WEEK #23, 8 - 14 June 2015


In this issue:


Special Event



Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)


Special Event

“Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy”

A Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) will be organized jointly by the Asian Institute of Technology; French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development; ASEAN Secretariat, and the European Union (EU) from 1-3 July 2015 at the AIT Conference Center. The theme of the Conference is “Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy.”

José Ramos-Horta (1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) will be the keynote speaker.

READ MORE: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/events/201cregional-forum-on-climate-change-rfcc-low-carbon-and-climate-resilient-societies-bridging-science-practice-and-policy201d/#.VWgQzE_-IdU    




New AIT partnership with Thai giant TEAM Group fosters student internships and co-research


‘Technical Exchange Seminar 2015’ co-organized on June 3 by AIT Consulting and TEAM Group

PHOTO GALLERY: https://www.facebook.com/AITasia/photos/pcb.10153365029769709/10153365025929709/?type=1&theater

11-country team of ACIAR expresses desire to expand links with AIT





AIT VP Prof. Yamamoto receives prestigious 'Grand Prize 2015' in Japan

AIT Vice President for Resource Development Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto on 28 May 2015 was awarded the 'Grand Prize 2015' by the Japan Society of Material Cycle and Waste Management at a blue ribbon ceremony held in Kanagawa, Japan.

The Grand Prize is awarded to members for prominent contributions to society. Prof. Yamamto twice served as President of the Japan Society of Material Cycle and Waste Management. Following many years of service, Prof. Yamamoto retired last year as a Managing Board member.

Prof. Yamamoto is also on the faculty of the Environmental Engineering Management (EEM) field of study at the School of Environment, Resources and Development.

PHOTO GALLERY: https://www.facebook.com/AITasia/photos/pcb.10153359910679709/10153359909814709/?type=1&theater


AIT Newsletter: June 2015

Dear members of the AIT community,

We have the pleasure to announce the release of the June 2015 edition of the monthly newsletter of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

The Newsletter can be also downloaded from these links:

PDF: http://goo.gl/jzsAoC  

EPUB: http://goo.gl/8wo9OQ  

MOBI: http://goo.gl/7Pp1mI  

Happy Reading,

Media and Communications Unit (MCU) / AIT


Recent Donations to the AIT Library Modernization Campaign

1 June 2015: Mr. Tiger Leong King Ho (GTE 1992), Owner of Elipse Enterprise, Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia – 300,000 THB


1 June 2015: Prof. Benjamin Lumantarna Ir. Gideon Hadi Kusuma, Benjamin Gideon and Associates, Indonesia – 200,000 THB https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=390694584448849&set=pcb.390694914448816&type=1&theater  

1 June 2015: Prof. Nancy L. Eleria (IEM 1981), University of Santo Tomas (1611), the oldest existing university in Asia, Philippines – US$ 3,500 (THB 116,568) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=390694627782178&set=pcb.390694914448816&type=1&theater  

1 June 2015:  SEC and GTE Batch of 1985 + from Thailand - Somchai Aursirisuk (GTE ’85), Anek Siripanichgorn (SEC ’85), Kaweerat Deeprasertwong (SEC ’85), Wiroj Chutinara (SEC ’85), Prasit Pacharaprakiti (SEC ’85), Kittipong Chotechuchawalkul (GTE ’85), Supachai Prechaterasat (SEC ’85), Tawat Meeprasertkul (SEC ’85), Tossaporn Nettayanuwat (GTE ’85), Chai Jaturapitakkul (SEC ’87) – THB 435,000


1 June 2015:  AIT present and former faculty and staff members

-  Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul – THB 50,000

- Prof. Rolf Peter Brenner – THB 18,454.80

- Prof. Shue Tuck Wong – THB 15,000

- Prof. Tawatchai Tingsanchali – THB 15,000

- Dr. Anil C. Wijeyewickrema – THB 15,000

- Prof. Shinichiro Ohgaki – THB 15,000

- Dr. Lionel Dabbadie – THB 15,000

- Ms. Pranee Kiriyanant – THB 15,000



3 June 2015: TEAM Group and individual donations to AIT Library Modernization Campaign – THB 3 Million

  • Prominent AIT alumnus Dr. Prasert Patramai (AIT Hall Of Fame 2010), Chairman of the Board, Team Group – THB 1 Million

  • Mr. Peerawat Premchun, Director, Team Group – THB 1 Million

  • An AIT alumnus Mr. Chawalit Chantararat, Chief Executive Officer, International Sector – THB 1 Million



Campus Updates

Notice from MoFA

Please be informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Thailand, has forwarded information regarding the timeframe for the extension of Stay Permit for all non-Thai, including members of diplomatic missions, technical and administrative staff and family, service staff and families, private servants of diplomats, and international organization officers.

The application of the extension of Stay Permit needs to be sent to MoFA 2 months prior to the expiry date of the current Stay Permit (Visa), and those who over stay in Thailand shall be liable to pay a fine of 500 Baht per day with no exception.

Please contact GRU/Visa division well before 2 months of your visa’s expiry date, to prevent any inconvenience this new regulation may cause.

Any further queries, please contact GRU office at Tel. Extn: 5022.


AIT Employees Personal SCB accounts

With reference to the announcement of closing of SCB AIT branch, specifically on Personal SCB account – Faculty/staff, SCB already automatically mapped current SCB-AIT account numbers with new SCB-TU account numbers.  For those who have not done yet, please present your SCB-AIT passbook at SCB-AIT branch and they will stamp the new SCB-TU account number on your passbook.  Please note that the last operating date for SCB-AIT branch office is Friday, 12 June 2015.

The new SCB-TU account number for each faculty and staff are also shown in the HRIS system (https://hris.ait.asia ).  From the left navigation menu, choose "View Employee Profile"; it is under the "Registration" tab.  To ensure that the new SCB-TU accounts are entered correctly, we request each employee to verify the new account numbers.  Please inform Finance/Payroll for any correction.  


Directly logging in to AIT's Gmail from Gmail

Dear users

In addition to the existing interface for logging in to AIT's Gmail (i.e. https://ait-gmail.ait.asia   or https://g.ait.asia  ), starting from 8 June 2015, you will also be able to login to AIT's Gmail (and other Google Apps) directly from Gmail (https://gmail.com  ) by entering your username with @ait.asia domain (e.g. username@ait.asia  ). This direct login will simplify AIT's Google Apps access from smart phones and tablets.

Please note however, if you change your password from within Gmail, the new password will not be synchronized with that of your AIT's login account (which you use to login to internal applications such as SIS or HRIS). But if you change your password using AIT's Change Password interface at https://ait-gmail.ait.asia   or https://g.ait.asia  , the new password will be reflected in both your AIT's login and Gmail account. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use only AIT's Change Password interface when changing your password.

Please contact Helpdesk if you encounter difficulty.

AIT Helpdesk



The AIT Community would like to express our heartfelt sympathies and sincere condolences to Mr. Than Htut Oo, IT Officer, School of Management, whose father passed away on Tuesday night, 2 June 2015. The religious rites and the funeral were held in Myanmar.




Webinar on “Technologies and Tools for Disaster Risk Management Related to Climate Change”

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) along with its partners AIT will deliver a webinar on “Technologies and Tools for Disaster Risk Management Related to Climate Change” on 10 June 2015 from 16:00–17:30 hours ICT (UTC +07). This is an initiative with the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) led by UNEP and UNIDO.

To access the webinar, please follow this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5995038039047645953   

For any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Victor Shinde at victorshinde@ait.asia



Delegation from Royal Irrigation Department, Department of Groundwater Resources, Department of Water Resources, Provincial Waterworks Authority, Metropolitan Waterworks Authority, The Federation of Thai Industries, Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai University, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Thailand Research Fund, Thai Hydrologist Association, Thai Waterwork Association Water Institute for Sustainability, Wastewater Management Authority, Thai Hydrogeology Association, Environmental Engineering Association of Thailand, and Thailand Water Resource Association / 10 June 2015 / to attend the Signing Ceremony of Memorandum of Agreement for the Establishment of Asian Water Academy (AWA).



Faculty and Staff Travel

Ms. Parichad Nuntavong / Chonburi Province, Thailand / 14 – 15 May 2015*

Dr. Clemens M. Grunbuhel / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 25 – 29 May 2015*

Dr. K. R. Salin / Digha, West Bengal, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, Kochi and Kolkata, India  / 25 May – 15 June 2015

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 29 – 30 May 2015*

Dr. Firman Hadi Darodji / Denpasar & Semarang, Indonesia / 30 May – 17 June 2015

Mr. Nawarathnage L. Deshapriya / Denpasar & Semarang, Indonesia / 30 May – 17 June 2015

Ms. Adelaida Roman / Manila, Philippines / 30 May – 21 June 2015

Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong and Mr. Santosh Baral / Tokyo, Japan / 1 – 8 June 2015

Mr. Syed Muntasir Hussain Bokhari / Jakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 15 June 2015

Mr. Upul K. Brahmanage / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 4 – 13 June 2015

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 7 – 10 June 2015

Dr. Ram Lal Verma / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 7 – 10 June 2015

Ms. Suwimol Wattanawiroon / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 7 – 10 June 2015

Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 7 – 13 June 2015

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 7 – 13 June 2015

Mr. Sengja Jangmaw / Yangon, Myanmar / 7 – 14 June 2015

Ms. Rowena Alcoba / Manila and Palawan, Philippines / 8 – 29 June 2015

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Oslo, Norway / 10 – 12 June 2015

Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 10 – 28 June 2015

Dr. Manzul K. Hazarlka / Denpasar and Semarang, Indonesia / 11 – 17 June 2015

Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 13 – 19 June 2015

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dash / Kuala Lumpur and Malacca, Malaysia; Singapore / 14 – 23 June 2015

Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Paris, France / 14 – 18 June 2015

Dr.  Lal Samarakoon / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 16 – 18 June 2015

Prof. Chettiyappan Visvanathan / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 16 – 20 June 2015

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


Classifieds (Jobs)

Facilities Officer (Office of Facilities & Asset Management)

Ref. No: 30/15

Deadline: 12 June 2015



Laboratory Supervisor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: 29/15

Deadline: 24 June 2015



Senior Project Engineer (AIT Consulting)

Ref. No: 25/15

Deadline: 30 June 2015



Laboratory Supervisor (ISE) (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No: 4/14

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Assistant or Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: Fac 4/15

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Faculty Position in the Environmental Engineering and Management (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: Fac 11/14

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Assistant or Associate Professor Positions (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No: Fac 7/15

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: Fac 5/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015



ANU/ANSTO Joint Postdoctoral Fellow

Apply now Job no: 494046

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Canberra / ACT

Categories: Academic

Classification: Academic Level A

Salary package: $64,386 - $81,672 per annum plus 17% superannuation


Position overview

Applications are invited for a two (2) year appointment as an ANU/ANSTO Joint Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) to study the structural and dynamic effects of advanced functional materials like polar functional materials (such as ferroelectric and multiferroic materials), and energy conversion and storage materials mainly through neutron scattering. The position will be based at the Bragg Institute in Sydney (Dr. Dehong Yu) and at the Australian National University in Canberra (Prof. Yun Liu) with approximate fraction of 50:50.

The successful applicant:

A PhD degree in condensed matters physics, materials science or a related area is essential. You are expected to have a strong research background in two or more of solid-state physics, neutron scattering, materials chemistry and advanced functional materials. For Enquiries:

Professor Yun Liu

T: 02 6125 1124

E: yun.liu@anu.edu.au   


Dr Dehong Yu

T: 02 9717 3452

E: Dehong.Yu@ansto.gov.au  

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

• A statement addressing the selection criteria.

• A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

• Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Position Description & Selection Criteria

Advertised: 02 Jun 2015 09:00:00 AM Aus. Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 19 Jul 2015 11:55:00 PM Aus. Eastern Standard Time