WEEK #28, 13 – 19 July 2015

In this issue:



Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)



Appointment of Interim Dean of the School of Management

I am also pleased to announce that Professor M. Nazrul Islam has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Management from 1 July 2015 until we are able to find a replacement.  This appointment is concurrent to his current position as Visiting Professor and Academic Coordinator in the School of Management.  

A Search Committee for the position of Dean of the School of Management has already been formed.  The Executive Committee, in its 15 December 2014 meeting, suggested the following guideline on the recruitment of the new SOM Dean.  Subsequently, the AIT Board of Trustees, in its 15 February 2015 meeting, approved my proposal to start an international search process for an internationally renowned SOM Dean, with a premium salary package.

It reads:

"In order to enhance the reputation of AIT which will attract not only the number, but also the quality of student enrolment, the first step is to recruit a renowned reputable professor to serve as the School Dean by offering a premium compensation package.  Without a well-established School Dean, recruitment for rising-star faculty members will always face a problem.  Nowadays,  before top students make a decision regarding their universities, they often look at the profile of faculty members."

We wish Professor Islam every success on this additional assignment and wish him well in carrying out this additional administrative task.

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai


Asian Institute of Technology

9 July 2015


AIT Energy Alumnus appointed as Managing Director of Bhutan Power Corporation

Mr. Gem Tshering, an AIT alumnus from Energy, has been appointed as the Managing Director of Bhutan Power Corporation, effective from 1 July 2015.    Mr. Tshering obtained a B. Tech from Madras, India and a Master’s Degree in Energy (Energy Planning and Policy) from AIT in 1994.


Campus Updates

New Campus Infrastructure Renovation Committee meets

The new Campus Infrastructure Renovation Committee (CIRC) convened its first meeting on 10 July 2015. The CIRC is chaired by AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai. Dr. Noppadol Phien-Wej of the School of Engineering and Technology is the Vice Chair. The Head of Administration, Mrs. Izel Ann Mojado-Dante, is the CIRC Secretary. The committee addressed the status of the campus infrastructure by type: Water Supply, Electricity, Air Conditioning and Pavement and Landscape, as presented by OFAM.

OFAM presented a summary of the Campus Rehabilitation Second Phase Plan budgeted at 193 million Baht, which also included Needs for Renovation, Phases and Priorities, Estimated Budget, and detailed Plans. The acting head of OFAM, Ms. Bantu Sireesha, provided a report on Priorities, Plan and Progress of campus infrastructure renovation word, and presented an analysis of the required budget.

The campus architect reported on the progress of the dormitories and AITCC renovation work.

Ms. Thitima Olarikabutr also reported on the status of the ongoing modernization of the library. The committee approved the agenda items considered to be urgent. The existing plan for the library is to open the 2nd floor for students to use in August, while work will progress on the facility until the end of the year. The architect said the interior design, book retrieval robot, IT facilities and central court are all scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.



Regional Consultation on “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security of the Urban People through Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Asia”

FAO-RAP and DPMM/AIT will organize a Regional Consultation on “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security of  Urban People through Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Asia” to be held from 14-15 July 2015 at the AIT Conference Center, Room  B108.

Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, FAO, will join the inaugural session.



  • China Scholarship Council, PRC, led by Ms. Liu Jinghui, Secretary-General / 15 July 2015 / Courtesy call to the President of AIT to discuss further cooperation.


Faculty and Staff Travel

Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Boston, North Carolina, Massachusetts and New York, USA / 16 June – 13 August 2015

Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Phuket / 22 – 24 June 2015*

Prof. Ajit P. Annachatre / France and The Netherlands / 27 June – 18 July 2015

Mr. Fazle Karim / Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 4 July 2015*

Dr. Philippe Doneys / London, UK / 2 – 5 July 2015*

Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 4 July – 4 August 2015

Dr. Manzul K. Hazzarika / Tokyo, Japan / 5 – 9 July 2015*

Dr. Teerapat Sa-nguankotchakorn / Sapporo, Japan / 6 – 13 July 2015

Dr. Suthansinee Artidteang / Pattaya, Chonburi Province / 8 – 10 July 2015*

Dr. Apinun Tunpan / Madrid, Spain / 8 – 11 July 2015*

Dr. Naveed Anwar / Kathmandu, Nepal / 8 – 16 July 2015

Prof. J. K. Routray / Sydney, Canberra & Kioloa, Australia / 9 – 13 July 2015

Dr. Faiz Shah / Lahore, Pakistan / 9 – 27 July 2015

Dr. Bernadette P. Resurreccion / Santa Rosa and Laguna, Philippines / 10 – 13 July 2015

Dr. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and  University of  Bristol, UK / 11 – 17 July 2015

Dr. A. Yakupitiyage, Prof. Don Macintosh, Ms. Suntree Pumpung / Surat Thani Province, Thailand / 11 – 18 July 2015

Mr. Faisal Alih / Lahore, Pakistan / 12 – 17 July 2015

Ms. Mariana Bolero / Lahore, Pakistan / 12 – 17 July 2015

Prof. Pennung Warnitchai and Dr. Punchet Thammarak / Kathmandu, Nepal / 13 – 17 July 2015

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Tokyo, Japan / 13 – 19 July 2015

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 14 – 16 July 2015

Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 14 – 16 July 2015

Prof. C. Visvanathan / Mumbai, India / 15 – 18 July 2015

Dr. Apinun Tunpan / Mae Sot, Thailand / 16 – 21 July 2015

Nisara Tansakul, Preechai Mekbungwan, Nunthaphat Weshsuwannarugs / Mae Sot, Thailand / 16 – 21 July 2015

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Mae Sot, Thailand / 17 – 21 July 2015

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


Classifieds (Job)

Senior Programme Specialist (Climate Change) (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific )

Ref no: 39/15

Deadline: July 15, 2015



Director, Language Center (Language Center)

Ref no: 33/15

Deadline: July 15, 2015



Draftsman (AIT Consulting)

Ref. No: 35/15

Deadline: July 17, 2015



Net Software Developer (AIT Consulting)

Ref No: 38/15

Deadline: July 22, 2015



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

Ref. No: 4/14

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Research Specialist I (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No: 32/15

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



Senior Project Engineer (AIT Consulting)

Ref no: 25/15

Deadline: July 31, 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: Fac 5/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015