WEEK #50, 14 – 20 December 2015

In this issue:



Campus Updates


Faculty and Staff Travel

Classified (Jobs)




Search for new Dean of School of Management

Dear Faculty, Staff and Friends

I write to seek your help in distributing the "call for application" for the vacant post of Dean of School of Management (SOM). The suggested guideline on the recruitment of the new Dean as given by the Executive Committee on its meeting of 15 December 2014 reads:

“In order to enhance the reputation of AIT which will attract not only the number, but also the quality of student enrollment, the first step is to recruit a renowned reputable professor to serve as the School Dean by offering a premium compensation package. Without a well-established School Dean, recruitment for rising-star faculty members will always face a problem. Nowadays before top students make a decision regarding their universities, they often look at the profile of faculty members.”

Recently I have written to former faculty and alumni of SOM to seek their advices on the modality of SOM which will empower SOM to become an internationally competitive business school. I appreciated receiving many valuable advices, which mostly pointed to a major paradigm shift that is essential in transforming SOM to Reputable Business School of Asia.

Basically, it is time to separate SOM from the rest of the AIT basket. SOM will be transformed into a semi-autonomous unit within the mission framework of AIT. While administratively, SOM Dean, as CEO, will report directly to AIT President, SOM will have its own School Board composed of appointed internal members as well as external members. SOM should maintain some autonomy in its academic affairs with its own business culture.

With regards,

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai

AIT President


AIT Newsletter: December 2015

The December 2015 edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter has been released.

Download links:

PDF: http://goo.gl/kru3Kr   

EPUB: http://goo.gl/jRtps3   

MOBI: http://goo.gl/CjgCyX   


Fellowship available for January 2016 Semester

Please be informed that RTG fellowship will be available for January 2016 semester; however, each applicant will be granted only 12 credits (25%) RTG fellowship to cover the semester of January 2016. If an applicant needs to be offered more than 12 credits, the excess credits over the first 12 credits must be covered by AIT fellowships under the respective school budget. This will be applied to all schools and we have about 50 @ 12credits altogether to be used up in January. Any amount unused has to be returned to RTG.


Campus Updates


Farewell Lunch for AIT’s retiring colleagues

As a token of the Institute’s appreciation to AIT retiring colleagues, a farewell-cum- Felicitation Lunch was organized for faculty and staff colleagues who will be retiring at the end of December 2015.  The lunch was held on 14 December 2015 at the TV Room, AIT Conference Center.

Prof. Nugyen, Prof. Thapa, Khun Salaya, Dr. Erik Bohez, Ms. Debra and Ms. Chadarat are not attending the event due to varied reasons. 

Faculty and staff who will be retiring are:


School of Environment Resources and Development

1. Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, EEM

2. Professor Gopal Bahadur Thapa, RRDP

3. Dr. Soparth Pongquang, Associate Professor, RRDP

4. Ms. Salaya Phunsiri, Senior Laboratory Supervisor, EEM


School of Engineering and Technology

1. Dr. Erik L.J. Bohez, Associate Professor, ISE

2. Mr. Chamlong Waigaesee, Laboratory Attendant, STE

3. Mr. Samwai Sornsrida, Laboratory Attendant, STE



1. Mrs. Wannapa Pliansiri, RTG Coordinator, ERCO

2. Mrs. Kulvimol Wasuntiwongse, Interim Secretary to the AIT Board

3. Ms. Chadarat Nissaipan, Executive Secretary for VP Research

4. Ms. Kalya Bumrungsak, Senior Administrative Officer, Finance Office

5. Mrs. Debra Brown, Teacher, AITIS


Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific

  1. Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana, Coordinator of the Secretariat for EANET


Reminder: Warning on downloading copyrighted materials from Internet

AIT Helpdesk would like to remind all AITians that downloading copyrighted material (e.g. movies) is not permitted, it is forbidden by AIT Use Policy, even during end-year break holidays. Offenders people will always get caught. It is illegal by Thai law and it is frown upon by international standards.

If you use AIT internet to download copyrighted material, you also bring bad reputation to the Institute and may subject yourself to legal issues.

The Institute cannot tolerate that it's users download copyrighted material and every time such infringement is being reported to us, penalties must apply. This has been clearly explained during the various orientation that you attended, so no further warning will be provided and users will have their account suspended on the first offense.

On repeated violation, suspension may be for one month or more. Please note that during suspension, you will still be requested to pay the full UIA fee.

The case is real and while ten persons get suspended every week, currently two persons are currently under one month suspension. Students should note that the suspension will be reported in their student log card.

Lastly, you should really avoid using any peer to peer software, particularly Bittorrent: it makes the detection way too easy, even if you are not currently downloading, you could get caught for some movies that are located on your computer.


Doctor’s schedule at AIT Medical Clinic

Please be informed that Dr. Amornwan Nilsuwan (ENT Specialist) will be available in the AIT Clinic as a temporary substitute for Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala while he recuperates.

Dr. Amornwan will be available starting from 9:00 a.m. to 12.00 noon every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. She will be available only in the afternoon every Thursday. 

Other services will be available as usual.


Survey to assess the customer satisfaction of maintenance & services under OFAM

In July 2014, AIT contracted outsourced maintenance services (in replacement of Sodexo) for Technical maintenance, Janitorial services, Landscape Services, Security services, AITCC management under the supervision of OFAM. Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) asses the performance of the contractors on regular basis based on many Key Performance Indicators (KPI). One of the key indicators of the assessment of the contractors is customer satisfaction level. OFAM would like to know the satisfaction level of the community on how the services are being provided by the contractors. Your feedback will help us to asses and further improve their services.

OFAM requests you to spent few minutes of your time to fill the survey questionnaires, that could be accessed through the link below


For those of you who assist OFAM with this survey, as a gesture of thanks, there will be a raffle draw where prizes at stake as follows:

1st Prize  =  2 (two) Bluetooth Speaker

2nd Prize =  2 (Two) Power Banks

3rd Prize  = 3 (Three) Wireless mouse

4th Prize  = 2 (Two) 16 GB Thumb Drive

5th Prize  = 1 (One) Buffet Coupon for 2 persons at the AIT Dining Room at the AITCC

6th Prize  = 5 (Five) Cafeteria Coupon of  100 THB per persons

The survey starts today until 31 Dec 2015.


Graduation Schedules and other Key Deadlines

For students’ information and reference, below are the graduation schedules and other deadlines:

Tuesday, 15 December 2015: Graduation Rehearsal

13:30 hours:  Graduating students, Advisors of doctoral graduands, Marshals, and Deans to assemble in the AIT Conference Center Auditorium for the actual Graduation Rehearsal.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015:  Photo Session and 124th AIT Graduation Ceremony

08:00 hours:  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.)

09:30 hours:   Faculty to assemble in the TV Room, AIT Conference Center

10:00 hours:   Academic Procession (124th 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, 11 December 2015 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 Field of Study secretary can get your gown on Tuesday, 15 December from 9:00 - 11:00 am in Room 222 of the AIT Extension Building.


The124th Graduation ceremony to be broadcasted live online

The124th Graduation ceremony will be broadcasted live on internet on 16 December 2015 from the following URL:



Work Permit

Faculty and staff members are requested to look at your Work Permit Book.  If your Work Permit is going to expire in December 2015, please immediately contact GRU (Ms. Suvannee) to apply for extension.

To avoid any delay and unnecessary charges occurred due to the Institute's year-end break, it is advisable to come to GRU (Ms. Suvannee) before 15 December.

For your kind reference, the document required for renewal of the Work Permit are:

1. Passport

2. Work Permit Book

3. Work Certificate from HR (in Thai)

4. Medical Certificate from AIT clinic

5. Fee

5.1   3 months:  950 Baht

5.2   6 months:  1,700 Baht

5.3   1 year:       3,200 Baht

5.4   1 year 3 months:  3,950 Baht

5.5   1 year 6 months:   4,700 Baht

5.6   2 years:     6,200 Baht


Contact person for Customs Section

Recently, the confusion has occurred regarding the direct contact person who is responsible for the following services at Government Relations Unit (GRU):

1. Air shipment, Boat shipment, and Parcel post.

2. Local and international driving licenses.

3. Car registration i.e. car license registration, renewal of tax registration and transferring car registration.

4. Work permit and other issues related to the work permit.

Please be informed that the above-mentioned work are under the responsible of the Customs Section of GRU ( the other Section is Visa section) and Ms. Suvanee is in charge of the above services, in the Custom Section.

For easy access you can contact her through the office number 02-524-5021 which is located at Administrative building adjacent to the Finance office and Hom Krun Coffee Shop. Her email is suvanee@ait.asia    


Knovel trial extended to 29 February 2016

The Library is pleased to inform you that Elsevier has extended the trial of Knovel to 29 February 2016. 

Knovel provides technical information and tools for engineers and offers more than 30 core subject areas ranging from aerospace to transportation including:

-Adhesives, Coating, Sealants & Inks

-Aerospace & Radar Technology

-Biochemistry, Biology & Biotechnology

-Ceramics & Ceramic Engineering

-Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

-Civil Engineering & Construction Materials

-Earth Sciences

-Electrical & Power Engineering

-Electronics & Semiconductors

-Environment & Environmental Engineering

-Food Science

-Engineering Management & Leadership

-Industrial Engineering & Operations Management

-Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture

-Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering

-Metals & Metallurgy

-Mining Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy


-Oil & Gas Engineering

-Optics & Photonics

-Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Toiletries

-Plastics & Rubber

-Process Design, Control & Automation

-Safety & Industrial Hygiene

-Sustainable Energy & Development


-Transportation Engineering





AIT will organize the institute’s 124th Graduation on 16 December 2015 at the AIT Conference Center Auditorium.



*  Academic Procession

*  Introduction by the Vice President for Academic Affairs

*  Graduation Message by the President

*  Graduation Address by Dr. Rafiul Ahad, Vice President Software Development, Oracle Corporation  

*  Conferment of Doctoral Degrees

*  Message by a Doctoral Graduate

*  Intermission

*  Conferment of Master Degrees

*  Conferment of Bachelor Degrees

* Message by Dr. Twarath Sutabutr, Director-General,  Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy, and AIT Prominent Alumnus

*  Academic Recession


Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Naveed Anwar / Kathmandu, Nepal / 19 – 26 November 2015*

Mrs. Warindhorn Wachirasiri / Pattaya, Chonburi / 23 – 24 November 2015*

Dr. Peeyush Soni / Yangon, Myanmar / 30 November – 1 December 2015*

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Paris, France / 30 November – 8 December 2015*

Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / France / 1 – 3 December 2015*

Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Paris, France / 1 – 4 December 2015*

Mr. Arturo G. Roa / Bangladesh / 1 – 6 December 2015*

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 4 – 7 December 2015*

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 4 – 11 December 2015*

Mr. Ashish Shrestha / Tokyo, Japan / 5 – 11 December 2015*

Mr. Furqan All / Karachi, Pakistan / 6 – 9 December 2015*

Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Karachi & Islamabad & Lahore, Pakistan / 6 – 12 December 2015*

Mr. Fazle Karim / Karachi, Pakistan / 6 – 9 December 2015*

Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana / Hanoi, Vietnam / 7 – 8 December 2015*

Miss Aye Sandar Phyo and Miss Soe Soe Htway / Yangonh, Heho, Inle Lake, Myanmar / 7 December 2015 – 3 January 2016

Dr. Indrajit Pal / Kyoto, Japan / 8 – 20 December 2015

Dr. Oleg Shipin / Lima, Peru / 8 – 25 December 2015

Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 12 December 2015 – 8 January 2016

Ms. Watcharathorn Chantinmathorn / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 14 – 19 December 2015

Ms. Chotiros Mongkolchotirat / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 15 – 18 December 2015

Dr. Nagai Masahiko / Jakarta, Indonesia / 17 – 19 December 2015

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 16 – 18 December 2015

Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Tokyo, Japan / 20 – 22 December 2015

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


Classified (Jobs)


Administrative Officer (Media and Communications Unit)

Ref. No. 59/15

Deadline: 31 December 2015



Cafeteria Supervisor (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)

Ref. No. 56/15

Deadline: 13 December 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. Fac 5/15

Deadline: 31 December 2015



Internal Auditor (Internal Audit Office)

Ref. Fac 15/15

Deadline: 31 December 2015



Assistant or Associate Professor, SERD (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: Fac 4/15

Deadline: 15 January 2016



Dean, School of Management (School of Management)

Ref. No: 60/15

Deadline: 31 January 2016



Head, Climate Change Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)

Ref. No: 54/15

Deadline: 31 January 2016



Assistant / Associate Professor (RRDP) (School of Resources and Development )

Ref. No: Fac 06/15

Deadline: 28 February 2016



Laboratory Supervisor (Environmental Engineering and Chemical Analyses)

Ref. No: 57/15

Deadline: 29 February 2016



Senior Technician (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No. 58/15

Deadline: 29 February 2016



Assistant / Associate Professor (IME) (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No. Fac 09/15

Deadline: 31 March 2016