WEEK# 32, 5 – 11 August 2019


 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Campus Updates

C. Events

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


 A. Announcements

(i) New Dean of SOM and Acting Principal of AITIS

Email from AIT President (2 Aug. 2019)

Dear AIT family members,

I am pleased to announce the joining of Dr. Roger Levermore, the new Dean of the AIT School of Management. I also would like to inform you of the appointment of Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ayoola Thomas as the Acting Principal of the AIT International School.

School of Management 

As the new Dean of the School of Management, Dr. Levermore will be working with the faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to strengthen the teaching and academic programs and industrial relations of SOM.  He will engage with the students, with the business community, and with the other Schools and Centers of AIT, including the new Entrepreneurship Center, to significantly upgrade the education experience of SOM and other students.

Coming to AIT from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Dr. Levermore received his Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth, UK. He has won prestigious teaching awards, excelling in teaching and extremely popular with students. He also has excelled in connecting with the business community.  He has the energy, the passion, the love of teaching, and the experience to take our School of Management to a higher level.  

He can be contacted by email, rogerlevermore@ait.ac.th  or at his office extension number (66-2) 524-6023. His office is located in Room 101-B SOM Building. 

Let us take this time also to thank sincerely Professor Nazrul Islam who served as Acting Dean of the School of Management since last August. 

AIT International School

Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ayoola Thomas has been appointed as the Acting Principal effective on 1 August 2019.  Mrs. Oluwayemisi has been a part of AITIS for the past 22 years. She taught at different grade levels in the school and has served on the Senior Management Team (SMT) for a number of years. I am confident that Mrs. Oluwayemisi can take this challenging role in leading the school and continuing the further transformation of AITIS at a critical time in its history.  

Mrs. Oluwayemisi can be reached by her email yaduloju@ait.ac.th  or at the School Office extension number 5993.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Mr. Kevin Mauritson on behalf of AIT for his dedication and service to AIT International School for the past seven years.

Let us all welcome Dr. Levermore and Mrs Oluwayemisi to the AIT family and give them our support and cooperation!

Dr. Eden Woon

(ii) AIT Newsletter: August 2019

Email from Office of Public Affairs (OPA) (1 Aug. 2019)

Dear AIT Community,

The August 2019 edition of the monthly newsletter brings to you the latest news and happenings.

We begin with the Edmond Yue Student Exchange Scholarship Program, and a Q&A with the new Vice President for Knowledge Transfer. July was also a month when AIT hosted many camps and workshops, and this, along with Global Engagements continues to be our regular feature. This and much more.

Download Links:

PDF: https://bit.ly/2OzBJn0
EPUB: https://bit.ly/2KapjxP
MOBI: https://bit.ly/2Yucs1r


(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) 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 ).


(v) Part-time job opportunity with Language Center during August 2019 Semester

Email from Language Center (12 Jul. 2019)

Dear students,

The Language Center offers mandatory English classes, EL, every semester. For EL 15, apart from learning academic writing in class, our students are required to attend the EL15 research seminar in which they have an opportunity to discuss research interests and their research topics in a friendly environment.

In order to help create such environment for our EL 15 students, Language Center is seeking assistance from students who already have completed their first semester with the English score of 6 or higher to mediate the seminar. As the mediator, the student is expected to follow our seminar outline, help the EL 15 students gain confidence speaking English, and provide constructive feedback on their informal presentation they will conduct during the seminar.  All sessions will be conducted in English only.

The seminar meets 4-5pm on selected days every week during the duration of the EL courses. 

This is a paid position. If you are interested or need further information, please reply to the following email languages@ait.asia and we will get back to you.


(vi) More testing dates for EET on campus to be offered in the month of August 2019

Email from Language Center (10 Jul. 2019)

As we are expecting more applicants to apply for August 2019 after the deadline for the RTG Fellowship (25 July) up until the add/drop date (16 August), Language Center will offer more testing dates for EET on campus to accommodate this group of applicants. The dates are August 8th and 13th at 9 am. Applicants must register online.

However, it must be noted here that after the RTG fellowship deadline, only applicants with the score of 5.0 or higher will be eligible for admission as the special Bridging Program offered to RTG fellowship recipients with the score of 4.5 will start July 30th. Thus, those applying after July 25th, will not be able to join the Bridging Program and therefore must follow the regular minimum requirements for conditional offers (5.0 for Master's students and 5.5 for Doctoral students).


(vii) Global Hackathon Challenge "Reboot the Earth" from UNTIL

Email from AIT Solutions (31 Jul. 2019)

UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) will organize Global Hackathon Challenge "Reboot the Earth" .


Reboot The Earth is planned as a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis. Through a series of Tech Challenge in four continents, young people, including students will be presented with the opportunity to use open data and tech concepts to solve a local climate crisis that may be unique to each location and its community needs.
More details at: https://until.un.org/reboottheearth



B. Campus Updates

i) Water supply shut off at cafeteria rescheduled to Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Email from OFAM (5 Aug. 2019)

Dear All,

With reference to our earlier announcement, kindly be informed that the water supply shut off at cafeteria (to repair the leaking water pipe) is rescheduled to tomorrow, Tuesday, 6 August 2019.

Date: Tuesday,  6 August 2019
Time: 09:00-16:00
Area affected: Cafeteria building.


(ii) Reservation of China Center

Email from SU President

Please be informed that China Center is reserved for the following activities:

• Chinese Students Union
Time and Date: Friday, 9 August 2019, 10.00 AM - 10:00 PM.

• Pakistani Community
Event name: Eid night Celebrations
Time and Date: 08.00 PM (10 August 2019) - 01.00 AM (11 August 2019).

• AIT Catholic Community
Time and Date: Monday, 12 August 2019, 09.00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Thank you very much for your kind consideration.

(iii) Vacant Space at AITIS Canteen for Lease
Email from Purchasing Office (2 Aug. 2019)

Vacant Space at AITIS Canteen Available for Lease
Please be informed that the space located at the AITIS Canteen is now available for lease.
Interested parties are invited to submit your proposals by hand or email to the Purchasing Office or AITIS not later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 30 August 2019.

Contact person:
Ø  For Space information & requirements:    Ms. Jeeny:   Tel. 02-524-5489,    jeeranan@ait.ac.th

Ø  For Bid information and submission:         Ms. Vasvan:  Tel.  02-524-5029,  vasvan@ait.ac.th


C. Events

(a) 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.
(b) "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) A special lecture on "Greedy Pursuit algorithms for Sparse Signal Processing" by Prof. K V S Hari: 5 Aug 2019
Telecommunications and ICT Program, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), will organize a special lecture on "Greedy Pursuit algorithms for Sparse Signal Processing" by Prof. K V S Hari, Department of ECE, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Date: Monday, 5 August 2019
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 hour
Venue: Room TC101, Telecommunications building
All interested are welcome to attend the seminar.
(b) Workshop on “Mapping groundwater resilience to climate change and human development in Asian Cities”: 5 – 7 Aug. 2019
Water Engineering and Management (WEM) Field of Study, Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CIE) of the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), will organize a workshop on “Mapping groundwater resilience to climate change and human development in Asian Cities” from 5 – 7 August 2019 at Room B. 206, AIT Conference Center.
For more details, please contact Ms. Supaluck Luchutawache, WEM, at tel. ext. 6569.
(c) 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.
(d) BEST Camp: Business, Engineering, and Science Students Working Together: 28 – 30 Sept. 2019
B.E.S.T. Camp (Business, Engineering, and Science Students Working Together) on September 28 – 30, 2019 at AIT campus.
If you enjoy 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 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 the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
(a) 2nd Phase Bridging Program: 30 Jul.  – 14 Sept. 2019
The 2nd Phase Bridging Program to be conducted by Language Center from 30 July – 14 September 2019. The program will be conducted from 9am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, except the Mother's Day weekend.
(b) Thai courses: Aug. – Oct. 2019
The Language Center will organize Thai Courses for Beginners as follows:
• Survival Thai Course for Beginners
The 7-week survival Thai course is an introduction to Thai languages which will cover basic words, phrases, daily and simple expressions and basic grammatical structures to communicate with Thais. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the principles and basic of Thai language as used in everyday conversation. Moreover, the course will prepare them to feel confident to communicate with Thais and feel at ease while staying in Thailand.
Course timetable: 
19 August – 18 September 2019
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 17:00 – 18:30
Total of 20 hours
Course fee: 2,000 baht
• Thai Reading and Writing
This course is the introduction to reading and writing. It is the 7-week course that is designed for those who do not know how to read and write Thai language. The participants will practice reading letters and learn how to spell words and create sentences.
Course timetable: 
27 August – 10 October 2019
Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30
Total of 20 hours
Course fee: 2,000 baht
Interested persons can register and make payment at the Language Center, Room 216
(c) 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
Registration Link:  https://goo.gl/Q1ATjV

D. Faculty and Staff Travel 

Mr. Chathumal Madhuranga Weththasinghe Arachchige / Vientiane, Laos / 28 July – 10 August 2019
Ms. Nanthira Tina Redvong / Phitsanulok, Thailand / 31 July 2019*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai, and Nakhon Sawan, Thailand / 31 July – 2 August 2019
Mr. Nawarathnage L. Deshapriya / Vientiane, Laos / 31 July – 6 August 2019
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / USA / 31 July – 9 August 2019
Prof. S. Kumar / USA / 4 – 8 August 2019
Dr. Thanh Dan Tran / Vientiane, Laos / 5 – 18 August 2019
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Phuket, Thailand / 6 – 9 August 2019
Nuttha Kraisit / Phuket, Thailand / 6 – 10 August 2019
Sundus Kamran / Phuket, Thailand / 6 – 10 August 2019
Nisarat Tansakul / Phuket, Thailand / 6 – 10 August 2019
Prof. Joyashree Roy / India / 7 – 9 August 2019
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Tokyo, Japan / 7 – 10 August 2019
Mrs. Sumana Shrestha / Thimphu, Bhutan/ 7 - 10 August 2019
Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal / Nepal / 8 – 10 August 2019

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Assistant Facilities Officer (Office of Facilities and Asset Management )
Ref. No. 38/19
Deadline: 15 August 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