WEEK #3, January 19 - 25, 2015


Campus Notes


AIT faculty awarded APN research grant

Prof. Mukand S. Babel of the Water Engineering and Management (WEM) Field of Study, School of Engineering and Technology,  has been awarded a grant of $80,000 by the Asia Pacific Network (APN) on Global Change Research for a project “Developing an Operational Water Security index, and its Application in Selected Diverse Regions of Asia” for a two year period (2014 – 2016).

In collaboration with Dr. Nguyen Mai Dang (Water Resources University, Vietnam) and Dr. Devesh Sharma (Central Rajasthan University, India)—both of whom are WEM alumni—the proposed project aims to (a) establish a practical framework to develop a water security index (WSI), using appropriate dimensions, sub-indices and indicators at local and basin scales, (b) implement the index in diverse study areas in Asia (Thailand, India, and Vietnam), and (c) assess the status of water security at different time scales: past, present, and future. Through interactions/feedback with/from relevant stakeholders throughout the duration of the project, policy guidelines for actual operationalization of the index will be developed.


AIT’s Water Engineering and Management (WEM) awarded a prestigious project grant 

The Water Engineering and Management (WEM) field of study has been awarded a project grant of $429,990 by the CGIAR’s Water, Land and Ecosystem (WLE), Greater Mekong Initiative. Under a competitive selection process, WEM was one of the fourteen shortlisted awardees among a pool of one hundred and four applications. The project entitled “Developing an Operational Framework for River Health Assessment in the Mekong River Basin”, which will be carried out over a period of three years (2015 – 2017),is led by WEM’sProf. Mukand S. Babel (Team Leader). The other team members include Dr. Oleg Shipin (Environmental Engineering and Management), Dr. Sangam Shrestha (WEM), and Dr. Victor R. Shinde (WEM).

The objective of this project is to develop an indicator system to monitor and evaluate river health in the Mekong River Basin (MRB), and demonstrate its application in a selected catchment—the Songkhram (Thailand). The project implementation will involve two broad work packages, with the support of two partners - the Thai Water Partnership (TWP), and the Pollution Control Department (PCD), of Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE).


Survival Thai Course for Beginners 

The Language Center will organize a “Survival Thai Course for Beginners”  from 2 Feb. – 25 March (20 hours). The course will be held on Monday and Wednesday, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Class Size: 15 persons

Register and payment at the Language Center, Room 216.

Note: seats will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.


AIT International School Update

  • Visitors to AITIS need to get permission from the school office before entering the school premises for safety reasons.
  • 20th January, Tuesday, AITIS will have the ‘Brain Quiz 2015’ at AIT Conference Center.




International Expert Workshop on Water Energy Food Nexus

The International Expert Workshop on Water Energy Food Nexus: Opportunities and Challenges in Mekong Region  will be organized on 22-23 January, 2015 at the AITCC under the project of SEA-EU-NET (South East Asia-European Network Project funded by EU FP7). AIT President Prof. Worsak  Kanok-Nukulchai will inaugurate and deliver welcome remarks.


European Academicians and Senior Researchers as well as high profile personnel from various ministries, departments and academic institutions  of South East Asia region will participate in the workshop.



Delegations from Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria; MGT Group, Dubai; and Prashak Techno Enterprise, India / 20 Jan. 2015 / to learn more about AIT’s Habitech Technology.


Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / PHanom Penh, Cambodia / 7 – 11 Jan. 2015*

Dang Anh Nguyet / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 7 -11 Jan. 2015*

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 9 – 10 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 9 – 14 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 11 – 13 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong / Washington, D.C., USA / 11 – 17 Jan. 2015*

Prof. Nazrul Islam / Hanoi, Vietnam / 12 – 19 Jan. 2015

Mr. Matthew Kuruvilla / Kathmandu, Nepal / 13 – 21 Jan. 2015

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 14 – 20 Dec. 2015

Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 15 – 16 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Noppadol Phienwej / Lao PDR / 16 – 20 Jan. 2015

Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Hanoi, Vietnam / 16 – 24 Jan. 2015

Dr. Yuosre Badir / Vung Tau, Vietnam / 16 – 24 Jan. 2015

Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Hanoi, Vietnam / 17 -18 Jan. 2015*

Mr. Bajinder Pal Singh / Hanoi, Vietnam / 17 – 20 Jan. 2015

Mrs. Nitasha Arora (accompanied by Ms. Supusanee Dulyakasem, Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich, Dr. Yuttachai Sarathai) / Hanoi, Vietnam / 17 – 22 Jan. 2015

Prof. Pennung Warnitchai  / Pavia, Italy / 19 – 22 Jan. 2015

Ms. Rowena Alcoba / Manila, Philippines / 21 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2015

Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 22 – 23 Jan. 2015

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Trondheim, Norwey / 22 – 26 Jan. 2015


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




Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Geoinformatics Center) – Software Developer

Ref. no: 03/15

Deadline: 30 January 2015



Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Geoninformatics Center) – Remote Sensing/ GIS

Ref no: 04/15

Deadline: 30 January 2015



English Language Lecturer (Languange Center)

Ref no: 73/14

Deadline: 31 January 2015



Head, Human Resources Office (Human Resources Office)

Ref. no: 02/15

Deadline: 31 January 2015