WEEK# 7, 11 – 17 February 2019


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements


 (i) New School of Engineering and Technology Dean Appointed


Professor Dieter Trau of the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be the next Dean of the AIT School of Engineering and Technology (SET), starting on July 1, 2019. He will have the rank of Professor and will also be the new Director of the AIT Entrepreneurship Center, which will be set up later this year.

Professor Trau is currently an Associate Professor with tenure and Associate Head Research in the Biomedical Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore.   He got his engineering degree in Chemical and Bioengineering from the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in 1994 and a PhD degree in Chemistry from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2001.

Professor Trau is an accomplished researcher in the field of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering and is also an entrepreneur who is the holder of numerous patents and founder of several companies.  (See his CV at https://goo.gl/upkbMi ).

President Eden Y. Woon commented:  “AIT is extremely excited to have someone who has excelled both in academic research and in entrepreneurship to join our faculty, coming to us from the prestigious NUS.  As the new Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, he will help inject innovation into SET’s teaching and research, working with the faculty and the new Vice President for Academic Affairs.  As the new Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, he will work with the Vice President for Knowledge Transfer to build the AIT start-up ecosystem to be used by our students and academics.

Let us warmly welcome Professor Trau when he comes on board.


(ii) SET welcomes a Visiting Faculty – Dr. Ravi Kant


School of Engineering and Technology (SET) welcomes Dr. Ravi Kant who joined Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) Programme as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He is seconded to AIT by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Dr. Ravi Kant is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the S. V. National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) Surat, India. He received his Ph.D. degree from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) Allahabad, India. He has about 10 years of teaching and research experience. His areas of interest include Decision Sciences, Supply Chain Management, Knowledge Management, Total Quality Management & Six Sigma. He has guided 09 Ph.D. and 40 M.Tech students. He has authored more than 140 research papers published in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. He has authored 02 text books on Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. He has developed Industrial Management Course in Pedagogy Framework under the National Mission Project on Education through ICT (Main Phase), Government of India. He has conducted 10 short term training programs and 4 international conferences. He has received awards for his research works like top 10 Most Outstanding Researcher-2017 in India under the category of Business, Management and Accounting by Carrier360, Special Award-2014 and Dr J. M. Mahajan Award -2017 for continuous innovative development of Industrial Engineering in its operation and significant encouragement to the industries in India by Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, Navi Mumbai.

During his stay at ISE/AIT, Dr. Ravi Kant 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 ravikant.med@gmail.com , ravikant@ait.ac.th


(iii) Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave this Friday, 15 February 2019

Email from AIT Medical Center (11 Feb. 2019)

Please be informed that Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave this Friday, 15 February 2019.  For those who have an appointment with the doctor during this period, please re-schedule your appointment.



(iv)  Updates on the plastic bottle wastes initiative

Email from AIT Solutions (31 Jan. 2019)

Dear AIT Community,

An initiative was launched to help AIT become plastic bottle waste free by collecting all empty bottles and giving people reward point for every bottle they return. 

The purpose of this initiative is not to encourage people to buy and drink more plastic bottles but to get rid of all the plastic bottle wastes we have in the campus and to have a channel where people can properly segregate their plastic bottle wastes and turn into reward points.

The main goal is to use the plastic bottle wastes for research and experimentation purposes.


Updates on the rewards/ prizes:

50 points
Beverage coupon worth 80THB or
Discount coupon worth 50THB at Chill Chill when you purchase 200 and above

100 points
Lunch coupon worth 120THB or
Reusable water bottle/ cooler worth 130THB

200 points
Leather envelope bag worth 350THB or
Discount coupon worth 200THB at Chill Chill when you purchase 1000THB and above

What kind of plastic bottles are accepted?
We accept water and soda plastic bottles in any shapes and sizes

How can I get points/ rewards?
You need to get the stamp card at AIT Solutions office or at Chill Chill shop to start earning points every time you give your empty bottles to Innovation Lab at AIT Solutions

Why is Innovation Lab collecting plastic bottles?
These plastic bottles will be used for research and experimentation to make an innovative construction materials

What is the duration of this project?
We will accept plastic bottles until 30 April 2019 and will resume in the next semester.

Thank you for your kind support.


(v) Blog Contest for Students: What Makes AIT Special?

Email from OMCO (14 Jan. 2019)

Dear Students,

"What Makes AIT Special" is the theme of our blog contest this semester.

What is it that makes AIT so special? And what makes it unique? Is it the campus or is it the people? Or a combination of both?

Write a blog post for us, add a few photographs, give it a catchy headline, and mail it to us. The best entry will win a cash prize of 3000 THB, while the second and third entries get 2000 THB and 1000 THB each, The best entry will also be posted on the AIT website. Your entries will be judged for originality and creativity.

The ideal post ranges between 300-600 words, but we will not penalize if creativity demands that you violate these parameters.

As a guide, here are previous winning entries:

    AIT - My personal antidote to chaos https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/09/ait-personal-antidote-chaos/
    Curiosity killed the ignorant me https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/04/curiosity-killed-ignorant/  
    My first days at AIT https://www.ait.ac.th/2017/10/first-days-ait/

The contest is open to all AIT students. Please use your AIT email id to send your entries.

Deadline: 15 February 2019 (midnight).
Email: Send your entries to omco@ait.ac.th .
Header: Please write "Blog Contest" in the email subject heading.


(vi) AIT Motor Pool transportation service

Email from OFAM (5 Feb. 2019)

Please be informed that, AIT community may book transportation service through AIT Motor pool. We have 4 commuters and 2 Sedans available to serve AIT for official use and for other personal transportation.

Booking procedure: 

    Send an email to callcentre@ait.ac.th  or somphongp@ait.ac.th
    For more information call 5843 (Motor pool) or 5800 (call centre)

Remarks: Priority will be given to AIT Official bookings.

Payment for the service can be made through AIT internal payment or by cash.
Payment for personal bookings has to be made by cash immediately after the service.


(vii) Vacant Seats Available for Staff Vans

Email from Office of Human Resources Services (9 Jan. 2018)

Kindly be informed that the available seats for AIT Staff Vans are indicated as follows:

Route 1:  Latplakaow - Ramintra - Sapanmai - Phaholyothin km. 27 - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)

Route 2:  Sathorn - BTS Morchit  - Vibhavadi - AIT , still has 2 seats available  (from 3 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )

Route 3 :  Nonthaburi - BTS Ministry of Public Health - Pongpetch - Laksi - Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)

Route 4:  Thonburi- The Mall Tha-pra - Pinklao Intersection- Rama VII Bridge -Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 4 seats available (from 5 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)


For further communication and reservation, please contract Khun Jirada at ext.5018 or jirada@ait.asia .


B. Events




(a) AIT Day in Myanmar: 17 Feb. 2019


AIT Day Myanmar 2019
Date: 17 February, 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Yangon Technological University, HRD Center Assembly Hall
AIT Day Event: 8:00 am to 12:00pm
Online application and English Test: 1:15 pm to 4:00 pm


AIT invites all interested students and parents to participate in this AIT Day event. Please come and meet the Dean and Faculty of the School of Environment, Resources and Development and The School of Engineering and Technology, as well as our AIT Alumni from Myanmar and get to know more about AIT.

You can also get detailed information about the admission and application procedure, scholarships and other information about AIT.

For the convenience of our prospective students, we will also organize an on-site online application filling option and English Test in the afternoon session which you can use to apply in AIT.

Kindly fill up the registration form below if you would like to attend this event in the registration form below.

Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/HhoI8uLI9iNq54803 

For Query: aitday@ait.ac.th

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/events/


(b) AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition - 27 March 2019

Fourteen (14) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 27 March 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the AIT Conference Center.

You are cordially invited to explore and uncover opportunities offered by the companies that are joining the event.

COMPANIES who have confirmed to join so far:

1. Asia Pacific Petrochemical Co. Ltd. - prime importer and distributor of a wide range of hydrocarbon and oxygenated solvents from quality multiple suppliers worldwide for diverse usage by Thai industry (First timer)
2. Bangkok Bank PCL -  one of Southeast Asia's largest regional banks,  a market leader in business banking, and has Thailand’s largest retail customer base
3. Bouygues-Thai Ltd. - leading construction company in Asia 
4. Denso International Asia Co., Ltd. -  leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for all the world's major automakers (FIRST TIMER)
5. DHL Supply Chain (Thailand) Ltd. -  world's largest logistics company operating around the world, particularly in sea and air mail
6. Essem International Co. Ltd. -  global leader in writing technology, selling it's wide range of products to more than fifty countries around the world today 
7. Gulf Energy Development PCL - one of the leading energy producers in Thailand, producing safe, reliable energy now and for the future  
8. King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)   -  engineering and technology university in Thailand, focusing on teaching and research and one of nine national research universities in Thailand
9. Meinhardt Thailand Ltd. - Asia's largest independent engineering consultancy
10. Pandora Production Co. Ltd. -  jewelry chain featuring a variety of necklaces, rings, customizable charm bracelets & more (First timer)
11. Panya Consultants Co. Ltd. - provides consulting and management services to the government, private sector and international organizations
12. Thai Beverage PCL - leading beverage producer and distributor in the region
13. THK Co. Ltd. (from Japan) -  worldwide pioneer in the development of the Linear Motion (LM) Guide mechanism for mechanical devices, including machine tools, semi-conductor manufacturing equipment and industrial robots (First timer)
14. TOA Paint (Thailand) Co., Ltd. - largest decorative paint manufacturer in South East Asia and has four main business lines - paints, chemicals, petrochemicals and automotive

¤ Long-term career prospects
¤ Job placements
¤ Internship opportunities
¤ On-the-job training
¤ Research partners
¤ Networking with company representatives
and the
¤ Student Union (SU) Research Exhibition!

Please help us in spreading the word out about the Fair !!!  And let us know as well if you have any company contacts that you want us to invite to the Fair.

Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.ac.th
or check/like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter
or email: careercenter@ait.ac.th
or contact us via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326




(a) Special Seminar by Dr. Lunchakorn Prathumratana: 11 Feb. 2019

SERD will organize a special seminar by Dr. Lunchakorn Prathumratana, a postdoctoral researcher at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea on the following date and time:

Title: International Collaboration in the Field of Environmental Sciences and Management
Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
Time: 09:00 - 10:00 hrs.
Venue: S101, SERD Meeting Room

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/seminar-international-collaboration-field-en...

Kindly register your participation here


(b) Bangabandhu Chair Dialogue: Lecture Series, EECC Seminar by Dr. Bindu Nath Lohani: 13 Feb. 2019

SERD invites the AIT Community to the first Bangabandhu Chair Dialogue: Lecture Series, EECC Seminar by Dr. Bindu Nath Lohani, a distinguished adjunct faculty and board member of AIT on the following date and time.

Title: Revisiting development processes in Asia: how can fast growing economies of today adopt, adapt and leapfrog?
Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Time: 13:30 - 15:00 hrs.
Venue: E206, Academic Building (South), AIT

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/seminar-revisiting-development-process-asia/...

Kindly register your participation here


(c) Special Talk by Prof. Armando Apan of University of Southern Queensland, Australia: 13 Feb. 2019

Two talks will be delivered by Prof. Armando Apan of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.


“Modelling and Mapping of Above-Ground Biomass of Mangrove Forests and their Replacement Land Uses Using Sentinel Imagery”
“Remote Sensing of Tropical Forests for Natural Resource and Environmental Management: Recent Advances and Future Opportunities”

Date:  Wednesday, 13  February 2019
Time:  1:00 - 3:00 pm
Venue: S101, SERD Building

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/special-talks-dr-armando-apan/
For more information, please contact: Dr. Takuji W. Tsukaba, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Management, SERD, AIT at Email: takuji@ait.ac.th    or Phone: 02 524 5585


(d) International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development: 7 – 8 Mar. 2019

An international symposium on "Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development: Integrating Higher Education Institutions achieving SFDRR and SDG" will be organized from 7-8 March 2019 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/international-symposium-disaster-resilience-...



(a) Thai Courses: Jan – Mar. 2019

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Thai Courses for Beginners.

Survival Thai

The 7-week survival Thai course is an introduction to Thai languages which will cover basic words, phrases, daily and simple expressions and basic grammatical structures to communicate with Thais. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the principles and basic of Thai language as used in everyday conversation. Moreover, the course will prepare them to feel confident to communicate with Thais and feel at ease while staying in Thailand.
- 29 January  –  13 March 2019
- Monday and Wednesday, twice a week
- From 17:00 – 18:30
- Total 20 hours
- Course fee: 2,000 baht

Thai Reading and Writing

This course is the introduction to reading and writing. It is the 7-week course that is designed for those who do not know how to read and write Thai language. The participants will practice reading letters and learn how to spell words and make up words.
- 5 February  – 21 March 2019
- Tuesday and Thursday, twice a week
- From 17:00 – 18:30
- Total 20 hours
-  Course fee: 2,000 baht
Interested persons can register and make payment at the Language Center, Room 216.


(b) Professional Training Program on Advanced Shrimp Farming: 3 – 10 Mar. 2019

A professional training program on advanced shrimp farming will be organized by AIT Extension from 03-10 March 2019 at AIT.
“Advanced Shrimp Farming” is a one-week long professional training program, which has been designed to address not only the lack of know-how and issues with farming practices but also to meet the specific needs and requirements for the development of this venture in the region. The program will cover the state of the art of farming practices, existing good practices, innovation and advanced technologies in farming and shrimp healthcare along with planning and management of environmental issues with shrimp farming.

Poster: https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2019/01/ASF-Brochure...
Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf040ZWHhnrwm9YhXPBVy4PocDmM9VA...


(c) CLMVT Professional Development in Nonlife Insurance: 4 – 8 March 2019 

The Second CLMVT Professional Development in Nonlife Insurance will be organized by AIT Extension from 4-8 March 2019 at the AIT Conference Center.
Details of the training program are available at this link: https://www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/893




C. Campus Updates


 (i) Schedule for repair rooftop project at PPT and ISE

Email from OFAM (1 Feb. 2019)

Please be informed that the subcontractor will start to repair the rooftop of PPT building and ISE building as per the below schedule on 4th February 2019. During this time, there may be loud noise and dust due to the repair of the rooftop. So we request the kind cooperation of the people using the PPT and ISE building as well the surrounding areas and please close the room and windows properly in both ISE and PPT building to avoid dust.

Pulp and Paper Bldg.

- Fill 2nd layer with chemical polyurethane – 2nd step: 11 Feb. 2019

ISE Bldg.

     1. Dismantle the old materials on the rooftop: 12 – 14 Feb. 2019
     2. Prepare the surface on the rooftop: 14 – 15 Feb. 2019
     3. Adjust level of the rooftop: 15 – 16 Feb. 2019
     4. Fill 1st layer with chemical polyurethane – 1st step: 16 – 18 Feb. 2019
     5. Fill 2nd layer with chemical polyurethane – 2nd step: 19 Feb. 2019


(ii) Improvement project: Cleaning and Painting of Dorm J Building

Email from OFAM (11 Oct. 2018)

Please be informed that subcontractor will start the improvement project at Dorm J, to clean and paint the exterior and corridors of the building.

Project has started on 12 October 2018 (Friday)
Expected to finish soon.

During this time there may be loud noise and dust around the area work. Residents of Dorm J are requested to close their doors and windows properly. 

Apologies for any inconvenience that it may cause.

After this dorm, we will continue with dorm E and Dorm K, which will be announced later.




D. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 18 – 20 January 2019*
Mr. Keerati Tunthasuwatana / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 29 January – 1 February 2019*
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Lahore, Pakistan / 29 January – 2 February 2019*
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 3 – 18 February 2019
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Mae Sot, Thailand / 5 – 9 February 2019*
Dr. Adisorn Lertsinsrubtavee / Tak, Thailand / 6 – 9 February 2019*
Mr. Sanjeet Amatya / Kathmandu, Nepal / 6 – 11 February 2019*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 7 – 9 February 2019*
Dr. Eden Woon / Kathmandu, Nepal / 7 – 10 February 2019*
Dr. Matthew Dailey / Kathamandu, Nepal / 8 – 10 February 2019*
Dr. Punchet Thammarak / Songkhla, Thailand / 8 – 10 February 2019*
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Glasgow, UK / 9 – 16 February 2019
Dr. John K.M. Kuwornu / Glasgow, UK / 9 – 16 February 2019
Dr. K. R. Salin / Glasgow, UK / 9 – 16 February 2019
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Udaipur, India and Varanasi, India / 9 – 19 February 2019
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 10 – 13 February 2019
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Xiengkhoung, Suvannaket, Vientiane, Lao PDR / 10 – 20 February 2019
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 11 – 15 February 2019
Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 11 – 15 February 2019
Dr. Thanh Dan Tran / Vientiane, Laos / 11 – 16 February 2019
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Tokyo, Japan / 12 – 16 February 2019
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Tezpur, Guwahati, Kolkata, India / 12 – 16 February 2019
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Tokyo, Japan / 12 – 16 February 2019
Mr. Ida Bagus Hendra Gupta / Chonburi, Thailand / 14 – 20 January 2019*
Prof. Thammarat Koottatep / Cape Town, South Africa / 16 – 24 February 2019
Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Cape Town, South Africa / 16 – 24 February 2019
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Toulouse, France / 17 – 24 February 2019
Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul / Toulouse, France / 17 – 24 February 2019
Mr. Ida Bagus Hendra Gupta / Cape Town, South Africa / 17 – 24 February 2019
Dr. Adisorn Lertsinsrubtavee / Daejeon, South Korea / 17 – 25 February 2019

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



E. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: International Affairs Coordinator (International Affairs Office)
Ref. No. 05/19
Deadline: 15 February 2019

Position: Director (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 63/18
Deadline: 28 February 2019

Position: Senior Fundraising Officer (Office of Advancement)
Ref. No. 03/19
Deadline: 28 February 2019

Position: Professional Staff (Center Manager) (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. 62/18
Deadline: 28 February 2019

Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor [ASE] (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 12/18
Deadline: 19 March 2019

Faculty Position: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 01/19
Deadline: 30 April 2019

Faculty Position: Associate/Assistant Professor (STE) (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. 04/18
Deadline: 31 March 2019