In this issue:
C. Campus Updates
D. Faculty and Staff Travel
E. Classifieds (Jobs)
(i) Year-end President's Message
Email from President (18 Dec. 2018)
Dear AIT family members,
We have just said goodbye to the latest AIT graduates at the 130th Graduation Ceremony. So I want to take this time to wish everyone in the AIT family, wherever you are or will be for the holidays, a joyous and healthy holiday season.
As we approach in two weeks the end of the year 2018, we can be filled with hope for the year 2019. Since I became President of AIT on September 1 this year, I have been helped by many AIT faculty and staff, students and alums in striving towards the goal to create a more innovative, entrepreneurial, global, relevant, and caring AIT. Actions are being taken and thinking is being adjusted in this joint effort.
Next year, gradually the new senior leadership team will take shape and we will move even faster, as we steadily work together to overcome the challenges which AIT faces.
However, let us take a pause and spend some time with family and friends during this holiday break. It will be a well-deserved rest for you all at this festive time.
Thank you for your work on behalf of AIT, and let us eagerly look forward to 2019!
May you and your family have a Happy New Year!
Dr Eden Woon
Asian Institute of Technology
(ii) Administrative Appointments effective 1 January 2019
Email from President (21 Dec. 2018)
I am pleased to announce to the AIT community the following administrative appointments effective 1 January 2019.
A. Vice Presidents:
The search for the three Vice Presidents (VPAA, VPA and VPKT) started in November 2018 and it is expected to be finalized at the beginning of 2019. Subject to the approval of the Board of Trustee at the end of January, the three new Vice Presidents will be able to join AIT in the second quarter of 2019. In the interim, I am pleased to extend the appointment of Prof. Sivanappan Kumar as the Vice President for Academic Affairs until 31 March 2019.
B. School Deans:
When the new VPAA comes on board, he/she will have a view towards the various Deans positions. Therefore, in the interim, I am grateful that the following faculty have agreed to serve as Dean in the interim, subject to the continuation of their appointments as the faculty member of the Institute.
SERD: Prof. Rajendra Shrestha to serve until 31 December 2019.
SET: Prof. Pennung Warnitchai to serve as Interim Dean until 30 June 2019.
SOM: Prof. Nazrul Islam to continue as Acting Dean until 30 June 2019.
The Institute is grateful to these four faculty members for accepting this additional responsibility. Let us all give them our full support.
Finally, on behalf of all members of the AIT community, I also wish to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul for his dedicated service to the School of Engineering and Technology in his capacity as the School Dean for more than three years as well as for his commitment to serve AIT as a faculty member for the past 20 years. His contributions to AIT have been numerous, and we are greatly appreciative!
We wish him all the best as he takes on another journey after his retirement from AIT.
Dr. Eden Woon
(iii) Concessionaires, Cafeteria & SU Snack Bar Year End Holiday 2018-2019
Email from Auxiliary Services (20 Dec. 2018)
Please be informed of the year-end holiday schedule for Concessionaires,
AIT Cafeteria and SU Snack Bar as below:
Bookstore: 28 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Kung Salon: 31 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Line Thai Massage 31 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Aston Shop: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Chill Chill Shop: 30 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
ZEN ZONE Massage: 30 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
UFM Bakery: 1 Jan 2019
Jammy Minimart: 29 – 31 Dec. 2018
Chittinan Hair Cut: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
So Good Café: 31 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Sari Sari: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Thai-Inter Food : 24 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Travel Click: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Hom Krun Coffee: 31 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Easy House: 31 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Yupin Grocery: OPEN
Vichai Laundry: 29 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
SU Photocopy: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Bicycle Shop: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Photocopy Library: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Bahay Kubo Kainan: 7 Dec. 18 – 7 Jan. 19
Kiosk West End: 29 Dec. 18 – 3 Jan. 19
Inthanin Coffee: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
7 Eleven: OPEN
Coffee Lounge Extension: 30 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Coffee Lounge SET: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Coffee Lounge Energy: 25Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Coffee Lounge AFE: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Coffee Lounge SOM: 30 Dec. 18 – 6 Jan. 19
Coffee Lounge ISE: 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Asian Food: 1 Jan. 2019
Thai Food: 27 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Too Noodle: 30 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Taste of Asia OPEN
Western Food: 29 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
SU Snack Bar
SU Snack Bar: OPEN
SU Beverage: OPEN
Lanka Food: 1 Jan. 2019
Royal Halal: OPEN
Happy Holidays and the Very Best of the New Year to all!
(iv) OFAM Services schedule during year end break
Email from OFAM (21 Dec. 2018)
Please be informed that following OFAM services are closed during year end break as per the below schedule. Kindly note that a team of 2 to 3 staff members will standby to support during the holiday season when the services are closed. Kindly approach nearest security guard for any emergency assistance.
Technical: 29 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Landscape: 29 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Janitorial: 29 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Mail Office: 25 – 28 Dec. 18 and 30 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 19
Motor Pool: 31 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Gas Delivery**: 30 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
Call Center: 30 Dec. 18 – 1 Jan. 19
*Accommodation cashier will be closed from 25 Dec. 18 – 2 Jan. 2019 and a standby staff will be available to assist the students
**Gas will be delivered only once a day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For assistance in English in case of emergency only:
• Please contact our Facilities Officer Khun Sophon at Mobile No. 094-9493797
The general work request could be still sent through:
(v) AITCC and Dining Services during year end break
Email from OFAM (24 Dec. 2018)
Please be informed about the AITCC and Dining Services during year end break as per the below schedule.
AITCC AITCC Dining
24-Dec-18 Normal Operation No buffet**
25-Dec-18 Normal Operation Ala Carte
26-Dec-18 7.00- 22.00 No buffet**
27-Dec-18 7.00- 22.00 Ala Carte
28-Dec-18 7.00- 22.00 No buffet**
29-Dec-18 Close* Close
30-Dec-18 Close* Close
31-Dec-18 Close* Close
1-Jan-19 Close* Close
2-Jan-19 7.00- 22.00 Ala Carte
3-Jan-19 Normal Operation Ala Carte
4-Jan-19 Normal Operation Noodle Buffet
* 2 to 3 staff will standby at AITCC to support the guests
** Ala Carte will be served though there is no buffet
(vi) 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.
(vii) Giveaway winners of the recent Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted by OFAM
Email from OFAM (20 Dec. 2018)
Our Customer Satisfaction Survey has just ended and we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all who participated and supported us in this activity. Rest assured that all your comments and feed backs will be taken into consideration and will be useful in providing a better service to the community.
As a token of appreciation, we prepared few giveaways and we would like to Techcongratulate the lucky winners as follows:
1. Regular buffet lunch coupon for 2 persons (served on Tuesdays) valued at Baht 150/person at AITCC Dining:
2. Noodle buffet lunch coupons for 2 persons (served on Wednesdays and Fridays) valued at Baht 89/person at AITCC Dining
3. 10 prizes which include wireless stereo head set, speakers, wireless mouse and AIT mugs
Please collect your prize at OFAM Admin Office, Rm. 2017 located at the 2nd floor of the Physical Plant Bldg. starting from tomorrow. Please bring along your ID and show it to our staff.
We would like also to take this opportunity to greet each and everyone of you a happy holidays and a joyful New Year 2019!
(viii) Announcement from the Social Security Office
Email from OHRS (17 Dec. 2018)
Dear AIT Employees,
This is to kindly inform you that the Social Security Office will no longer issue a new Social Security card after the current SS cards expires on 31 December 2018.
You can still continue to avail the Social Security benefits by going to the hospital which you have registered with the Social Security Office and present to the hospital staff your passport as proof of your identification and your current social security number. For Thai employees, please present your Thai Identification Card only.
For SS members who wishes to change their current hospital, please contact OHRS until 15 March 2019.
Please be guided accordingly.
(ix) Maintenance of the Library website server
Email from AIT Library (10 Dec. 2018)
Due to the Library website server maintenance, the following link is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
To search library materials and online databases during this period, please find the links below.
The Library Catalog to search library collection of books, theses, and other materials.
The Library apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
(x) Survey on Auxiliary Services Concessionaires
Email from auxiliary Services (15 Dec. 2018)
To facilitate on how effective the services provided by Auxiliary Services Concessionaries, we are requesting the community to express their views on how these services were conducted by participating in this survey. Please note that this would also help us to correct and improve their performance to serve the community in a better way.
The survey link,
For those of you who assist us with this survey, as a gesture of thanks, there will be a raffle draw (winners to be announced on 3 January 2019) and prizes at stake as follows:
1st Price = 3 (Three) Power Bank (eloop 11000 mAh)
2nd Price = 2 (Two) Bluetooth Speaker
3rd Price = 6 (Six) AIT Thermos Bottle
Consolation Price = 10 (Ten) Beverage Coupon for 2 persons valued at 65.00 Baht each at Hom Krun Coffee
Survey starts from today till 31 December 2018.
Thank you very much for your kind cooperation and support.
(xi) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
(xii) Vacant Seats Available for Staff Vans
Email from Office of Human Resources Services (9 Jan. 2018)
Kindly be informed that the available seats for AIT Staff Vans are indicated as follows:
Route 1: Latplakaow - Ramintra - Sapanmai - Phaholyothin km. 27 - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)
Route 2: Sathorn - BTS Morchit - Vibhavadi - AIT , still has 2 seats available (from 3 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )
Route 3 : Nonthaburi - BTS Ministry of Public Health - Pongpetch - Laksi - Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)
Route 4: Thonburi- The Mall Tha-pra - Pinklao Intersection- Rama VII Bridge -Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 4 seats available (from 5 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)
For further communication and reservation, please contract Khun Jirada at ext.5018 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(i)LECTURES / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES
(a) 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).
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. Oleg Shipin / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 28 November 2018*
Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Saraburi, Thailand / 11 December 2018*
Ms. Pimchanok Prapasriket / Rayong and Chonburi, Thailand / 12 – 14 December 2018*
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Chittagong, Bangladesh / 18 – 20 December 2018*
Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto / Tokyo, Japan / 24 – 26 December 2018
Mr. Fazle Karim / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 21 December 2018 - 06 January 2019
Mr. Syed Mantasir Hussain Bokhari/ Dhaka, Bangladesh/ 21 December 2018 - 06 January 2019
Dr. Jai G. Singh / India / 03 - 08 January 2019
Ms. Khuaymai Thongkham / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 02 - 06 January 2019
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)
E. Classifieds (Jobs)
Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (AARM) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 09/18
Deadline: 31 December 2018http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/537