WEEK# 28, 8 – 14 July 2019


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements
(i) Let us welcome Prof. Dieter Trau, new Dean of SET and Director of Entrepreneurship Center
Email from AIT President (3 Jul. 2019)
Dear AIT family members,
I am pleased to announce that Professor Dieter Trau has now joined the AIT family in his role as the new Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology and new Director of the AIT Entrepreneurship Center.
As the new Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, he will be working with the faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to strengthen SET teaching and academic research through innovation.  He will take the lead in bringing the School to the next level in terms of gaining higher academic reputation and transforming its curriculum and education.
As the new Director of the AIT Entrepreneurship Center (to be established this September), he will work with the Vice President for Knowledge Transfer to build the AIT start-up ecosystem to be used by our students and faculty.
Coming to AIT from the National University of Singapore, Professor Trau is an accomplished researcher in the field of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering and is also an entrepreneur who is the holder of numerous patents and founder of several companies.  He received his education from Aachen in Germany and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
His office is located in Room N-231, SET Academic Building. He can be reached by email, trau@ait.ac.th  or at his office extension number 6022 or through his Secretary at extension number 6054.
Let us all welcome Prof. Dieter Trau and give him our support and cooperation!


(ii) AIT Newsletter: July 2019
Email from Office of Public Affairs – OPA (1 Jul. 2019)
This month the AIT Newsletter brings you the story of the Social Business Day. AIT came in for special mention from Prof. Muhammad Yunus who remarked: “A big round of applause for AIT” as 1500 participants from 59 countries joined the celebrations. The newsletter also has our regular features of news, seminars and talks, global engagements, as well as World Environment Day Celebrations.
The PDF and mobile (iOS and android) versions are attached with this email. Kindle users can use the download link for MOBI files.


(iii) AIT Pavilion and Showcase at 100X Event
Email from Vice President for Knowledge Transfer (20 Jun.2019)
Dear Colleagues,
As you might be aware, AIT is organizing the 100 Innovations X Entrepreneurs event at C asean on September 27-28 this year.  We are expecting over 1000 participants and visitors to this event.
In this event, we have planned a special pavilion to showcase the key innovative research and solutions developed by AIT faculty, staff, students and centers.
I would like to encourage you to please take this opportunity to highlight your work, and generate public interest in AIT, as well as develop network and establish collaborations.
Please contact Pondchanok Piraintorn, at pondchanok@ait.asia , or by simply replying to this email for more information and for reserving your space.
May I also request you to kindly help promote this event in your network.
Thank you and look forward to your participation.


(iv) Invitation to be part of B.E.S.T. Camp on September 28 – 30, 2019 at AIT Campus
Email from Vice President for Knowledge Transfer (2 Jul. 2019)
Dear Students,
We would like to invite interested AIT students to participate in the exciting and innovating B.E.S.T. Camp (Business, Engineering, and Science Students Working Together) on September 28 – 30, 2019 at AIT campus.
If you enjoy a challenges and fun camps allowing you to build your technological, social and business ideas with teams’ form leading universities in the region, then don’t miss this chance! Your ideas can be win you prizes and have a chance to become reality, and help make the world a better place.
Join the one-day ideation camp/hackathon at AIT, and the 100 Innovations x Entrepreneurs event organized by Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
B.E.S.T Camp Details:
Date: Full Program- September 28 – 30, 2019
Hackathon will be on September 29, Sunday
Participants: 30 (10 from three universities)
Application Deadline:15 July 2019
Location: AIT campus, Thailand
Challenge ThemesSocial, Business and Technology innovations for waste reduction and circular economy
Eligible Universities
·         Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
·         National University of Singapore (NUS)
·         Asian Institute of technology (AIT)
Please fill in the online registration form link before the deadline. Seats are limited to only 10 Students from each university.
More information about the camp is attached in the flier. For further inquiries, kindly contact Ms. Shreya Pradhan at shreya@ait.ac.th  or call +66 (0)2 524 6388.


(v) Online Performance Appraisal 2019 (covering the period 1 July 2018-30 June 2019)
Email from Office of Human Resources Services (2 Jul. 2019)
To all immediate supervisors and Unit Directors of direct-hire (centrally-funded) staff members,
Please be informed that the online performance appraisal for this year 2019, covering the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, is now open. The annual online performance appraisal process was implemented in July 2014 following the approval of AIT Management.
The online system can be accessed through the “PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL” link in the HRIS menu (https://hris.ait.ac.th ).  The immediate supervisors are able to now complete the individual Performance Appraisal Reports for all employees under their supervision, and submit them individually (electronically).  The Unit Heads shall then review and endorse all completed Performance Appraisal Reports not later than 12 September 2019.
The online / web-based system has archived the appraisal results from 2014 (“Appraisal History” link in the HRIS menu) and will build up annual data that will be available to directors / immediate supervisors and AIT Management.
The performance appraisal process will be carried out in conjunction with the annual budget process.  These annual performance appraisal results will be used for the purpose of determining the annual salary adjustment and staff training and development needs and will be taken into consideration in preparing the 2020 year budgets. 
Should you encounter technical problems, please report them to Helpdesk (helpdesk@ait.asia ).  Please convey other feedback to HRO (hro@ait.asia ).



B. Events




(a) Orientation for New Students: 2 Aug. 2019
Fri Aug 2nd 9:00am - 5:00pm


Orientation Day for new students will be organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 2 August 2019 at the AIT Conference Center.


(b) Blood Donation: 5 Sept. 2019
Email from AIT Medical Center (26 Jun.2 019)
The Thai Red Cross Society has been working with volunteer students and staff to collect units of blood from the AIT community. The bloodmobile visits AIT every three months, four times a year, hoping to collect enough units to supply the constant demand for blood.
We again would like to ask for your help. The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.
Give blood! You'll experience a fulfilling sense of contribution. And the donation process isn't time-consuming. It only takes about half an hour. For more information about blood donation please see the attached.
On behalf of needy patients whose lives you may save, we would like to thank you very much for your time and support.


(c) "100 Innovations and Entrepreneurs": 27 – 28 Sept. 2019
"100 Innovations and Entrepreneurs" is the name of a grand event being organized by AIT that seeks to celebrate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of AIT. Featuring 100 innovations and entrepreneurs, the event will be organized from 27 – 28 Sept. 2019 at CAsean, Bangkok.
Details at this link: http://www.100x.ait.ac.th/


(a) The 6th International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture on “Sustainable Aquaculture: Nutritional Security and Exports”: 22 – 23 Aug. 2019
Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management program under Department of Food, Agriculture, and BioResources, School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD), will host the 6th International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture on “Sustainable Aquaculture: Nutritional Security and Exports” at Hotel Windsor Suites and Convention, Bangkok, from 22 – 23 August 2019.




(a) Training - IEEE Xplore: Resources & Tools for Research: 8 Jul. 2019
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) will deliver training for AIT students, staff and researchers on 8 July 2019 (Monday) from 1.30 P.M. - 3.00 P.M.
For your information:
The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners.
IEEE Xplore provides web access to more than four-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly-cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
The training details are as follows.

 Title: IEEE Xplore: Resources & Tools for Research.

 Date: 8 July 2019 (Monday)

 Time: 1.30 P.M. - 3.00 P.M.

 Venue: Training Room, AIT Library

 Speaker: Mr. Alex Liu (IEEE Client Services Manager, Asia).


- IEEE Xplore content and feature updates
- IEEE Xplore demo: searching, results, management, personal account, search and content alert
- Xplore App: Xplore API
- Tools for research: ORCID, Collabratec, Code Ocean, Overleaf, IEEE DataPort, etc.
To register and for more information, please contact library@ait.ac.th .


(b) Professional Training Program on Advanced Shrimp Farming: 3 – 10 Nov. 2019
A professional training program on advanced shrimp farming will be organized by AIT Extension from 03-10 November 2019 (including international travel) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
“Advanced Shrimp Farming” is a one-week long professional training program, which has been designed to address not only the lack of know-how and issues with farming practices but also to meet the specific needs and requirements for the development of this venture in the region. The program will cover the state of the art of farming practices, existing good practices, innovation and advanced technologies in farming and shrimp healthcare along with planning and management of environmental issues with shrimp farming.

 DOWNLOAD Training Poster and Course Outline

 More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/professional-training-program-on-advanced-sh...

 Registration Link:  https://goo.gl/Q1ATjV



 C. Visitors / MoU


• Delegation from Universitas Gadjah Mada, India / 24 Jul. 2019 / to have a study visit of AIT



D. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Dr. Abha Mishra / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 25 – 28 June 2019*
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 29 June – 17 July 2019
Dr. Nophea Sasaki / London, UK / 30 June – 22 July 2019
Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen / Spain and Italy / 1 – 28 July 2019
Mr. Winston K.H. Chow / Songdo and Incheon, Republic of Korea / 5 – 9 July 2019
Miaa Pathumporn Dabsomsri, Miss Kannika Issarakul, and Mr. Sanishka Dulsara Jayasena / Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumporn, Thailand / 6 – 8 June 2019*
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Indonesia / 6 – 14 July 2019
Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Melbourne, Australia / 7 – 14 July 2019
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Yangon, Myanmar / 9 – 10 July 2019
Dr. Sohee Minsum Kim / Jeju, South Korea / 9 – 12 July 2019
Mr. Ashok Dahal / Uttarakhand, India / 12 – 26 July 2019
Dr. Attaphongse Taparugssanagorn / Sydney, Australia / 14 – 21 July 2019
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Manila, Philippines / 14 – 26 July 2019
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)




E. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Technician (School of Environment, Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 30/19
Deadline: 15 July 2019

Position: Technician (Technical Staff) (School of Engineering and Technology)
Ref. No. 37/19
Deadline: 31 August 2019

Position: Technical Staff (Technician) (School of Engineering & Technology) Ref. No. 61/18
Deadline: 31 August 2019