WEEK #40: 3 – 9 October 2016

In this issue:


         A.    Announcements

         B.    Events and Happennings

         C.    Campus Updates

         D.    Faculty and Staff Travel

         E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


A.    Announcements


(i)    Tragic Death of Prominent AIT Alumnus Mr. Madhav P Ghimire (Former Home and Foreign Minister of Nepal)
Email from AIT President:

1    October 2016

Dear Members of the AIT Community and AIT alumni,

AIT is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of prominent AIT alumnus Mr. Madhav P Ghimire, who died in a tragic car accident on Sunday, 25th September 2016.


A jeep carrying Mr. Ghimire and his family members plunged into the Trishuli river in Nepal while they were returning home after performing a religious annual commemorative ceremony in Kagbeni of Mustang. The Kathmandu-bound jeep had veered off the road and plunged into the river at Dahrechok-3 in Chitwan district.

Mr. Ghimire reached the pinnacle of his career in the Government of Nepal, having held numerous high-ranking positions, namely as Minister for Home and Foreign Affairs; Chief Secretary (Cabinet Secretary), Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers; Secretary of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction; Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation;  Secretary of the Ministry of General Administration.

It is still in my memory when I and AIT Ex-Com Chair Dr. Sahas Bunditkul paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire on 18 July 2013, at the time he served as Nepal Foreign Minister. Minister Ghimire has given his assurances in expediting the Government's supports for Nepalese nationals to pursue their higher studies at AIT.

Mr. Ghimire completed his Master’s degree in Human Settlements and Development (HSD) from the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), AIT in 1992. Along with Prof. Karl E. Weber, he is the co-editor of a book titled “Bibliography on Environmental Studies” published by AIT in 1993. He was awarded the best alumni award in 2005 by the AIT Alumni Association at its annual meting held in Indonesia.

In the sudden demise of Mr. Ghimire, AIT has lost an exemplary alumnus and close friend, who contributed greatly in furthering AIT's relations with the Government of Nepal. On behalf of all members of the AIT community, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Ghimire's family and kin, and we pray for courage and strength in this most difficult period of bereavement.


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai


(ii)    October 2016 edition of AIT Newsletter

We all know that HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn granted a Royal Audience to AIT students recently.
But is anyone aware of the linkage between the Indian President and AIT?
And how is the Duke of Edinburgh connected to AIT?

Read this and more in this month's edition of the AIT Newsletter.

PDF: https://goo.gl/n3TAvP
EPUB: https://goo.gl/pJKDQt
MOBI: https://goo.gl/XZNrZS

(iii)    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. 

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 

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

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

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

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

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

13)  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

(v)    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:

(vi)    AIT in 2 minutes: Video contest

The last date for the "AIT in 2 Minutes" video contest has been extended to 10 October 2016. This follows a request from the SU Media team.

So if anyone can tell the AIT story in just two minutes, or narrate the AIT story like no one else, or tell the world what makes AIT so special, please shoot a crisp video and participate in the "AIT 2 Minute Video Contest."


Further, Office of Media and Communications will also organize a Mini AIT Film Festival to showcase your entries.


B.    Events and Happenings


(i)    EVENTS

(a)    Academic Olympiad: 15 Oct. 2016

SU Academic Affairs Committee is looking for the smartest team of the world of AIT that’s why we challenge you to participate in the Academic Olympiad.


Team with overall highest marks will be declared as winner.

Winner: 8,000 Baht

1st Runner Up: 5,000 Baht

2nd Runner Up: 2,000 Baht


There will be four parts in the event and each part may range from 30 to 50 minutes, and may comprise different rounds. The parts include:

1. General Knowledge

2. Puzzles

3. Visuals

4. Surprise

The details will be communicated later.
Participation Criteria:

This is team competition. There should be three members in each team and a team should consist of members from at least two different nationalities.

The participation is limited to 20 teams. In case the number of registered teams exceed 20, selection will be done on the basis of first come first serve.

To register, please fill in the form below:


Registration deadline: 07 October 2016

Event Date: 15 October 2016
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Venue: AITCC

(a)    Osotspa Plant Tour: 19 Oct. 2016

SU External Affairs invites current AIT students to join its special field trip to Osotspa, the 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. Students will  have the opportunity to experience 3D e-learning and visit the glass bottle manufacturing together with drink filling processes.

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

Deposit : 50 THB per person refundable on event date.

Date Wednesday, 19 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 reasons, 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 is requested to please mark their calendar and make themselves available for this whole day event. There will be games, raffle draw and a sumptuous lunch together.

So watch out for announcements for more details.


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

AIT Career Fair & Research Exhibition will be organized by the AIT Career Center 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

(b)    Research Exhibition

SU Academic will organize “Research Exhibition” as part of the AIT Career Fair. The event is an excellent platform for the students to showcase their original ideas, research and project in the form of posters and/or exhibits and to engage other towards their research. Students will have an opportunity to present their work to the professionals as well as prospective companies that will be visiting during the career fair.

Registration deadline: 12 October 2016

Poster (soft copy) submission deadline: 20 October 2016

Event date: 02 November 2016

Venue: AITCC Lobby.

All the participants will be awarded certificates.
Winners from each school will be awarded cash prizes.
Cost of posters' printing will be covered.
(We will provide you the template and sample poster)

Students from all three Schools: SET, SOM, and SERD
PhD, Master and Undergraduate student

Students’ presentations (posters/exhibits) will be evaluated by the panel of distinguished judges from SET, SOM, and SERD

To register the Research Exhibition, please fill in the form below:

If any query, please contact: suacademic.ait@gmail.com


(a)    Seminar on “Writing & Publishing Research Paper”

SU Academic will organize a seminar on “Writing & Publishing Research Paper” as follows:

Speaker: Dr. Peeyush Soni, Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD).

Date: 07 October 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Venue: Milton Bender Auditorium

Attendance at the Seminar is free of charge.

To register, please fill in the form below.

(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/

(iv)    COURSES

(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

(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.   Faculty and Staff Travel


Miss Soe Soe Htway and Miss Aye Sandar Phyo / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 19 September – 3 October 2016
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam and Myanmar / 22 September – 3 October 2016
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Dehradun and Delhi, India / 25 September – 1 October 2016*
Mr. Biplov Bhandari / Manila, Philippines / 27 September – 3 October 2016
Mr. Tharakhorn Chanlapa / Melbourne and Sidney, Australia / 28 September – 5 October 2016
Ms. Sweet Mae Monteclaro / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 30 September – 3 October 2016
Mr. Thaung Htut Aug / Yangon, Myanmar / 2 – 3 October 2016
Mr. Parthiv Bharali / Yangon, Myanmar / 2 – 3 October 2016
Dr. Syed Faizul Hassan Shah / Kuching and Sarawak, Malaysia / 2 – 7 October 2016
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Tokyo, Japan / 3 – 6 October 2016
Dr. Teerapat Sa-nguankotchakorn / Kanazawa, Japan / 3 – 9 October 2016
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 4 – 7 October 2016
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 4 – 7 October 2016
Dr. Jonathan Shaw/Delhi, India/ 4 - 8 October 2016
Ms. Araya Wicheansan / Kofu and Yamanashi, Japan / 5 – 23 October 2016
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)


E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


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)
Ref. No. Fac 4/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Position: Program Associate/Senior Program Associate (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 41/16
Deadline: 15 November 2016