WEEK #8: 20 – 26 February 2017

In this issue:


         A.    Announcements

         B.    Events

         C.    Campus Updates

         D.    Faculty and Staff Travel

         E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


A.    Announcements


(i)    Promotion of Dr Barbara Igel and Dr Weerakorn Ongsakul from Associate Professor to Full Professor rank
Email from President: 17 Feb. 2017

Dear Members of the AIT Community,

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Barbara Igel and Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul from the rank of Associate Professor to Full Professor, following the approval of the Board of Trustees at its meeting held on 16th February 2017.

Dr. Igel joined the School of Management of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the joint program with Punjab College of Business Administration (PCBA) in 1993. She obtained her Dr. rer. pol. (~PhD Economics), Freie Universitaet Berlin (West) in 1989. Dr. Igel took both her master’s and bachelor degrees, viz. Dipl. Volkswirt (~MA Economics) and Vordiplom (~BA Economics) from the Technische Universitaet Berlin (West) in 1984 and 1982, respectively. Dr. Igel’s research encompasses the areas of managing technological innovation, knowledge management for innovation, impact of TQM on innovation, impact of culture on innovation, and entrepreneurship in new technology development. She had served as Dean of the School of Management (SOM) from 2008 to June 2013.

Dr. Weerakorn joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as an Assistant Professor in the Energy Program of the School of Environment, Resources and Development in January 2001. He obtained both his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A. in 1994, and 1991, respectively. Dr. Weerakorn graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand with the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 1988. Dr. Weerakorn’s research encompasses the areas of artificial intelligence applications in power system optimization, parallel processing applications, power system operation and control, and power system restructuring and deregulation. He served as Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) from September 2009 to June 2013, and is currently serving as the Secretary General of the Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) since May 2006.

Dr. Igel and Dr. Weerakorn’s promotion cases were considered following the process specified in the P&P Statement on the Procedure for Evaluation of Faculty for Promotion (PA-1-2-2).

The CVs of Dr. Igel and Dr. Weerakorn, 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:

(Dr. Barbara Igel) https://goo.gl/VGbOQp
(Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul) https://goo.gl/uKQRBI   
We warmly congratulate Professor Barbara Igel and Professor Weerakorn Ongsakul on their promotions in recognition of their significant contributions

to their respective fields.


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology

(ii)    AIT Confers the Title of Emeritus Professor to Prof. Karl E. Weber, Prof. Gajendra Singh and Prof. Tawatchai Tingsanchali
Email from President: 17 Feb. 2017

Conferment of Emeritus Professorship

Following approval by the AIT Board of Trustees at its meeting held on 16 February 2017, I am pleased to announce, the bestowal of the title Emeritus Professor on Prof. Karl E. Weber, Prof. Gajendra Singh and Prof. Tawatchai Tingsanchali.

The title Emeritus Professor is conferred on AIT full Professors on retirement after continuous distinguished service. The award of the title will be conferred to those who have achieved outstanding international professional status and have made significant academic contributions to the Institute through teaching, publications and professional work.
Please find brief CVs of the new awardees: Prof. Karl E. Weber, Prof. Gajendra Singh and Prof. Tawatchai Tingsanchali.

Professor Karl E. Weber

Prof. Weber had obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (summa cum laude) from Ruperto-Carola University in Heidelberg, Germany in 1966. He joined AIT as an Associate Professor in February 1978 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1983. He had served as a Full Professor at AIT for about 16 years, and had graduated 17 Ph.D. and 132 master’s students. His publication record includes 16 books, 36 refereed journal articles, 15 book chapters, 17 conference proceedings, 68 other publications, and 100+ other published contributions. As founding Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), he was instrumental in the curriculum reform and development of the School. Prof. Weber also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Management. He also had managed and administered sizeable donor-supported programmes, notably in co-operation with Canadian Universities Consortium Partnership Project (CUC-CIDA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische

Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).

Professor Gajendra Singh

Prof. Singh gained his Ph.D. from University of California in Davis, California, USA in 1973. He joined AIT as an Assistant Professor in 1975 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1988. He had served as a Full Professor at AIT for about 16 years, and had graduated 12 Ph.D. and 160 master’s students. His publication record includes 80 refereed journal articles, 2 books, 4 book chapters, 6 international conference proceedings edited, and more than 200 papers presented at national and international meetings and conferences. Prof. Singh had received a number of awards and international recognitions, namely,  Eminent Engineer Award (by the Institution of Engineers, India, 2009), Massey Ferguson Educational Gold Medal Award (by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2006), Most Distinguished Alumni Award (by the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India, 1997), Emil Mrak International Award (for distinguished career by the University of California, Davis, USA, 1991), the ASAE Kishida International Award (for outstanding contributions to food and fiber production, improved living and education of the people outside U.S.A., 1990), and the Gold Medal by the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (1994-95).

Professor Tawatchai Tingsanchali

Prof. Tawatchai obtained his Doctor of Engineering in Water Resources Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1975. He joined AIT as an Assistant Professor in 1975 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1988. He had served as a Full Professor at AIT for about 19 years, and had graduated 13 Ph.D. and 128 master’s students. His publication record includes 70 refereed journal articles, 9 chapters in books, 1 monograph, 192 papers in conference proceedings, 4 international conference proceedings books (editor/co-editor), 8 papers in workshops/seminars, etc.

Prof.Tawatchai has received a number of awards and international recognitions for his contributions in advancing knowledge and practice in his field, to include amongst others, the following: Prestigious Research Scholarship Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for Scientific Research Work at the Institute for Hydromechanics, the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (Sept 1983-Aug 1984), Royal Decoration: Companion (Fourth Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn from H.M. King Bhumibol of Thailand for Outstanding Accomplishment and Contribution in Research, an Elected Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an Elected Fellow of International Water Resources Association (IWRA), Honorary Life Fellowship Award from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO, 2004), the Certificate and Award for the Best Researcher in Engineering and Industrial Research of Thailand in 2001 from the National Research Council of Thailand.

On behalf of the AIT community, I offer Emeritus Professor Karl E. Weber, Emeritus Professor Gajendra Singh and Emeritus Professor Tawatchai Tingsanchali my heartfelt congratulations!


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology

(iii)    Acting President between 20-21 February 2017

Please be informed that the President will be in Savannakhet, Lao for official mission during 20-21 February 2017.
Therefore, during the above mentioned period, Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has kindly agreed to serve as Acting President to take care an urgent matters related to the Office of the President.

(iv)    Library - Special Edition Newsletter

Since the campaign for the AIT modernization campaign was launched, Office of Media and Communications (OMCO) has been regularly sharing news about the progress of the AIT fundraising campaign, as well as publishing regular reports on the progress of the library modernization.

OMCO has now compiled the relevant material from our website, social media, and other platforms to produce a Special Edition of the AIT Library Newsletter. The publication can be downloaded from the AIT website.

(v)    Call for Journal Papers

Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean of School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) together with Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Management, Department of Development and Sustainability, and other colleagues are soliciting papers for a Research Topic in three Frontiers Journals below.

Research Topic: Tropical Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation

Participating Journals:
  Frontiers in Environmental Science
  Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  Frontiers in Plant Science (IF: 4.495)

For more information, please go here

Faculty members and their students who have any papers related to the above topic, please kindly submit the papers.

(vi)    Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave

Please be informed that Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave on Friday, 24 February 2017 and 3 March 2017. Those who have an appointment with the doctor during this period please re-schedule your appointment.

(vii)    Customer Satisfaction Survey for OFAM Service contractors and facilities

Office of Facilities and Assets Management (OFAM) manages the operation and maintenance of AIT infrastructure and facilities. Most of the maintenance services such as technical maintenance, janitorial services, landscape services, Security services, AITCC operations management are outsourced. OFAM asses the performance of all the contractors and facilities based on various Key Performance Indicators (KPI). One of the key indicators for their performance is customer satisfaction.

The feedback from the AIT community will help OFAM to evaluate the performance of the contractors appropriately and their comments, will help OFAM to focus on the areas to be improved. Thereby members of AIT community are requested to spare 5 to 10 min of their valuable time to fill in the survey questionnaires through the link below.


The survey form will be open till 22 February 2017.
Note: The survey could be accessed through AIT email or Gmail only.

(viii)    New Locations of the Offices in the Administration Building
The Administration Building will be renovated from Jan. – June 2017. Most offices in the building have started moving to AIT Conference Center and other buildings. Below is the list of the new location of Administration Offices:

President: Presidential Lounge, AITCC
VP Administration: Room B138
VP Academic Affairs: Room B136
VP Development: Room B130
Office of the President and Office of the Institute Secretary: Room B144B
Office of Academic Administration: Room B144A
Office of Human Resource Services: Room B109
Office of Internal Auditor: Room B113
Office of External Relation and Office of Host Country Relation: B115
Office of Special Degree Program: B115
Office of Advancement: Room 102 (ground floor), Outreach Building
Office of Finance: Room 225 (2nd Floor)
Office of GRU: Room 223 (2nd Floor)
Office of Purchasing and Inventory Procurement: Admin (No Change)
Office of Student and Affairs: Admin (No Change)

(ix)    Trial of EBSCO Business Source Complete

EBSCO has arranged a trial for Business Source Complete for one month for AIT.  The Business Source Complete is set up via the AIT Library website.  Please access the Library at  Please scroll down the Library's web page and click Trial Databases.  Then click Business Source Complete.  Information about the Business Source Complete and links will be available -  link for the main database and related links available in the Business Source Complete as follows.

1) Business Source Complete
2) Harvard Business VDO
3) Harvard Business Review
4) Harvard Business Review : Case  Study
5) Harvard Business Review : Issues available

Please be informed that the trial is authenticated by AIT IP Address ranges.  If you access the trial from AIT campus, there will not be any problem - no username and password are required.  Please also be advised that if you use your mobile phone to access the trial, please logout from your mobile/IPAD Internet and try again to log in to the Internet by using AIT login account.

To access the trial from the Library's webpage is easy and simple, please follow the steps below.

1) Go to  or http://library.ait.asia .  Scroll down and click "Trial Databases"
2) Click on "Business Source Complete" to link to the information of this database.
3) Click "Link" next to Business Source Complete if you want to search the database.  You will see the page that you can search and download.

Please follow the Library’s advice on the login and check whether the users are on campus or whether they are using the Internet from different Internet providers.  If anyone still needs assistance, please contact Khun Watcharin at watcharin@ait.asia

(x)    2016 Personal Income Tax – IMPORTANT

Please be reminded that the deadline of 2016 Personal Income tax filing will be on March 31, 2017.

Payroll now has already finished your a) Withholding income tax certificate and b) Draft PND 91 to guide  your tax filing (created by IT Department). The documents will be delivered to you no later than this week.

You can either submitted the tax filing on line or by hard copy. On-line is encouraged. However, if you want to submit by hard copy, you can print the official PND 91 from the soft file enclosed in this email.

For comparison of Draft PNG 91 by IT with the official Thai PND 91:-

        Draft PND 91 by IT    Official PND 91
A    Tax Computation    Page 1    Page 2
B    Exempted Income    Page 1    Page 2
C    Details of Allowances and Exemptions after deduction of Expenses    Page 2    Page 3
   Please note that in 2016, there were several special tax incentives provided by the        Thai government to stimulate the economic. These are taxable expenses which you can declare in the PND 91 form Section C items 15-19.

Item    Description    
15    Food and domestic tourism expense allowance during the Songkran festival (09-17 April 2016)    Amount actually  paid but not more than 15,000 baht
16    Domestic travel and hotel expense allowance for cost paid during 01 Jan – 30 Dec 2016    Amount actually  paid but not more than 15,000 baht
17    OTOP (One Tambon One Product) purchase allowance during 01 – 31 Aug 2016    Amount actually  paid but not more than 15,000 baht
18    Domestic travel and hotel expense allowance for cost paid during 01 – 31 Dec 2016    Amount actually  paid but not more than 15,000 baht
19    Year-end shopping boost allowance for spending during 14 – 31 Dec 2016    Amount actually  paid but not more than 15,000 baht
   Remarks: This can be applied only for goods & service with VAT
  You need to submit proper VAT Receipts together with the PND 91.

(xi)    Trial of Henry Stewart Talk - Business & Management Collection : Video lectures and case studies

Henry Stewart Talk has offered a trial for the Business & Management Collection up to 10 March 2017.  To access the HST Business & Management Collection, please click this link: http://www.hstalks.com/business Alternatively, go to AIT website and click "Library".  When the Library's page is open, scroll down and click "Trial Databases".  Titles of all trial databases will be shown.  

The summary of the collection and content formats is underneath.

The Business & Management Collection


AIT Library has organized trial access for all faculty and students to The Business & Management Collection - a collection over 1000 specially commissioned lectures and case studies by experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia.
Lectures and case studies, or extracts from them, are easy to integrate and embed in your course to complement and enrich the teaching and learning experience. They are all compatible with your learning management systems and particularly appropriate for distance and blended learning courses and flipped classroom education.

The Collection is divided into six broad subject areas:

Finance, Accounting & Economics; Global Business Management; Management Leadership & Organizations; Marketing & Sales; Strategy and Technology & Operations
Content is presented in four different formats (click on the hyperlink to view example):
-    Traditional format lectures with high quality graphics : the entire lecture as well as extracts can be embedded in course notes and online learning systems.
-    Case Study Interviews : They are designed to explore how different participants in commerce and industry, from start-up entrepreneurs to large corporation executives, confront the challenges they encounter. Additionally, all videos are accompanied by suggested topics for discussion and individual and group projects.
-    Extended from case studies : these accounts of real world experience describing what was done, how, when and with what consequences have proved especially useful in preparing students for in-class discussions.
-    Bite-size case studies : these short descriptions of real world commercial activities come with suggested topics for consideration and discussion.

Subscribers have found that they stimulate thinking and assist is developing the ability of students to question, analyse and appraise. They are often set as pre-classroom preparation and in-class discussion.
(xii)    Trials for Elsevier e-books, Springer e-books, Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies and Elsevier Knovel

AIT Library will have new online resources and e-books in 2017.  Elsevier e-books, Springer e-books and Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies will be activated in January 2017 whereas Elsevier Knovel will be officially started in April 2017.  During the month of December 2016 (and December 2016 through March 2017 for Knovel), the publishers of these e-books and online resources have set up trials for AIT.  

AIT Library invites all faculty, staff, and students to access the mentioned e-books and online resources from the Library webpage at  The Library webpage may be accessed from the AIT website. Alternatively, click the following URL links to access the e-books and online resources.

For Elsevier e-books:  www.sciencedirect.com
For Springer e-books:
To access the trial for Springer e-books copyright year 2005-2016, please click the link attached below:
The content is about 5,000 titles.  You can view, download and print.  Users can access Springer e-books from the above link or access through the Library webpage at and click "Springer New e-books" from the "Trial Databases".

For Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies:  http://www.emeraldinsight.com/topic/cs_all?sortBy=Ppub

For Elsevier Knovel:  http://app.knovel.com/web/

Users can view, download and print.  The content is about 3,000 titles for Elsevier e-books, 5,000 titles for Springer e-books and 400 cases for Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies.

(xiii)    Call for Applications on Erasmus+ KA1, scholarships Mobility for Learners with University of Granada, Spain

Please be informed that University of Granada, Spain, UGR still have available scholarships. PhD students are encouraged to apply under the Erasmus+ grant. The minimum stay is 3 months and must end by 30 July 2017.

There are 9 scholarships available for Thailand and selection will be first come first served.
Deadline for application is 20 February 2017.

Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship must be eligible and must complete the application form.
For any queries/clarifications, please contact Ms. Carol at 02-524-6299, email: carol@ait.asia

(xiv)    Call for Application on The Newton Fund Grants

The Newton Fund is now offering 2 grants below for researchers. The grants are an initiative that aims to develop long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries by building research and innovation capacity. It forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

Mobility grants:

This scheme helps strengthen the research and innovation capacity of Thailand-based researchers across sciences and social sciences & humanities by facilitating exchanges of researchers.

The closing date is Wednesday 15 March 2017, 5pm (UK time)

For researchers across sciences, if you want more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit:  https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-mobility-grants/

For researchers across social sciences and humanities, if you want more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit:  http://www.britac.ac.uk/newton-mobility-grants/

Thailand – UK Newton Advanced Fellowships:

Newton Advanced Fellowships provide mid-career researchers with an opportunity to develop their strengths and capabilities within their research group or network. This is done through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK.

For researchers across sciences, if you want more information on the process, eligibility and how to apply, visit: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-advanced-fellowships/

The closing date is Thursday 23 March 2017, 5pm (UK time)

For researchers across social sciences and humanities, if you want more information on the process, eligibility and how to apply, visit:  http://www.britac.ac.uk/newton-advanced-fellowships

The closing date is Wednesday 15 March 2017, 5pm (UK time)

(xv)    Summer School in Human Sciences 2017 -University of Jyväskylä, Finland (JYU)

University of Jyväskylä is pleased to welcome AIT students to the 14th international Summer School in Human Sciences in May-June 2017. The Summer School comprises 21 interdisciplinary courses for students interested in e.g. cultural and communication studies, education, business & economics, sport and health sciences and social sciences. They also included one PhD-level course in their programme.

Students are accepted to the Summer School in the framework of the bilateral cooperation agreements between the University of Jyväskylä and AIT. Most of the courses have defined a maximum number of participants, JYU cannot accept more than five students in a course.

More information on the Summer School can be found below and at https://www.jyu.fi/hs-summerschool  .

Course descriptions

How to apply?

The online application form and instructions for completing the application are available at http://r.jyu.fi/hs-summerschool/apply .  The application deadline is 1 March 2017. You are welcome to apply for the full summer school programme or parts of it. Each course lasts one week and they are worth 2.5 ECTS credits.

1)                  The students should first fill in an online application form, for which the link is available on JYU webpage at: http://r.jyu.fi/hs-summerschool/apply   ->  Application form and instructions for completing the application.  
2)                  After filling in the online application form the applicants will receive an email with further instructions and with a request to register to Mobility-Online using a link which is included in the message.  
3)                  After the registration the applicants should log into the Mobility-Online system to finalize their application by completing their personal data and uploading an official transcript of records in English.
4)                  Students will be notified of the admission to the Summer School by 15 March by e-mail.
5)                  After receiving the notification of admission, applicants are requested to confirm their participation to the Summer School by 31 March in the Mobility-Online system.
6)                  Students can also apply for accommodation in the Mobility-Online system after they have confirmed their participation in the Summer School.

Further information:

Summer School in Human Sciences
University of Jyväskylä
E-mail: hsss@jyu.fi

(xvi)    23 Feb 2017 is the deadline for Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship program (JJ/WBGSP)

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship program (JJ/WBGSP) announced the scholarship application for August 2017 Intake on 27th Jan 2017.
The deadline for this scholarship is on 23 Feb 2017.

Potential applicant can directly apply to this scholarship and submit the documents as per the requirement mentioned in their website. AIT has linked their website in our scholarship website:
For your information, potential applicant can use AIT offer letter to seek JJ/WBGSP Scholarship.

(xvii)    Invitation to participate for Summer School, Chulalongkorn University, March 19-24, 2017

Chulalongkorn Universty, Thailand & IWR, Heidelberg University, Germany are jointly organizing a summer school on applied mathematics and computational sciences to be held on March 19 to 24 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Program, tentative list of speakers and courses can be found on the following web site:

The program itself will be free of charge with the support from Chulalongkorn University and IWR. Accommodation and catering are not included. Assistance will be provided to participants in finding suitable hotels in range of the summer school venue.

HGS MathComp, the graduate school of IWR, is also *offering 10 mobility grants for students and postdocs* from Asia wishing to participate. These grants cover the local costs (fees, student accommodation, daily allowance) as well as travel costs (flight).

Topics of the compact courses:
   * Introduction to biomolecular modeling and simulation with
     examples from current research (Prof. J.Langowski)
   * Optimization Methods for Calibration and Validation of
     Dynamic Models (Prof. E.Kostina)
   * Discontinuous Galerkin methods and radiation transport
     (Prof. G.Kanschat)
   * Numerical Methods for Hyperbolic PDE
     (Prof. P.Bastian)

(xviii)    UN-CECAR Postgraduate Course on Leadership for Sustainability, 13-22 March 2017, UNU, Tokyo, Japan

UNU-IAS and the University of Tokyo's, Sustainability Science Programmes, will organize a course on “Leadership for Sustainability” from 13 – 22 March 2017 at UNU, Tokyo, Japan.

There are two free slots for partner institutions offered on first-come first-serve basis. The program’s participants have to support their own travel expenses and accommodation.

Course information and registration are available at the following links:

(xix)    Extended library hours during the mid-semester exams from 17 February - 2 March 2017

AIT Library will extend the Library hours to one o'clock in the morning during the mid-semester exams.  The library hours from 17 February through 2 March 2017 will be as follows:
Monday - Sunday         8.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.

(xx)    Allocation of staff and faculty to student house (AIT Sports Meet)

Due to very less number of participants, SU Sports announced a cancellation of the white house team (consisting of staff and faculty members) for AIT Sports Meet. The committee will randomly allocate the staff and faculty members who are interested to participate in AIT Sports Meet to student teams -- Red, Blue, Green and Yellow house. The updates name list of each house color will be announced soon.   

The random allocation will be for faculty and staff members who are interested to take part in AIT Sports Meet only. Student participants will still belong to the same house.





B.    Events



(a)    Paper Ranger: Revival of the Paper: 20 Feb. 2017

Department of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) at AIT's School of Engineering and Technology (SET) is organizing an event titled "Paper Ranger" at Room IE115, ISE Building on 20 February 2017 from 1330-1530 hours.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/paper-ranger-revival-of-the-paper/#.WKUqyfL3aUk

(b)    World Wildlife Day: 1 Mar. 2017

AIT-WEMS Wildlife Day will be organzied on on 1 March 2017 at the AIT Conference Center to raise awareness for conservation of biodiversity and endangered species from 10:00-12:00 hours.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/1wems-world-wildlife-day-in-ait.pdf

(c)    Blood Donation: 9 Mar. 2017

The Thai Red Cross Society has been working with volunteer students and staff to collect units of blood from the AIT community. The bloodmobile visits AIT every three months, four times a year, hoping to collect enough units to supply the constant demand for blood.

The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.

Give blood! Experience a fulfilling sense of contribution! The donation process isn't time-consuming. It only takes about half an hour.

(d)    AITAA Golf 2017: 17 Mar. 2017

AIT Alumni Association (Thailand), together with AITAA and Friends of AIT Foundation will organize a golf tournament for charity, “AITAA GOLF 2017” at Cascata Golf Club (Nakhon Nayok) on 17 March 2017, starting from 12 noon.

The event aims to raise funds to support AIT activities and research work as well as the activities of AITAA, AITAA (Thailand), and Friends of AIT Foundation.


Khun Panomporn
Email: panomporn_c@ensol.co.th

Tel: 08 1846 7476

For further details, please join the Line group of AITAA (Thailand)’s current administration committee at Khun Manat, tel. 08 1983 7747, manatsup999@hotmail.com

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/aitaa-golf-2017/#.WJfXkfL3aUk

(e)    AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition: 29 Mar. 2017

Thirteen (13) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 29 March 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. at the AIT Conference Center.

AIT students are invited to explore and uncover opportunities offered by the companies that are joining the event.

Brief profile of the participating companies are given below:

1. Asian Engineering Consultants Corp. Ltd. - consulting services for major public and private construction projects

2. Black and Veatch Thailand Ltd. - global leader in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for energy, water and telecommunications

3. Boon Rawd Brewery Co. Ltd. – Thailand’s first and largest brewery

4. Bouygues-Thai Ltd. - leading construction company in Asia

5. Chip Mong Insee Cement Corporation –  a Cambodian registered business with modern green field cement manufacturing and a joint venture between Chip Mong Group and Siam City Cement Company (SCCC) from Thailand (first timer)

6. Dairy Plus Co. Ltd. (Dutch Mill Group) - provider of premium quality dairy products

7. Eight-Japan Engineering Consultants Inc. (EJEC) - provides infrastructure solution consultancy services in Japan and internationally

8. Elabram Systems Co. Ltd.-  provider of Network Planning Optimization (NPO), Talent Acquisition & Deployment (TAD) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) (first timer)

9. Italthai Engineering Co. Ltd. - leading Thai professional engineering contractor

10. Micromatics Co. Ltd. - one of the finest manufacturers of high precision turned parts for the automotive and many other industries in Southeast Asia (first timer)

11. Pylon PCL - specialty foundation contractor company

12. Team Consulting and Engineering Co. Ltd. - Thailand's largest conglomerate of consulting companies

13. The Bangchak Petroleum PCL – Thai energy company which deals in refining and marketing petroleum products

CAREER TALKS to be held soon:

  Micromatics Career Talk on 22 February 2017, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, MEB Auditoriun


¤ Long-term career prospects

¤ Job placements

¤ Internship opportunities

¤ On-the-job training

¤ Research partners

¤ Networking with company representatives

and the

¤ Student Union Research Exhibition!

Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.asia
or check:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter

or email: careercenter@ait.asia

or contact via phone: 02 524-6744, 02 524-6326


(a)    A Presentation and Dialogue on “Augmented Regional Innovation Systems in Asia - Paths Towards A Common Prosperity”: 6 Mar. 2017

Professor Haider A. Khan, currently the John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Economics at the Joseph Korbel  School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA, will give a presentation and dialogue on “Augmented Regional Innovation Systems in Asia - Paths Towards A Common Prosperity” on 6 March 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon at AIT Conference Center, Room 108.

Professor Haider Khan will provide an assessment of the effectiveness and potentialities of National Innovation Systems (NIS) in the Asia-Pacific for deeper economic integration. To this end, some preliminary policy suggestions have been formulated, based on formal models that he has developed.

These models are aimed at enhancing the region’s overall innovation strategy.

Interested persons please kindly confirm your participation by emailing Ms. Arjin Piromrak at arjin@ait.ac.th  or Tel.  02-524-5338
More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/presentation-and-dialogue-on-augmented-regional-innovation-systems-in-asia-paths-towards-a-common-prosperity/#.WKO08PL3aUk

(b)    Giant Prawn 2017: 20 – 24 Mar. 2017

Giant Prawn 2017 - a conference on farming of prawns will be organized at AIT from 20-24 March 2016 at the AIT Conference Center.

More details about the conference are available at this link: http://www.giantprawn.org/about.htm


(a)    Training on National Geo-Database and Geo-Portal for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development: 6 Feb. – 3 Mar. 2017

Geoinformatics Center (GIC), School of Engineering and Technology (SET), will organize a month-long training program on National Geo-Database and Geo-Portal for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development for participants from Pacific Island countries with the support of UNESCAP from 6 February – 3 March 2017. The opening session of the training will be participated by officials from UNESCAP and Japanese Embassy.

The 12 training participants are from the eight Pacific countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.








C.    Campus Updates


(i)    AITIS Pavilion's Upgrade and Off Limits for a week (17-24 Feb, 2017)

Please be informed that the AITIS Pavilion has been closed from Friday, 17 February 2017 until Friday, 24 February 2017.

The AITIS Pavilion floor are being painted with a special coat that will provide better traction and protection for our students' benefit. The AITIS Pavilion must remain off limits for a week for the coating to set properly.

(ii)     Survey: new faculty/staff accommodation complex

AIT is planning to build a new faculty/staff complex near at west end area using SCG/Heim  Japanese Technology, as announced by the President as part of the plan of campus up-gradation.

The proposed complex will have 2 buildings with 2 floors, eight 2 bedroom units in each floor with a area of 47 sqm/unit and rental of THB 20,000/month + utilities. The buildings will be constructed using a modular system.

Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) would like to hear AIT Community’s feedback on the proposed project and specially on their interest to rent the apartment through the below survey link.


The feedback will help OFAM to execute the proposed plan based on the interest of AIT community. Deadline of the feedback is 23 February 2017.

(iii)    Update : Swimming pool is temporarily closed for repair

In December 2016, Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)
found that there were reports of few incidents that occurred in the swimming pool. During the year end break, OFAM scheduled the big cleaning by draining out the water as well as do minor repairs in the affected areas.

However after draining out the water from both the swimming pools, OFAM found out damages that need to be immediately repaired for the safety of the community members using swimming pool. In January 2017, OFAM coordinated and finalized the contractor to repair/replace broken tiles, broken light frames, floor inlets, vacuum tubes and grout the tiles including other minor repairs.

Please be informed that OFAM has already started the repair, which will take few weeks to complete, thus it will be open to the community by end of February 2017

(iv)    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).

(v)    Vacant Food stalls available at The AIT Cafeteria

3 Food Stalls at the AIT Cafeteria are now available for food providers.

Interested parties are invited to submit your proposals by hand or email to the OPIA (Purchasing) (purchasing@ait.ac.th ) not later than 3.30p.m. on Thursday, 9 March, 2017.

Contact person:

Ø  For Bid information and submission:         Pakkamol:  Tel - 02524 5029,    pakkamol@ait.ac.th

Ø  For Space information & requirements:    Elizabeth:   Tel - 02524 6323,    bethc@ait.asia





D.   Faculty and Staff Travel


Miss Soe Soe Htway and Miss Aye Sandar Phyo / Yangon, Myanmar / 5 February – 8 March 2017
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Trat, Thailand / 8 – 11 Febraury 2017*
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Nepal / 9 – 12 February 2017*
Ms. Vineeta Thapa / Osaka, Japan / 12 – 16 February 2017*
Mr. Sufian Etea / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 12 – 17 February 2017*
Mr. Keerati Tunthasuwatana / Brunei / 14 – 17 February 2017*
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Phuket / 16 – 17 February 2017*
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Tak, Thailand / 17 – 21 February 2017
Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Chennai, India / 18 – 24 February 2017
Dr. Saroj Kumar Chapagain / Chennai, India / 18 – 25 February 2017
Ms. Huayna P. Villaraga Morales / Chennai, India / 18 – 25 February 2017
Ms. Isha Basyal / Chennai, India / 18 – 25 February 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Chennai, India and Kathmandu, Nepal / 18 – 27 February 2017
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Suvannakhet, Lao PDR / 19 – 21 February 2017
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Savannakhet, Lao PDR / 19 – 21 February 2017
Ms. Chotiros Mongkolchotirat / Suvannakhet, Lao PDR / 19 – 21 February 2017
Mr. Shawn P. Kelly / Savannakhet, Lao PDR / 19 – 21 February 2017
Mrs. Wannapa Pliansri / Suvannakhet, Laos / 19 – 21 February 2017
Dr. K. R. Salin / Wuhan, China / 19 – 24 February 2017
Mr. Ashreya Shrestha / Chennai, India / 19 – 24 February 2017
Dr. Victor R. Shinde / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 20 – 22 February 2017
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 20 – 22 February 2017
Ms. Anyamanee Onsomkrit / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 20 – 22 February 2017
Ms. A. Thedini Asali Peiris / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 20 – 22 February 2017
Dr. Clemens Grunbuhel / Yangon, Myanmar / 20 – 24 February 2017
Dr. Avishek Datta / Hyderabad, India / 20 – 25 February 2017
Ms. Prakriti Kashyap / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 20 – 25 February 2017
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 21 – 22 February 2017
Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam / 21 – 24 February 2017
Dr. Donna L. Doane and Ms. Kanokphan Jongjarb / Yangon, Myanmar / 21 – 28 February 2017
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 24 February – 4 March 2017
Ms. Sweet Mae Monteciaro / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 25 – 27 February 2017
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 26 – 28 February 2017
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)


E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Laboratory Supervisor (School of Engineering and Technology)
Ref. No. 36/16
Deadline: 28 February 2017

Position: Consultant (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 3/17
Deadline: 28 February 2017