WEEK #31: 1 –7 August 2016

In this issue:


          A. Announcements

          B. Campus Updates

          C. Events

          D. Faculty and Staff Travel

          E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements


(i) New Dean of School of Management

Prof. Lawrence Steven Abeln has joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as the new Dean of School of Management with effect from 1 August 2016. His appointment as Dean was endorsed by the AIT Board of Trustees at its meeting held on 14 July 2016.

Professor Steven Abeln received a Ph.D. in Management (Labor Economics) and M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar and member of Pembroke.  He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.

Professor  Abeln has 22 years of extensive academic leadership experience including working at top 100 QS world-ranked universities including MIT, Cambridge,  Texas Austin, Georgetown and Adelaide University. He began his academic career at the MIT Sloan School of Management as the Director of the MBA program, at age 26. He was the youngest Director of any internationally ranked MBA program in the world at the time of his appointment at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Prior to joining he was the Dean of School of Business, University of Adelaide University, Australia since 2014, where he oversaw around 75 staff members and 5500 undergraduate and postgraduate students - representing around 20 per cent of the university’s total enrolments.

Professor Abeln served from 2007 through 2011 as a member of the Faculty of Management at the University of Cambridge, and as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cambridge Executive Education, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge which partners in the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary education programs for private and public sector organizations and professionals.

At the University of Cambridge, Dr. Abeln also served as the Deputy Dean (Deputy Director) of the Cambridge Judge Business School and successfully initiated and developed the university’s new Executive MBA with an innovative curriculum, one of the first part-time professional degree programs awarded by the University of Cambridge.

From 2004-2007, Dr. Abeln served as Associate Dean at The University of Texas at Austin School of Business. He was responsible for five of the school’s MBA programs with a degree enrolment of 800 and a portfolio of over 50 Executive Education open enrolment and custom courses. Abeln taught International Management course for the MBAs as a member of the Faculty of Management. He also led the school’s initiative to construct a $135million educational and residential facility for executive education.

Professor Abeln was previously the Associate Dean at Georgetown University responsible for both the MBA and Executive MBA. Abeln implemented a new program curriculum, increased applications significantly (by over 60 percent) and introduced academic technological improvements to the teaching and learning experience. Under his leadership, the Executive MBA ranked in the top ten in Business Week.

Professor Abeln has extensive experience in the media as an economic and financial commentator with over 100 interviews and has written on the trends in graduate management education. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The Independent and other international publications. He has appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC television and radio affiliates. He also worked previously for KYW-TV and for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. He has moderated and participated in forums with heads of state, government ministers, CEOs and executives of leading companies, and academic leaders.


 (ii) 61 graduate at informal inter-semester graduation ceremony

Sixty-one students were awarded degrees at the informal inter-semester graduation ceremony on 27 July 2016. Held two months after AIT’s 125th Graduation ceremony, this informal event saw six doctoral, 43 Master’s and 12 Bachelor’s degrees being awarded.

Graduating students came from 10 countries —  India, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, PR China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Forty-two graduates came from AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET),while 16 came from the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); two from the School of Management (SOM), and one from a joint SERD-SOM program.



(iv) Dr. Thammarat Koottatep on Mono 29

Dr Thammarat Koottatep of AIT's Environmental Engineering and

Management (EEM) was interviewed by MoNo29. The program 'Welcome World Weekend' was telecast on 24-07-59.

Watch the two-part series at these links:

PART I: http://goo.gl/YlPR5t

PART II: http://goo.gl/DpvXPf


(v) Introducing AIT Events and Visitors Calendar

The Office of Media and Communications (OMCO) has launched a web-based feature for AIT events/visitors. This is a web application (based on Google Calendar and Google Maps) which will list AIT events as well as campus visitors.

It is also linked from the AIT homepage, and it can be accessed here: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/calendar   

Interested persons can send an email to omco@ait.asia  if you wish to include any AIT event/visitors in this calendar. Please appreciate that this web application is visible to external audiences, and it is not intended for internal meetings.

(vi) Condolences

The AIT Community would like to express its condolences and sympathies to Mr. Pitak Yaekajorn, Assistant Technician in the Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering (GTE) Field of Study, School of Engineering and Technology, whose wife, Mrs. Boonsong Jaimankong, passed away on July 24, 2016 due to blood infection.

Funeral rites and the cremation ceremony were held at Sala Pracharat, Wat Santayaram, Amphur Mueng, Nakhon Nayok Province. : Source: HRO


B. Campus Updates


(i) Renovation of Tennis Court - 1 adjacent to library from 1st August

Please be informed that the Tennis Court - 1 adjacent to library will be closed from 1st August 2016 for the renovation and will at least take 3 months to complete the work.

The renovation of Tennis court-1 involves digging the court surface partially and may also need some extra piles to be laid to level the surface before the court floor is improved.  During the renovation, there might be considerable noise and some disturbance on the path way to SU Snack bar and near Lawson-108. : Source: OFAM


C. Events


(i) AIT Orientation Day for August 2016 Intake: 4 August 2016

The AIT Orientation Day for new students will be held on 4 August 2016 from 10 am at the AIT Conference Center (AITCC).

Date: Thursday, 4 August 2016

Venue: AITCC


08:30-09:45: Registration of new students

Master of Ceremony:  Mrs. Laarni B. Roa, Head, Student Office

10:00 – 11:00 am

Brief Remarks by President, Vice Presidents

Brief Remarks by the School Deans (SERD, SET and SOM) and Introduction of School Faculty

Brief Remarks by Student Union President

11:00 – 11:30 am

Open Forum and Group Photo at the AIT Landmark

Institute-wide Orientation:  Afternoon Session (1:00 – 3:30 pm)

Master of Ceremony:  Dr. Tenzin Rabgyal Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarship Unit


-         Student Code of Conduct and Ethical Behavior

  • AIT Harassment Policy 
  • Student Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards

-         Academic Requirements, Languages and Student Welfare

  • Academic Requirements and Practices
  • Language Center Services and the English Language Requirements
  • Student Welfare, Placement and Counseling Services

-         Other Services

  • Campus wide IT Services
  • Student Accommodation and Facility Management
  • Educational Visa and Government Relations Services


(ii) WEM Seminar on “Drain with a Brain: Siphonic Roof Drainage”: 5 August 2016

Water Engineering and Management, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), will organize a Seminar on “Drain with a Brain: Siphonic Roof Drainage” on 5 August 2016, 0930-1100h, at Room: N202.

The Seminar will cover the following:

·        What is Siphonic Roof Drainage (SRD)

·        How does it work?

·        Benefits of SRD

·        Particular Benefits of SRD

·        Less CO2 due to dematerialization

·        Mitigation of flooding

·        Overload protection of the Storm Sewer

·        Planning Guidelines

·        Manual and computer calculation procedures

Speakers: Rolf H. Keidel and Juergen R. Loeber of KEIDEL SOFTWARE, Germany

Rolf H. Keidel is a graduate engineer and architect.

(iii) Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop: 23 – 24 August 2016

A two-day Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop will be organized on 23-24 August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

CAP Workshops focus on emergency alerting, and people interested in emergency alerting are welcome to participate. This includes managers, technical staff, media, commercial organizations, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is no workshop participation fees.

Hosts of the 2016 CAP Implementation Workshop are the Asian Institute of Technology and the Sahana Software Foundation.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/common-alerting-protocol-cap-implementation-workshop/#.V4hPe6LkKUk

(iv) Training Course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities": 27 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2016

Natural Resources Management Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) will organize a training course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities" on 27 November – 4 December 2016 at the AIT conference center.


For more information, please see:  


Closing: 30 September 2016


D. Faculty and Staff Travel


1. Mr. Osamu Mizuno / Tokyo Japan / 11 – 19 July 2016*

2. Mr. Suflan Etea / Malaysia / 11 July – 6 August 2016

3. Dr. Shah Syed Faizul Hassan / Melbourne & Hobart & Sydney, Australia / 13 – 21 July 2016

4. Dr. Vattikuti  Rajesh Chowdhary / India / 24 – 26 July 2016*

5. Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 24 June – 1 August 2016

6. Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Vietnam / 28 – 29 July 2016*

7. Dr. Didin Agustian permadi / Indonesia / 27 July – 3 August 2016

8. Dr. Firman Hadi Darodji / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 27 July – 5 August 2016

9. Mr. Thomas Guy Hamilton / Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar / 30 July – 1 August 2016

10. Dr. Barbara Igel / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 30 July – 2 August 2016

11. Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / Guiyang, P.R. China / 31 July – 3 August 2016

12. Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 31 July – 5 August 2016

13. Dr. Firman Hadi Darodji / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 31 July – 5 August     2016

14. Mr. Biplov Bhandari  / Male, Maldives / 2 – 7 August 2016

15. Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 4 – 7 August 2016

16. Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 4 – 9 August 2016

17. Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Tokyo and Yamaguchi, Japan / 4 – 14 August 2016

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)


 1. Position: Internal Auditor (President's Office)

Ref. No. 33/16

Deadline: 10 August 2016



2. Position: Senior Development Officer (Vice President for Development)

Ref. No. 37/16

Deadline: 11 August 2016



3. Position: Development Officer (Vice President for Development)

Ref. No. 38/16

Deadline: 11 August 2016



4. Position: Administrative Officer (Office of Host Country Relations)

Ref. No. 26/16

Deadline: 15 August 2016



5. Position: Assistant Administrative Officer (Office of Host Country Relations)

Ref. No. 25/16

Deadline: 15 August 2016



6. Position: Campus Counsellor (Office of the President)

Ref. No. 34/16

Deadline: 17 August 2016



7. Position: Senior Programme Specialist, Climate Change Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)

Ref. No. 39/16

Deadline: 30 August 2016



8. Position: Head, Human Resources Office (Human Resources Office)

Ref. No. 7/16

Deadline: 31 August 2016



9. Laboratory Supervisor (School of Engineering and Technology)

Ref. No. 31/16

Deadline: 31 August 2016



10. Position: Structural Engineer (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 6/16

Deadline: 31 August 2016



11. Position: Assistant / Associate Professor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No. 01/16

Deadline: 30 September 2016