WEEK #7: 12 - 18 Feb. 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)



A. Announcements


(i)    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. The program for the two events are enclosed for your kind information and perusal.

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

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
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

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


(ii)    Official Travel

Email from President (6 Feb. 2018)


To AIT faculty and staff,

Please be advised and reminded to strictly comply with Institute Policy & Procedure (P&P) statements, including the one for Faculty and Staff Official Travel (FB-4-1-1).

It has recently been brought to my attention that administrative units and relevant offices have been lax when Institute P&Ps are not being followed. Thus, School / Department / Center / Program administrative staff are specifically urged to be vigilant, and to inform their faculty and staff members of acceptable stipulations and to point out any practices contrary to Institute P&Ps.

Some of the stipulations that are not strictly observed, include, among others, the following:

The traveler should complete the RRTE form within 30 days of completion of the trip. Any unsettled advance for travel expenses after this due date will have an interest penalty of 1.5% per month. The outstanding amounts will be deducted from the requestor’s payroll after an overdue period of two months. The Institute reserves the right not to grant renewal / reappointment of employment contract unless all overdue RTA is settled upon submission for approval of employment renewal / reappointment to the administration.

Any change in routing requires approval by the President or delegated Vice President, upon endorsement of the Dean or Unit Head, with justification to be provided by the traveler through a memorandum.

Only a non-endorsable economy class air ticket by an acceptable carrier is allowed. Business class is not allowed. However, one’s accumulated Professional Development Fund (PDF) may be used to supplement the additional cost of upgrade to business class travel.

The Institute, through the Dean or Unit Head, reserves the right not to approve succeeding RTAs unless reports of previous travels are submitted.

Only those items shown in the RTA form will be reimbursed to the traveler(s), i.e., requestor and accompanying persons. The approved RTA form will form the basis for the maximum authorized travel expenses.

Normally, all reasonable and allowable costs associated with official travel are reimbursed, but any departures from the approved schedule of costs itemized on the RTA must be justified by valid documents, and payment authorized by the President or delegated Vice President.

Requests for international travel authorization must be submitted as early as possible, but, in any case, no later than two weeks before the proposed departure date. AIT assumes no responsibility for requests submitted at shorter notice.

Requests for domestic travel authorization must be submitted as early as possible, but, in any case, no later than one week in advance.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no faculty and staff may receive an advance for travel expenses if he/she has an earlier advance which has not been settled.

The traveler should submit a travel report upon completion of each and every trip. The report shall summarize the activities, accomplishments and necessary follow up activities, if any, and corresponding responsible person or unit. The travel report shall be submitted to the Dean or Unit Head along with the Request for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses (RRTE).

Since the approved RTA form the basis for the maximum authorized travel expenses, the traveler may be advised to cover the excess amount from their accumulated Professional Development Fund or salary, unless justifications for departures from the approved schedule of costs provided by the traveler through a memorandum, upon endorsement of the Dean or Unit Head, are approved and payment authorized by the President or delegated Vice President.

Please be guided accordingly.

Thank you.


Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President



(iii)    Confirmed Notes AIT Management 25 Jan 2018

Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (6 Feb. 2018)

At its 1 February 2018 meeting, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 25 January 2018 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes.


(iv)    Designation of webmasters for AIT websites

Email from OMCO (7 Feb. 2018) 


Dear Faculty and Staff members,

In addition to the main AIT website (https://www.ait.ac.th), 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.

Below is the Google Sheet with a list of various AIT websites. Kindly add the name and email of the individual who will be the designated webmaster for your website.

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

If your website is missing, feel free to contact us at omco@ait.ac.th.



(v) 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: 15 Feb 2018
Reference: AIT/DCI-FOOD-2012/2018-01ME
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/opportunities/bids/tender-mid-term-evaluation-sustaining-enhancing-momentum-innovation-learning-around-sri-lmb/



(vi)    Presentation on the New Health Insurance Cards

Email from interim Director- OHRS (1 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, the South East Insurance Public Company 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.
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.


(vii)    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)    Inauguration Ceremony of the Robert B Banks Auditorium: 20 Feb. 2018


The inauguration ceremony of the AIT Auditorium as the Robert B Banks Auditorium and the Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium Lecture and Public Discussion will be held at the AIT Conference Center on 20 February 2018 from 1300-1700 hours.
More details are available at this link: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/inauguration-ceremony-robert-b-banks-auditorium/

The detailed program can be downloaded at this link: https://www.ait.ac.th/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2018/02/SPECIAL-EVENT_Inauguration-Ceremony-of-the-Robert-B.-Banks-Auditorium-Milton-E.-Bender-Lecture-and-Public-Discussion-Tuesday-Feb.-20-2018.pdf


(b)     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.




(c)    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)    MSIE 4.0 Public Seminar: 13 Feb. 2018

AIT will organize MSIE 4.0 Public Seminar which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as follows:

Date: 13 February 2018
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Venue: AIT Conference Center, AIT
More details:



(c)    ICT Seminar Talk entitled "Deriving Human Behavior from Mobile Big Data and Its Case Studies": 14 Feb. 2018

School of Engineering and Technology’s ICT Department will organize a seminar talk entitled "Deriving Human Behavior from Mobile Big Data and Its Case Studies" by Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn, Project Assistant Professor from Center of Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo and Visiting Faculty, RS&GIS/AIT.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Time: 1.00 pm.-3.00 pm.
Venue: Milton Bender Auditorium
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/talk-deriving-human-behavior-mobile-big-data-case-studies/



(d)   Project Planning Services (PPS) Career Talk : 14 Feb. 2018

AIT Career Center will organize another Career Talk by Project Planning Services, a leading engineering professional services firm. The talk will be a great opportunity to get some insights directly from Mr. Theerathon Tharachai, Vice Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Managing Director of the company. Many job positions are available, with the following details :

Date: 14 February 2018 (Wednesday)
Time : 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue : TV Room, 2nd Flr., AIT Conference Center
Jobs available : Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Structural Designer, Architect, Draftsman, Safety Officer, Quantity Surveyor, Programmer / IT Support, and Secretary / Coordinator

- Working day Monday – Friday.
- Working hour 8:00-17:00
- Overtime Fee
- Provident Fund
- Insurance Package
- Medical check up
- Travel
- Party

About Project Planning Services: PPS group is one of the leading engineering professional service firms in Thailand, providing engineering and architectural services for both private and public sectors. PPS serves a wide range of clients includes retail, residential, healthcare, education, hospitality, industrial, office and public infrastructure. PPS provides comprehensive services on all aspects of project management and engineering design from initial conception to completion of the project including continuation of services and facility management.

To pre-register, please fill up the link below :


How to Apply: Please forward your updated CVs to hr@pps.co.th



(e)   Special lecture “Development Cooperation of the European Union: Priorities, Strategies and Methodological Considerations”: 14 Feb. 2018

SERD’s Department of Development and Sustainability will organize a special lecture on “Development Cooperation of the European Union: Priorities, Strategies and Methodological Considerations” by Mr Jerome Pons, Head of Cooperation from the EU Delegation in Bangkok.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Time: 15:30 – 16:15 hrs
Venue: Room S101, SERD
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/special-lecture-development-cooperation-european-union-priorities-strategies-methodological-considerations/






(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

  • The delegation from the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Afghanistan, led by H.E. Mr. Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, Deputy Minister of Academic Affairs (also WEM alumnus) / 12 Feb. 2018 / to further strengthen existing partnership to build capacity for higher education in Afghanistan through post graduate education, targeted research of priority of Afghanistan and short term trainings and workshops; and ii) Consult and address issues of MoHE Afghan Scholars at AIT and receive progress made by the students.


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. Binod Bhatta / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 6 – 9 December 2017*
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Pakistan / 18 – 20 January 2018*
Mr. Furqan Ali Shaikh / Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan / 28 January – 17 February 2018
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 30 January – 2 February 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 1 – 4 February 2018*
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 3 – 5 February 2018*
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 3 – 5 February 2018*
Mr. Ashwin Ashok Mysore / Uttaradit, Thailand / 4 – 6 February 2018*
Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong / Phuket, Thailand / 7 – 9 February 2018*
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 5 – 8 February 2018*
Ms. Kanchana Wilailak and Ms. Wilailuk Yooprem / Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand / 9 February 2018*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 6 – 9 February 2018*
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 9 – 12 February 2018
Ms. Warindhorn Wachirasiri / Chonburi, Thailand / 10 – 11 February 2018*
Ms. Slanee Meeto / Chonburi, Thailand / 10 – 11 February 2018*
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 12 – 18 February 2018
Dr. Pisut Koomsap and Ms. Duangthida Hussadintorn Na Ayuthaya / Songkla, Thailand / 13 – 15 February 2018
Dr. Matthew Dailey / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 14 – 17 February 2018
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 14 – 23 February 2018
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 14 – 23 February 2018
Mr. Viraphan Samadi / Kathmandu, Nepal / 17 February – 1 March 2018
Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Phoenix, USA / 18 – 23 February 2018

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




F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Faculty Position (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 04/2017
Deadline: 15 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 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 (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 08/18
Deadline: 25 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


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