WEEK# 4, 21 – 27 January 2019


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements


(i) AIT Alumnus appointed CEO of Mekong River Commission (MRC)

An Pich Hatda of Cambodia, who graduated with a Master's in Agricultural Systems from AIT (1997) has assumed office as the new CEO of the Mekong River Commission. He is only the second national of a Mekong riparian state to be appointed as CEO of MRC.



(ii) Blog Contest for Students: What Makes AIT Special?

Email from OMCO (14 Jan. 2019)

Dear Students,

"What Makes AIT Special" is the theme of our blog contest this semester.

What is it that makes AIT so special? And what makes it unique? Is it the campus or is it the people? Or a combination of both?

Write a blog post for us, add a few photographs, give it a catchy headline, and mail it to us. The best entry will win a cash prize of 3000 THB, while the second and third entries get 2000 THB and 1000 THB each, The best entry will also be posted on the AIT website. Your entries will be judged for originality and creativity.

The ideal post ranges between 300-600 words, but we will not penalize if creativity demands that you violate these parameters.

As a guide, here are previous winning entries:

    AIT - My personal antidote to chaos https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/09/ait-personal-antidote-chaos/
    Curiosity killed the ignorant me https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/04/curiosity-killed-ignorant/  
    My first days at AIT https://www.ait.ac.th/2017/10/first-days-ait/

The contest is open to all AIT students. Please use your AIT email id to send your entries.

Deadline: 15 February 2019 (midnight).
Email: Send your entries to omco@ait.ac.th .
Header: Please write "Blog Contest" in the email subject heading.


(iii) Condolence: Passing away of the mother of Mr. Arnolfo Diaz, Administrative Staff of SAO

Email from OHRS (16 Jan. 2019)

We have learned with sadness the passing away of Mrs. Rosela Diaz,  mother of Mr. Arnolfo Diaz,  yesterday (15th January 2019) in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.  Mr. Arnolfo Diaz is our Administrative Staff at the Student Affairs Office. 

On behalf of the AIT Community, we wish to express our condolences and sympathies to Mr. Arnolfo Diaz and his family during this time of bereavement.


(iv) Medical Insurance coverage for 2019 under AIA

Email from OHRH (9 Jan. 2019)

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Please be informed that effective 31 December 2018, our medical insurance coverage is under AIA.

OHRS will organize a forum in cooperation with the AIA to discuss details on the medical coverage and claim procedures.

The forum will be held on 24 January 2019, from 10.30 a.m. at the Robert B. Banks Auditorium, AIT Center.

We would like to invite all of you to attend this forum and learn more about the medical coverage.

Please note that the new insurance card is expected to be available next week. In case you need medical attention before you receive the insurance card, we request you to please pay the medical expenses first and reimburse it at OHRS.

To process the reimbursement, kindly submit the medical certificate and the original receipt to OHRS.


(v) Announcement from the Social Security Office

Email from OHRS (17 Dec. 2018)

Dear AIT Employees,

This is to kindly inform you that the Social Security Office will no longer issue a new Social Security card after the current SS cards expires on 31 December 2018.

You can still continue to avail the Social Security benefits by going to the  hospital which you have registered with the Social Security Office and present to the hospital staff your passport as proof of your identification and your current social security number. For Thai employees, please present your Thai Identification Card only.

For SS members who wishes to change their current hospital, please contact OHRS until 15 March 2019.

Please be guided accordingly.


(vi) Vacant Seats Available for Staff Vans

Email from Office of Human Resources Services (9 Jan. 2018)

Kindly be informed that the available seats for AIT Staff Vans are indicated as follows:

Route 1:  Latplakaow - Ramintra - Sapanmai - Phaholyothin km. 27 - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)

Route 2:  Sathorn - BTS Morchit  - Vibhavadi - AIT , still has 2 seats available  (from 3 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )

Route 3 :  Nonthaburi - BTS Ministry of Public Health - Pongpetch - Laksi - Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)

Route 4:  Thonburi- The Mall Tha-pra - Pinklao Intersection- Rama VII Bridge -Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 4 seats available (from 5 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)


For further communication and reservation, please contract Khun Jirada at ext.5018 or jirada@ait.asia .







B. Events



(a) Blood Donation: 5 Mar. 2019

Email from AIT Medical Center (9 Jan. 2019)

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 Tuesday, 5th March 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.

On behalf of needy patients whose lives you may save, we would like to thank you very much for your time and support.


(b) Coming soon! AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition: - 27 Mar. 2019

Greetings from the AIT Career Center!

We are pleased to inform you that the January 2019 Semester AIT Career Fair & Student Union (SU) Research Exhibition is scheduled on 27 March 2019 at the AIT Conference Center !

What to expect:

¤  Long-term career prospects
¤  Job placements
¤  Internship opportunities
¤  On-the-job training
¤  Research partners
¤  Networking with company representatives
¤  Free Goodies!

Please help us 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.

We are also happy to update you of Career Fair companies who placed AIT alumni in 2018, namely: Aeroklas Co. Ltd., Codium Co. Ltd., Erawan Sugar Co. Ltd., Panya Consultants Co.. Ltd., Pylon PCL, Siam Makro PCL, Siamese Asset PCL, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), S2M Group, TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management Co. Ltd., TOA Paint (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and WHA Corp PCL.

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



(a) ICT seminar on "The Evolving Field of VR180 and 360 Immersive Storytelling" by AI Caudullo: 23 Jan 2019

Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) Program, School of Engineering and Technology (SET) will organize an ICT seminar on "The Evolving Field of VR180 and 360 Immersive Storytelling"  by AI Caudullo, Digital Media Group/Explore360 Productions, Founder/President, Bangkok, Thailand.

Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Time: 13:00 - 15:00 hours
Venue: Room CS106, CSIM building

In the past few years Immersive cameras and tools have been evolving quite quickly from a group of individual cameras bundled together in a matrix creating 360 spherical videos to complex designed and engineered camera systems. Now we see a parallel development of a different kind of Immersive camera with VR180 which is being driven primarily by YouTube.
How do these different cameras choices work and what are the similarities and differences and how do they affect your choices for Immersive Storytelling? We will examine these and discuss your choices for this new medium. 

All interested persons are welcome to attend the presentation.


(b) International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development: 7 – 8 Mar. 2019

An international symposium on "Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development: Integrating Higher Education Institutions achieving SFDRR and SDG" will be organized from 7-8 March 2019 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/international-symposium-disaster-resilience-...



(a) Thai Courses: Jan – Mar. 2019

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Thai Courses for Beginners.

Survival Thai

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.

- 29 January  –  13 March 2019
- Monday and Wednesday, twice a week
- From 17:00 – 18:30
- Total 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 make up words.

- 5 February  – 21 March 2019
- Tuesday and Thursday, twice a week
- From 17:00 – 18:30
- Total 20 hours
-  Course fee: 2,000 baht

Interested persons can register and make payment at the Language Center, Room 216.


(b) Professional Training Program on Advanced Shrimp Farming: 3 – 10 Mar. 2019

A professional training program on advanced shrimp farming will be organized by AIT Extension from 03-10 March 2019 at 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.

Poster: https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2019/01/ASF-Brochure...
Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf040ZWHhnrwm9YhXPBVy4PocDmM9VA...


(c) CLMVT Professional Development in Nonlife Insurance: 4 – 8 Mar.
The Second CLMVT Professional Development in Nonlife Insurance will be organized by AIT Extension from 4-8 March 2019 at the AIT Conference Center.
Details of the training program are available at this link: https://www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/893






C. Campus Updates


 (i) Improvement project: Cleaning and Painting of Dorm J Building

Email from OFAM (11 Oct. 2018)

Please be informed that subcontractor will start the improvement project at Dorm J, to clean and paint the exterior and corridors of the building.

Project has started on 12 October 2018 (Friday)
Expected to finish soon.

During this time there may be loud noise and dust around the area work. Residents of Dorm J are requested to close their doors and windows properly. 

Apologies for any inconvenience that it may cause.

After this dorm, we will continue with dorm E and Dorm K, which will be announced later.







D. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 11 – 14 January 2019*

Dr. Sylvia Szabo / Singapore / 17 – 21 January 2019

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 18 – 21 January 2019

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Hanoi, Vietnam / 22 – 25 January 2019

Dr. Avishek Datta / Hanoi, Vietnam / 22 – 25 January 2019

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Hanoi, Vietnam / 22 – 25 January 2019

Mrs. Joan Carla Gonzales / Singapore / 23 – 27 January 2019

Ms. Nupur Chaturvedi / Singapore / 25 – 27 January 2019

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




E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Research Staff (Research Associate) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 04/19
Deadline: 25 January 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Public Relations Officer) (Office of Media and Communications (OMCO)
Ref. No. 02/19
Deadline: 31 January 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 66/18
Deadline: 31 January 2019

Position: Senior Librarian (Head of Acquisition) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 59/18
Deadline: 31 January 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 01/19
Deadline: 3 February 2019

Director (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 63/18
Deadline: 28 February 2019

Position: Senior Fundraising Officer (Office of Advancement)
Ref. No. 03/19
Deadline: 28 February 2019

Professional Staff (Center Manager) (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. 62/18
Deadline: 28 February 2019

Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor [ASE] (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 12/18
Deadline: 19 March 2019