WEEK #18: 1 – 7 May 2017



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)



 A. Announcements


(i)    AIT Newsletter: May 2017

The May 2017 edition of the AIT Newsletter includes the story of the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation; partnerships with institutes and universities in Hong Kong, Japan and Austria; and a recap of the Story of the AIT flag.

Download Links:
PDF: https://goo.gl/nMPr9x
EPUB: https://goo.gl/O2pKR1
MOBI: https://goo.gl/UZbPXa

(ii)     AIT English Requirements Test for New Staff

As approved by the AIT Management Team, all AIT staff members as well as new recruiting staff members have to pass the TOEIC Test at the minimum scores of 550 for Grade I to Grade IV and 650  for Grade V.
AIT new staff members are invited for test on May 9, at 09.00-11.00 hrs at the Language Center.

(iii)    AITIS Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration for Elementary and Pre-Kindergarten sections of AIT International School has started from 24 April 2017.
Those who wish to register your children for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Khun Jeeny (jeeranan@ait.asia ) at AITIS office phone : 02-524-5984 or 096-228-9358.
Please pick up the application form and return it to school by 19 May 2017.
Readiness Test will be held on 1 June 2017 from 8.30 a.m.

AIT International School Office hours:     8:00am to 11:30am
                                                                 1:00pm to 3:30pm

(iv)    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 reputed international institutions.

(v)    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.

(vi)    Correction of the Certificates for AIT Sports Meet January 2017

Attention to the all winners of AIT Sports Meet January 2017!!

Unfortunately, a misspelled word was found in the certificates distributed to all winners. The winners please bring back the certificates to SU Sports at SU office by Wednesday, 3 May 2017 for making corrections. SU Sports would like to apologize for the mistake and any inconveniences caused. Please be noted that the deadline of returning the certificate for correction is on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 4.00 pm. The certificate will be returned back to the winners by Friday, 5 May 2017 (before semester end).  

Certificates can be returned to SU office anytime from Tuesday, 2 May to Wednesday, 3 May 2017. If the Sports Committee members  are not at the office, please call 0848997547 or please leave the certificates with the SU secretary (P' Jib).

(vii)    Schwarzman Scholars Now Accepting Applications for Third Batch 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


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

(ix)    Nanjing University Scholarships

Thammasart 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)

(x)    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


(i)    Events

(a)    AIT’s 127th Graduation

The 127th Graduation of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will be held on 19 May 2017 at the AIT Conference Center.


(a)    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.

(b)    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



C. Campus Updates


(i)    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.

(ii)    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


Ms. Rakdao Pakdisi / Singapore / 23 – 25 March 2017*
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 28 – 31 March 2017*
Dr. Noppadol Phienwej / Subang Jaya and Selangor, Malaysia / 17 – 20 April 2017*
Dr. Nalin K. B. S. A. Mudiyanselage / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 17 – 23 April 2017*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / New Delhi, India / 18 – 23 April 2017*
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 19 – 21 April 2017*
Mr. Angga Bayu Marthafifsa / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 19 – 21 April 2017*
Mr. Supote Thammasithirong / Nakhon Pathom, Thailand / 19 – 21 April 2017*
Miss Soe Soe Htway and Miss Aye Sandar Phyo / Madalay, Myanmar / 20 – 29 April 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 21 – 23 April 2017*
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Islamabad, Pakistan / 22 – 26 April 2017*
Ms. Rakdao Pakdisi / Islamabad, Pakistan / 22 – 26 April 2017*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Kunming, PRC / 23 – 25 April 2-017*
Dr. Adul Salam / Bali, Indonesia / 24 – 28 April 2017*
Mr. Supote Thammasithirong / Nakhon Pathom, Thailand / 25 – 26 April 2017*
Dr. Ram Chandra Bhujel / Timor Leste / 25 – 30 April 2017*
Dr. A. Yakupitiyage / HoChiMinh and Can Tho, Vietnam / 25 April – 12 May 2017*
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 28 – 30 April 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 28 – 30 April 2017*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Cairo, Egypt / 28 April – 1 May 2017
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / 30 April – 6 May 2017
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dash / Hanoi, Vietnam / 30 April – 7 May 2017
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Jakarta, Indonesia / 1 – 5 May 2017
Ms. Sitahng Puttha / Jakarta, Indonesia / 1 – 5 May 2017
Miss Aye Sandar Phyo and Miss Soe Soe Htway / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 14 May 2017
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Indonesia / 2 – 4 May 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Jakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 4 May 2017
Dr. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Jakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 5 May 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Taipei, Taiwan / 5 – 7 May 2017
Dr. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Xiamen, P.R. China / 7 – 13 May 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Xiamen, China / 7 – 13 May 2017
Dr. Saroj Kumar Chapagain / Xiamen, China / 7 – 13 May 2017
Mr. Furqan Ali Shaikh / Melbourne and Sydney, Australia / 7 – 15 May 2017

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Technical Staff (IT Officer) (Geoinformatics Center)
Ref. No. 16/17
Deadline: 9 May 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (AIT Extension)
Ref. No. 17/17
Deadline: 20 May 2017

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