WEEK #50: 11 – 17 December 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)



A. Announcements


(i)    Promotion of Dr. Krishna R. Salin to the Rank of Associate Professor

Email from President: 6 Dec. 2017

Dear Members of the AIT Community,
I am pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Krishna R. Salin to the rank of Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD). I have approved the promotion of Dr. Salin taking into account the recommendations of the Faculty Evaluation Panel (FEP) and the SERD Professorial Board.

Dr. Salin was appointed at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Development in August 2014. Prior to joining AIT, he was holding the position of Assistant Professor (Senior Scale) at Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), India (May 2011-July 2014).

Dr. Salin obtained his Ph.D. in Mariculture from the Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Deemed University, India in 2004. He earned both his master’s degree (Master of Fisheries Science in Aquaculture) and his bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Fisheries Science) from the Kerala Agricultural University, India in 1997 and 1994, respectively. He also did his post doctoral research and was appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in 2009 and 2013, respectively.

Dr. Salin’s research encompasses the areas of applied genetics for improved aquatic stocks, hatchery management and intensive grow-out techniques for fish and shrimp, climate change in fisheries and aquaculture, and GIS for integrated coastal resources management.

Dr. Salin’s curriculum vitae, the Institute Criteria for Promotion (PA-1-2-5) and the Procedure for Evaluation of Faculty for Promotion (PA-1-2-2) can be accessed through the link provided below:
We warmly congratulate Dr. Krishna R. Salin on this promotion in recognition of his valuable contributions to his field.


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology
Read more: https://www.ait.ac.th/

(ii)    Graduation Schedules and Reminders

Email from Registry Unit, Office of Student Affairs: 2 Nov. 2017

For your information and reference, below are the graduation schedules and other deadlines:
Monday, 11 December 2017:  Academic Senate (Review of Students) meeting; Grades out (Please note that this is a revised schedule due to the declaration of 11 December as a regular working day).

Wednesday, 13 December 2017at 1:30 pm: Graduation Rehearsal in AITCC Auditorium.
Graduating students, Advisors of doctoral graduands, Marshals, and Deans to assemble in the AIT Conference Center Auditorium for the actual Graduation Rehearsal.

Thursday, 14 December 2017:  Photo Session and 128th AIT Graduation Ceremony
8:00 am:  Group Photographs: Graduating students and Faculty to assemble in the AIT Conference Center Auditorium in the following order:
1.        SET
2.        SERD
3.        SOM                              
(Note:  Picture taking will take around 2-3 minutes per field of study.)
10:00 am:128th AIT Graduation Ceremony

All faculty members are invited to attend the ceremony. Please fill up and send the graduation attendance form to Registry on or before Friday, 8 December 2017 so that we can make the necessary arrangements. If you wish to borrow an AIT gown (Rental 300.00), please inform Registry in advance. Your FoS Secretary can get your gown on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 from 9:00 - 11:00 am in Room 222 of the AIT Extension Building.

(iii)  AIT Fun and Sports Day 2017
Email from OHRS: 15 Nov. 2017

Dear AIT Family,

Unity and Diversity, this is our unique identity. So let us all gather on 11 December 2017 at the small football field behind the Administration Building for this wonderful day. Let us show the world, that we can be united in diversity!

Please take note of the following important dates:


Each Team should assign a Team Captain. Players can/may participate in one or all games, the Team captain will be in charge of getting the team players ready for each game.

1. Tug-of-war  -  30 players per team (15 female and 15 male)

2. Boiled Egg Relay: 15 players per team (mixed female and male)

3. Three-legged race: 16 players per team (mixed female and male)

Lucky draw

Lucky draw and awarding of prizes will be given during lunch.  Winners should be present during the awarding of prizes, otherwise, he/she forfeits the prize.  

Trivia Questions:

Get a prize by simply answering our trivia questions. Check out AIT history and current events on our website to help you with the answers to our trivia questions.
So come one come all, let us all join hands and cheer one another, for on this day fun and surprises will be on your way!   

(iv)    Long Services Award

Email from OHRS: 1 Dec. 2017

The following 22 staff members of AIT are entitled to receive Long Services Award during AIT Fun and Sports Day 2017 which will be held on Monday, 11 December 2017.

1.    Pairuch Arnprayoon (39 years)
2.    Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai (39 years)
3.    Chirapar Promprawongse (38 years)
4.    Pichai Chantrapunth (37 years)
5.    Ruangsilp Sriviset (37 years)
6.    Niramol Ponvilai (37 years)
7.    Somnuk Yimkeo (37 years)
8.    Ekkankun Krong-atek (35 years)
9.    Sumalee Preede (35 years)
10.    Karn Intoop (35 years)
11.    Orawan Kosaipolkul (34 years)
12.    Winya Panichkul (33 years)
13.    Suchitra Piempinsest (33 years)
14.    Nualchan Sangthongsttit (33 years)
15.    Vanchai Plangpanya (32 years)
16.    Sawan Suwannarith (32 years)
17.    Suda Inta (32 years)
18.    Yupa Katchasuwanmanee (32 years)
19.    Wilaiporn Cherngchawano (31 years)
20.    Dr. Noppadol Phien-Wej (30 years)
21.    Natnipha Vimuktanon (30 years)
22.    Kamron Pimsak (30 years)

(v)    Implementation of Campus wide anywhere printers

Email from Purchasing Office:

Dear Academic Programs, School Secretaries and Lab Supervisors

Further to the earlier announcement of the President on the installation of campus wide anywhere printers, the installation work of the printers is now nearing full completion, and therefore we would like to invite all academic programs and school secretaries as well as lab supervisor for a meeting to introduce the printer functionalities as well as its operational aspects as follows:

Venue: Video Teleconference Room, AIT Library

Date: 13 December 2017 (Wed.)
Time: 13.00 to 15.00.


(vi)    AIT Official Holiday 2018

Email from Office of Human Resources Services: 23 Nov. 2017

AIT Management Team has approved AIT Official Holiday 2018 as follows:

1    Mon    New Year's Day

1    Thu    Makha Bucha Day

6    Fri    Chakri Memorial Day
13    Fri    Songkran Festival
16    Mon    Substitute for Songkran Festival

1    Tue    National Labor Day
29    Tue    Visakha Bucha Day

27    Fri    Asalaha Bucha Day
30    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Birthday

13    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Mother Birthday

15    Mon    Substitute for H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day
23    Tue    Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

5    Wed    Birthday Anniversary of H. M. late King's Bhumibol
25    Tue    Year-End Break
26    Wed    Year-End Break
27    Thu    Year-End Break
28    Fri    Year-End Break
29    Sat    Year-End Break
30    Sun    Year-End Break
31    Mon    Year-End Break

(vii)    First EECC E-Newsletter

First edition of the monthly E-Newsletter of the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change (EECC) of AIT's School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) can be viewed at:
Interactive: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/e-newsletter/
Download: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/E-Newsletter-October-2017-EECC-Department.pdf
Second also. http://eecc.ait.ac.th/e-newsletter-november/

(viii)     Student contest: The Trail by VINCI Construction

Email from AIT Solutions: 22 Nov. 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of a student contest The Trail by VINCI Construction “Imagine tomorrow's construction industry.”

 Innovate in one of these three fields:

·         The construction site of the future
·         Sustainable construction and resilience
·         Cities above and under cities

This competition has 2 phases:

Part 1: an online challenge on Agorize platform to attract students and where they can submit their innovative projects “Imagine the construction industry of tomorrow”

Part 2: an outdoors sports challenge to take place in Annecy, France


Online Challenge (Ideation):          20 Nov 2017 - 18 Mar 2018

Voting:                                        20 Mar 2018 - 03 Apr 2018

Local awards:                              04 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018

The local ceremony for Asia will be organized in Singapore and will gather the 3 best Asian teams.

 Please check out the website for more information:


If you are interested to join, let Innovation Lab [ilab] help you. You can send us your presentation before you submit online and our experts can give you feedback. Kindly send to ilab.solutions@ait.asia

(ix)    December 31, 2017 closing announcement
Email from Finance Department: 7 Nov. 2017

To ensure that AIT completely record the 2017 transactions in this year and not delay to 2018, please strictly follow the guidelines:
1)      2017 Payments cut off
●        All “approved” 2017 Payment Requests/ Cash Payment Summary with attached supplier invoices/receipts (dated within 2017) should be received by Finance Office by 22nd December 2017.
●        Please avoid any delay submission of the above documents since Finance has deadline to close the yearly account. Delay submission means your request for payment will not be able to charge to 2017 budget and neither to 2018.
2)      Payroll
●        Overtime cut off is 13th December.
●        Actual overtime up to the cut-off date plus estimation of overtime for the remaining weeks up to 31st December 2017 must reach Finance Office by 13th of December 2017 for reserving in 2017 account.
●        Failure to submit estimated overtime within the deadline means there will be no budget to pay the overtime.
3)      Purchase Requisition (PR) and Purchase Orders (PO)
Before issuing Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order in December 2017, please check whether works/services can be delivered/completed within the year 2017 or not.  If yes, Purchase Requisition must be approved before 13th December 2017 and all Purchase Orders must be approved before 19th December 2017.
Any work/service which cannot be completed within 2017, Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order must be issued in 2018 and will be charged to 2018 budget. External Auditor will not accept to record goods /services delivered in 2018 in the year 2017.
For materials/ services to be delivered in 2017, please request suppliers to submit their Suppliers’ invoices to Finance office by December 31 for recording in 2017 account.
Note: There is a frequent misunderstanding that by placing Purchasing Requisition (PR) or Purchase Order (PO) in 2017, it is sufficient to utilize the 2017 budget. This is not possible unless goods/services are delivered in 2017, not 2018.
4)      Settlement of outstanding Promissory Note and RTA
Please settle your Promissory note and RTA within 22nd December 2017.
5)      Invoicing Income
●        Schools/Units are requested to submit all billing requests pertaining to work/services performed for third parties in 2017 (e.g. fees recoverable from donors, income due from project sponsors) to Finance Office by 22nd December 2017.
6)      Internal Charges
●        All Units which have authority to update Internal Charges through ERP must ensure that the charges of 2017 have been completely updated by 22nd December 2017. Units which do not have the authority must submit the Internal Charge Form to Finance Office by 22nd December 2017.
Other issue
7)      Sponsored Projects under Fund 30
Schools/cost centers to ensure Form E has been completely issued for all closing projects within 2017. Please also provide the list of the completed projects (both Academic and non-Academic projects) to Finance office. Khun Vandee, Administrative Staff, will contact schools/units for the list.

For further enquiries please contact:
●        Ms. Orawan Kosaipolkul, Senior Accounting Manager Ext # 6346
●        Ms. Chirapar, Finance Manager Ext # 6342 (for Payment)
●        Ms Pakkamol, Director, Procurement, Inventory and  Assets Ext # 5029 (for Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order)

We again would like to ask for your help. The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 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. Events



(a)    Call for Applications for the Training Programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation: 11 Dec. 2017 (application deadline)

After a successful run of the first training programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) on 21 August to 1 September 2017, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at AIT, in cooperation with UNDP, have now opened the call for applications to participate in the second run of this training programme.
The course will take place between 12-23 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand (exact location to be confirmed). Call for applications will remain open until 11 December 2017. To apply, follow the procedure indicated on the ECCA website at: https://www.ecca.rrcap.ait.asia/copy-of-march-2018-training. Applications may only be submitted through this site.



C. Visitors


•    Mr. Gem Tshering, Managing Director, Bhutan Power Corporation Limited, Royal Government of Bhutan / 11 Dec. 2017 / to sign an MoA with AIT


D. Campus Updates


(i)    AC unit cleaning service for SERD on Saturday, 16 December 2017
Email from OFAM: 4 Dec. 2017

Please be informed that maintenance technicians will enter SERD building (all rooms) for AC unit cleaning as a part of our preventive maintenance routine on Saturday, 16 December 2017.

It is advisable for the tenants to store their valuables away in a safe place to prevent them from being misplaced or damaged during the process of maintenance.

For AC units cleaning; if any of the tenants find the mentioned schedule to be inconvenient, please contact call center office at 5800 to arrange for another time.

(ii)    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 be 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.

(iii)    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


Ms. Chalita Lertwinyu / Chiang Rai, Thailand / 20 – 21 November 2017*
Prof. Nazrul Islam / Vung Tau, Vietnam / 24 November – 3 December 2017*
Prof. Lawrence Stephen Abeln / Kolkata, India / 26 – 28 November 2017*
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Kabul, Afghanistan / 26 – 29 November 2017*
Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 26 November – 1 December 2017*
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Phuket, Thailand / 30 November – 2 December 2017*
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Luang Prabang, Lao PDR / 2 – 6 December 2017*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Hannover, Germany / 3 – 6 December 2017*
Dr. Jai G. Singh /Phuket, Thailand / 4 December 2017*
Maria Kathrina Gratuito / Phuket, Thailand / 4 December 2017*
Prof. Manukid Parnichkun / Tokyo, Japan / 4 – 13 December 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / United Kingdom / 5 – 9 December 2017*
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Colombo, Sir Lanka / 5 – 12 December 2017
Ms. Farah Nashid Hossain / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 6 – 11 December 2017
Prof. Voravate Kachitvichyanukul / Hanoi, Vietnam / 7 – 11 December 2017
Ms. Kluaymai thongkham / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 7 – 11 December 2017
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Danang, Vietnam / 8 – 9 December 2017*
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 8 – 10 December 2017*
Dr. Pisut Koomsap / Seoul, South Korea / 9 – 13 December 2017
Dr. Noppadol Phienwej / Hong Kong / 10 – 13 December 2017
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Hanoi, Vietnam / 11 – 12 December 2017
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Louisiana and San Francisco, USA / 11 December 2017 – 22 January 2018
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Seoul, South Korea / 12 – 15 December 2017
Dr. Jonathan Leslie Shaw / Karachi, Pakistan / 13 – 16 December 2017
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Hyderabad, India / 14 – 18 December 2017
Dr. P. Abdul Salam / India / 14 – 18 December 2017
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia / 16 – 20 December 2017

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





F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Head (Civil Engineering Unit) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 46/17
Deadline: 15 December 2017

Position: Head (Software Promotion & Support) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 47/17
Deadline: 15 December 2017

Position: Head (Software Development and IT Unit) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 48/17
Deadline: 15 December 2017

Position: Head (Business and Project Development) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 49/17
Deadline: 15 December 2017

Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 50/2017
Deadline: 31 January 2018