WEEK #19: 8 – 14 May 2017



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)



 A. Announcements


(i)    Appointment of Director of Language Center

On behalf of the Institute, OHRS is pleased to informed you that after  an intensive search, we have selected Mr. Freek Olaf de Groot, who has joined AIT since 10 April 2017, was appointed as the Director of AIT Language Center.

Mr. Freek is a visionary leader who brings to the Language Center deep experience in English language education with substantial education management and research experience.

His vast experience included performing as a Lecturer of Department of English and Applied Linguistics, University of Reading , Reading, UK. , M.Ed. TESOL Program Leader, Asian University, Chonburi, Thailand , International Adjunct Teacher, Fontys Teacher Training Academy, The Netherlands, Lecturer/ Researcher, Department of English, Thammasat University, Thailand , etc.

Mr. Freek can be reached at AIT Language Center Room No. 224
e-mail address : fdegroot@ait.asia    
Extension No. 5888

Jiraphong Bumpenyoo
Interim Director
Office of Human Resources Services (OHRS)

(ii)    Confirmed Notes, AIT Management Team, 20 April 2017

At its meeting on 4May 2017, the AIT Management Team (AMT) confirmed the notes of its 20 April 2017 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes .

(iii)    AIT to sign an MoU with Siam University

On 11 May 2017, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, AIT President, and Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President of Siam University (SU), will sign a Memorandum of Understanding launch academic and scientific cooperation between AIT and SU. The 5-year collaboration will include academic activities; exchange of students, faculty, and staff to participate in joint research projects; unified degree program; organizing technical meetings, international workshops, conferences, seminars and symposia.

(iv)    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.

(v)    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

(vi)    Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave

Please be informed that Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave on Friday, 12 May 2017.  Those who have appointments with the doctor during this period please re-schedule your appointment.

(vii)    ASEAN-US Women's Science Prize Launched

The third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women was launched on 3 May 2017 by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science company.

This is a great opportunity for support and recognition for women scientists in Thailand. For further information, please see the links below.

Press release: https://asean.usmission.gov/launch-asean-u-s-science-prize-women/ - shortened link: https://go.usa.gov/x5V9r
Application website: https://asean.usmission.gov/2017-asean-u-s-science-prize-women/  - shortened link: https://go.usa.gov/x5V9G

(viii)    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

(x)    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)

(xi)    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)     Special Lecture on “Maximising human political through behavior competencies”

A special lecture on “Maximising human political through behavior competencies” will be delivered by Dr.  Sanjeev P. Sahni from O P Jindal Global University (OPJGU) in India.

The lecture will be held on:

Date:       Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Time:       11:00 - 12:00 hrs

Venue:     Room B225, 2nd floor of AITCC

Dr.  Sanjeev P Sahni is the Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), Professor and Member, and Governing Body, Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of OPJGU.  Dr. Sahni is an eminent psychologist in India with many years of research and recently fielded the World Criminology Congress at OPJGU in December 2016, which was a first for India.

(b)    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.

(c)    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  ResearchLearning 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


Mr. Manesh lacoul / Hanoi, Vietnam / 17 – 18 Novemer 2016*
Mr. Keerati Tunthasuwatana / Brunei / 13 – 15 March 2017*
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Phang Nga, Thailand / 18 – 25 March 2017*
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Singapore / 23 – 25 March 2017*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Bali, Indonesia / 25 – 29 April 2017*
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Brussels, Belgium / 25 – 30 April 2017*
Dr. A. Yakupitiyage / HoChiMinh and Can Tho, Vietnam / 25 April – 12 May 2017*
Miss Aye Sandar Phyo and Miss Soe Soe Htway / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 14 May 2017
Dr. Matthew Dailey / Jakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 5 May 2017*
Mr. Supote Thammasithirong / Nakhon Pathom, Thailand / 3 – 5 May 2017*
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Taipei, Taiwan / 5 – 7 May 2017*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Shanghai, China / 7 – 11 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
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 8 – 10 May 2017
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 8 – 30 May 2017
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Vienna, Austria / 9 – 12 May 2017
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 10 – 18 May 2017
Prof. Barbara Igel / Vung Tau, Vietnam / 12 – 21 May 2017
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Vienna, Austria / 13 – 25 May 2017
Dr. Md. Bilal Sadiq / Montpellier, France and Pisa, Italy / 13 May – 5 June 2017
Miss Manisha singh / Liege, Belgium and Pisa, Italy / 13 May – 5 June 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

Ref. No. Fac 03/2017
Deadline: 26 July 2017

Faculty Position in Energy, SERD (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 2/17
Deadline: 26 July 2017