for 1/2 day but if there are more speakers, the organizer can make it one day. Interested persons please send the title of the talks by 1 May 2017 to:

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Organizing Committee
Email: nrmcoordinator@ait.asia

To help the organizer arrange the classroom and coffees, kindly register here:

The organizer also would like to use this opportunity to promote AIT to Thai students for RTG scholarship. Please kindly spread this information to your colleagues.

(d)    ELLTA Conference: Perspectives on Leadership, Learning and Social Enterprise in Asia – 25 – 27 July 2017

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and ELLTA, as Co-hosts, welcome you to the fourth International, Academic Conference of ELLTA: ‘Perspectives on Leadership, Learning and Social Enterprise in Asia’ –� Sharpening Focus on Research Collaborations and Publications.
The conference invites original contributions on the following Key Themes:

    Leadership in/ and Context (Asia)
    Learning Organisation/ Organisational Learning in Context (Asia)
    Enterprise-led Development, Social Business and Transformation: Perspectives from Asia
    Researching Context/ Context-based  Research
    Learning and Change: Asia in Focus
More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/elta-conference-perspectives-on-leadership-learning-and-social-enterprise-in-asia/#.WNh7SGelaUk


(a)    SAP Training for AIT Students, staff and faculty members

AIT Extension will conduct a five-day training course on "Business Process Integration using SAP ERP System" from 24 - 28 April 2017, 0830 - 1600 hrs. The venue will be at Room 204A, upper floor, AIT Extension Building.

The course will cover fundamental enterprise business processes interactionsimplemented with SAP ERP in the functional areas of sales and distribution (SD), materials management (MM), production planning (PP), financial accounting (FI) and controlling (CO), human capital management (HCM).
Interested persons please contact AIT Extension by email: extension@ait.ac.th  cc'ed to karim@ait.ac.th .



C. Campus Updates


(i)    One lane near entrance of gate-1 will be closed until 30th April 2017

Please be informed that one lane of the road near entrance of Gate-1 (security guard post) has been closed from 22nd April 2017 until 30th April 2017, to do the decoration work of ongoing new gate construction project.  

To reduce the inconvenience, Gate 2 will be opened for the vehicles with AIT Sticker to exit.  

(ii)    Dorm H Renovation

Please be informed that the renovation of dorm H has started since 20 March 2017. The renovation of the dorm H is scheduled to be completed by end of May 2017

During this renovation period, there might be loud noise or disturbance on the pathway near dorm H. In this regard, the Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) requests your kind understanding.

(iii)    Temporary Relocation of Photo Vending Machine from Administration to Cafeteria

Please be informed that due to the renovation of the ground floor of the Administration Building, the photo vending machine has been moved temporarily to Cafeteria (entrance opposite Korea House).


D. Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Matthew Dailey / Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand / 4 – 5 April 2017*
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Vientiane, Laos / 5 - 6 April 2017*
Mr. Pallav Kumar Shrestha / Vientiane, Laos / 5 – 6 April 2017*
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Qingdao, China / 6 – 17 April 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 7 – 8 April 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 9 – 15 April 2017*
Mr. Keerati Tunthasuwatana / Brunei / 10 – 15 April 2017*
Dr. K. R. Salin / Qingdao, China / 11 – 14 April 2017*
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Ha Long, Vietnam / 12 – 14 april 2017*
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Taipei, Taiwan / 16 – 22 April 2017*
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 21 – 24 April 2017
Dr. Abha Mishra / Vientiane, Lao PDR and Hanoi, Bac Giang, Vietnam / 21 – 26 April 2017
Mr. Bishal Bhari / Hanoi and Bac Giang, Vietnam / 21 – 26 April 2017
Mr. Ashwin Ashok Mysore / Vientiane, Lao PDR and Hanoi, Bac Giang, Vietnam / 21 – 26 April 2017
Dr. Suresh Bajirao Lokhande / Hanoi, Vietnam / 22 – 26 April 2017
Ms. Sukanya N. / Hanoi, Vietnam / 22 – 26 April 2017
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Washington DC, USA / 22 – 29 April 2017
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 22 – 29 April 2017
Ms. Farah Nashid Hossain / Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 22 – 29 April 2017
Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 22 April – 3 May 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Columbo, Sri Lanka / 23 – 29 April 2017
Dr. Victor Shinde / Bali, Indonesia / 24 – 27 April 2017
Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Japan / 24 – 28 April 2017
Dr. Jonathan Leslie Shaw / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 25 – 28 April 2017
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Brussels, Belgium / 25 – 30 April 2017
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Cairo, Egypt / 28 April – 1 May 2017

*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)


E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (AIT Extension)
Ref. No. 15/17
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (Office of External Relations)
Ref. No. 14/17
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Technical Staff (Structural Engineer) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 11/17
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 05/17
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Head, Strategy & Coordination Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 46/16
Deadline: 15 May 2017

Position: Assistant or Associate Professors Position (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac. 1/17
Deadline: 30 June 2017