WEEK #21:21 – 27 May 2018

 

 In this issue:

 

A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)

 

A. Announcements

 

(i) AIT President Designate Dr Eden Y Woon

 

The Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has unanimously approved the AIT Presidential Search Committee (PSC) recommendation to appoint Dr. Eden Y Woon as the next AIT President, effective 1 September 2018.

 

The communiqué of the AIT Board of Trustees is as follows:

 

19 May 2018

 

AIT President Designate Dr. Eden Y Woon

 

The Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) at its most recent meeting, unanimously approved the AIT Presidential Search Committee (PSC) recommendation, to appoint Dr. Eden Y Woon as the next AIT President, effective 1 September 2018.  Dr. Woon is currently Vice Chairman of Alba Group Asia (Alba Group is one of the world’s leading recycling and environmental services companies, headquartered in Berlin.) He is also the Special Advisor to the Hong Kong-based Shaw Foundation, a charity organization which has been a strong supporter of education for decades, including awarding the prestigious global Shaw Prize in Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences since 2004.

 

H.E. Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, congratulating the President designate, noted “2018 is going to be a year of transition from President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai to new President Eden Y Woon.  It is very important to ensure a smooth transition that further consolidates and builds upon the good work carried out by President Worsak.  At this time of AIT’s development, someone like Dr. Woon with the diverse international background of academia, business, and military and the extensive management and leadership experiences in different sectors can help lead AIT to a new and exciting level with more global recognition.  Current President Worsak has done a superb job putting AIT on solid footing, and we are confident that Dr. Woon can build on that as AIT faces a crossroads when it approaches its 60th Anniversary.  We sincerely thank Professor Worsak for his significant contributions to AIT.”

 

Prior to November 1, 2017, Dr. Woon was the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from 2010 to 2017.  In this position, he was responsible for the university’s global relations, government relations, its China affairs, fundraising, alumni affairs, and public affairs.  Dr. Woon was part of the five-person leadership group of HKUST, a top international university which is ranked #30 globally in the most recent QS World University Rankings. He has been on the Council of the Open University of Hong Kong for the past six years, and he was a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Iowa Business School.  In the late 70s /early 80s, he was on the Mathematics faculty of the US Air Force Academy for six years, becoming an Associate Professor.  Dr. Woon received his BA degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Iowa and his MA, MS, and PhD degrees, all in Mathematics, from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Woon also has extensive experience in the business sector, having served as Vice President for Starbucks Coffee Company in China and Managing Director of Toys R Us China in Shanghai.  He was also the Managing Director of Li&Fung Group Office in China, based again in Shanghai.  Before that, he was the CEO of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the oldest and largest business organization in HK, from 1997 to 2006.  From 1994-1997, he was the Executive Director of the Seattle-based Washington State China Relations Council.  Dr. Woon has been a board member of the Alba Rising Company—a JV of Alba Group inside China—since 2016—and was a board member of the Beijing-based 21Vianet company listed on NASDAQ.  He is the Vice Chairman of the China Committee of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and ex-Board member of American Chamber of Commerce HK.  He is an ex-Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Committee HK and has been advisor/ex-advisor to several China cities/provinces.  Dr. Woon is on the Board of the HK Ballet and a HK Justice of Peace.

 

In addition, Dr. Woon had a distinguished military/government career, having served in the US Air Force until 1993 when he retired as a Colonel—having been stationed in California, Colorado, Washington DC, and Beijing, China.  He was a computer analyst for the US Air Force Systems Command for four years, and his US Air Force Academy stint followed that.  From 1989 to 1994, he served as China policy advisor to the US Secretary of Defense and also was a member of the US Government team negotiating with North Korea on its nuclear program from 1991-1994.  He is a graduate of the National War College and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

 

The Board expressed its deepest appreciation to the Presidential Search Committee headed by Dr. Anat Abhabhirama for the time and effort put in the very thorough process for the selection of the new President. The search process was initiated with the advertisement and announcement for the position made through various means on 15 April 2017 and concluded earlier this year. https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/05/ait-president-designate-dr-eden-y-woon/

 

 

 

 

 

(ii) AIT's 129th Graduation

Four-hundred and sixty students hailing from 21 countries received their degrees at the 129th graduation. The largest cohort of graduating students came from Sri Lanka (128), followed by Thailand (93) and Myanmar (80). Three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe were represented by the graduating students.

 

Graduates came from Viet Nam (41), India (30), Nepal (21),  Afghanistan (17), Bangladesh (9), Pakistan (8), Indonesia (7), Cambodia (6), Bhutan (5), Philippines (4), China, France, and Japan (2), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lao PDR and Maldives (1).

https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/05/survival-of-the-best-adaptable-president-worsaks-mantra-for-graduating-students/

 

 

 

 

(iii) Graduation Speeches

Prof. Worsak Kanok Nukulchai https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129SpeechWorksakKanokNukulchai.pdf

Prof. Gautam Dasgupta https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129Speech.GautamDasgupta.pdf

Prof. Soe W Myint https://ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129Speech.SoeWMyint.pdf

 

Student Messages

Ms. Su Pyae Sone https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129Speech.SuPyaeSone.pdf

Ms Thitiya Panichvejsunti https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129Speech.ThitiyaPanichvejsunti.pdf

Mr.HaoranZhang https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129Speech.HaoranZhang.pdf

Mr. Bhavin Pradhan https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/05/129SpeechBhavinPradhan.pdf

 

 

 

 

(iv) Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards – 2018

Email from VPAA (15 May 2018)

I am pleased to announce the selection of the following faculty for the distinguished teaching and research awards 2018. All faculty who had completed (submitted) the details in the Annual Summary of faculty activities were considered for the award.

The selection committee was composed of VPAA (Chair), VPA, VPD, Dean SERD. Dean SET and Dean SOM. The results are as follows:

 

 

     1.Teaching Awards:

a. Dr. Tanujjal Bora (Nanotechnology/SET) for <15 students category

b. Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong (TE/SET) for ≥ 15 students category

The teaching award is entirely based on student evaluation/feedback of the courses taught in 2017.

 

 

     2. Researcher Awards:

 

a. Dr. P. Abdul Salam (Energy/SERD) in the Research Leader (senior) category

b. Dr. Avishek Datta (ASE/SERD) in the Junior category

 

The (senior) researcher award is based on the evaluation of faculty's sponsored activities and publications during the years 2016-2017. The (junior) researcher award is based on the evaluation of faculty's sponsored activities and publications during the years 2017.

My sincere thanks to the members of the evaluation committee for their participation, comments and inputs in making this selection.

Our warmest congratulations to the four colleagues on this important recognition.

The awards was presented during the coming 18 May 2018 graduation ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

(v) Confirmed AIT Management Notes, 3 May 2018

At its meeting on 17 May 2018, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 3 May 2018 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes .

 

    

 

 

 

(vi)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 3 seats available  (from 4 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

 

(i)    EVENTS

(a) Blood Donation: 7 Jun. 2018

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, 7th June 2018, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.

Give blood! You'll experience a fulfilling sense of contribution. And the donation process isn't time-consuming. It only takes about half an hour.

 

 

 

 

(ii)LECTURES / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES

(a) Workshop on “Framework for Basin-scale River Health Assessment in Thailand”: 21 May 2018

AIT in collaboration with Thailand' Pollution Control Department (PCD) and the Thai Water Partnership (TWP) will organize a National Workshop on "Framework for Basin-scale River Health Assessment in Thailand” on 21 May 2018 from 08:00 to 12:30h in the Room 301 of PCD office.

Approximate 50 experts/practitioners from various government agencies and relevant organization for the workshop.

The "framework" developed by the project is being considered by PCD for wide-scale application in Thailand. There will be a handover ceremony during this workshop.

 

 

 

 

(b) Seminar on Smart Buildings in a Smart City Connected Community: 25 May 2018

Prof. Saifur Rahman will deliver a seminar on "Smart Buildings in a Smart City Connected Community" on 25 May 2018 from 1430-1530 hours at the Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium.

See more details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/seminar-smart-buildings-smart-city-connected-community/    

 

 

 

(c) A Student Night at AIT: 30 May 2018

AIT Solutions will organize a Student Night at AIT on 30 May 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at AIT Conference Center.

At the event, Ashraf Habibullah, President, CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc., CSI, U.S.A., will give a talk on “Empowering the Next Generation of Structural Engineers to Lead, Influence, and Inspire a Changing World”.

In this talk, Ashraf will share his view of the future of the structural engineering profession as we approach the next quarter of the 21st Century.

To register for the Student night, please click here

 

 

 

 

(d) Seminar-Workshop to Empower Structural Engineers: 31 May – 2 June 2018

AIT Solutions will organize Seminar-Workshop to Empower Structural Engineers from 31 May – 2 June 2018 for Visionary Event and Technical at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.

A Dinner Talk with Ashraf Habibullah will also be held on 31 May as part of the event.

Interested persons please contact: Khun Rakdao Pakdisi, Event Coordinator rakdao@ait.ac.th , solutions@ait.ac.th

For more details, please visit: www.solutions.ait.ac.th

 

 

 

 

(e) Research Presentation by Dr. Roy Kouwenberg, a faculty candidate for Finance/Accounting: 1 Jun. 2018

SOM will organize a research presentation by a faculty candidate for Finance/Accounting area as follows:

Research Presentation on

"Ambiguity Aversion and Household Portfolio Choice: Evidence and Implications" by Dr. Roy Kouwenberg, a faculty candidate for Finance/Accounting

Date:          Friday, 1 June 2018 at 13:30 hrs.

Venue:       Lecture Room 108, AIT School of Management

Dr. Roy Kouwenberg, Associate Professor/ Director of the PhD Program, Mahidol University, College of Management Bangkok, Thailand; and a Visiting Researcher, Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dr. Roy Kouwenberg’s research area is quantitative and empirical finance. His main focus is on behavioral portfolio choice, especially the impact of loss aversion and ambiguity aversion on stock market participation. He has also done extensive research on financial risk management, especially asset-liability management for pension funds and insurance firms. Since moving to Asia, Dr. Roy has also analyzed the corporate governance of listed firms in Asia.

 

 

 

 

(f) IASC Meeting on Redefining Diversity and Dynamism of Natural Resource Management in Asia: 13 – 16 Jul. 2018

The Asia Region Biennial International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) meeting on "Redefining Diversity and Dynamism of Natural Resource Management in Asia" will be organized at AIT from 13-16 July 2018. The event is jointly organized by AIT, Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand, Ostrom Center for the Advanced Study in Natural Resource Governance (OCeAN), and the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC).

More details are available at this link: http://ocean.ait.ac.th/ocean-2018/

 

 

 

 

(g) ICUE 2018 on Green Energy for Sustainable Development: 24 – 26 Oct. 2018

AIT will organize ICUE 2018 on Green Energy for Sustainable Development from 24 – 26 October 2018 at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, Karon, Phuket, Thailand. The organizer has received almost 300 abstracts so far from over 40 different countries.

Still many requests for extension are coming and so the deadline is further moved to 15 May 2018. New submissions can either be abstracts or full papers.

Notification of acceptance for the new submissions will be by 31 May 2018.

For further information, please contact visit our website: www.icue2018.ait.ac.th  and  www.icue.ait.ac.th/2018

or contact:

Conference Secretariat at email: icue2018@ait.ac.th

More details: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/events/icue-conference-2018/

 

 

 

(h) 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering Seismic Resilience for Safer Cities and Infrastructures: 22-25 Nov 2018

Urbanization is one of the major global challenges of this era. To address the issues related to safety of cities and infrastructure, the 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (7ACEE 2018) is being jointly organized by AIT and Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) in collaboration with the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (ASEP), from 22 – 25 November 2018 in Bangkok.

Engineers, architects, professionals, students, institutes, universities, and organizations are invited to submit abstracts and share their experience under the theme Seismic Resilience for Safer Cities. Download Abstract Template

All who are submitting Abstracts or papers are also requested to provide a short biography (no more than 100 words) and recent photo that will be published in both the conference program and the conference proceedings.

Open for Abstract Submission - Mar 1, 2018

Deadline for Abstract Submission - Apr 15, 2018

Registration Deadline - Aug 31, 2018 

More details: http://acee2018.org/

 

 

 

(i) Short term training course on “Safety and Quality in Innovative  Food Production Systems

A short-term training course on "Safety and Quality in Innovative Food   Production Systems" is being organized by AIT from 20-26 May, 2018. Course instructors are Dr. Anil Kumar Anal of AIT, Dr. Gerhard Schleining of  BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Austria, and  Dr. Nicolas Korsak of University of Liege, Belgium.

 

 

 

(iii) COURSES, TRAININGS

 

(a) Thai Reading and Writing Course for Beginners: May-June 2018

The Language Center will organize a course, “Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners”.

Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners (8 May –  26 June 2018)

• Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30, 2 times/week, Total 20 hours

• Course Fee: 2,000 baht

• Class Size: 15 persons

Register now at the Language Center, Room 216

 

 

 

 

(b) Chinese Course for Beginners: May-July 2018

The Language Center will organize Chinese Course for Beginners as follows:

Chinese Course for Beginners (15 May – 3 July 2018)

Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30, 2 times/week, Total 20 hours

The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

Class Size: 15 persons

Register now at the Language Center, Room 216

 

 

 

 

(c) Chinese Course for Beginners: 5 Jun. – 19 Jul. 2018

The Language Center will organize Chinese Course for Beginners as follows:

Chinese Course for Beginners (5 June - 19 July 2018)

Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30, 2 times/week, Total 20 hours

The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

Class Size: 15 persons

Register now at the Language Center, Room 216

 

 

 

 

(d)Thai Language Reading and Writing Course for Beginners: June – July 2018

The Language Center will organize Thai Language Reading and Writing Course for Beginners as follows:

Thai Language Reading and Writing for Beginners

Duration: 5 June – 19 July 2018

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30 hrs., 2 times/week, Total 20 hours

Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Class Size: 15 persons

Interested persons please register now at the Language Center, Room 216

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Campus Updates

 

(i)    Korea House Renovation

 

Email from OFAM (22 Mar. 2018)

Please be informed that renovation of the Korea House has started from Monday, 26 March 2018 and is expected to be ready by mid of May 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Faculty and Staff Travel 

Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Cologne, Germany / 2 – 6 May 2018*

Dr. K. R. Salin / Mumbai, India / 15 – 27 May 2018

Prof. C. Visvanathan / Vilnius, Lithuania / 19 – 26 May 2018

Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Kathmandu, Nepal / 19 – 27 May 2018

Dr. Oleg Shipin / Philippines / 20 – 31 May 2018

Dr. Nophea Sasaki and Mr. Nikorn Asakati / Chachoeng Sao, Thailand / 21 – 23 May 2018

Prof. Lawrence Stephen Abeln / Shanghai and Qingdao, PR China / 21 – 29 May 2018

Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Manila, Philippines / 22 – 23 May 2018 Mr. Ashok Dahal / Manila, Philippines / 22 – 23 May 2018

Ms. Worawan Sumroetrum / Chonburi, Thailand / 24 – 25 May 2018

Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Chonburi, Thailand / 24 – 25 May 2018

Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Yangon, Myanmar / 24 – 25 May 2018

Mr. SK Shahin Hossain / Chonburi, Thailand / 24 – 26 May 2018

Ms. Slanee Meeto / Chonburi, Thailand / 24 – 26 May 2018

Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Stockholm, Sweden / 24 – 28 May 2018

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E. Classifieds (Jobs)

 

Position: Architect/Product Designer (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 27/18

Deadline: 25 May 2018

http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/519

 

Position: 3D Artist/Modeler (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 28/18

Deadline: 25 May 2018

http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/520

 

Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School)

Ref. No. 50/2017

Deadline: 31 May 2018

http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/483

 

Position: Music Teacher (AIT International School)

Ref. No. 15/18

Deadline: 8 June 2018 http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/506

 

Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No. Fac 02/18

Deadline: 31 July 2018

http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/517

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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