WEEK #31: 30 July – 5 August 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)




A. Announcements


(i) We are with Lao People !

Message from AIT President (25 Jul. 2018)



I am greatly saddened by the dam break disaster in the southern Laos province of Attapeu on the evening of Monday, July 23.

When the dam burst, massive amount of water was suddenly released on many unsuspecting villages that lay directly in its path on the plains below.

This impacted area is a very rural, remote and poor part of the country. Sadly, reports are coming in of the great scale of human and physical suffering and loss. So far there are thought to be many hundreds of victims and many thousands of people have been displaced and lost their homes and dwellings by the enormous flood waters. The losses are expected to rise dramatically in the coming days, as the water recedes. It is a terrible disaster for our partner the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

On behalf of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the people and government of the Lao PDR. AIT stands ready to partner with Laos and others to assist rebuilding efforts of communities so devastated by this disaster.

How can you help?

The Embassy of the Lao PDR in Bangkok, Thailand, has established an online bank account for those who wish to donate financially to support Laos’ rehabilitation and relief efforts.



Bank Name: Krungsri

Account Name: The Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Bangkok, The Kingdom of Thailand.

Account Number: 214 – 001 - 7291


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President






(ii) Accident at the Swimming Pool

Email from AIT President (25 Jul. 2018)


Dear Members of the AIT Community

It is with deep sorrow to inform you that Mr. Md. Rashedul Basher, a professional master student in Banking and Finance of the School of Management (SOM) drowned and died due to muscle cramp while swimming at the AIT swimming pool on July 24, 2018. The incident occurred around 5:45 pm. 

AIT has informed the officials of the Bangladesh Embassy as well as the elder sister of the student in Bangladesh. The institute will arrange all formalities for the transfer of his body to Bangladesh in coordination with the Bangladesh Embassy at Bangkok.

I was reported that this tragic accident happened despite the attendance of the Life Guard at the swimming pool. The Life Guard, several staff and an AIT’s nurse have tried to rescue the victim without success. Nevertheless, I have asked the Director of OFAM to investigate and submit a report on how we can prevent this kind of accidents in the future.
On behalf of the entire AIT community, I would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends and wish his soul to rest in peace.


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President






(iii) Revised P&P on Faculty and Staff Official Travel (PA-4-1-1)


Through the endorsement of the AIT Management, the President approved the revised Institute Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statement on Faculty and Staff Official Travel (FB-4-1-1), with effect from 1 August 2018:


§    (revised)  FB-4-1-1   Faculty and Staff Official Travel

[III.A.4] Travel by faculty members is limited to a maximum total duration of two weeks (10 working days) per semester.

[V.B.] The use of Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for each country in lieu of per diem and maximum hotel accommodation expenses allowed for reimbursement for official travel.

[V.B.] For project-funded travels, when deemed necessary, voluntary reductions in DSA may be allowed for projects to remain competitive with clients / sponsors.


This revised P&P statement is Intranet-published under (FB) Financial and Business Affairs  , as well as attached herewith, along with the associated forms, for easy reference and perusal.

Please be guided accordingly.






(iv) SOM Welcomes New Visiting Faculty: Prof. Jeffrey Towson and Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana

Email from Dean SOM (30 Jul. 2018)


AIT’s School of Management (SOM) is pleased to welcome Prof. Jeffrey Towson and Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana, International Visiting Faculty members who will be teaching this August 2018 Term at Asoke Campus on 15th Floor, The Column Tower Bangkok.

Prof. Jeffrey Towson, a Doctor of Medicine from Stanford University School of Medicine, California (1999) completed his MBA in 2005 from Columbia University Business School, New York, U.S.A.  He was a Fulbright Fellow in Biophysics and Mathematics at Karolinska Institute, Solna, Sweden.

Dr. Jeffrey Towson is Professor of Investment, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China and a best-selling author. He is a specialist in global and cross-border investing, and is Managing Partner of the Towson Group, an investment firm based in New York, Dubai, and Shanghai. He previously served as Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Waleed, arguably the world’s first private global investor and nicknamed the “Arabian Warren Buffett” by Time Magazine. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of global investing (www.jeffreytowson.com). His latest books are the One Hour China Book, the One Hour China Contrarian Book and the One Hour China Consumer Book. All were (are) Amazon best-sellers.

Prof. Jeffrey Towson will teach course “SM80.9058 Private Equity Investment and Deal Committee” during August 2018 in SOM at Asoke Campus on 15th Floor, The Column Tower Bangkok. He can be contacted at: jeffreytowson@gmail.com , jeffreytowson@ait.ac.th

Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana obtained his PhD and MPhil degrees from Cambridge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK in 2005 and 2000 respectively

Asst. Prof. Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana is a faculty member at Department of Organization, Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management, Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University since 1999. He served as Director of International Affairs of the Faculty and Head of Department (2011-2015) and Associate Director of the Center for Corporate Communication and International Affairs (2009-2011).

Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana will be teaching course “SM80.1705 Leadership and Organization Management” to MBA Evening Program (18:00-21:00 hrs.) this term. He can be contacted by emails: sabcambridge@gmail.com , skulvisaechana@ait.asia






(v) Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave this Friday, 3rd August 2018

Email from AIT Medical Center (31 Jul. 2018)


Please be informed that Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave this Friday, 3rd August 2018. For those who have an appointment with the doctor during this period, please re-schedule your appointment.






(vi) Global Youth Climate Video Competition! Application Deadline - 31 August 2018!

Email from AIT Career Center (20 Jul. 2018)


Are you 18-30 and taking part in activities to fight climate change?

Send a 3 minute video for a chance to be a youth reporter at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in December.

The two themes of the 2018 Global Youth Video Competition are:

•             Sustainable Consumptions and Production

•             Green and Climate-friendly Jobs

For further information and application, click here.

Deadline for application: 31 August 2018 

The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme.


For more details, please contact:

UNFCCC secretariat
UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn


Email: secretariat@unfccc.int , sgp.info@undp.org , connect4climate@worldbank.org 

Please do not miss this opportunity and apply now!






(vii) New Trial Databases : eBook Academic Collection and eBook Business Collection


Email from AIT Library (2 Jul. 2018)

Please be informed that EBSCO has offered a trial for eBook Academic Collection and eBook Business Collection. The trial period starts from now until the end of December 2018. Full-text downloads are available.

For your information:

eBook Academic Collection

Offering more than 170,000 e-books, this collection includes titles from leading university presses such as Oxford University Press, MIT Press, State University of New York Press, Cambridge University Press, University of California Press, McGill-Queen's University Press, Harvard University Press and many others. Additional academic publishers include Elsevier, Ashgate Publishing, Taylor & Francis, Sage Publications and John Wiley & Sons.

Subject coverage includes: Art, Business and economics, Education, Language arts and discipline, Literary criticism, Medical, Performing arts, Philosophy, Poetry, Political science, Religion, Social science, Technology and engineering, and other academic fields.

eBook Business Collection

This collection offers more than 18,000 business e-books selected to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs. A key resource for academic and business school libraries, eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. Titles are available from many noteworthy academic and business publishers, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, World Scientific Publishing Company, Princeton University Press, AMACOM and Gallup Press.

The URLs to access “eBook Academic Collection Trial” and “eBook Business Collection Trial” are:

eBook Academic Collection Trial:



Book Business Collection Trial:



Please note that off-campus users will be required to enter ID and Password.  User ID and Password will be provided by the Library upon request via e-mail to the library at library@ait.ac.th.

The Library hopes that these trial databases will be useful for your study and research.  If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the Library at library@ait.ac.th






(viii) Online Performance Appraisal 2018 (covering the period 1 July 2017-30 June 2018)


Email from OHRS (2 Jul. 2018)

To all concerned immediate supervisors and Unit Heads of direct-hire (centrally-funded) staff members,


Please be informed that the online performance appraisal for this year 2018, covering the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 is now open.

The annual online performance appraisal process was implemented since July 2014 following the approval of the AIT Management.

The online system can be accessed through the “PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL” link in the HRIS menu (https://hris.ait.ac.th ).  The immediate supervisors can complete the individual Performance Appraisal Reports for all the employees under their supervision, and individually (electronically) submit them.  The Unit Heads shall then review and endorse all completed Performance Appraisal Reports not later than 18 August 2018.

The online / web-based system archived the appraisal results since year 2014 (“Appraisal History” link in the HRIS menu) and will build up annual data that will be available to unit heads / immediate supervisors and AIT Management.  The process will be carried out in conjunction with the annual budget process.  Based on the annual performance appraisal results, which will be used for the purpose of determining the annual salary adjustment and staff training and development needs, financial implications can be taken into consideration in the following fiscal year’s budgets.  Please note that those with no performance evaluations will not be considered for any performance-based merit payments and/or salary increments.

Should you encounter technical problems, please report them to Helpdesk (helpdesk@ait.asia).  Please convey other feedback to

HRO (hro@ait.asia ).






(ix) 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) Orientation for New Students: 3 Aug. 2018


An orientation program will be organized on 3 August 2018 for new students enrolled in the August 2018 semester.

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/orientation-new-students/ 










(a) Conference on Enhancing International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs: 28 – 29 Aug. 2018


AIT solutions will organize a Conference on Enhancing International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs at AIT on 28 – 29 August 2018.

More details at this link http://solutions.ait.ac.th/eicsti2018/






(b) 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/






(c) 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/







































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 soon.























D. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Dr. Jai G. Singh / India / 29 June – 5 August 2018

Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 30 June – 13 August 2018

Mr. Furgen Ali Shaikh / Karachi, Islamabad, Pakistan / 30 June – 5 August 2018

Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 15 July – 4 August 2018

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 20 – 22 July 2018*

Dr. Jonathan Leslie Shaw / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 23 – 24 July 2018*

Prof. Manukid Parnichkun / Tokyo, Japan / 23 July – 1 August 2018

Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 23 – 27 July 2018*

Takuji W. Tsusaka / Vancouver, Canada / 26 July – 7 August 2018

Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / HoChiMinh City, Vietnam / 29 July – 1 August 2018

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Xiamen, China / 29 July – 4 August 2018

Dr. K. R. Salin / Hokkaido, Japan / 30 July – 4 August 2018

Prof. C. Visvanathan / Mangalore, India / 31 July – 5 August 2018

Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Portland, USA / 5 – 11 August 2018

Dr. Kavinda Gunasakara / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 15 – 30 July 2018

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Chiang Mai, Thailand/ 1 – 2 August 2018

Dr. Abha Mishra / Vientiane, Laos/ 2 – 3 August 2018

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Seoul, Korea / 4 - 8 August 2018


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


















E. Classifieds (Jobs)



Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Software Developer (.Net) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 36/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Position: Software Developer (.JavaScript) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 37/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Librarian) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 33/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Library Assistant) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 34/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Position: Technical Staff (Lab Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 32/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Faculty Positions (School of Management) (SOM)
Ref. No. Fac 01/18
Deadline: 9 August 2018


Administrative Staff ( Program Officer) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 35/18
Deadline: 15 August 2018


Faculty Position: Associate/Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. Fac 04/18
Deadline: 17 August 2018


Dual position for Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (COEN) and faculty member (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 06/18
Deadline: 30 August 2018


Faculty Position: Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 03/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018


Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School) (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 31/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018