WEEK #29, 20 – 26 July 2015

In this issue


Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)



Dr. Rajendra Shrestha Promoted to Full Professor

Dr. Rajendra Shrestha has been promoted from the rank of Associate Professor to Full Professor, following the approval of the Board of the Trustees at its meeting held on 16 July 2015.

In an email announcement, AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai warmly congratulated Professor Shrestha on this promotion in recognition of his significant contributions to his field.

A native of Nepal, Dr. Shrestha joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) field of study at the AIT School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD).

He obtained both his Doctor of Technical Science (Natural Resources Management) and Master of Science (Natural Resources Planning and Management) degrees from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1999 and 1993, respectively. He graduated with honors from his Bachelor of Science degree program in Agriculture from Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, India in 1984.

Dr. Shrestha’s research encompasses the areas of land use and climate change, land use planning and sustainable land management, natural resources degradation and environmental indicators, poverty alleviation and livelihood, and GIS/RS applications and geoinformation in decision-making.

Dr. Shrestha’s promotion case was considered following the process specified in the Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statement on the Procedure for Evaluation of Faculty for Promotion (PA-1-2-2).

The curriculum vitae of Dr. Shrestha, the Institute Criteria for Promotion (PA-1-2-5) and the Procedure for Evaluation of Faculty for Promotion (PA-1-2-2) can be accessed through the link provided below:



Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat promoted to rank of Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor in the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS&GIS) field of study at the AIT School of Engineering and Technology (SET), AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai announced on 16 July 2016.

The President approved the promotion of Dr. Sarawut taking into account the positive recommendations of the Faculty Evaluation Panel (FEP) and the SET Promotions and Evaluation Committee. President Worsak extended his congratulations to Dr. Sarawut on behalf of the Institute.

A Thai national, Dr. Sarawut joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as an Instructor in the School of Engineering and Technology in July 2011. Prior to this, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the GEO Grid Research Group, Information and Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan.

He obtained his degree of Doctor of Creative Cities (Urban Information) from Osaka City University, Japan and his M. Sc. (Space Technology Applications and Research) from the Asian Institute of Technology in 2009 and 2002, respectively. He graduated from Silpakorn University, Thailand, for his Bachelor of Science degree in Environment Science in 2000.

Dr. Sarawut’s research encompasses the areas of WebGIS, OGC Web Services and Specifications, SensorWeb and RS&GIS System for Environment Monitoring/Study. His Curriculum Vitae, the Institute Criteria for Promotion (PA-1-2-5) and the Procedure for Evaluation of Faculty for Promotion (PA-1-2-2) can be accessed HERE:


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Campus Updates

TCEB to meet with AIT faculty and staff members

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will organize a one-hour meeting with AIT faculty and staff members to present their available support and assistance to units conducting large international events and workshops. The meeting will be held on Thursday, 13 August 2015, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room, AIT Administration Building. After the meeting, there will be light refreshments hosted by TCEB for all participants.

Those interested to participate the meeting, please contact Dr. Gabrielle Groves Punyaratabandhu, Head ERCO, at email: head-erco@ait.asia or call 02-524-6024.


Shut off of Centralized Air-Conditioning System for 4 days from July 30 – August 2

As part of the Campus Infrastructure Rehabilitation plan, OFAM is presently working on the phase-1 of the chiller plant rehabilitation by installing two new cooling towers and a new chiller to serve the community with efficient and better cooling.  In order to install the condenser pipe of new cooling tower, there is a need to shut off the Centralized Air-Conditioning System / Chiller operation for 4 days.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2015 to Sunday, 2 August 2015

Time: From 08:00 a.m. onwards

Area affected: All Academic Buildings, SET, SERD, AIT Extension, Outreach, ET, CSIM, GIC, PPT, Biotech, ISE, SOM, AITCC, Administration, SU Building, Library, Physical Plant, and Dorms E, J, K



The 5th Thailand Networking Group (THNG) Camp

The Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab), sponsored by the THNIC Foundation, is organizing the fifth THNG Camp from 16 – 21 July 2015.

The main concept of the THNG Camp is centered on hands-on training and the development of capable youths who can deploy ICT for development (ICT4D) in order to bridge the digital divide in remote rural areas.

In Thailand, there are still many remote rural communities whose people still lack Internet access.  These rural people live on the other side of the great Digital Divide. With very limited or no digital connectivity, these people severely lack life-time opportunities to connect, learn and grow.

The Internet of Things is an emerging field that futuristically connects not only people but also "things" like environmental sensors, actuators, and machines. The IoT could hold a number of key benefits to ICT4D.  First, is the ability to sense and record near- real-time environmental data (temperature, humidity, rainfall, air quality, wind speed) that can be immediately used in local agriculture or food production. Second, is the ability to maintain historical data for policy makers or city planners to make decisions with less guess work. Third, is the ability to correlate data collected from multiple observation sites, in order to see a big picture and understand specific phenomena.

On the first day of the camp, July 16, 2015, volunteers receive a hands-on training on how to setup and deploy a community wireless mesh network at intERLab, AIT.  On the other days, they would travel to Mae Taan, Tha-Song-Yang, Tak, to design, deploy, and test a community wireless mesh network there.

The objectives of the Fifth THNG Camp are as follows: 1) to have a fully functional, low-cost, but robust, community wireless mesh network (CWMN) deployed in a remote rural community of Mae Taan, Tha-Song-Yang, Tak, by our camp volunteers; 2) to have community participation to sustainably maintain the CWMN that has been deployed, and 3) to have an environmental wireless sensor node deployed to begin the study of rural village's environmental data.



• Mr. David  S. Shawah, IGroup – Director of Business Development / 21 July 2015 / to discuss possible special collaborative partnerships using the private sector know how that IGroup can offer.

• Delegation from Thailand’s National Defence College, led by General Suraphan Wongthai, Commanant of Thailand’s National Defence Studies Institute / 23 July 2015 / to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with AIT


Faculty and Staff Travel

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

Mr. Chatuphol Pholwan / Chonburi Province, Thailand / 18 – 19 June 2015*

Mr. Upul Kaluhetti Brahmanage / Chonburi Province, Thailand / 19 – 20 June 2015*

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

Dr. Victor Shinde / Paris, France / 6 – 12 July 2015*

Mr. Arturo Roa / Pune, India / 9 – 13 July 2015*

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

Dr. Masahiko Nagal / Tokyo, Japan / 10 – 16 July 2015*

Ashim Neupane / Kathmandu, Nepal / 10 – 24 July 2015

Mr. Upul Kaluhetti Brahmanage / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 15 – 19 July 2015*

Mr. Mitesh Vishwas Sawant / Surin, Sisaket and Uttaratdit Province, Thailand / 15 – 21 July 2015

Ms. Amornpan Koysungeon / Surin, Sisaket and Uttaradit Province, Thailand / 15 – 21 July 2015

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 16 – 17 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

Dr. K. R. Salin and Mr. Jirawat Panpeng /  Chonburi and Trat Provinces, Thailand / 17 – 19 July 2015*

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

Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 19 – 24 July 2015

Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 19 – 24 July 2015

Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 20 – 22 July 2015

Mrs. Supamas Rojjanapitakphan / Hanoi, Vietnam / 20 – 23 July 2015

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Songkhla Province, Thailand / 22 – 24 July 2015

Miss Aye Sandar Phyo and Miss Soe Soe Htway / Chiang Mai Province, Thailand / 22 – 28 July 2015

Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 27 July – 4 August 2015

Mr. Fazle Karim / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 28 July – 4 August 2015

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Guiyang, PRC / 1 – 7 August 2015

Prof. Rajendra Shrestha / Guiyang, PRC / 1 – 7 August 2015

Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / Guizhou, PRC / 1 – 7 August 2015

Dr. Gabrielle Eva Carol Groves / Guizhou, PRC / 1 – 7  August 2015

Ms. Wannapa Pliansri / Guizhou, PRC / 1 – 7 August 2015

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


Classifieds (Job)

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