In this issue:
C. Campus Updates
D. Faculty and Staff Travel
E. Classifieds (Jobs)
(i) New Appointments
Email from President (12 Feb. 2019)
Dear AIT family members,
By this time, you will have seen that, after a global search, three new Vice Presidents have been approved by the Board of Trustees to join the leadership team at AIT this Spring. In addition, a new Dean from the outside has been appointed to head the School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and to be concurrently the Director of the soon-to-be-established Entrepreneurship Center. He will arrive on July 1, 2019. While the search for other members of the new team continues, I think you can already see that AIT is serious about heading in a new direction which, while maintaining its social impact core strengths, will enhance its global standing, innovation application, academic achievements, entrepreneurship education, and community relevance.
I am confident that these individuals on the new team, working closely together with our dedicated faculty and staff and students, can help AIT transform itself to match the brilliance of its past legacy. The path will be rocky, and the challenges will be many, but everyone will need to roll up their sleeves and work hard to move AIT upward.
I take this occasion to thank Professor Sivanappan Kumar for his services as the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the past five years and will do so until March 31, 2019, and also Professor Voratas Kachitvichyanukul who had been the Dean SET until December 31, 2018, and Professor Pennung Warnitchai who is still interim Dean SET until June 30, 2019. These three dedicated AIT veterans have “held down the fort” until the replacements arrive. We need to give them our deep appreciation.
Thank you all for your continuous support!
Dr. Eden Woon
Asian Institute of Technology
(ii) Library hours during the mid-semester examination periods (15 - 28 February 2019)
Email from Library (13 Feb. 2019)
According to the student’s request for longer opening hours in the Library for their learning process and examination, a trial of extended opening hours has been planned to collect the information about the late-night user of the Library during this mid-semester examination period.
The details of the opening hours and the library services are as follows.
- From 15 - 28 February 2019 (2 weeks), the Library will be open 24 hours.
- During 8.00 a.m. -12.00 a.m., the Library provides library facilities and services.
- During 12.00 a.m. - 8.00 a.m., the Library provides only the 24 hours study area on the 1st floor. The area covers from the front of the Library to the end of e-book Zone. One Library staff will monitor for security. (No library services)
Please note that the Library will be closed on 19 February 2019 due to a holiday of Macha Bucha Day.
Thank you very much for your attention.
(iii) Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala (General Medicine) will be on leave from Friday, 15 to Monday 18t February 2019
Email from AIT Medical Center (15 Feb. 2019)
Due to an unexpected urgent matter, Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala (General Medicine) is on leave from Friday, 15 to Monday, 18 February 2019. Other services will be available as usual.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
(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:
Beverage coupon worth 80THB or
Discount coupon worth 50THB at Chill Chill when you purchase 200 and above
Lunch coupon worth 120THB or
Reusable water bottle/ cooler worth 130THB
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) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(a) AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition - 27 March 2019
SIX WEEKS TO GO !
Eighteen (18) 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. Bangchak Petroleum PCL - Thai energy company which deals in refining and marketing petroleum products
3. 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
4. Bouygues-Thai Ltd. - leading construction company in Asia
5. Denso International Asia Co., Ltd. - leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for all the world's major automakers (First timer)
6. DHL Supply Chain (Thailand) Ltd. - world's largest logistics company operating around the world, particularly in sea and air mail
7. 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
8. Fabrinet Co. Ltd. - provides manufacturing service to the world's leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) through an unparalleled engineering center of excellence
9. Gulf Energy Development PCL - one of the leading energy producers in Thailand, producing safe, reliable energy now and for the future
10. Helukabel (Thailand) Co. Ltd. - cable solutions for photovoltaic systems (First timer)
11. 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
12. Meinhardt Thailand Ltd. - Asia's largest independent engineering consultancy
13. Pandora Production Co. Ltd. - jewelry chain featuring a variety of necklaces, rings, customizable charm bracelets & more (First timer)
14. Panya Consultants Co. Ltd. - provides consulting and management services to the government, private sector and international organizations
15. Siam Makro PCL - wholesale center for professional business operators
16. Thai Beverage PCL - leading beverage producer and distributor in the region
17. 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)
18. TOA Paint (Thailand) Co., Ltd. - largest decorative paint manufacturer in South East Asia and has four main business lines - paints, chemicals, petrochemicals and automotive
CAREER TALK SCHEDULE:
¤ Siam Makro Career Talk on 20 February 2019 (Wed), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Daikin Career Talk on 27 February 2019 (Wed), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Schneider Electric Career Talk on 6 March 2019 (Wed), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) Career Talk on 12 March 2019 (Tues), Wed, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Fircroft CV Tips & Interview Workshop on 20 March 2019 (Wed), Wed, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ THK (Japan) Career Talk on 12 March 2019 (Wed), Wed, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Test - 15 March 2019, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, AIT Conference Center
CAREER FAIR WEBSITE LOGO SPONSORS:
¤ Gulf Energy Development PCL
¤ THK Co. Ltd. (from Japan)
WHAT TO EXPECT:
¤ Long-term career prospects
¤ Job placements
¤ Internship opportunities
¤ On-the-job training
¤ Research partners
¤ Networking with company representatives
¤ 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.
(ii) LECTURES / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES
(a) A Seminar on “MRC’ support on Sustainable Hydropower Development in Lower Mekong Basin”: 18 Feb 2019
A seminar on MRC's Support on Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Lower Mekong Basin will be delivered by Mr Palakorn Chanbanyong on 18 February 2019 from 10:00-12:00 hours at the Milton E Bender Jr. Auditorium.
Kindly register your participation email@example.com
or 02 524 6146 to enable us to make a better logistics.
(b) Seminar on Energy System in Transition and its Impact on Research and Educational Program: 20 Feb. 2019
A Seminar on 'Energy system in Transition and its Impact on Research and Educational Program' will be delivered by Prof. Mohsen Assadi, Professor, University of Stavanger, Norway on 20 February 2019 (Wednesday) from 13:30-14:30 hours in Room S101, SERD Meeting Room, AIT. The seminar is being organized under the Bangabandhu Chair Dialogue: Lecture Series.
(c) Seminar on 5G and Beyond: Role and Function of APT: 20 Feb. 2019
A Seminar on "5G and Beyond: Role, Function of APT" will be delivered by Mr. Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity on 20 February 2018 from 13:00-15:00 hours at Room TC103, Telecommunications Building, AIT.
(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).
(e) Special Talk on "Processing and Rendering Gigapixel Images and Videos" by Dr. Pedro Sander, HKUST: 8 March 2019
A special talk on Processing and Rendering Gigapixel Images and Videos will be delivered by Dr. Pedro Sander, Department of Computer Science Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), on 8th March 2019 from 15:00-16:30 hours at the Milton E. Bender Auditorium.
(a) Thai Courses: Jan – Mar. 2019
The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Thai Courses for Beginners
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.
(c) CLMVT Professional Development in Nonlife Insurance: 4 – 8 Mar.
The Second CLMVT Professional Development in Nonlife Insurance will be organized by AIT Extension from 4-8 March 2019 at the AIT Conference Center.
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.
1. Fill 1st layer with chemical polyurethane – 1st step: 16 – 18 Feb. 2019
2. 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
Mr. Ida Bagus Hendra Gupta / Chonburi, Thailand / 14 – 20 January 2019*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 18 – 20 January 2019*
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 3 – 18 February 2019
M. L. Thanisa Choombala / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 5 February 2019*
Dr. Attaphongse Taparugssanagorn / Tak, Thailand / 6 – 9 February 2019*
Ms. Nisarat Tansakul / Tak / Thailand / 6 – 9 February 2019*
M. L. Thanisa Choombala / Songkhla, Thailand / 8 February 2019*
Prof. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 8 – 10 February 2019**
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung / Yangon, Myanmar / 8 – 11 February 2019*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Udaipur, India and Varanasi, India / 9 – 19 February 2019
Dr. Nicolas Faysse / Battambang, Cambodia / 10 – 13 February 2019*
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Xiengkhoung, Suvannaket, Vientiane, Lao PDR / 10 – 20 February 2019
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Singapore / 13 – 14 February 2019*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Chonburi, Thailand / 13 – 15 February 2019*
Dr. Jai Govind Singh / Pune & Maharashtra, India / 14 – 17 February 2019*
Prof. Rajendra Shrestha / Yangon-Naypyitaw / 16 – 18 February 2019
Dr. Chutiporn Anutariya / Yangon, Myanmar / 16 – 18 February 2019
Ms. Sarina Pradhan Thapa / Yangon, Myanmar / 16 – 18 February 2019
Ms. Danielle Celine Blidan / Yangon, Myanmar / 16 – 18 February 2019
Prof. S. Kumar / Greece / 16 – 22 February 2019
Prof. Thammarat Koottatep / Cape Town, South Africa / 16 – 24 February 2019
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 16 – 24 February 2019
Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Cape Town, South Africa / 16 – 24 February 2019
M.L. Thanisa Choombala / Yangon, Myanmar/ 17 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
Dr. Sylvia Szabo / U.K. / 18 – 21 February 2019
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 20 – 21 February 2019
Mr. Ashok Dahal / Uttarakhand & Delhi, India / 20 – 30 February 2019
Dr. Nophea Sasaki / Vientaine, Lao PDR / 20 – 22 February 2019
Ms. Kanchana Wilailak / Khonkaen, Thailand / 22 February 2019
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 23 February – 4 March 2019
Mr. Md. Omar Farouk / Songkhla, Thailand / 24 – 27 February 2019
Mr. Tharakorn Chanlapa / Songkhla, Thailand / 24 – 27 February 2019
Ms. Mahbooba Amin / Songkhla, Thailand / 24 – 27 February 2019
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)
E. Classifieds (Jobs)