1MAY 2013Asian Institute of Technology MAY 2013INSIDE ISSUE.. .Recent News / Happenings at AIT................................................. 2People............................................................................................ 4Photo Gallery................................................................................. 5Backpage....................................................................................... 6mentioned that whileThailand is attracting a large shareof projects, Thai companies are also expanding in theregion, particularly to Myanmar.Prof. Louis Gabor Hornyak, Director, Center for Learn-ing, Innovation and Quality (CLIQ) stressed AIT’s in-ternationality and diversity. Ms. Joan Carla Gonzales,Coordinator, Career Center and Student Affairs, men-tioned that 18 companies were participating in the Ca-reer Fair for the first time.Photo feature on page 5>>Thirty-five companies and organizationsparticipated in the Career Fair at AIT organizedof 24 April 2013. The wide array which set footin the AIT Conference Center auditorium for the one-day jobs event included domestic and global companies.Welcoming the participants, Acting AIT President Prof.Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai remarked that AIT studentsare ideal candidates for the workplace since they studyin a unique international environment. “There are noforeign students in AIT, since every student enjoys thesame rights and privileges,” Prof. Worsak remarked. HeThirty-five companies join AIT Career FairProf. Louis Gabor Hornyak (left) and Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai at the AIT Career Fair.ProspectiveStudentsAPPLY NOW!www.ait.asia/applyonline/
2MAY 2013RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITChairman of the Board, Mr. Nopadol Gunavibool (extremeleft) at the Board of Trustees meeting on 22 April 2013.Prof. KanchanaKanchanasutProf. Sivanappan Kumar and Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasutappointed Acting Vice PresidentsTwo AIT faculty members have been appointed by theAIT Board of Trustees to serve as vice presidents. Pro-fessor Sivanappan Kumar was appointed Acting VicePresident for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and ProfessorKanchana Kanchanasut was made Acting Vice Presi-dent for Research (VPR), as endorsed by the Board at itsmeeting on 22 April 2013.The two appointments followed the resignation of Prof.S. Rakshit, VPR, last year and Prof. I. M. Pandey,VPAA,on 31 March 2013.According to Acting President, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, the new vice presidents will work half-time,sharing their work load with regular duties. Both Pro-fessor Kumar and Professor Kanchana waived any extrafinancial remuneration for their service to the Institute.Widely regarded in his field and possessing a globalnetwork, Professor Kumar is professor in Energy at theSchool of Environment, Resources and Development(SERD), where he also was once dean. Affectionatelynicknamed “The Mother of the Internet” in Thailand,Professor Kanchana is an expert in internet technologyand the founder of the TH domain name. She currentlyserves as director of the Internet Education & ResearchLaboratory (intERLab).Earlier, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nuku-lchai, Vice President for ResourceDevelopment, had been appointedActing President by the AIT Boardof Trustees effective from 1 April2013.His appointment followed the res-ignation of Prof. I M Pandey, VicePresident forAcademicAffairs, whoserved as Acting President since 4March 2013. Prof. Worsak had ear-lier served as Acting President from13 February - 3 March 2013. Prof. SivanappanKumarAIT, Wastewater ManagementAuthority (Thailand) and TREMIsign tripartite MoUA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 30April 2013 between Wastewater ManagementAuthority(WMA), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environ-ment, Thailand, and the Asian Institute of Technologyand Thai Resources and Environmental ManagementInstitute (TREMI) is expected to spur cooperation overthe next two years in master’s level education and short-term training in the field of wastewater treatment andmanagement.Acting President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai signedthe tripartite agreement titled “Education and trainingin the area of new concept on wastewater treatment andmanagement” on behalf of AIT at a signing ceremonyand press conference at the headquarters of WMA inBangkok. Also signing the MoU was Mr. Pairoj Satta-yasansakul, Director General, WMA, and Prof. SamornMuttamara, President, TREMI.From left: Prof. Samorn Muttamara, Mr. PairojSattayasansakul and Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai.
3MAY 2013RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAIT awarded € 3.4 million grant by EUScientistsatAITare set to introduce a “more intelligentpathway”forcultivating rice in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam throughsustainable agriculture development and System of Rice Intensifi-cation (SRI) following the grant of a five-year Euros 3.4 millionproject by the European Union.The grant enabled the launch on 9 April 2013 of the Asian Centreof Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI)at AIT. The ACISAI was officially inaugurated at a brief ceremonyby Prof. Jayant K. Routray, Chairman of the AITAcademic Senate,on behalf of Acting AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai,along with Prof. Norman T. Uphoff of Cornell University; Dr. RosaS. Rolle of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Prof.Amir Kassam of University of Reading; besides Dr. Abha Mishra,Project Team Leader and Dr. Prabhat Kumar, Regional Coordinator.73 students to arrivefrom JNTUK to AIT inAugust 2014Seventy-three students will arrive fromthe Jawaharlal Nehru TechnologicalUniversity Kakinada (JNTUK), AndhraPradesh, India to AIT in August 2014to pursue a Master’s degree under theexpanding Unified Program.A Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) and two memoranda of agree-ment were signed by Dr. Divya SunithaRaj, Trustee of SHE (Social Aware-ness, Health and Education) Founda-tion, and AIT’s Acting President, Prof.Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on 22 April2013. JNTUK and Jawaharlal NehruTechnological University Hyderabad(JNTUH) will offer their Bachelor’sprogram at their respective campuses,while AIT will offer the Master’s pro-gram to students completing the five-year program.AIT’s Dr. Nitin Kumar Tripathi ex-pressed confidence that following 73students in 2014, another 267 studentswould arrive in 2015, and it could reachits full capacity of 375 students in 2016with an annual tuition fee of 160 mil-lion THB.The signing ceremony at AIT.Inauguration of ACISAI.Norway adds 10 new scholarshipsfor MyanmarThe Government of Norway has increased by ten the total numberof full scholarships that it will fund for Myanmar students to study atAIT in theAugust 2013 semester. Head ofAIT’s External Relationsand Communications Office (ERCO), Mr. Ahmed Amjad Ali, con-firmed that the total number of scholarships for Myanmar studentshas gone up to 50 from the original pledge of 40.The increased valued at THB 160 million lasting from 2012-2014,boosts the overall three-year commitment to 130 scholarships, upfrom 120.
4MAY 2013PEOPLEProf. Kim Oanh interviewed by USAID, featured in ‘Impact Blog’Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh of Environmental Engineering and Manage-ment (EEM) was interviewed by USAID as a part of their “Women’s His-tory Month” theme. Her interview was featured in USAID’s ‘Impact blog’under the theme “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Cel-ebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”Titled “Paying It Forward - How Education Can Create a Better Environ-ment for Future Generation,” the interview focused on her work in thefield of environmental pollution and her inspiration to pursue science. Theinterview can be read at this link: http://goo.gl/PnX10Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim OanhMr. S. H. M. Fakhruddin, a doctoral student at AIT has been granted theAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) Berkner Fellowship. His paper on“Medium Range Ensembles Flood Forecasts for Community Level Ap-plications” is among the three selected as an Outstanding Student Paper.Mr. Fakhruddin will present his paper at the 2013 AGU meeting of theAmericas to be held at Cancun, Mexico from 14-17 May 2013. The pa-per is based on his Master’s research as a student of Water Engineeringand Management. Supervised by Prof. Mukand S. Babel of AIT, and Dr.Akiyuki Kawasaki, visiting faculty at AIT of the University of Tokyo, theresearch created a model to increase lead-time for flood forecasting inBangladesh.Mr. S. H. M. FakhruddinAIT student receives AGU Berkner FellowshipAIT alumnus Marrut Manistitya was recently appointed by Hitachi DataSystems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd.,as its managing director for Thailand.A Thai national, Mr. Marrut earned a Bachelor of Economics degreefrom Chulalongkorn University and a Master of Engineering degreefrom AIT in Industrial Engineering and Management in 1994. Prior tojoining Hitachi Data Systems, Mr. Marrut held key sales and informa-tion tachnology roles in several large companies such as Sun Microsys-tems and Hewlett-Packard.AIT alum appointed Hitachi Data Systems Managing Director forThailandMr. Marrut Manistitya
5MAY 2013PHOTO GALLERYAIT Career Fair: 24 April 2013AIT Food Fair: 10 April 2013
6MAY 2013Editor:Bajinder Pal Singhbajinder@ait.asiaDesigner:Nadhika MendhakaPhotos:Paitoon TinnapongFor feedback, contactMedia and CommunicationsUnit at AITmcu@ait.asiaBACKPAGENewsYouCanUse$300 Million Scholarship for Study in ChinaSignals a New FocusNew York Times reports:Follow AIT at• Facebook www.facebook.com/aitasia• Youtube www.youtube.com/aitasia • Twitter www.twitter.com/aitasia• Google+ https://plus.google.com/113705895909660110340/posts“The private-equity tycoon Stephen A. Schwarzman, backed by an arrayof mostly Western blue-chip companies with interests in China, is creating a$300 million scholarship for study in China that he hopes will rival the Rhodesscholarship.”The endowment represents one of the largest single gifts to education in theworld and one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever in China. The SchwarzmanScholars program will pay all expenses for 200 students each year from aroundthe world for a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.Read more at this link: http://goo.gl/nIWocEver been irritated by the use of headphones providedby tour guides at historic sites? Have you complainedthat the audio experience at tourist places dampens youroverall tour experience? Well, an AIT student has theanswer for you.“Augmented reality” is the answer according to Ms.Jittin, a Master’s student of Remote Sensing and Geo-graphical Information Systems.Armed with a tablet andan application that she created, visitors at the UNESCOWorld Heritage site of Ayutthaya can now benefit fromthe benefits of augment reality. Scan the tablet or yourphone towards the monument or temple, and a three-dimensional visualization will appear on your screen.A menu chart lists images, documents, video, website,audio, a 3D model and the route map. Click on the im-age to view the monument from different angles. ReadAyutthaya temples in for augmented reality, courtesy AIT studentMs. Jittin Chaitamart (left) and Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat.about the temples of Ayutthaya, and watch its videowhile standing right in front of the monument.More details are available at this link:http://goo.gl/svTPr