WEEK #3, 18 – 24 January 2016

In this issue:


Management Team News and Notes


Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)


Management Team News and Notes


Revised Schemes for Sponsored/Contracted Projects: Handling of Project Residuals

Please be informed that in its meetings in November 2015, the AIT Management approved changes in the handling of project residuals.  These are reflected in the schemes published online at http://www.ait.ac.th/research/sponsored-and-contracted-projects for easy reference.

The following stipulations in handling of project residuals will be with effect as from 2015 onwards, and will be applicable to projects opened as of 1 October 2015 onwards.  Project accounts opened prior to 1 October 2015 will be governed by the stipulations that were effective when they were opened.

Should projects have residuals at the end of the project period, half (50%) of the residuals from projects completed / closed during the year shall be credited as Operating Revenues under Research Grants to the involved PIs’ RC unless the contract stipulates that all surpluses must be returned to the sponsor/client.  The Dean will have the prerogative to provide the share to the FoS.

The other half (50%) of the project residuals will be transferred to the professional development funds (PDF) of the principal investigators (PIs) according to their involvement indicated in the project Form D.

For closed projects with no PDF distribution in Form D, all (100%) of their residuals will be credited as Operating Revenues under Research Grants to the involved PIs’ RC.




Confirmed AIT Management Notes, 19 November 2015 and 14 December 2015

Please be informed that the confirmed notes of the 19 November 2015 regular meeting and 14 December 2015 special meeting (with AIT NeXUS Task Force members) of the AIT Management are now Intranet-published at http://www.ait.ac.th/management/aitmt-notes, as well as attached herewith for easy reference.


Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Seminar by Dr. Bindu Lohani

Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Seminar will be delivered by Dr. Bindu Lohani entitled, “Technological Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Climate Resilience Smart Cities”


Date     :           Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Time    :            10:00 - 12:00 hrs

Venue  :           Main Auditorium, AIT Conference Center


Dr. Bindu Lohani is currently the Head of Global Climate Change Practice, Centennial Group, USA; Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan; and Chief Advisor, K water and Founding Member, Asian Water Council, Korea.

Dr. Lohani is a distinguished AIT alumnus, who served as Chairman and Associate Professor of the Division of Environmental Engineering at AIT, prior to joining ADB. Dr. Lohani is a current member of the AIT Board of Trustees.

Dr. Lohani was Ranking Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development until 30 June 2015. He was responsible for the ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (Office of the Chief Economist), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, and Office of Information Systems and Technology.

Before the above position, Dr. Lohani was Vice-President (Finance and Administration) of ADB.  Dr. Lohani also served as Chair of Investment Committee of the Pension Fund (more than $2 billion); Chair of Asset Liability Management Committee; and Chair of Crisis Management Committee.

Kindly register/confirm your participation on or before Friday, 22 January 2016.

All are invited to attend this very interesting and very timely Seminar!

See more details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/daf-seminar-technological-challenges-and-opportunities-in-addressing-climate-resilience-smart-cities/#.Vph0xsv-IdU


SERD welcomes new faculty members

School of Environment, Resources & Development (SERD welcomes two new faculty members: Dr. Nophea Sasaki and Dr. John M. Kuwornu who joined SERD in January 2016.

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, an Associate Professor in Natural Resources & Management Field of Study, received his PhD degree majoring in forest management from Gifu University, Japan. He holds a master’s degree in Forest Management from Shinshu University, Japan, and received his bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia.

Prior to joining AIT, Dr. Sasaki was an Associate Professor at the University of Hyogo, a public university in Japan, where he taught, conducted and supervised research of graduate students and postdoc in the fields of environmental policy informatics and environmental business with particular focus on forestry, forest carbon monitoring and modeling, low-carbon development project, and financial incentives. He was a postdoc in forestry-carbon cycling modeling at the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology/Biogeochemistry, a Bullard Fellow in advanced forest research at Harvard University, and a visiting scientist at Adelaide University.

He is recognized for his research achievements in sustainable management of forests, carbon retention, and result-based financial compensation under the REDD+ scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He served as global expert panel on REDD+, forest management, and biodiversity conservation of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and advisor for a special REDD+ Promotion Project of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Japan. He was a co-author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. Sasaki has also assisted private companies to conduct government-sponsored projects on REDD+ and CDM in Cambodia. In recent years, he organized several regional training workshops on carbon accounting and carbon trading systems to ASEAN officials from the ten member states.

He can be contacted in the following:

Room No. E119, SERD Academic Building

Tel. 5778

Email address:  nopheas@ait.asia


Dr. John K. M. Kuwornu, an Associate Professor in Agri-Business Management Field of Study, is from Ghana. He obtained his Master and Doctoral degrees (both) in Agricultural Economics & Management, from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

His areas of teaching and research include the following: Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Marketing and Trade, Agricultural Development, Agricultural Policy, Marketing Channels, Consumer Behaviour, Supply Chain Management, Commodity Futures Markets, Econometrics, Quantitative Methods, Climate Change, Agrobiodiversity and Stock Markets.

He has consulted for a number of national, regional and international organizations including the World Bank, USAID, West African Trade Hub, Food Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana), UNDP, Millennium Development Authority, ACDI/VOCA, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Ghana), African Forum for Agricultural Research, International Growth Center, Research Department of Parliament of Ghana, Ghana Statistical Service, National Development Planning Commission (Ghana), and African Network For Agriculture, Agroforestry, & Natural Resources  Education.

Dr. Kuwornu can be contacted as follows:

Room No. A207, AFE Building

Telephone number: 5459

Email address: Jkuwornu@ait.asia


SERD welcomes a visiting faculty

School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) welcomes Dr. Gaurav Manik, a Visiting Assistant Professor in Urban Environmental Management Field of Study. Dr. Manik is seconded to AIT by the Government of India.

Dr. Manik received his Ph.D degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India, and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), India. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from HBTI Kanpur, India.

Dr. Manik has a total of 12 years’ experience in industry and academic teaching and research. He has been working since past 3 years at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) as Assistant Professor in the Department of Polymer and Process Engineering. Before joining IITR he was associated with corporates like 3M (a US Based multinational) as Senior Manager (Technical) (2008-2012) where he managed developments of new products and cutting-edge technologies, as part of Corporate Research Materials Lab (CRML). His other previous stints includes academic teaching experience at BITS, Pilani and BIET, Jhansi, India, and industrial manufacturing exposure at Indo-Gulf Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd., India.

His research interests include Molecular modeling and simulations, Easy-clean hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, Polymer composites, Process modeling and optimization. His academic teaching interest includes Mass and heat transfer, environmental management, New product development and life cycle management, Process Control.

He can be contacted in the following:

Room No. E113

Telephone number. 6389

Email address: manikfpt@iitr.ac.in  OR gaurav@ait.asia


SET welcomes a visiting faculty seconded by the Government of India

School of Engineering and Technology (SET) welcomes Dr. Bhaskar Ramchandra Nikam, Visiting Faculty in Water Engineering and Management, who is seconded by the Government of India. 


Dr. Bhaskar Ramchndra Nikam did his Graduation (Bachelor of Technology) in the field of Agricultural Engineering from Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri, India and his Masters in Technology with major in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. He received his PhD in the field of Water Resources Management from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India. He is Scientist in Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). In recent years, he has been posted as Scientist/Engineer ‘SE’ in the Water Resources Department of Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO, Dehradun, India.


His research interest are Hydrological Modeling using Geo-spatial Technology, Water Resources Management, Irrigation Water Management, Retrieval of Hydrological Parameters using Remote Sensing Data, Drought Monitoring, Assessment & Prediction, etc.


He can be contacted at


Room No. WR107

Tel. No. 02 524 5568

Email : bhaskarnikam@ait.asia, bhaskarnikam@iirs.gov.in


SOM welcomes new visiting faculty members

School of Management (SOM) is pleased to welcome new visiting faculty members seconded by the Government of India this January 2016 semester - Dr. Sangeeta Sahney, Visiting Associate Professor, and Dr. Shashi Shekhar Mishra, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Dr. Sangeeta Sahney is an Associate Professor in Marketing Management area at the Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, West Bengal where she served as an Assistant Professor from October 2005 until October 2012.  Prior to joining IIT Kharagpur, Dr. Sahney worked at IIT Roorkee and Bundelkhand University Jhansi during July 2003 to October 2005, and May 2002 to July 2003 respectively.

She obtained her MBA in HRM and Marketing from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi in 1997 and PhD in Total Quality Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2003. Her areas of specialization are Consumer Behavior, Services Marketing, Sales and Distribution Management, Quality Management in Services and Organization Behavior.

She has also served as an Indian Seconded Visiting Faculty at SOM in August 2009. During her current appointment at SOM, Dr. Sahney will teach the courses SM60.52 Marketing Management, and SM80.08 International Marketing and Export Management.  She can be contacted at Room 218, tel. ext. 5660, emails: sahney@ait.asia ; sahney@vgsom.iitkgp.ernet.in  

Dr. Shashi Shekhar Mishra is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur since December 2011.

Dr. Mishra has received his PhD (Marketing) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow. He holds an Engineering degree in Chemical Technology from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (H.B.T.I.) Kanpur.

He has worked for three years in petrochemical and automobile industry before joining the doctoral program at IIM Lucknow. He has professional experience in the area of Product Management, Technology Strategy, and Business-to-Business Marketing. With more than eight years of industrial, teaching, research, training and consulting experience, Dr. Mishra has several research publications in internationally acclaimed journals and conferences. His research interest include: New Product Development, Marketing Strategy, High-technology Product Marketing, and Advanced Marketing Research & Analytics.

During his deputation at SOM, Dr. Mishra will teach the courses SM80.06 Innovation Marketing and New Product Development.  He can be contacted at Room 240, tel. ext. 5650, emails: ssmishra@ait.asia ; ssmishra@iitk.ac.in  


AIT Distinguished Researcher Awards: Email by Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut

Dear AIT Faculty and Staff,

I am happy to announce the "AIT Distinguished Researcher Awards 2016" which was established last year towards recognizing the valuable contributions and professional accomplishments of its Faculty and Staff in research.

The awards have two categories namely:

1. AIT Research Leader Award

2. AIT Young Researcher Award

I look forward to receiving your applications and kindly find the award guidelines attached for your reference. Applications are to be submitted to vpresearch@ait.ac.th  by Friday 29 January, 2016.


Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut

Vice President Research

Asian Institute of Technology


Campus Updates


Contact Information Update, Medical Reimbursement Procedure and AIT Plastic ID Card

A gentle reminder for AIT faculty and staff members on the following matters:


1. Contact Information in HRIS

It is imperative that we have a correct record of your personal data in our system. Information such as name of contact person and telephone numbers are very important especially during emergencies. There are still employees who have not provided the above information. Please log in the web link, https://hris.ait.ac.th  to update your contact information. Use your AIT email account credential to log in then click “View Employee Profile” and complete the fields in the “Contact Information”.

2.  Medical Reimbursement

Please be reminded that in order to process your medical reimbursement, you must submit the medical receipt and medical certificate showing the diagnosis and date of consultation to the Human Resources Office within 60 days after the consultation. Reimbursement submitted later than 60 days will not be accepted.

3. AIT Plastic ID Card

For permanent employees and those on contracts of one or more years, a plastic AIT ID card can be availed from the Human Resources Office.

If you still have not changed your laminated paper ID card, please visit the Human Resources Office to have your photo and electronic signature taken.  The plastic AIT ID cards will be ready within three (3) working days.


Your plastic AIT ID cards can be used to borrow books from the AIT Library, as well as serve as a cash card in the AIT Cafeteria.

Human Resources Office


Social Security Hospitals for 2016

Members of Social Security who would like to change their registered hospital, please contact HRO within 15 March 2016.

Please note that Camillion Hospital is no longer in the Social Security list of participating hospitals.  For those registered in this hospital please contact HRO to register the hospital of your choice.

Human Resources Office


Library orientation for January 2016 semester

AIT Library is arranging library orientation for January 2016 semester students from Monday 18 to Friday 22 January 2016.  The morning session begins at 9.00 a.m. and the afternoon session at 13.00 p.m.  Please select the date and time convenient to you and register via e-mail at watcharin@ait.asia.


Thai Language Classes

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Survival Thai Course and Reading and Writing Thai course for Beginners.


Survival Thai Course

From 25 January – 9 March 2016 (20 hours)

On Monday and Wednesday, from 17:00 - 18:30


Reading and Writing Thai

 From 26 January – 10 March 2016 (20 hours)

 On Tuesday and Thursday, from 17:00 - 18:30

 Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Class Size: 15 persons

Register and payment at the Language Center, Room 216.


Raffle Draw Winners of OFAM and Auxiliary Services Concessionaires Surveys

Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) would like to thank the AIT Community for providing them valuable inputs & suggestion by participating OFAM Survey in December 2015.

As a gesture of appreciation to those who took their time in participating in this survey, a raffle draw was held and the winners are as follows:

1st prize




2nd prize




3rd prize





4th prize




5th prize



6th prize







OFAM also would like to thank the AIT Community for providing valuable inputs & suggestion by participating Auxiliary Services Concessionaires Survey in December 2015

As a gesture of appreciation to those who took their time in participating in this survey, a raffle draw was held and the winners are as follows:


1st Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a Power Bank (elloop 1300mAh)




2nd Prize 1 (One) Winner of a Bluetooth Speaker



3rd Prize 1 (One) Winner of a 32 GB Thumb Drive



4th Prize 10 (Ten) Winners of Hom Krun Coffee Beverage coupon for 2 persons












The winners are requested to claim their prizes at the following:

Office                       : Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)

Building                  : Physical Plant (2nd Floor)

Room                      : 207

Contact Person      : Ms. Churairat #5026

Period of claiming : 18th January to 22nd January only

Time                       : Office hours only 


SU starts renting out bicycles

Student Union has started renting the bicycles for the conveyance of the students, staff members, residents, and also outsiders. People who are interested can come with the ID-card to the SU office and rent the bicycle. The rental charges applicable are:

For student and staff         - 10 Baht/day

For residents and alumini  - 15 Baht/day

For outsiders                      - 20 Baht/day

Refundable deposit             - 1000 Bhat


ERP Offline

Please be informed that ERP will be offline every day, January 4-29, 2016
from 11:30 - 13:00 during offline period finance has to process the transaction
of Y2015 (Due to Year-end closing).

Finance Department


Bicycle Sticker

Please be informed that bicycle sticker are available at security office located at gate-1. Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) encourages the AIT community, especially the new students to take the sticker for their bicycles.


- In case if the bicycle with sticker is lost, security officer can help to identify the lost bicycle easily

- Security can also identify the outsiders easily entering the campus from gate-1 & gate-2

Procedure to take the sticker:

1. Present your AIT ID card to the AIT Cashier located in Admin Building and pay Baht 20 for the bicycle sticker

2. Bring the original receipt and copy of AIT ID card to security officer at gate-1 to claim for the sticker

Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)




Hitchhiker's Guide to Geophysics

A seminar titled "Hitchhiker's Guide to Geophysics" will be delivered by Mr. Koya Suto of Terra Australis Geophysica Pty Ltd., Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, on 18 January 2016 from 13:00-14:00 hours at Room N240. The seminar is organized by Geotechnical and Earth Resources (GTE) field of study, School of Engineering and Technology (SET).

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/hitchhikers-guide-to-geophysics/#.VpXJYsv-IdU


UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), AIT, and the ASEAN Secretariat, in consultation with UNIDO, are welcoming applications for the forthcoming:

Dates:   17-30 January 2016 and
Venue:  (TBC), Asian Institute of Technology Campus


Strategic objective:


To improve the knowledge of future decision makers in the area of Sustainable Consumption and Production and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management in a life cycle perspective for goods and services produced and used by governments, business and civil society.


More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/un-winter-school-on-sustainable-consumption-and-production-in-asia-and-the-pacific/#.Vo8edMv-IdU





  • Delegation from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur, India, led by Prof.  Gautam Sinha / 19 Jan. 2016 / to sign MoU and MoA between AIT and IIM Kashihpur, India
  • Delegation from Missouri School of Science and Technology, USA / 20 Jan. 2016 / to explore possible collaboration (academic and research) with AIT
  • Dr. Jetti A. Oliver, Chancellor, Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Science, Allahabad, India /21 Jan. 2016 / to visit AIT and discuss new collaborations
  • Students and lecturers from the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate of Tarumanagara University, Indonesia / 27 Jan. 2016 / to visit AIT and to meet with faculty members related to RRDP, SERD



Faculty and Staff Travel


Mr. Upul K. Brahmanage / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 4 – 13 December 2016*

Ms. Sudiksha Amatya / Preah Vihear, Cambodia / 9 – 12 January 2016*

Manjunatha Venkatappa / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 11 – 22 January 2016

Prof. C. Visvanathan / Da Nang, Vietnam / 13 – 15 January 2016*

Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / Yangon, Myanmar / 15 – 16 January 2016*

Ms. Tripti Rajbhandari / Yangon, Myanmar / 15 – 16 January 2016*

Dr. Yuosre Badir / HCMC, Vietnam / 15 – 23 January 2016

Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 15 – 24 January 2016

Dr. Jagath K. Rajapaksha / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 15 January – 1 February 2016

Nanette Gonzales / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 16 – 22 January 2016

Marites P. Montalbo / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 16 – 22 January 2016

Dr. P. Abdul Salam / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 17 -22 January 2016

Aurosree Biswas / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 17 – 22 January 2016

Shamima Akhter / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 17 – 22 January 2016

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 17 – 23 January 2016

Mr. Krailak Fakkaew / Khon Kaen and Mahasarakham, Thailand / 17 – 23 January 2016

Dr. Theo Ebbers / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 18 – 22 January 2016

Dr. Md. Zakir Hossain / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 21 – 23 January 2016

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Kobe, Japan / 22 – 26 January 2016

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


Classifieds (Jobs)


Administrative Officer (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No: 48/15

Deadline: 16 January 2016



Dean, School of Management (School of Management)

Ref. No: 60/15

Deadline: 31 January 2016



Head, Climate Change Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)

Ref. No: 54/15

Deadline: 31 January 2016



Cafeteria Supervisor (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)

Ref. No: 56/15

Deadline: 31 January 2016



Internal Auditor (Internal Audit Office)

Ref. No: 15/15

Deadline: 31 January 2016



Class Teacher (AIT International School)

Ref. No: 01/2016

Deadline: 15 February 2016



Assistant / Associate Professor (RRDP) (School of Resources and Development )

Ref. No: Fac 06/15

Deadline: 28 February 2016



Laboratory Supervisor (Environmental Engineering and Chemical Analyses)

Ref. No: 57/15

Deadline: 29 February 2016



Senior Technician (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: 58/15

Deadline: 29 February 2016



Assistant / Associate Professor (IME) (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No: Fac 09/15

Deadline: 31 March 2016



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: Fac 5/15

Deadline: 30 June 2016