WEEK #52, 25 December 2015 - 3 January 2016

In this issue:



Campus Updates


Faculty and Staff Travel

Classified (Jobs)




Annual Break: AIT’s Annual Year-End break begins on 25 December 2015 and AIT will reopen on 4 Jan. 2016. Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Administrative Restructuring

Email from AIT President:

I am pleased to update the AIT community of some recent and ongoing changes in the AIT Management and administrative structure, which will take place from the first half of 2016.  A major administrative restructuring is intended to be completed by 1 July 2016.


A.      Vice Presidents

I am pleased to extend the part-time appointments of the following Vice Presidents for the six-month period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016.  Subject to the approval of the AIT Board of Trustees, a revised administrative structure, including the Vice President structure, will be set up from 1 July 2016.

1. Professor Sivanappan Kumar as Vice President for Academic Affairs (50%); remaining 50% as Professor in Energy, School of Environment, Resources & Development;

2. Professor Kanchana Kanchanasut as Vice President for Research (50%); remaining 50% as Director of the Internet Education & Research Laboratory (intERLab); and

3. Professor Kazuo Yamamoto as Vice President for Resource Development (60%); remaining 40% with the University of Tokyo, Japan.


B.      School Deans

Last month, I invited the faculty members of the School of Engineering & Technology, as well as the School of Environment, Resources & Development to initiate an internal process and recommend acceptable candidates for the School Dean position from their respective Schools.

After thoughtful consideration and consultation, I am pleased to make the following full-time School Dean appointments for the two-year period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017, subject to the continuation of their appointments as faculty members in the Institute.

1. Professor Voratas Kachitvichyanukul as Dean of the School of Engineering & Technology; and

2. Professor Rajendra Prasad Shrestha as Dean of the School of Environment, Resources & Development.

3. Professor M Nazrul Islam continues to serve as interim Dean of the School of Management until a successful candidate is selected from the ongoing international recruitment process.


C.      Administrative Interim Appointments

While the restructuring and reorganization of the central administration is underway, as part of the administrative reform, I am pleased to make the following interim appointments with effect from 1 January 2016:


1. Mr Shawn Patrick Kelly as Acting Head of the External Relations & Communications Office (ERCO);

2. Ms Chalita Lertwinyu, Assistant to the President, to oversee the Royal Thai Government (RTG) and Government Relations Units (GRU), which shall later be integrated into one office;

3. Mr Karma Rana, Institute Secretary, to also be in charge of the Secretariat of the Board of Trustees and its Committees.

4. Ms Somnuk Yardpaka will assume interim responsibilities on student counselling.  The Student Counselling Unit will be formally established under the Student Office from 1 July 2016.

Your continuing support to our colleagues in their respective capacities would be very much appreciated.


Thank you for your cooperation.


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai


Asian Institute of Technology


17 December 2015


AIT Distinguished Researcher Awards

Dear AIT Faculty and Staff,

I am happy to announce the "AIT Distinguished Researcher Awards 2016" which was established last year towards recognizing the valuable contributions and professional accomplishments of its Faculty and Staff in research.

The awards have two categories namely:

1. AIT Research Leader Award

2. AIT Young Researcher Award

I look forward to receiving your applications and kindly find the award guidelines attached for your reference. Applications are to be submitted to vpresearch@ait.ac.th by Friday 29 January, 2016.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy and Successful New Year.



Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut

Vice President Research

Asian Institute of Technology


Indrajit Pal to lead project partnership

AIT has been selected as one of the partner institutes under the Australia-ASEAN Council Grant for the project ‘Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia’.

The Australia-ASEAN Council announced the project grantees (University of New Castle, Australia) for the inaugural grants for 2016-2017. The project will build a collaborative network between the University of Newcastle, Australia, the University of Science, Malaysia, the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, the University of the Philippines and the National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam. The project partners will undertake a series of activities and expect to achieve the intended outcomes. On behalf of DPMM Dr. Indrajit Pal will lead this project partnership.

Details are available in the following link:



Fellowships 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


AIT Library’s Year-End Break and New Year's Day

AIT Library will be closed from Friday 25th December 2015 through Sunday 3rd January 2016.

AIT Library would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

AIT Library


Schedule for the shut off of Chiller System/Centralized air conditioning system

As part of the campus development plan to upgrade the backbone for chiller system/centralized air conditioning system, Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM), has completed the phase-1, by installing two new cooling towers of 700 ton each and one new chiller of 600 ton. As per the operational observation, now operation of the chiller plant is more stable and the electricity consumption has reduced by 22% (Calculations details attached). 

To begin with the phase-2 of upgradation of chilled water distribution network, OFAM plans to replace old 18 valves with new once, inside the chiller plant. For which OFAM needs to shut off the chiller system for 10 days, as we need to drain out all the water from the pipes before we could replace the valves.

The schedule plan for the shut off of chiller system is as below


Date:   Thursday, 24 December – Sunday, 3 January 2016 (10 days)

Time:   18:00 – 16:00

Area affected:   All Academic Buildings inc. SET, SERD, AIT Extension,

Outreach, ET, CSIM, GIC, PPT, Biotech, ISE, SOM, AITCC, Admin, SU Building, Library, Physical Plant, and Dorm E, J & K

Note: The replacement of these valves will help to minimize the effected area during future shut off for chilled water distribution network upgradation.


Power supply shut down schedule during holiday period

As part of the campus development plan for the electricity system back bone up gradation, Office of Facilities and Asset Management plans to do the following tasks:

-  Preventive maintenance of all the substations in the campus and also assess the condition of all the major equipment, to further plan on up gradation at the substation level.

- Replacing faulty high voltage lines with new ones at substation 8 & 10.

- Repairing the main distribution board at ST6 and also lay new line at west end.

The above work has been scheduled during these holiday period as the work require shut of power supply for long period. Kindly note the below schedule of the shutdown of power supply.

Schedule of power supply shut down for preventive maintenance and assessment of substations for electricity system backbone upgradation 


1. Substation 1, 2, & 7

Effected areas: Gate house 1, NZ house 1-8, Inter lab, groceries store, Dorm A-K, Korea house, Cafeteria, Lawson 108 Shop, SU Building, ST2, Administration Building, AITCC, Arcade, RCC Extension, and Outreach

Date of power supply shut down: Saturday, 26 Dec 2015

Time: from 08:00 - 12:00 hrs.


2. SUB 12

 Effected areas: Dorm P, ST7, ST8, ST9, ST10, ST11, ST12 and AITIS

 Date of power supply shut down: Saturday, 26 Dec. 2015

Time: 13:30 - 14:30 hrs.


3. SUB 14

 Effected areas: Dorm T, U, V, W, X and Y

 Date of power supply shut down: Saturday, 26 Dec. 2015

Time: 14:30 - 16:30 hrs.


4. SUB 3, 6, 10 & 11

Effected areas: Physical Plant, Chiller Plant, SERD, SET, WEM, AFE, Library, ST-3, Habitech, AFE Fish Ponds, Taiwan, Aqua, Telecomm, CSIM, ET, Biotech, PPT, GIC, AARM, ST5, ST6, Dorm L, M, N, Q, R & S, Faculty House 15 – 28, SOM and ISE

Date of power supply shut down: Sunday, 27 Dec 2015

Time: 08:00 - 13:00 hrs.


5. SUB 8

Effected areas: SV1-69, Faculty House 9-14 and ST4

Date of power supply shut down: Sunday, 27 Dec. 2015

Time: 13:00 - 16:30 hrs.


Schedule of power supply shut down for corrective maintenance work    

6. Installation of new power line at West end

Effected areas: Dorm P, Som Tum Shop, 5-star Chicken Shop and food stall next to 5-star Chicken

Date: Friday, 25 Dec 2015

Time: 8:30 – 15:00 hrs.


7. Repair & replacement of parts of main distribution board at ST6

Effected areas: ST6, units 1 – 45

Date: Sunday, 27 Dec 2015

Time: 13:00 - 15:00 hrs.


Effected areas: All units of ST6

Date: Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015

Time: 8:00 – 8:30 hrs.


Effected areas: ST6, units 46 – 66

Date: Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015

Time: 08:00 - 15:00 hrs.


Year-End Holiday Schedule of OFAM & Maintenance Contractors

Year-End holiday schedule of OFAM units and maintenance contractors is as follows:


Call center: Closed Dates - 25, 31 Dec 2015 & 1 Jan 2016

Remarks: Call center no. 5800 will be automatically transferred to 6000 Securitas


Gas Delivery: Closed Dates -31 Dec 2015 to 2 Jan 2016

Remarks: From 25 to 30 Dec 15, Gas will be delivered only once a day at 11.00 am


Motor Pool: Closed Dates - 28 - 31 Dec 2015

Remarks: No booking will be accepted during these days


Mail Office: Closed Dates - 25 Dec 2015 -3 Jan 2016


Accommodation: Closed Dates - 31-Dec-15

Remarks: Shall be open on 1-3 Jan 2016 for arrival of new students only

Securitas: Work all days


AITCC: Operating all days

Remarks: 31 Dec 15 & 1 Jan 16, AITCC operates with limited staff & up to 10 pm only


Swimming Pool: Closed Dates - 31 Dec 2015 - 1 Jan 2016


Janitorial Services: Closed Dates - 31 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2015

Remarks: 5 stand by staff for garbage collection & emergency cleaning


Technical Services: Closed Dates - 31 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2015

Remarks: 4 Standby staff for emergency requests


Landscape Services: Closed Dates - 31 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2015

Remarks: 2 Standby staff for watering the plants


Emergency contact numbers:

Khun Sophon, OFAM Facilities Officer



Khun Chatur, OFAM Facilities Officer



Year End Holidays for Concessionaires, AIT Cafeteria and SU Snack Bar

The Year-End holiday schedule for the concessionaires, AIT Cafeteria and SU Snack Bar is as follows:



Bookstore  - 29 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Star Shop  - 25 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Khung Salon  - 31 Dec 2015- 1 Jan 2016

Line Thai Massage -  31 Dec 2015- 1 Jan 2016

Aston Shop -  27 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

UFM Bakery - 0 1-Jan-16

Jammy Minimart -  1- 3 Jan 2016

SVOA Computer Service -  31 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Chittinan Hair Cut -  30 Dec 2015- 4 Jan 2016

So Good Café - 31 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Thai- Inter Food - 25 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Travel Click - 25 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016



Hom Krun Coffee - 31 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Easy House -  OPEN

Vietnamese Restaurant - 30-12-2015- 3 Jan 2016

Yupin Grocery - OPEN

Vichai Laundry - 30 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

SU Photocopy - 25 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

J Bicycle Shop -  29 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Kai Yang Ha Dao - 29 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Photocopy Library - 25 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Bahay Kubo Kainan - 1 Dec 2015- 10 Jan 2016

West End Kiosk -  30 Dec 2015- 3 Jan 2016

Lawson 108 - OPEN


AIT Cafeteria:

Asia Food - 31 Dec 2015- 01 Jan 2016

Earth Kitchen -  31 Dec 2015- 03 Jan 2016

Too Noodle -  29 Dec 2015- 03 Jan 2016

Akshaya -  31 Dec 2015- 01 Jan 2016

Wattanee Thai Dessert - 27 Dec 2015- 03 Jan 2016

F& N -  28 Dec 2015- 01 Jan 2016

Wilson BKK -  OPEN at SU Snack Bar from 31 Dec 2015 -1 Jan  2016

Western Food -  27 Dec 2015- 02 Jan 2016

SU Snack Bar:

SU Snack Bar - OPEN

SU Beverage -  OPEN

Lanka Food -  30 Dec 2015- 01 Jan 2016

Willson BKK 2 -  OPEN


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 person

The survey starts today until 31 Dec 2015.


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




Orientation Day

As of 23rd December 2015, 111 students have confirmed to join AIT in January 2016 Intake.

Please find below the final orientation program of January 2016 Intake.


Date: 5 Jan 2016

Day: Tuesday

Venue: AITCC Auditorium


08:30 - 0900 am

Registration of new students

Master of Ceremony:  Mrs. Laarni B. Roa, Head, Student Office


10:00 – 11:00 am

Brief Remarks by Vice Presidents

Brief Remarks by the School Deans (SERD, SET and SOM) and Introduction of School Faculty

Brief Remarks by the Student Union President


11:00 – 11:30 am

Open Forum and Group Photo at the AIT Landmark



Institute-wide Orientation:  Afternoon Session (1:00 – 3:30 pm)

Master of Ceremony:  Dr. Tenzin Rabgyal Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarship Unit

  • Student Code of Conduct, Ethical Behavior and AIT Harassment Policy
  • Academic Requirements and Practices
  • Language Center Services and the English Language Requirements
  • Student Welfare, Placement,  Counseling and Medical  Services 
  • Campus wide IT Services
  • Educational Visa and Government Relations Services
  • Student Accommodation and Facility Management



Faculty and Staff Travel


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

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

Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Vietnam / 11 – 13 December 2015*

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

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto / New Mexico and Fort Collins, CO, USA / 15 – 22 December 2015*

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Sukhothai, Thailand / 17 – 20 Dec. 2015*

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 16 – 18 Dec. 2015*

Dr. G. Louis Hornyak / Pune, India / 16 – 20 December 2015*

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 19 – 21 December 2015*

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Phitsanulok Province, Thailand / 20 – 22 December 2015*

Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 24 December – 8 January 2015

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 26 – 28 December 2015

Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Singapore / 27 – 29 December 2015

Dr. Ram Chandra Bhujel / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 22 – 28 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



Assistant Program Officer (AIT Alumni Association (AITAA))

Ref. No. 61/15

Deadline: 24 December 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: 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



Administrative Officer (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No: 48/15

Deadline: 16 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



Cafeteria Supervisor (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)

Ref. No: 56/15

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