WEEK #8: 19 - 25 Feb. 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)



A. Announcements



Email from President (19 Feb. 2018)


Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 1:00– 4:00 pm
Venue: AIT Conference Center, Auditorium

Dear Friends

I would like to invite former colleagues, alumni and friends to attend the 2018 Bender Lecture and to witness the honoring of AIT’s third President, Professor Robert B. Banks.
Please reserve your seat by calling 02-524-6367.



The 2018 Bender Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Adrian Ray Chamberlain on ‘SEATO-GSE AND AIT: Beginnings and Visions for the Future’.
Dr. Chamberlain was a former President of the Colorado State University (CSU) from 1969 until 1980. Colorado State University was assigned to administer the United States contribution for the establishment and operation of the Asian Institute of Technology during its formative period from 1958 to 1975, under the CSU/AID Contract. AIT Founding President Milton E. Bender was a close colleague of Dr. Chamberlain as they together charted out the future plan for AIT as the first international postgraduate institute of Asia. In the life of an educational institution, sixteen years is a short period of time. For the AIT, however, it was during this early period that the foundations for future directions were established.



Professor Banks is remembered for the important contributions he made towards the growth and development of AIT during his presidency. When AIT suffered its first major financial crisis in 1974-5, AIT’s founding President Professor Milton E Bender Jr. had to return for a year, to control the precarious situation. Professor Robert B Banks was called back to serve as Vice President and Provost, and subsequently designated as the next President of AIT in 1976.
Among Professor Bank’s many accomplishments, his major contributions include the expansion of AIT academic programs, the wider involvement of donor countries, the greater increase of faculty strength and student population, and the improvement of AIT's infrastructure. All these set a solid foundation for the next 25-year period of continued expansion and financial stability for AIT.
President Bob Banks, aside from being an established academician, was a true gentleman, and an accomplished diplomat. Together with Mrs. Gunta Banks, they have represented AIT magnificently and helped built the proud legacy of AIT today.
I am grateful to the AIT Board of Trustees for having unanimously agreed to name the main AIT Auditorium, the “Robert B Banks Auditorium”, in recognition of the valuable contributions made to AIT by former President Professor Banks.


With kind regards,
Prof Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President

(ii)    Invitation to the Inauguration of "The Robert B Banks Auditorium" and "Thanat Khoman Lecture Series"

Email from President (7 Feb. 2018)


Dear Members of the AIT Community,

The AIT Board of Trustees at its meeting on 20 July 2017, had approved my proposal to honor the late AIT President Professor Robert B. Banks by naming the AIT Auditorium as "The Robert B. Banks Auditorium". Professor Robert B. Banks served as the President of AIT from January 1977 to July 1982, succeeding the founding AIT President Prof. Milton E. Bender Jr. and is remembered for the important contributions he made towards the growth and development of AIT during his Presidency. Prior to that, Professor Banks held the position of Vice-President and Provost. During his distinguished career, Professor Banks was recognized for his outstanding contributions to education and received numerous honors and awards, including the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Government of France, and the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant from His Majesty the King of Thailand.

I am pleased to inform you that the John F. Kennedy Foundation of Thailand for Thai-American Friendship is sponsoring a special lecture series in honor of H.E. Dr. Thanat Khoman, the Late Chairman Emeritus of the AIT Board of Trustees and former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand. Dr. Adrian R Chamberlain, former President of the Colorado State University (CSU) has been invited as the inaugural speaker for the lecture series. There will be a Milton E Bender Lecture at AIT on 20 February 2018, followed by a Thanat Khoman Lecture on 22 February 2018 in Bangkok.

Prior to the start of the Milton Bender Lecture on 20 February 2018, we will have a special ceremony to inaugurate “The Robert B. Banks Auditorium", also in light of the close bond former President Banks shared with President Bender. On behalf of the AIT community, I would like to extend a most cordial welcome for members of the AIT community to participate in this important event, which will showcase AIT's appreciation for the great contributions made by President Robert B. Banks. You are cordially invited to participate in the Milton Bender Lecture and Thanat Khoman Lecture as well.

I would like to request if you could please kindly inform colleagues or friends whom you are in contact with who knew or had association with President Banks about these events.

Please kindly register your participation through the below link.

Registration Link


In order to facilitate the participation of members of the AIT Community in the special ceremony to inaugurate “The Robert B. Banks Auditorium" at 13:00 hours on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, classes in conflict with this event are to be cancelled. Classes may also be rescheduled and make-up arranged.

AIT contact person:
Ms. Piyapat Kallaya, Senior Program Officer, Office of External Relations
phone: (66 2) 524-6367
email: pkallaya@ait.ac.th

Yours sincerely,

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/inauguration-ceremony-robert-b-banks-auditorium/


(iii)    Live broadcast of the inauguration ceremony of the AIT Auditorium as "The Robert B. Banks Auditorium"/Milton E. Bender Jr. Lecture/Public Discussion

Email from Helpdesk (13 Feb. 2018)


The inauguration ceremony of the AIT Auditorium as "The Robert B. Banks Auditorium" as well as the Milton E. Bender Jr. Lecture and Public Discussion will be live broadcasted on Internet on 20 February 2018 starting from 13:00 hrs. from the following URL: http://livebroadcast.ait.ac.th/RBBCeremony2018/

(iv)    Reminder: Webmasters of individual AIT websites

Email from OMCO Director: 14 Feb. 2018


Dear Faculty and Staff members,

Besides the main website, AIT also hosts a number of individual websites for its schools, offices, units and projects etc.

We need to designate a webmaster to each of these individual websites.

The webmaster will be responsible for the website's content and maintenance, and s/he will ensure that it is updated regularly. Individual RC/SC/Office/Unit can depute and authorize an individual who will act as the webmaster.


Enclosed is the Google Sheet with a list of various AIT websites. Kindly add the name and email of the individual in this sheet.


Please appreciate that all websites need to have a webmaster/owner.

If your website is missing, feel free to contact us.



(v) Extended library hours from 15 -28 February 2018

Email from Library (14 Feb. 2018)


AIT Library has extended the library hours to one o'clock in the morning during the mid-semester exams from 15-28 February 2018. The Library hours will be as follows.

Monday - Sunday 8.00 a.m. -1.00 a.m.


(vi)    Tender - Mid-term Evaluation - Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around SRI-LMB

Job id : 116064
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Invitation to tender to Mid-term Evaluation of the EU funded Project “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB)”

Date: 22/01/2018

Apply by: 20 Feb 2018

Reference: AIT/DCI-FOOD-2012/2018-01ME

Link on SRI-LMB website:

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/opportunities/bids/tender-mid-term-evaluation-sustaining-enhancing-momentum-innovation-learning-around-sri-lmb/


(vii)    Presentation on the New Health Insurance Cards

Email from interim Director- OHRS (15 Feb. 2018)


Please be informed that effective 31 December 2017, AIT faculty and staff are entitled to acquire the new health insurance cards administered by the new medical benefits provider.

Hence, OHRS, in cooperation with, Aon Hewitt, Consulting Team, will organize a forum on the new medical benefits coverage and procedures.

WHEN : Friday, February 23, 2018

VENUE : AIT Auditorium.

TIME : 13.30 hrs - 15.00 hrs.

AGENDA : 1. Benefits Coverage
2. Exclusion of policy
3. Claim Process
As this forum is essential for you and your family to come across the new medical coverage and procedures, we would like to invite all of you to attend this forum.


(viii)    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 4 seats available ( from 5 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 Announcement: 7 Mar. 2018

Email from Medical Center (2 Feb. 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 Wednesday, 7th March 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.


(b)    AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition - 28 March 2018!

Email from AIT Career Center & Student Welfare Unit (6 Feb. 2018)

Nine(9) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 28 March 2018 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the AIT Conference Center.
COMPANIES who have confirmed to join so far:
·   Pylon PCL
·  Bouygues-Thai Ltd.
·  Asian Engineering Consultants (AEC)  Corp. Ltd. 
·  Panya Consultants Co. Ltd.
·  Goldwind International (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
·  Dee Staff Recruitment Co. Ltd. 
·  Siam Makro PCL
·  Erawan Sugar Co. Ltd.

·  Long-term career prospects
·  Job placements
·  Internship opportunities
·  On-the-job training
·  Research partners
·  Networking with company representatives
·  Free Goodies!

Please help us in spreading the word out about the Fair !!!  And let us know as well if you have any company contacts that you want us to invite to the Fair.

Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.ac.th
or check/like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter
or email: careercenter@ait.ac.th
or contact us via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326 



(a)    Inaugural H.E. Dr. Thanat Khoman Lecture: 20 - 22 Feb. 2018

AIT will host the Inaugural H.E. Dr. Thanat Khoman Lecture Series that is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Foundation of Thailand for Thai-American Friendship. Dr. Adrian Ray Chamberlain former President, Colorado State University, United States of America will deliver the inaugural lecture on 22 February 2018 at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok, from 1800:2000 hours.

The annual lecture is supported by the John F Kennedy Foundation. The Foundation has already handed over a cheque of 500,000 THB to AIT. Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman, AIT Board of Trustees received the cheque from Ms. Doris Wibunsin, Honorary Treasurer of the John F Kennedy Foundation of Thailand for Thai-American Friendship on 18 July 2017. Attending the cheque handover ceremony was Dr. John Nelson (Vice Chairman of the Board), Mrs. Darlene Nelson; and Mr. Karma Rana, Institute Secretary, AIT.

A former Chairman Emeritus of the AIT Board of Trustees, Dr. Thanat was a former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand.

The first lecture will be held at the AIT Auditorium on 20 February 2018, followed by another lecture at Chulalongkorn University on 21 February.


(b)    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/



(a)    Thai, Chinese and French Courses for Beginners

Email from Language Center (8 Jan. 2018)

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of language courses.
•    Survival Thai Course for Beginners
·         22 January – 7 March 2018
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

•    Chinese Course for Beginners
·         22 January – 7 March 2018
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: Group 1 (17:00 – 18:30)  Group 2 (12:00-13:00)
·         The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

•    French Course for Beginners
·         31 January – 16 March 2018
·         Wednesday and Friday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Register and make a payment at the Language Center, Room 216.



(b)    Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation: 12 – 23 Mar. 2018

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the AIT, in cooperation with UNDP and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific, will organize the second run of the training course on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation under the Climate Change Asia initiative from 12 – 23 March 2018 in Bangkok (exact location to be confirmed)

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



C. Visitors

  • Executives from Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defense / 23 Feb. 2018 / to explore about technology that will enhance the defense capacity of Thai military especially in the fields of Nanotechnology and Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS)


D. Campus Updates

(i)    New AITCC Annex & renovation of car park near Arcade

A new AITCC Annex building will be constructed opposite to AIT swimming Pool/AIT Solutions. The construction work will start from 1 October 2017 and expected to be completed by April 2018. To prepare the area for construction, the car park area opposite to swimming pool/AIT Solutions will be demolished partially and a new sewage line will be laid from Arcade area.

During the process of this work, the area will be barricaded and there might be some disturbance as well as noise.

Please be also informed that currently partial section of car park area opposite to Arcade is being renovated. It may take a week to complete the work and the area will be closed.




E. Faculty and Staff Travel


Mr. Md Zia Islam / Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Thailand / 28 – 30 January 2018*
Prof. Nitin K. Tripathi / Pondicherry, India / 4 – 9 February 2018*
Mr. Hendra Gupta / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 6 – 14 February 2018*
Dr. Kavinda Gunasekara / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 7 – 12 February 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 8 – 11 February 2018*
Mrs. Cha-on Phasuravong and Ms. Sarina Prathan Thapa / Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand / 9 February 2018*
Dr. Nophea Sasaki and Mr. Manjunatha Venkatappa / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 9 – 11 February 2018*
Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong / Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand / 10 February 2018*
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 14 – 23 February 2018
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 14 – 23 February 2018
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya, Thailand / 15 – 20 February 2018
Mr. Viraphan Samadi / Kathmandu, Nepal / 17 February – 1 March 2018
Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Phoenix, USA / 18 – 23 February 2018
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Kathmandu, Nepal / 19 – 27 February 2018
Nisarat Tansakul / Kathamandu, Nepal / 19 – 26 February 2018
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Phnom Penh, Cambodia/ 22 – 24 February 2018
Glazlel Kae G. Tagamolila / Kathamandu, Nepal / 23 – 25 February 2018
Dr. Duc Hoang Nguyen / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 22 – 24 February 2018

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




F. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Administrative Staff (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 11/18
Deadline: 19 February 2018


Position: General Support Staff (Driver) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)

Ref. No. 10/18
Deadline: 19 February 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 05/18
Deadline: 22 February 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Social Media and Promotions Coordinator) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 52/17
Deadline: 18 February 2018

Administrative Staff (Webmaster) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 51/17
Deadline: 18 February 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 08/18
Deadline: 25 February 2018

Position: Senior Librarian (Head of Cataloguing Section)
Ref. No. 12/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018


Position: Structural Engineer (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 07/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Position: Licensing Counsel Officer (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 06/17
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (IT Officer) (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 01/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (IT Officer) (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 02/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 03/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Finance & Accounting Officer) (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 04/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 09/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Librarian) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 12/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018


Position: Administrative Staff (Library Assistant) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 13/18
Deadline: 28 February 2018


Faculty Positions (School of Management)
Ref. No. Fac 01/18
Deadline: 28 March 2018


Technical Staff (Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 45/17
Deadline: 31 March 2018