WEEK #49: 3 – 9 December 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)




A. Announcements



 (i) Promotion of Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen from the rank of Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

Email from VPAA on behalf of the AIT President, Dr. Eden Woon (30 Nov. 2018)


Dear Members of the AIT Community,

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen to the rank of Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD). I have approved his promotion taking into account the recommendations of the Faculty Evaluation Panel (FEP) and the SERD Professorial Board.

Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen was appointed at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Development in July 2014. Prior to joining AIT, some of the earlier positions he held were as follows:  i] Researcher, at the Laboratory of Biomedical Nanomaterials, Institute of Materials Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology during the period from 2013-2014, ii] Lecturer, at the International University-Vietnam National University, HCMC (2011-2013) and iii] Postdoctoral Fellow, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2010-2011).

Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Ohio State University, USA in 2009, and his Master of Science (MSc.) in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology, from the Asian Institute of Technology in 2005 during which time Dr. Loc received two graduation awards namely the Albert Stevens Prize (2005) and the AIT Alumni Association Prize (2005) for outstanding academic performance. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology from Can Tho University, Vietnam in 1997.

Dr.  Loc Thai Nguyen’s research encompasses the areas of non-thermal food processing technologies, mathematical modeling of foods and food processes, chemical sensors and biosensors for food safety application, and food waste recycling and utilization.

The curriculum vitae of Dr.  Loc Thai Nguyen, 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. Loc Thai Nguyen_promotion2018

We warmly congratulate Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen on this promotion in recognition of his valuable contributions to his field.


Dr. Eden Woon
Asian Institute of Technology





(ii) AIT Newsletter: December 2018

Email from OMCO (1 Dec. 2018)


Dear AIT Community,

The December 2018 edition of the monthly AIT newsletter is online.

The PDF version is attached, while the EPUB (iOS, android) and MOBI (Kindle, E-reader) versions can be downloaded from these links.

PDF: https://bit.ly/2TXp8sl
EPUB: https://bit.ly/2BH366f
MOBI: https://bit.ly/2BH366f


Happy Reading
Office of Media and Communications
Asian Institute of Technology






(iii) Condolence: passing away of the mother of Ms. Tin Nwe Aye, Technical Staff in UG

Email from OHRS (27 Nov. 2018)

We have learned with a heavy heart that Tin Nwe Aye's mother, Daw Aye Aye Than passed away today (27th November 2018) at the hospital, Yangon, Myanmar. Mrs Tin Nwe Aye is our Technical Staff in the Undergraduate Department.

Funeral rites and cremation ceremony will be held in Yangon, Myanmar.

On behalf of the AIT Community, we wish to express our condolences and sympathies to Ms.Tin Nwe Aye  and her family during this time of bereavement.






(iv) AIT Library User Satisfaction Survey 2018     

Email from AIT Library  ( 30 Nov. 2018)

Dear AIT Members,

To help the Library better understand and provide library resources to meet your requirement for your research and study, we would like to invite you to participate in the AIT Library User Satisfaction Survey 2018. The information from the survey will help the Library to improve the library services and facilities.

Please participate and complete the electronic survey by clicking on the link below.


Kindly note that the closing date of the survey is Thursday, 13 December 2018.  Participants of the survey please contact the staff at the circulation desk for small gifts.

All participants of the survey may have chance to win the following gifts.
-5 Ferrero Rocher Chocolate
- 3 Wireless mousses
- 2 Knapsacks
- 6 Teddy bears
- 3 Towels

The winners will be announced after the survey ended.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.






(v) Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be change time schedule

Email from AIT Medical Center (3 Dec. 2018)


Dear AIT Community,

We would like to inform you that the schedule of Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be changed from Friday, 7 December 2018 to Monday, 3 December 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.






(vi) December 31, 2018 closing announcement

To ensure that AIT completely record the 2018 transactions in this year and not delay to 2019, please strictly follow to this guidelines:

1)      2018 Payments cut off
●        All “approved” 2018 Payment Requests/ Cash Payment Summary with attached supplier invoices/receipts (dated within 2018) should be received by Finance Office by 24 December 2018.
●        Please avoid any delay submission of the above documents since Finance has deadline to close the annual account. Delay submission means your request for payment will not be able to charge to 2018 budget.

2)      Payroll
●        Overtime cut off is 13 December.
●        Actual overtime up to the cut-off date plus estimation of overtime for the remaining weeks up to 31st December 2018 must reach Finance Office by 13th of December 2018 for reserving in 2018 account.
●       Failure to submit estimated overtime within the deadline means there will be no budget to pay the overtime.

3)      Purchase Requisition (PR) and Purchase Orders (PO)
Before issuing Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order in December 2018, please check whether works/services can be delivered/completed within the year 2018 or not.  If yes, Purchase Requisition must be approved before 13 December 2018 and all Purchase Orders must be approved before 19 December 2018.
Work/service/Goods which cannot be completed/delivered within 2018, Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order must be issued in 2019 and will be charged to 2019 budget. External Auditor will not accept to record goods /services delivered in 2019 in the year 2018.

For materials/ services to be delivered in 2018, please request suppliers to submit their Suppliers’ invoices to Finance office by December 31 for recording in 2018 account.
Note: There is a repeated misunderstanding every year that by placing Purchasing Requisition (PR) or Purchase Order (PO) in 2018, it is sufficient to utilize the 2018 budget. This is not possible unless goods/services are delivered in 2018, not 2019.

4)      Settlement of outstanding Promissory Note and RTA
     Please settle your Promissory note and RTA within 24 December 2018.

5)      Invoicing Income

●    Schools/Units are requested to submit Requests pertaining to work/services performed for third parties in 2018 (e.g. fees recoverable from donors, income due from project sponsors) to Finance Office by 24 December 2018.

6)      Internal Charges
●      All Units which have authority to update Internal Charges through ERP must ensure that the charges of 2018 have been completely updated by 24 December 2018. Units which do not have the authority must submit the Internal Charge Form to Finance Office by 24 December 2018.

Other issues

7)      Sponsored Projects under Fund 30
Schools/cost centers to ensure Form E has been completely issued for all closing projects in 2018. Please also provide the list of the completed projects (both Academic and non-Academic projects) to Finance office. Khun Vandee, Administrative Staff, will contact schools/units for the list.

For further enquiries please contact:
●        Ms. Orawan Kosaipolkul, Senior Accounting Manager Ext # 6346
●        Ms. Chirapar, Finance Manager Ext # 6342 (for Payment)
●        Ms Pakkamol, Director, Procurement, Inventory and Assets Ext # 5029 (for Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order)





(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.

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




(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 2 seats available  (from 3 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )

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

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

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
























B. Events


(i)    EVENTS


 (a) AIT’s 130th Graduation: 14 Dec. 2018


The 130th Graduation of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will be held on 14 December 2018 from 09:00-12:00 hours at the Robert B Banks Auditorium, AIT Conference Center.

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/130th-graduation/






(b)  Blood Donation: 6 Dec. 2018

Email from AIT Medical Center (9 Nov. 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.

We again would like to ask for your help. The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Thursday, 6 December 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.

On behalf of needy patients whose lives you may save, we would like to thank you very much for your time and support.






(c) Orientation Day for New Students: 4 Jan. 2019


Orientation Day will be organized on 4 January 2018 for new students joining AIT at Robert B. Banks Auditorium.

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








(a) Asian Aquaculture 2018: 3 – 6 December 2018

Asian Aquaculture 2018 will be organized AIT from 3-6 December 2018 at the AIT Conference Center. More details at this link: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/asian-aquaculture-2018/






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

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

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









































C. Campus Updates


(i) Improvement project: Cleaning and Painting of Dorm J Building
Email from OFAM (11 Oct. 2018)
Please be informed that subcontractor will start the improvement project at Dorm J, to clean and paint the exterior and corridors of the building.
Project has started on 12 October 2018 (Friday)
Expected to finish soon.
During this time there may be loud noise and dust around the area work. Residents of Dorm J are requested to close their doors and windows properly. 
Apologies for any inconvenience that it may cause.
After this dorm, we will continue with dorm E and Dorm K, which will be announced later.


















D. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Dr. Indrajit Pal / Taiwan / 25 – 29 October 2018*
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, CA and Washington, D.C. USA / 18 November – 15 December 2018
Dr. Shah Syed Faizul Hassan / Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan / 21 November – 4 December 2018
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 23 – 25 November 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 23 – 25 November 2018*
Dr. Surachet Pravinvongvuth / Singes, Barcelona, Spain / 24 November – 3 December 2018
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Braunschweig, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Nairobi, Kenya / 24 November – 5 December 2018
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Dushanbe, Tajkistan / 28 November – 9 December 2018
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 29 November – 2 December 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 29 November – 2 December 2018*
Dr. Philippe Doneys / Yangon, Myanmar / 29 November – 5 December 2018
Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Myanmar / 1 – 2 December 2018*
Ms. Qing Xia  / Katowice, Poland / 1 – 9 December 2018
Ms. Aakanchya Budhathoki / Nairobi, Kenya / 2 – 7 December 2018
Mr. Lyan B. Villacorta / Katowice, Poland / 2 – 15 December 2018
Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Karachi, Pakistan / 3 – 8 December 2018
Mr. Fazle Karim / Karachi, Pakistan / 3 – 8 December 2018
Mr. Furqan All Shalkh / Karachi, Pakistan / 3 – 8 December 2018
Dr. Pisut Koomsap / Hong Kong / 3 – 8 December 2018
Ms. Isha Basyal / Moscow, Russia / 3 – 8 December 2018
Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto / Tokyo, Japan / 4 – 10 December 2018
Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 5 – 10 December 2018
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 5 – 13 December 2018
Mr. Jonathan  Brenes / Katowice, Poland / 8 – 18 December 2018
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Shanghai, P.R. China / 9 – 12 December 2018
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 9 – 13 December 2018

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















E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Research Associate (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 65/18
Deadline: 3 December 2018


Administrative Staff (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 66/18
Deadline: 7 December 2018


Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School) (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 31/18
Deadline: 14 December 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Assistant Program Officer) (AIT Extention)
Ref. No. 68/18
Deadline: 14 December 2018


Position: Director, Language Center
Ref. No. 67/18
Deadline: 15 December 2018


Position: Head, Climate Change Cluster (Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 64/18
Deadline: 15 December 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Finance Officer) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 41/18
Deadline: 31 December 2018


Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (AARM) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 09/18
Deadline: 31 December 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 69/18
Deadline: 4 January 2018


Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 15 January 2018