WEEK #38: 18 – 24 September 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements


 (i)    ISE/SET welcomes Dr. Zahid Raza – Visiting Faculty Seconded by Government of India

Industrial Systems Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), welcomes Dr. Zahid Raza who joined AIT as a visiting faculty. He is seconded to AIT by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Dr. Zahid Raza is a faculty in the School of Computer and Systems Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He is Gold Medalist in M.Sc. in Electronics, M. Tech in Computer Science. He did his Ph.D. in computer science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Prior to joining JNU, he served as a lecturer in Banasthali Vidyapith University, Rajasthan, India. His research interests include Parallel and Distributed Systems, Evolutionary Algorithms and Multi- Objective Evolutionary Algorithms. He has published many peer-reviewed articles and has proposed various scheduling models for computational grid, cloud and cluster systems.

During his stay at ISE/AIT, he will teach Digital Integrated Circuit Design (AT81.02). He may be contacted at Room No. 233 (Chalerm Prakiat Building) and Email at zahidraza75@gmail.com .

(ii)    Confirmation on 2 additional Special Leave

This is to convey the approval from the AIT Management Team to grant the special leaves to AIT employees as follows:
1. Friday, 13 October 2017  - H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day.
2. Thursday, 26 October 2017 - Royal Cremation Ceremony for H.M. late King
    Bhumibol Adulyadej.

(iii)    Confirmed Notes, AIT Management Team, 31 August 2017 and Revised P&Ps

At its meeting this morning, the AIT Management Team (AMT) confirmed the notes of its 31 August 2017 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes , as well as attached herewith for easy reference.
Based on the AIT Management Team's resolutions at its 31 August 2017 meeting, the President approved further revisions on the following Institute P&Ps:
AA-8-8-2 Employee-Students on Part-Time Status
                 (see IV.1..)
PA-1-3-3 Employment of Staff: General Work Regulations
                 (see IX.A.4.)
The alternative arrangements to pay the total registration fees by installments was removed.

(iv)    Personal data for Income Tax

To ensure that personal income tax of AIT faculty and staff members comply with Tax Regulation, it is imperative that Office of the Human Resources Services has a correct record of personal data in HR’s system. Please log in the web link, https://hris.ait.ac.th  to update personal data. Use AIT email account credential to log in and then click “View Employee Profile”.  Furthermore, please update or complete contact information such as the name and telephone number of emergency contact person.
For employees with children, particular attention is required in the status of your children in the system, check if it is correct. Update the system if they are studying or working either here in Thailand or abroad. Please request to amend as appropriate.   

Any changes on personal data from previous to current year should be supported with documents in hard copies. These include passport copy, marriage certificate, birth certificates of your children as well as receipts of investment in RTF/LTF and personal life insurance.
Please submit it to Khun Denphoom in the Office of the Human Resources Services (OHRS), Room 223, Second Floor of the Administration Building within 13 October 2017.

(v)    Extended library hours during mid-semester exams from Friday, 15 September to Thursday, 28 September 2017

AIT Library will extend the Library's hours to one o'clock in the morning during mid-semester exams from Friday, 15 September to Thursday, 28 September 2017.  During this period, the library hours will be as follows:
Monday to Sunday       8.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.

(vi)    Trial access to Case Studies in the Environment

AIT Library has been offered a free trial access to Case Studies in the Environment at this URL link: http://cse.ucpress.edu/ by University of California Press through 2017.
Case Studies in the Environment is a new journal of peer-reviewed case study articles, case study pedagogy articles, and a repository for editor-reviewed case study slides. The journal aims to inform faculty, students, educators, professionals, and policymakers on case studies and best practices in the environmental sciences and studies.

The journal publishes content across the environmental sciences/studies curriculum (including content from the natural sciences, social sciences, policy, law, and humanities perspectives), in six main sections:

    Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation
    Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation
    Energy & the Environment
    Environmental Law, Policy & Management
    Water Science, Policy & Technology

(vii)    Reminder: Securing your computer

To ensure the security of computer system and the whole AIT network, it is necessary that all AIT computer users regularly update operating system and other software as well as install/update antivirus software and signature. However, in order to be able to regularly update software, the users must use genuine software (licensed, free to use, open source) only. Pirated software will not get updated.

Please use the following guidelines:

1. Windows Operating System
Use only genuine and supported Windows Operating System. Outdated/unsupported windows system (e.g. Windows XP) is no longer updated and thus it is highly vulnerable and should not be used. Genuine Windows Operating system is available from Microsoft Imagine (Microsoft Dreamspark) for every AITan as well as from Campus Volume Licensing (for faculty, staff, labs only). Also activate Windows automatic update.

2. Install and activate Antivirus software. Windows Defender (bundled with Windows 8.1 and up) or Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows 7, which can be freely downloaded) should be enough to provide the users with virus protection. Those software will be updated during Windows Update process. Please refer to http://itserv.ait.asia/helpdesk/technical/faq/faq_003.html  for more details.
If the users use other antivirus software, please make sure that its license is still active.

3. Update other software the users use as soon as it becomes available. As long as the software is genuine (licensed, free to use such as Adobe Reader, as well as open source), the users can always get it updated

4. Uninstall highly vulnerable software such as Adobe Flash from the users’ computer

For more information, please contact Helpdesk.

(viii)    Kasikornbank Credit Card and K Plus Mobile Banking Promotion

Please be informed of Kasikornbank offer and promotion as follows:
Date: 18 September 2017 (Monday)
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Cafeteria (Front Entrance)

Offers and Promotion:
* Kasikornbank Credit Card
* K Plus (Free Download Application on Mobile)
* Kbank Souvenirs

Requirements for Credit Card Application:
1) Employed with a salary of more than 50,000.- THB/month. (Non-Thai)
2) Free Application Fee and annual Fee

Documents for Credit Card Application: (original and copies)
1) Thai ID/Passport
2) Passbook Kbank
3) Salary Slip (Jun, Jul, Aug 2017)





B. Events



(a)    N-Line Career Talk: 20 Sept. 2017

AIT Career Center will organize another career talk from N-Line Group of Companies, engineering companies established since 1980 in Thailand and  serving the agriculture industry for almost 30 years. Representatives from the company will share knowledge of their engineering company products such as power plant and feed mill, career opportunities, learning experiences and tips from the industry.


    Mr.  Keeradit Bovornusvakool, Managing Director of N-Line Agro-International Co. Ltd. and AIT alumnus - Agricultural and Food Engineering (1977)
    Mr. Veegrit Bovornusvakool, Engineering Director of N-Line Agro-International Co. Ltd. and AIT alumnus - Post-Harvest & Food Processing (2003)

Program details:

Date: 20 September 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Venue : TV Lounge, 2nd floor, AITCC

To pre-register, please fill up the link below :


About N Line: N-Line Group of Companies are engineering companies established since 1980 in Thailand and has been serving agriculture industry for almost 30 years. They have installations in over a dozen countries in Asia and in Australia.

To know more about N-Line Group of Companies, please visit:


Everyone is welcome to attend this talk!

(b)    Seminar on Practical Petrophysics and Quick Look Analysis of Logging Data: 21 Sept. 2017

A seminar on Practical Petrophysics and Quick Look Analysis of Logging Data will be delivered by Greg Heath on 21 September 2017 from 09:00-10:30 hours in Room N238, North Building, AIT Campus.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/seminar-on-practical-petrophysics-and-quick-look-analysis-of-logging-data/#.Wb8hYcalaUk

(c)    International Forum on Education for Rural Transformation: 13 – 15 Nov. 2017

AIT and the UNESCO International Research Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) is organizing the International Forum on Education for Rural Transformation (IFERT) during 13-15 November 2017, at the AIT Campus.
More information are available at www.ifert.ait.asia

(d)    Professional Development Workshop on "Water Resources Planning and Design for Unknown Climate States": 25 – 26 Sept. 2017

AIT, Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers (IWR, USACE); and the United States Agency for International Development, Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID RDMA) are organizing a professional development workshop on “Water Resources Planning and Design for Unknown Climate States: Collaborative Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA)”. The objective of this workshop is to develop the capacities of interested experts in the knowledge and application of CRIDA, and facilitate the use of this expertise to advise governments and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific for projects related to climate change adaptation in the water sector.
For more details of the workshop and CRIDA, please visit the link http://agwaguide.org/CRIDA/

The relevant details of the workshop are:

Dates    : 25-26 September, 2017
Time      : 08:30-17:30
Venue  : USAID Asia Regional Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand

A few seats have been reserved for AIT participants. Those interested please send an email to Dr. Victor R. Shinde at victorshinde@ait.asia  or victorshinde@yahoo.com )
There is no fee for participating in the workshop. The organizers will provide coffee and snacks. However, all participants need to cover their own travel and lunch.
A certificate of participation will be issued to all participants.

(e)International Expert Forum: Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education: 1 – 2 Dec. 2017

An International Expert Forum on "Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education" will be organized at AIT on 1-2 December 2017.

Registration Open: 15 August 2017
Full Paper Submission: 30 September 2017

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/international-expert-forum-mainstreaming-resilience-and-disaster-risk-reduction-in-education/#.WSPuJtylaUl


(a)    Foundation English Program for intake January 2018: 28 Aug. – 17 Nov. 2017

The AIT Language Center is offering an extra Foundation English Program from 28 August – 17 November 2017. This program aims at those applicants with high academic skills potential who were unable to meet the English language entry requirements for admission in August 2017, but who would like to apply for admission in January 2018 instead and need an extra hand in developing their English skills.

In some cases, half fee scholarships are available for applicants with high academic potential. Please contact the Schools and relevant departments for more information.
For more information, please contact the Language Center: Languages@ait.asia

(b)    EL classes for the August 2017 semester: 28 Aug. – 16 Nov. 2017
The registration for EL classes for the August 2017 semester is now open. Please choose from the available time slots in SIS: https://sis.ait.ac.th  (Register/Enroll menu) before the deadline on 18 August at 16:00 (Adding/Dropping).

CLASSES:             28 August – 16 November 2017
NO EL CLASSES:           Monday 25th to Friday 29th September
Monday 23rd  to Friday 27th October

EL COURSE EXAM:         Monday 20th to Tuesday 21st November

After registering for an EL course you will not be allowed to change the class time on SIS.  Students will only be allowed to change EL class times from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th August before 15.00 at the Language Center, Room 216.
Students with English scores below AIT’s admission requirements will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory English Language (EL) courses listed below. Students will need to pay a registration fee at the AIT Cashier for EL courses before they can attend. The EL course level will be automatically assigned based on a student’s current English score:

5.0 - EL15 Intermediate English Composition
5.5 - EL19 Academic and Technical Writing
English course fee:

•       5,000 Baht one-time flat fee to all new students.
•       Students who have attended EL 15 or EL19 once will be charged an additional 2,000THB; the total amount will not exceed 5,000 THB.
•       Students who have attended EL13 and EL15; EL15 and EL19 or who have already paid > 5,000 will not be charged again.

Students who joined AIT before January 2016 are allowed to drop EL courses.  If you joined AIT after January 2016, you are not able to drop EL courses. The EL courses should be your first priority, therefore scheduling problems and conflicts are not valid reasons to request to unregister from the EL courses. To unregister from the course, you will need to create a memo requesting the EL exemption on a semester basis. This memo will need to be approved by your advisor and submitted to the Language Center before 18 August 2017 (AIT adding/dropping date). If you fail to drop the EL course you are enrolled in before the 22 September, you will still be graded for the EL course you have enrolled.
As you have been informed during the orientation, AIT maintains a strict policy on English language requirements and if you have not met the English language requirements by the third semester of study, you will not be allowed to register for thesis or research credits. Review the Graduation Requirements here.

(c)    Thai, Chinese and French Courses for Beginners

The Language Center will conduct languages courses as follows:
Thai Courses for Beginners
•         21 August – 4 October 2017
•         Monday and Wednesday
•         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
•         Total of 20 hours
•         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Chinese Course for Beginners
•         21 August – 4 October 2017
•         Monday and Wednesday
•         Time: Group 1 (17:00 – 18:30)  Group 2 (12:00-13:00)
•         Total of 20 hours
•     The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

French Course for Beginners
•         23 August - 6 October 2017
•         Wednesday and Friday
•         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
•         Total of 20 hours
•         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Register and make a payment at the Language Center, Room 216.

(d)    Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners: 5 Sept. – 19 Oct. 2017

The Language Center will conduct “Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners” course as follows:

5 September – 19 October 2017
Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30 hrs.
Course Fee: 2,000 baht
Class Size: 15 persons

Register now at the Language Center, Room 216

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of French course!

(e)    French for Beginners: 6 Sept. – 27 Oct. 2017

The Language Center will conduct “French for Beginners” course as follows:

6 September – 27 October 2017
Wednesday and Friday from 17.00 – 18.30 hrs.
Course Fee 2,000 baht

Interested persons please register now at the Language Center, Room 216.


(a)    AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition: 1 Nov. 2017

Ten (10) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 1 November 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the AIT Conference Center.
Come to explore and uncover opportunities offered by the companies that are joining the event.

COMPANIES who have confirmed to join so far:
1. Siam Makro PCL – wholesale center for professional business operators
2. Amata Corporation PCL -  world’s leading industrial city developer
3. Siam Cement PLC (SCG) – largest cement and building material company in Thailand and Southeast Asia
4. Bouygues-Thai Ltd. - leading construction company in Asia
5. TOA Group -  leading paint manufacturer in Thailand
6. Pylon PCL - specialty foundation contractor company
7. Lazada Ltd. -  leading online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia
8. Kasikorn Bank –  leading universal banking group in Thailand  
9. TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management Co. Ltd. – Thailand's largest conglomerate of consulting companies
10. Double A (1991) PCL-   manufacturer and distributor of pulp and paper in Thailand and internationally

CAREER TALK schedule:
¤ N-Line Career Talk on 20 September 2017, Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm by AIT alumni Mr. Keeradit Bovornusvakool, Managing Director and Mr. Veegrit Bovornusvakool, Engineering Director

¤ Long-term career prospects
¤ Job placements
¤ Internship opportunities
¤ On-the-job training
¤ Research partners
¤ Networking with company representatives
¤ Student Union Research Exhibition!
Please help AIT Career Center in spreading the word out about the Fair!!!  And let us know as well if you have any company contacts that you want us to invite to the Fair.
Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.asia
or check/like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter
or email: careercenter@ait.asia
or contact AIT Career Center via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326
or check: https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter/
or email: careercenter@ait.asia
or contact AIT Career Center via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326

(b)    THAILAND TECH SHOW 2017: 20 – 24 Sept. 2017

The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) will organize THAILAND TECH SHOW 2017 from 20 – 24 September 2017 at Hall 106, BITEC Bangna. The event will focus on the following themes: Science for Business, Technology for Business, and Innovation for Business.
Those interested to present papers and join the seminar for free of charge please get more details at: www.nstda.or.th/thailandtechshow or tel. 02-564-8000.





C. Visitors


•    Delegation from National Farmers Council (NFC), Thailand, led by Mr. Prapat Panyachartraksa, President of NFC / 19 Sept. 2017 / to discuss on AIT proposal to Royal Thai Government (RTG) under the Food Innopolis


 D. Campus Updates



(i)    New AITCC Annex & renovation of car park near Arcade

A new AITCC Annex building will be constructed opposite to AIT swimming Pool/AIT Solutions. The construction work will start from 1 October 2017 and expected to be completed by April 2018. To prepare the area for construction, the car park area opposite to swimming pool/AIT Solutions will be demolished partially and a new sewage line will be laid from Arcade area.

During the process of this work, the area will be barricaded and there might some disturbance as well as noise.

Please be also informed that currently partial section of car park area opposite to Arcade is being renovated. It may take a week to complete the work and the area will be closed.

(ii)    Temporary Relocation of Photo Vending Machine from Administration to Cafeteria

Please be informed that due to the renovation of the ground floor of the Administration Building, the photo vending machine has been moved temporarily to Cafeteria (entrance opposite Korea House).




E. Faculty and Staff Travel



Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Switzerland / 17 – 20 August 2017*
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Mandalay, Myanmar / 17 – 22 August 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 8 – 11 September 2017*
Dr. Shah Syed Faizul Hassan / Penang and Ipol, Malaysia / 9 – 13 September 2017*
Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia / 10 – 13 September 2017*
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 10 – 13 September 2017*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Hongkong / 11 – 12 Sept. 2017*
Dr. Thammasat Koottatep / Seattle, WA, USA / 11 – 16 September 2017*
Mr. Voravate Chonglasin / Nong Khai, Thailand and Vientiane, Lao PDR / 12 – 16 September 2017*
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Nong Khai, Thailand  and Vientiane, Lao PDR / 12 – 16 September 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 13 – 14 September 2017*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Chonburi, Thailand / 14 – 16 September 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 15 – 18 September 2017
Prof. Nazrul Islam / Hanoi, Vietnam / 15 – 23 September 2017
Dr. Kuo-Chieh Chao / Seoul, Korea / 16 – 21 September 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 16 – 23 September 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / New Delhi, India / 17 – 21 September 2017
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / New Delhi, India / 17 – 21 September 2017
Prof. Nitin Kumar Trapathi / Malabe, Sri Lanka / 18 – 20 September 2017
Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Vietnam / 18 – 22 September 2017
Dr. Surachet Pravinvongvuth / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 18 – 22 September 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Gyeongju, Korea / 18 – 23 September 2017
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 19 – 22 September 2017
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Postdam, Germany / 19 – 22 September 2017
Nisarat Tansakul / New Delhi, India / 19 – 22 September 2017
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Colombo-Jaffna, Sri Lanka / 19 – 23 September 2017
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Korea / 19 – 23 September 2017
Dr. Duc Hoang Nguyen / Korea / 19 – 23 September 2017
Prof. Barbara Igel / Hanoi, Vietnam / 20 - 22 September 2017
Mr. Ashwin Ashok Mysore / Ubonratchathani, Thailand / 21 September 2017
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Xi’an, China / 21 – 26 September 2017
Mr. Shawn P. Kelly / Xi An Xianyang, P.R. China / 21 – 26 September 2017
Mrs. Wannapa Pliansri / Xi’an, China / 21 – 26 September 2017
Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 22 – 24 September 2017
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / China / 22 – 25 September 2017
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Tokyo and Tsukuba, Japan / 22 September – 1 October 2017

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




F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 40/17
Deadline: 21 September 2017

Position: Research Staff (Research Associate ) (Geoinformatics Center)
Ref. No. 36/17
Deadline: 26 September 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (IT Officer) (Geoinformatics Center)
Ref. No. 37/17
Deadline: 26 September 2017

Faculty Position: Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)
Ref. No. Fac 2/17
Deadline: 30 September 2017

Position: Structural Engineer (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 38/17
Deadline: 30 September 2017


Position: Administrative Staff (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 39/17
Deadline: 15 October 2017