WEEK #36, 7 – 13 September 2015


In this issue:


Management Team News and Notes


Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)


Management Team News and Notes


Confirmed AIT Management Notes, 27 August 2015

The confirmed notes of the 27 August 2015 meeting of the AIT Management are now Intranet-published at:  http://www.ait.ac.th/management/aitmt-notes   




AIT Newsletter: September 2015

The September edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter has been released. The PDF and EPUB (iOS, android) editions are attached with this email.

You can also download them from these links:

PDF: http://goo.gl/516nBg 
EPUB: http://goo.gl/L58QsN 
MOBI: http://goo.gl/NdfpzL  

Media and Communications Unit (MCU)


URGENT and FINAL REMINDER: Online Performance Appraisal 2015 (covering the period 1 July 2014-30 June 2015)

All concerned immediate Supervisors and Unit Heads of direct-hire (centrally-funded) staff members pleased be reminded that  the online performance appraisal for this year 2015, covering the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 has been re-opened until 15 September 2015.

The online system can be accessed through the “PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL” link in the HRIS menu (https://hris.ait.ac.th ).  The immediate supervisors can complete the individual Performance Appraisal Reports for all the employees under their supervision, and individually (electronically) submit them.  The Unit Heads shall then review and endorse all completed Performance Appraisal Reports not later than 15 September 2015.

Please note that those with no performance evaluations will not be considered for any performance-based merit payments and/or salary increments.


2016 budget timetable: IMPORTANT

Please be informed that the Audit Committee and Executive Committee will have much earlier meetings this year to review and endorse the annual budget 2016.

Therefore, Schools, cost centers and units need to strictly follow the timetable.

Delay of submission of even one unit will hold the consolidated Institute budget and will affect the consequence timetables. In this situation, 2016 budget of that unit will be referred at the same level as 2015 for AIT management to approve.


Dr. Sanyogita Andriyas joins Water Engineering and Management

Dr. Sanyogita Andriyas has joined Water Engineering and Management (WEM) field of study at AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET) as Lecturer.

Dr. Sanyogita Andriyas received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Utah Water Research Laboratory and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, USA. Her undergraduate degree is in Agricultural Engineering from India and she has a M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from University of Guelph, Canada.

She has worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Utah Water Research Laboratory and was teaching at an Engineering college in India.

Her research interests are in developing Machine learning, Expert systems, Data mining, and Evolutionary algorithms techniques for problems related to water resources management in agriculture.


Room No. : WR 211, School of Engineering and Technology
Tel: 02 524 (5796)
Email: s-andriyas@ait.asia


Wanchai Sophonsakulrat joins as Head, OFAM

Mr. Wanchai Sophonsakulrat has joined AIT as Head of Office of the Facilities and Assets Management (OFAM) from 1 September 2015.

Mr. Wanchai has a Master’s in Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering from AIT (1994), and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University (1997).

Prior to joining AIT, Mr. Wanchai was serving as Managing Director of Asian Chemicals and Engineering Co.Ltd., Thailand. He was also served as General Director of ACE Vietnam Co., Ltd., and as Director of ACE Singapore Co., Ltd.

He also worked at AIT in different capacities from 1985-2003, including Purchasing Manager (1998-2003), Administrative Officer cum Purchasing Officer (1998 - 1998), Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Civil Engineering (1994 – 1997), and Research Assistant in Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering Division (1985-1994).


Room: 208, OFAM Office (Physical Plant)
Phone: 5988
Email: wanchai@ait.asia.


Follow up call for proposals due in Sept. and Oct.

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut, Vice President for Research, would like to remind the AIT Community regarding the following call for proposals due in September/October 2015:

1-       BIO-Asia : Grant of 200 000 EUR max. for 2 years. Candidate teams should involve at least 3 research units: 1 French, 1 ASEAN, 1 other Asian (ASEAN or not).  Priority Topics: biodiversity, biotechnologies, food security, health.
  (French, English versions available)
Deadline: September 13 

2-      ICT-Asia: Grant of 200 000 EUR max. for 2 years. Candidate teams should involve at least 3 research units: 1 French, 1 ASEAN, 1 other Asian (ASEAN or not).    Priority Topics:  ICT applied to Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Food Security, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services, Health Informatics.
http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/stic-asie   (French, English versions available)
Deadline:  September 13 

3-    AIT / ICT-ASIA: Additional ICT-ASIA Grant with the Asian Institute of Technology.  Max 143 000 EUR for 2-year projects. Teams: at least 3 research centers:  1 AIT, 1 French, 1 other Asian. Directed at fundamental research in ICT.
Deadline: September 27

4-       Regional Forum on Climate Change grant of 143 000 EUR for 3 projects (adaptation/mitigation/cross-cutting studies).Teams must involve at 3 research centers: 1 AIT, 1 French, 1 other Asian. 
http://www.rfcc2015.ait.asia/Presentation/CallForTermsOfReferece    (English)
Deadline: October  31


ABU Asia Pacific Robot Contest

Thailand will host ABU Asia Pacific Robot Contest next year under the theme "Clean Energy Recharging the World",  organized by Thailand’s Channel 9 (MCOT)

The contest ’s rules  were announced on 23 August 2015  in Indonesia. The rules are specified by an academic committee chaired by Dr. Manukid Parnichkun of Mechatronics Program, School of Engineering and Technology.

Please see the contest introduction VDO from the following links:


Further information is available at: www.aburobocon2016.com  


NSTDA-EURAXESS Science Slam 2015

Science Communication Competition – First Prize is a Networking Trip to Europe!

The popular EURAXESS Science Slam 2015 has officially kicked off in six regions across the globe. The annual science communication competition takes place this in ASEAN, Brazil, China, India, Japan, and North America. The lucky winners will travel to Europe for the unique chance to network with research peers at one of Europe’s top research institutes.  EURAXESS Links ASEAN and its national partners, including NSTDA, are organising qualifying events in THAILAND, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, and VIETNAM.  The winner of each national qualifying event will compete for the title of EURAXESS Science Slam ASEAN winner 2015 at the live finals in Bangkok, Thailand on 3 November 2015.


The Science Slam offers a platform for young research talent to showcase their work outside of the formal constraints of a research lab or class room. Each slammer will be judged on the basis of his/her ability to capture the audiences' attention with a precise, accessible and original introduction to their research topic.


Researchers (from master’s students to advanced researchers) of all nationalities and research fields currently based in Thailand.


The submission process for the NSTDA – EURAXESS Science Slam is open until October 5, 2015.


What you need to do to join the competition:

1. Be creative and develop an original idea to present your research project to the world: Tap dancing, singing, old-school presentation, scientific equipment - all is allowed.
2. Make a 3-minute video of your presentation in English.
3. Submit your video to simon.grimley@euraxess.net


The winner of the NSTDA-EURAXESS Science Slam national competition will compete for the title of the EURAXESS Science Slam ASEAN winner 2015 at the live finals in Bangkok, Thailand on 3 November 2015. Your flight and accommodation expenses will be fully covered if you are outside of Bangkok.

The winner of the EURAXESS Science Slam ASEAN 2015 will be awarded a round trip to Europe where he or she will attend a scientific meeting along with the winners of the other EURAXESS Science Slams held in North America, Japan, India, China and Brazil.

He/She will also have the opportunity to travel to a European research institution of his/her choice!

See more details: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/links/events/asean/science_slam  



Campus Updates


Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala (General Medicine) will be on leave for the seminar

Please note that Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala (General Medicine) will be on leave for a seminar in Japan on 8 September to 11 September 2015.  For those who have appointments with him, please re-schedule accordingly. Other services will be available as usual.


Springer  eBooks Free Trial extended

The AIT Library announced that the publisher has extended Springer eBooks free trial to 30 September 2015.

Full text can be viewed and downloaded. The URL is link.springer.com  


Swimming Pool to be closed on 13 September

The AIT swimming pool will be closed on 13 September 2015 for student activity " Scavenger hunt".


After Working Hours Tel. Numbers

The security service number 02524-6000 is out of order. After working hours for any emergency health conditions or requests, kindly call at the following numbers:

Land Line  : 02516-5888
Mobile       : 0928324618

Kindly note: The Call Center no. 5800 cannot be transferred to 6000, so for any emergency service requests, please call to above numbers.





LinkedIn Student Engagement Event - 8 Sept. 2015

AIT Career Center and ERCO are happy to announce the first student engagement event for this August 2015 semester with a campus visit by LinkedIn on 8 September 2015. Kindly register your names if you wish to attend the session from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in Rm. B-108, AIT Conference Center.

About LinkedIn: LinkedIn  is a business-oriented social networking service. It was founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. In 2006, LinkedIn increased to 20 million members. As of March 2015, LinkedIn reports more than 364 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories. The site is available in 24 languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Czech, Polish, Korean, Indonesian, Malay, and Tagalog. As of 2 July 2013, Quantcast reports LinkedIn has 65.6 million monthly unique U.S. visitors and 178.4 million globally, a number that as of 29 October 2013 has increased to 184 million.

To register, please click on the following link:



The Social Business Launch Pad

Venue: Sukosol Hotel Bangkok
Dates: 04-19 September 2015
Fridays 13:30 – 16:30 | Saturdays 09:00 – 16:30


The Social Business Launch Pad is a professional training program that invites current and aspiring social entrepreneurs to create, design and develop implementable Social Business Plan. The training program will be administered 3 weekends (Three hours on Friday afternoons and Six hours on Saturdays). This training program is collaborationbetween the Yunus Center at AIT and the Thai Social Enterprise Office (TSEO).

See more details: http://www.yunuscenter.ait.asia/04-19-september-2015-the-social-business-launch-pad/


Blood donation camp at AIT

A blood donation camp will be organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) along with the Thai Red Cross Society on 15 September 2015 from 0900-1130 hours in the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.

The Thai Red Cross Society has been working with volunteer students and AIT 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.






  • Delegation from Sir John Kotalawala Defense University (KDU), Sri Lanka, led by Major General MP Peiris RWP OSP ndc psc, Vice Chancellor / 7 Sept. 2015 /  to explore possible areas of collaboration in GIS, Remote Sensing and Management
  • Delegation from LinkedIn, led by Ms. Karen Choi, Talent Solutions Consultant / 8 Sept. 2015 / to have meetings with AIT President and Student Engagement Event
  • Delegation from Myanmar Computer Company Ltd. (MCC), Myanmar, led by Mr. Tin Win Aung, Chairman, MCC Group / 9 Sept. 2015 / to sign an MoU and discuss further on Unified Bachelor-Master Degree Program
  • Delegation from CDTI, Spain, led by Mr. Jose Luis Navles, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain in Bangkok / 14 Sept. 2015 / to gain first-hand insight on the activities and strengthens of AIT and explore possible ways of collaboration between institutions
  • Delegation from Assam Don Bosco University, India, led by Fr. Dr. Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor / 21 Sept. 2015 / to sign an MoA for Unified Bachelor-Master Degree Program



Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Nazrul M. Islam / Hanoi, Vietnam / 12 – 22 August 2015*
Dr. Sohee Minsum Kim / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 28 – 30 August 2015*
Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Surat Thani Province, Thailand / 1 September 2015*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam and Japan / 3 – 11 September 2015
Dr. Sohee Minsum Kim / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 4 – 7 September 2015
Ms. Narumon  Wangnai / Pattaya, Chonburi and Nakorn Ratchasima / 5 – 7 September 2015
Mrs. Warindhorn Wachirasiri / Pattaya, Chonburi and Nakorn Ratchasima / 5 – 7 September 2015
Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana / Paris, France / 6 – 11 September 2015
Ms. Adelaida Roman / Paris, France / 6 – 13 September 2015
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Beijing, PRC / 8 – 11 September 2015
Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Beijing, PRC / 9 – 11 September 2015
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto / Jakarta, Indonesia / 10 – 12 September 2015
Dr. Ram Chandra Bhujel / Jaipur, India / 10 – 12 September 2015
Mr. Santosh Baral / Cebu, Philippines / 10 – 13 September 2015
Miss Auearee Jensupakarn / Cebu, Philippines / 10 – 13 September 2015
Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Manila, Philippines / 10 – 15 September 2015
Nisarat Tansakul and Nunthaphat Weshsuwannarugs / Tak, Thailand / 11 – 13 September 2015
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Jakarta, Indonesia  / 13 – 16 September 2015
Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Seoul, South Korea / 13 – 18 September 2015

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


Classifieds (Jobs)


Program Officer (Center for Learning, Innovation and Quality (CLIQ))
Ref. No: 46/15
Deadline: 17 September 2015                                                         

Senior Laboratory Supervisor (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No: 43/15
Deadline: 30 September 2015

Laboratory Attendant (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No: 44/15
Deadline:  30 September 2015

Administrative Assistant (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No: 45/15
Deadline: 30 September 2015

Quality Assurance Manager (AIT Consulting)
Ref. No: 23/15
Deadline: 30 September 2015

Net Software Developer (AIT Consulting)
Ref. No: 38/15
Deadline: 30 September 2015

Head, Human Resources Office (Human Resources Office)
Ref. No: 2/15
Deadline: 31 October 2015