WEEK #5, 2 – 8 February 2015


Message from AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai


On January 30 I received the good news from HRH’s Private Secretary that HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has kindly accepted my invitation to serve as the Honorary Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the AIT Library Modernization. In addition, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously granted her personal donation of 1 million Baht from 2007 to be used for the Library Modernization.


On behalf of AIT Community and friends, I would like to humbly express our gratitude for the support. As always, AIT has been blessed with the continuous support of its Royal Alumna. 


Donation Headlines


  • New Thai Pipe Co. Ltd., Scholarship for American graduate of Virginia Military Institute, USA

READ: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/news/new-thai-pipe-co-ltd-scho...

  • SCG supports 10 million Baht for the AIT Library Modernization Fundraising Campaign

READ: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/news/scg-supports-10-million-b...



Campus Notes


SET welcomes two seconded faculty from India


AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology welcomes the following two new seconded faculty from India:


Dr. Rajesh Kumar Nema, a Visiting Professor, at Industrial Systems Engineering

(ISE) Programme, is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the M.A. National Institute of Technology (MANIT) Bhopal, India for the last 27 years. He earned his Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral, degrees from the Bhopal University, India, in the area of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Rajesh Kumar Nema has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers for reputed International Journals and International Conferences. He has supervised 55 M.Tech and 11 Ph.D. scholars at MANIT Bhopal.


His teaching and research interests include: Power Controller, Microprocessors, 

Digital Signal Processors, Analog Electronics, and Solar Photovoltaics.


Prof. Rajesh Kumar Nema is seconded to AIT by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. During his stay at ISE/AIT, he will teach Mixed Signal IC Design (AT 81.11). He may be contacted at Room No. 206 (Chalerm Prakiat Building) Ext. 5682 and on e-mail at: nemark@ait.ac.th


Dr. Ravipudi Venkata Rao, a Visiting Professor at Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) Programme, is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the S. V. National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) Surat, India. He received his BTech degree from Nagarjuna University, MTech degree from BHU Varanasi, and PhD degree from BITS Pilani, India. He has about 25 years of teaching and research experience. He has authored about 300 research papers published in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. He has received many awards for his research works. He is also on the editorial boards of various international journals.


His research interests include advanced engineering optimisation techniques, fuzzy multiple attribute decision making, advanced manufacturing processes, automation and robotics.


Prof. Ravipudi Venkata Rao is seconded to AIT by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. During his stay at ISE/AIT, he will teach Inventory and Logistic Management (AT 72.09). He may be contacted at Room No. 208 (Chalerm Prakiat Building) Ext. 5675 and on e-mail at: ravipudirao@gmail.com.



SOM welcomes new seconded faculty from India


AIT’s School of Management (SOM) is pleased to welcome Dr. Anandakuttan B. Unnithan, Visiting Associate Professor seconded by the Government of India in this January 2015 semester.


Dr. Anandakuttan B. Unnithan (Anand) is an Associate Professor in Marketing Management area at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. He holds the position of Chairperson, Management Development Programmes (MDP) at IIMK. Previously he has held administrative responsibilities like Chairperson of Post-Graduate Programme (PGP), Chairperson, Executive PGP, Chairperson and IIMK’s Kochi campus at IIM Kozhikode. He did his B-Tech in Production Engineering from the Government Engineering College Thrissur; MBA in Marketing and PhD in Consumer Behavior from Cochin University of Science and Technology, respectively.


During his appointment at SOM, Dr. Unnithan will teach the courses SM80.06 Innovation Marketing and New Product Development. He can be contacted at room SOM-240, tel. ext. 6019, emails: anandunnithan@ait.asia; anandunnithan@iimk.ac.in



SET Acting Dean


Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean SET, will be on a mission to Vietnam from 30 January - 6 February 2015.  Prof. Pennung Warnitchai and Dr. Matthew N. Dailey have kindly agreed to serve as the Acting Dean as follows: Prof. Pennung Warnitchai will be Acting during 31 January - 3 February, 5 - 6 February 2015. Dr. Matthew N. Dailey will be Acting on 4 February 2015



Salary Structure and Positions Review Committee requests for views and suggestions on HR-initiated plan


In relation to the discussion of the AIT Management’s meetings on 18 November  2014 and 20 November 2014 to enhance the career progress of AIT employees, the Salary Structure and Positions Review Committee (SSPRC) was appointed on 11 December 2014, and it held its first meeting on 22 January 2015. Chaired by Prof. Sununta Siengthai of the School of Management, the Committee will be holding regular meetings till the finalization of its report. The Committee has been tasked to "review the current salary structure, as well as the proposed options to introduce steps (reflecting career progress) to the current salary structure."


The Committee comprises of the following members:


Prof Sununta Siengthai as Chair;

Prof. C. Visvanathan as Faculty Representative;

Dr. Jonathan L. Shaw as Staff Representative

Dr. Naveed Anwar

Bajinder Pal Singh

Mrs Izel Ann M Dante (as Committee Secretary)


The Committee is also expected to carry out the following tasks:

1. To review and set clear definitions and qualifications for positions (e.g. Manager, Coordinator, Head, Director, Executive Director, etc) and their placements at the salary structure levels.

2. To review and clarify professional titles and career paths.

3. To map out and align job roles in the context of the organizational structure, and standardise job levels, according to some factors and responsibilities (e.g. mission-criticality, supervisory responsibilities, problem solving etc.)


In order to engage members of AIT faculty and staff in this process of HR-initiated plan for better human resource management and development, SSPRC would like to invite all faculty and staff who wish to offer specific suggestions (within the purview of the Committee'sremit) to send them to the Committee before 12 February 2015 (date of the second meeting of the committee).


Your views and suggestions are welcome, and they will be placed before all members of the Committee for consideration,


The Committee shall submit its report to the AIT Management by 31 May 2015.



New SU Forum: Message from AIT Student Union (SU)


Good Morning! We would like to welcome all of you to a SU new forum of SU. We hope this will be a better way of sharing information. You are encouragedtotry this forum. To use this forum, please go to http://www.aitsu.asia  and register with your AIT email address. Once you are registered and you have verified your email address, you can start using the forum. We have developed an android app (available now) & iOS (available soon) for this forum. You can download the app from the forum website (http://aitsu.asia/appdownload/index.htm). If you need any technical assistance for registration or posting into the forum, please contact SU Media committee (sumedia.ait@gmail.com) or contact us through Facebook.





“Beautiful Country” Competition


Beautiful Country - introduce your country & culture in your way

The AIT Student Union Media Committee is organizing “Beautiful Country” competition which is sponsored by Chinese Student Association to make the AIT SU forum popular among AIT community.


Rules are as follows:

 1) Only AIT students who already registered in the Forum can participate in the competition.

 2) Post to promote your country and culture (both picture and description) only in the respective Country Area specified in the forum. (www.aitsu.asia)

 3) Any posts containing video will be discarded & disqualified from the competition.

 4) Competition deadline - 28.01.2015 (00:01 AM) to 10.02.2015 (11:59PM)


Judging Criteria:

 1) Only the numbers of “Likes” (shown as support button in the forum) received by that post in the Forum.

 2) If the numbers of “Like” are equal, the numbers of comments are considered.


Note: SU Members are not allowed to take part in this competition.


If anyone needs any technical assistance for registration or posting into the forum, please contact SU Media committee (sumedia.ait@gmail.com ) or through Facebook.





AIT Open House

An Open House will be organized at AIT on Friday, 6 February 2015 from 10:00 am onwards. Prospective students, their families and friends can visit AIT and its three schools – School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM) – to inquire about admission requirements, scholarships and fellowships, and any other queries about academics, research, and life at AIT.

Interested persons please call Khun Uma, AIT, at Tel. 02-524-5010. Email: erco@ait.asia


Student Clubs Night

Friday, 6 February 18:00 - 20:00, AIT Center

Student Clubs Night to be held at the AITCC is a fair that showcases all student-led activities at AIT from sports groups to peer-tutoring to interest clubs to cultural and religious associations.


New and returning students, faculty, and staff are invited to this FREE event to learn and be updated on all student activities. This will allow each group to show their presence on the campus, seek mentorship from faculty, promote upcoming events, register new members, and build partnerships with other clubs.

If you would like to register your club/association to set up a table, contact Mariana Botero at: mariana_botero@ait.asia.

We hope to see you there!

-The AIT Extension Team





  • H.E. Mr. Paul Robilliard, Australian Ambassador to Thailand / 2 Feb. 2015 / to be introduced to AIT and to discuss possible areas of collaboration.
  • H.E. Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of People’s Republic of Bangladesh / 3 Feb. 2015 / to be introduced to AIT and to discuss possible areas of collaboration.
  • Officials from the Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program, led by Mr. Tatsuya Kanai, Senior Adviser. Office of Co-Financing Operation / 4 Feb. 2015 / to strengthen the partnership between ADB-JSP and AIT.
  • Mr. Sanjaya Bhatia, Head, UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) / 5 Feb. 2015 / To discuss possible collaboration between GETI and AIT.
  • A group of 150 students of the Advanced Security Management Program (ASMP), organized by the Association of National Defence College of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, led by Gen. Charun Kullawanich, President of the Association  / 6 Feb. 2015 / To expose students to an International Education Institute and to learn about AIT.




Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Faiz Shah / Brisbane, Sydney, Perth in Australia / 8 – 16 Jan. 2015*

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Indonesia / 18 – 22 Jan. 2015*

Ms. Sudiksha Amatya / Baan Nam Kem, Phangna / 21 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Fukuoka, Japan / 22 – 24 Jan. 2015*

Prof. C. Visvanathan / Hanoi, Vientam / 23 – 25 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Jakarta, Indonesia / 25 – 28 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Naveed Anwar / Dushanbe, Tajiskistan / 24 Jan. – 7 Feb. 2015

Dr. Prabhat Kumar / Vientaine, Lao PDR / 25 – 29 Jan. 2015*

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 26 – 29 Jan. 2015*

Mr. Bayasgalan Sanduijav / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 27 Jan. – 1 Mar. 2015

Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / India / 28 – 31 Jan. 2015*

Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Kathmandu, Nepal / 28 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2015*

Dr. Huynh Trung Luong / HCMC, Vietnam / 30 Jan. – 9 Feb. 2015

Mr. Syams Nashrrullah / Manila, Philippines / 1 – 6 Feb. 2015

Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Timor Leste / 1 – 7 Feb. 2015

Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Timor Leste / 1 – 7 Feb. 2015

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 1 – 8 Feb. 2015

Mr. Guiberto Borongan / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 2 – 7 Feb. 2015

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Yangon, Myanmar / 4 – 6 Feb. 2015

Prof. Gopal B. Thapa / Udonthani and Nong Bua Lamphu Provinces / 5 – 7 Feb. 2015


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




Classifieds (Jobs and Internships)


Program Officer/Sr. Program Officer (AGMC) (AIT Extension, Asian Greenhouse Gas Management)

Ref. No.: 8/15

Deadline: 10 Feb. 2015



Program Coordinator (AGMC) (AIT Extension, Asian Greenhouse Gas Management)

Ref. No.: 9/15

Deadline: 10 Feb. 2015



Faculty Position in Agri-Business Management [ABM] (School of Environment Resources & Development)

Ref. No.: 11/14

Deadline: 15 Feb. 2015



Senior Program Officer (SDCC) (CoE for Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change)

Ref. No.: 10/15

Deadline: 16 Feb. 2015



Faculty Position in the Environmental Engineering and Management (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No.: Fac 10/14

Deadline: 31 Mar. 2015



Laboratory Supervisor (ISE) (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No.: 4/14

Deadline: 31 May 2015



Internship with Yunus Center AIT, AIT Extension

Calling all AITians! Are you looking for a part-time internship?

MyVision AIT is seeking highly-driven and ambitious leaders to join their Executive Team. Selected applicants will be engaging in on-campus business development and conducting professional trainings on social business with guidance from Yunus Center AIT and AIT Extension.

All New Members who complete one semester in the team receive an Internship Certificate from Yunus Center AIT.

Please send your CV to myvision@ait.asia before Thursday, 5 February at 23:59.

Do it with joy!