WEEK #38: 19 - 25 September 2016



In this issue:


         A.    Announcements

         B.    Events

         C.    Campus Updates

         D.    Visitors

         E.    Faculty and Staff Travel

         F.    Classifieds (Jobs)









A.    Announcements


(i)    SET welcomes new Visiting Associate Professors seconded  by Indian Government

School of Engineering and Technology welcomes Dr. Ajay K. S. Singholi and Dr. Tonse Laxminidhi who have joined Industrial Systems Engineering Group as Visiting Associate Professors. They have been seconded by the Government of India.

Dr. Ajay K. S. Singholi, an Associate Visiting Professor at Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) Program, is teaching Advanced Manufacturing Processes (AT 73.02) in August 2016 semester.

Dr. Ajay K. S. Singholi received a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) degree from University School of Engineering and Technology, Indraprastha University, Delhi, India in 2013. His Master’s degree (Masters of Technology) is in Engineering Systems (Manufacturing Systems) from Faculty of Engineering, Dayalbagh University, Agra; 2002. He had completed his Bachelor’s degree of engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Dayalbagh University, Agra, India in the year 2000. He has more than 14 years of experience of teaching UG and PG students in various prestigious universities in India such as Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University, Agra University and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi.

He is head of the department (Mechanical and automation engineering) at his parent institute in India i.e. G.B. Pant Government Engineering College, Delhi, and is also heading the office of training and placements. He was the founding programme coordinator of Master of Technology (Robotics and Automation) programme at Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University of Women, India. He has been involved in various academic activities such as revision of syllabus at UG and PG level, key role in the curriculum committee for MBA programme in “Enterprise Systems” (Weekend) launched by Mechanical and Automation Department in Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University of Women. He is a life member of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering and Indian Society for Technical Education.

His research interests are:
Advanced manufacturing methods, flexible manufacturing systems, flexibility in manufacturing, automation in manufacturing, mechanical concepts in mechatronics, operations management and related research areas.

He can be contacted at:

Room No. ISE233
Tel. No. 0944501034
Email: ajay.igit@gmail.com, ajay@ait.asia  

Dr. Tonse Laxminidhi, a Visiting Associate Professor at Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) Group, is teaching a course AT81.05 Analog Integrated Circuits Design at AIT for the semester commencing from August 2016.

In India, Tonse Laxminidhi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2008. He has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Electronics from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India in the year 1998. He obtained B.Tech. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, India (affiliated to Mangalore University) in 1996.

His research interests include analog and mixed mode integrated circuits and power management circuits. He has an experience of 18 years of experience in academia.

He can be contacted at:

Room No. ISE233
Mobile: 0628543615
Email: tonse@ait.asia, laxminidhi_t@yahoo.com, tln@nitk.ac.in  

(ii)    Extended library hours during mid-semester exams

During mid-semester exams period, from 19 - 29 September 2016, AIT Library will extend the library hours to one o'clock in the morning every day.  The library hours will be as follows.
Monday - Sunday    8.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.

(iii)    AIT in 2 Minute Video Contest

Can you tell the AIT story in just two minutes?
Can you narrate the AIT story like no one else?
Can you tell the world what makes AIT so special?
Can you make a crisp video that can cast a spell on the audience?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we invite you to participate in the "AIT 2 Minute Video Contest."

More details about cash prizes and rules are here: http://goo.gl/UpejUU
But remember, only 2 minutes!

Office of Media and Communications

(iv)    Call for Abstracts for ‘THA2017: International Conference on Water Management and Climate Change towards Asia's Water -Energy-Food Nexus’

AIT is co-organizing ‘THA2017: International Conference on Water Management and Climate Change towards Asia's Water -Energy-Food Nexus’ on 25-27 January, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand.  Please refer to the following announcement for details.

Call for Abstracts:
THA2017: International Conference on Water Management and Climate Change towards Asia's Water -Energy-Food Nexus
25-27 January, 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

THA2017 aims to provide a platform for researchers, scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to share and present new advances, research findings, perspectives, and experiences in Disaster, Irrigation and Water Management towards Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEF). The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers, scientists, and officials in the domain of interest from around the world.

THA2017 has four themes: Climate Change and Uncertainty in Hydrology and Meteorology, b) Participatory Management for Water and Irrigation Project, c) Emerging Technologies in Water Management and Environment Towards Nexus (WEF) and d) Disaster Management/ Groundwater Management

All the interested participants are invited to submit an abstract and/or paper to tha2017conference@gmail.com   by 30 September, 2016.  For more details please visit the conference website: http://www.tha2017.org/Home_list.asp


(v)    EURAXESS ASEAN Flashnotes - Latest Funding and Career Opportunities for AIT Researchers

The Office of External Relations (OEXR) has announced a number of attractive opportunities for researchers which are presented in the latest EURAXESS ASEAN flash notes.


1)      United Kingdom - Newton Fund Institutional Links Programme. Thailand and Vietnam Eligible

2)      EMBO Short-Term Fellowships Open to Researchers in ASEAN. 3 month Research Visits to Labs in Europe and Elsewhere. Rolling Deadline.

3)   Germany - Humboldt Incoming Fellowships for researchers at different stages in their careers. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Rolling Deadline.

4)      Switzerland: ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships. Researchers in ASEAN Eligible. Deadlines 1 Sept, 2016; 1 March 2017

5)      MSCA Individual Fellowships. One of Europe's Most Prestigious Fellowship Programmes. Deadline 14 September, 2016

6)    United Kingdom - Newton Research Collaboration Programme. Malaysia and Vietnam Eligible. Deadline 14 September, 2016

7)      British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowships in Social Sciences and Humanities. Malaysian Researchers Eligible. Deadline 14 September, 2016

8)  Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships for Malaysian Researchers. Deadline 14 September, 2016

9)     Newton Research Collaboration Programme. Malaysia and Vietnam Eligible. Deadline 14 September, 2016

10)  Newton Mobility Grants for Vietnamese Researchers. Deadline 14 September, 201

11)  TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes in Thailand and Malaysia. Deadline 15 September, 2016

12)  Germany: International Research Fellowships at the International Research Center "Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" at Humboldt University. Deadline 15 September, 2016

13)  Newton Fund Institutional Grants. Thailand and Vietnam  Eligible. Deadline 19 September, 2016

14) Newton Fund Researcher Links: Workshops Programme for Researchers in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Deadline 19 September, 2016

15) Newton Fund Researcher Links: Travel Grants Programme for Researchers in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Deadline 19 September, 2016

16)  Advice on applying to funding schemes by Dr Claire McNulty, Director Science and Research, British Council

17)  United Kingdom - Newton Fund Research Workshop Grants. Thailand and Malaysia Eligible. Deadline 19 September, 2016

18)  Spain: InterTalentum Research Fellowships. Call Now Open. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 30 September, 2016

19)  European Research Council Starting Grants. Call Now Open. Researchers from ASEAN Eligible. Deadline  18 October, 2016

20)  Italy – Jean Monnet Fellowships. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 25 October, 2016

21)  List of European Institutions Interested in Hosting Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

22)  United Kingdom: Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 28 November, 2016

Check out:



Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:


For more details, please contact Director of Office of External Relations (OEXR) at email: shawnpk@ait.asia

(vi)    Scholarships for Summer School, 3-8 October 2016 at Ateneo de Manila University Philippines (ADMU)

Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), Heidelberg University, Germany, are jointly organizing a summer school in Manila, Philippines from 3-8 October 2016.

The Summer School brings together experts from Germany and the Philippines to lecture on various topics of Scientific Computing.

Main topics for Summer School on Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing are “Partial Differential Equations with application in Environmental Physics”.   

Tentative list of speakers:

             1) Prof. Peter Bastian, Numerical Methods for Environmental Physics

             2) Prof. Kurt Roth, Environmental Physics

             3) Prof. Thomas Richter, Numerics for Finite Element Methods

There are 10 reserved slots for non-Philippine students.  A maximum of two beneficiaries maybe selected from AIT.

The full scholarship package includes:

    - flight cost

    - all local costs from 2 – 9 Oct. 2016

To participate in the summer school:

For application for support scholarships:

(vii)    Cambridge knowledge Quiz - Put your skills to the test now
Cambridge University Press introduces the Cambridge Knowledge Quiz where users can put their skills to the test.  The period for the quiz is from 22 August 2016 to 22 September 2016.
The grand prize is Samsung Gear Fit 2.  Please click to the see the quiz website and to start the quiz at this link - http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cambridgequiz  

(viii)    New e-journal subscription - Economic and Political Weekly (Web edition)

Please be informed that the Library's new subscribed Economic and Political Weekly (Web edition) is now accessible at www.epw.in .  Alternatively, this e-journal can be accessed from the Library web page at .  After acessing the Library page, please click "News and Events" and then click "New E-Journal Available".

(ix)    Personal data for Income Tax

To ensure that personal income tax of AIT faculty and staff comply with Tax Regulation, it is imperative that we have a correct record of your personal data in our system. Please log in the web link, https://hris.ait.ac.th  to update your personal data. Use your AIT email account credential to log in then click “View Employee Profile”.  Furthermore, please update or complete your contact information such as the name and telephone number of your 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 your 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 23 September 2016.





B.    Events and Happenings

 (I) Events

(a)    Osotspa Plant Tour: 19 Oct. 2016 ( Deadline of registration is 23 Sept. 2016)

SU External Affairs invites current AIT students to join its special field trip to Osotspa, whose brand owner of M-150 and Shark energy drink. Their businesses are expanding world wide more than 15 countries across Asia and West coast. Osotspa factory is located in Ayuthaya province. Studens will  have the opportunity to experience 3D e-learning and visiting glass bottle manufacturing together with drink filling processes.

Faculty and staff members are welcomed to join. However, the priority will be provided for students.

Deposit : 50 THB per person refundable on event date.

Date Wednesday 19th, October 2016

Bus leave from Lawson at 11.45 am

Tentative returning time to AIT is 5.30 pm

Dress code : Business Smart casual. (Sandal and slipper are not allowed) For safety reason, long sleep shirt is preferred.

Limited only 50 seats

Online registration deadline: Friday 23rd September 2016

Announcement for candidates and waiting lists : 24th September 2016

Confirm your reservation and payment 26-28 September 2016 with your AIT ID card

(b) AIT Fun and Sports Day on 2 December 2016

AIT Fun and Sports Day will be organized by Human Resources Office on 2 December 2016.

The AIT Community please mark your calendar and make yourself available for this whole day event. There will be games, raffle draw and a sumptuous lunch together.

So watch out for the announcements for more details.



(a)    AIT Career Fair & Research Exhibition: 2 Nov. 2016

AIT Career Fair & Research Exhibition organized by Career Center is scheduled on 2 November 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the AIT Conference Center.

CAREER TALKS to be held soon:

¤ CV & Interview Workshop on 21 September (Wed, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Milton E. Bender Auditorium)

Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.asia  
or like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter/  
or email: careercenter@ait.asia  
or contact us via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326



(a)    Special lecture on Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis: 19 Sept 2016, 2.30pm, MEB Auditorium

Climate Change Asia (CCA) is organizing a special lecture on "Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis" for AIT students, staff and faculty. The speaker is John Kucharski who is leading the implementation of the CRIDA framework for the Iolanda Water Treatment Plant in Lusaka, Zambia.
John Kucharski is a senior economist at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources Hydrologic Engineering Center located in Davis, CA. In this role he is the Corps subject matter expert in the field of risk assessment. Internationally John works with foreign water resource and development agencies to build their capacity to solve complex or controversial water resource problems through systems modeling, structure stakeholder engagement and the use of traditional planning approaches – known collectively as shared vision planning. He also works with international institutions and foreign governments on the development of risk-scaled climate adaptation strategies – sometimes referred to as bottom-up climate change approaches.

The relevant details of the special lecture are:

Title: Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis
Date: Monday, 19September 2016
Time: 14:30 - 15:45h (including Q&A)
Venue: Milton Bender Auditorium


(b)    Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance: 7 – 9 Nov. 2016 (seminar) and 10 - 12 Nov. 2016 (workshop)

AIT Solutions will organize the “Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance” Seminar and Workshop from 7 – 9 November and 10 – 12 November 2016, respectively.

The event will provide participants with an insight to the new developments in tall building design, innovative structural systems for better performance and in-depth understanding of structural behavior and highlight the value of wind tunnel test, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, peer reviews and performance-based design. It also will focus on hands on understanding of modeling and analysis.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/design-of-tall-buildings-trends-and-advancements-for-structural-performance/#.V8j2MzUZyUk


(c)    11th GMSARN International Conference 2016: 16 – 18 Nov. 2016

The 11th Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) International Conference 2016 will be held from 16-18 November 2016 in Kunming, China.

The conference brochure is available at: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/gmsarnbrochure.pdf  
More details are available at the GMSARN website at: http://www.gmsarn.com/conference2016/



(a)    Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Course: 17 Oct – 28 Oct. 2016

AIT Extension will organize a course, “Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation” from 17 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016.

Please look for details from the link: http://extension.ait.ac.th/course/57

To apply please go to: http://extension.ait.ac.th/content/online-application?nid=57&cname=Project+Management%2C+Monitoring+and+Evaluation&fromd=17+Oct+2016&tod=28+Oct+2016


(b)    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





C.    Campus Updates


(i)    Commencement of Chalerm Prakiat (ISE) Building’s  brick walkway repair

Please be informed that the contractor will begin the repair of Chalerm Prakiat (ISE) Building’s brick walkway on Monday, 19 September 2016.
The estimated period of repair is 1 month. In order to commence the repair, the whole brick walkway in front of the building will be closed.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors of ISE building can access the building through the alternate way.  TM will provide the signage to show the alternate directions.

Begin Date: Monday, 19 September 2016
Expected Completion Date: 18 October 2016







D.    Visitors


•    Delegation from Aston University, Business School, Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Geoff Parkes, Associate Dean International and Senior Teaching Fellow /21 Sept. 2016 / to discuss students exchanges and potential integration of entrepreneurship and other programmes of AIT.




E.   Faculty and Staff Travel

Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Nadi, Fiji / 10 – 20 September 2016
Mr. Ramesh De Silva / Nadi, Fiji / 11 – 16 September 2016*
Dr. Nalin K. B. S. A. Mudiyanselage / Dehradun, India / 12 – 18 September 2016*
Mr. Krailak Fakkaew / Athens, Greece / 12 – 19 September 2016
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Athens, Greece; Cape Town, South Africa; Frankfurt, Germany / 12 – 25 September 2016
Dr. Jagath K. Rajapaksha / Jakarta, Indonesia / 13 – 17 September 2016*
Mr. Syams Nashrrullah / Jakarta, Indonesia / 13 – 17 September 2016*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 15 – 20 September 2016
Prof. Rajendra Prasad Shrestha / Nairobi / 19 – 24 September 2016
Miss Soe Soe Htway and Miss Aye Sandar Phyo / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 19 September – 3 October 2016
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 20 – 23 September 2016
Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 20 – 23 September 2016
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Cebu City, Philippines / 22 – 24 September 2016
Dr. Punchet Thammarak / Cebu City, Philippines / 22 – 24 September 2016
Dr. Harsha Abeykoon / Victoria, Austria / 24 September – 2 October 2016
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Victoria, Australia / 24 September – 2 October 2016
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 25 – 30 September 2016
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)


F.    Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Multimedia Technician (Office of Media and Communications)
Ref. No. 40/16
Deadline: 25 September 2016

Position: Assistant / Associate Professor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 01/16
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Position: Library Assistant (AIT Library )
Ref. No. 17/16
Deadline: 15 October 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 2/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (School of Environment, Resources and Development)
Ref. No. Fac 3/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) - IME (School of Engineering & Technology)
Rf. No. Fac 4/16Deadline: 31 October 2016