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  1. 1. 1 Asian Institute of Technology APRIL 2012 H.E. Ms. Katja Christina Nordgaard, Ambassador of Norway to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar unveiling the scholarships at Yangon, Myanmar. AIT unveils 40 annual Norwegian scholarships for Myanmar studentsA major scholarship scheme for students from Myanmar has been announced at the Asian Instituteof Technology. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, education provided by AIT serves the region effectively. “AIT has been highly recognized for its extensive range of educational programs, research, training and outreachRoyal Norwegian Government, the program will support expertise and experience,” she added. “I trust that AIT40 Master’s students each year over a period of three years. will be the best place to offer the kind of knowledge andThe Government of Norway will provide 30 million NOK expertise that will be relevant to the development needs(around 160 million THB) for these scholarships. of the country, ” the Ambassador remarked.Unveiling the scholarships at a function in Myanmar, Details of the scholarship are available at this link:H.E. Ms. Katja Christina Nordgaard, Ambassador of to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar stated that norway-and-sida-scholarships-for-myanmar-nationals INS I DE I S S UE . . . Recent News / Happenings at AIT................................................. 2-4 PEOPLE........................................................................................ 5 Backpage....................................................................................... 6
  2. 2. Recent News / happenings at AITAPRIL 2012 2Thai Deputy Prime Minister assures release of funds to AITDeputy Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. campus repairs and rebuilding. The Deputy Prime Minister, who isMr. Yongyuth Wichaidit, has assured AIT also Minister of Interior, gave this assurance to AIT President Prof.of the release of flood emergency funds for Said Irandoust on 15 March 2012. The meeting on 15 March 2012 followed an earlier meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister held on 9 December 2011, and the conse- quent approval of the release of flood emergency funds to AIT by the Royal Thai Government. AIT was devastated by the flood and half of its campus facilities were severely affected by the floodwaters, fol- lowing which the AIT President had met the Deputy Prime Minister seeking help. Prof. Irandoust thanked the Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth for his From left to right: Pol. Gen. Dato Prung encouragement and support to AIT. Prof.Irandoust was accompanied Boonpadung, Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, General by Mr. Mir Nusrat Alikhan, Advisor to AIT, who had arranged the Sornchai Montaravit, H.E. Mr. Yongyuth Wichaidit, Mr. Mir Nusrat Alikhan, and Prof. meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister. Said Irandoust. AIT is a Center of Excellence: Indonesian AmbassadorAmbassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Thailand, H. E. Mr. Lu-tfi Rauf has complimented AIT, describing it as a “center of excel-lence” in many fields, particularly in science and technology.H.E. Mr. Rauf made these remarks during his maiden visit to AIT on22 March 2012. “Through your programs, Indonesian students havespread all over the world, and are carrying out the task of facingglobal challenges,” the ambassador said. “It is my endeavor to estab-lish close cooperation with leading institutions and universities,” hesaid, adding that AIT helps preparing people in responding to globalissues, particularly on the issue of sustainable development. From left: Prof. Said Irandoust, Prof. Didik Sulistyanto and H. E. Mr. Lutfi Rauf. 21 students complete Professional Masters in Banking and Finance Twenty-one students were awarded professional transcripts at the completion ceremony of the Professional Master’s in Banking and Finance (PMBF) pro- gram offered by AIT. Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossian, com- plimented all the successful candidates and thanked AIT for contributing to- wards capacity building in Bangladesh. All 21 participants in the first batch of the PMBF program are officers of the Bangladesh Bank. Mr. Ahsah Ullah and Mr. M. Mahfuzur Rahman, Executive Directors of Bangladesh Bank also par-H.E. Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossian ticipated in the completion ceremony held at Plaza Athenee Hotel in Bangkok.
  3. 3. Recent News / happenings at AITAPRIL 2012 3Open forum for AIT students At an open information forum conducted by President Prof. Said Irandoust on 21 March 2012 at the Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium, AIT students got first- hand information about all ongoing efforts to rebuild and upgrade the campus. The president, who chairs the AIT Rebuilding and Upgrade Committee, dis- closed full details of AIT’s ongoing efforts to secure flood-aid from the Royal Thai Government (RTG), as well as AIT’s flood damage compensation claims with its insurance company. Hold-ups on both fronts are the primary reason for the delays in refurbishing damaged facilities on campus, President Irandoust explained. Students voiced their concerns about communication of the overall plan, engagement by their student representative with the Rebuilding and Upgrade Committee; and ex-Prof. Said Irandoust plained the critical day-to-day problems they face while living on campus.A detailed FAQ can be read at this link ( AIT Rebuilding Plan presentation from the forum is available at this link ( Force set up to protect AIT campus from future floodsResponding to the risk of flood re- own faculty members, including Prof.Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, AIToccurring in Thailand this year, AIT academics from structural, geotech- Vice President, Resource Devel-has instituted a specialized Task nical, hydraulic, and water manage- opment. A high priority will be toForce to devise a flood protection ment engineering fields, as well as determine the probability a majorplan for its Pathumthani province experts from the fields of natural flood occurring this year. The AITcampus. Announcing the formation resource management, remote sens- experts will study flood preventionof the Task Force on 2 March 2012, ing, disaster risk analysis, and struc- options for the campus, including aAIT President Prof. Said Irandoust tural and project management. dyke / retaining wall system and asaid it brings together the consid- flood passage way to be constructederable technical expertise of AIT’s The Task Force will be chaired by by August this year. AIT-Vietnam launches a New Public Information push AIT-Vietnam launched a new public information push this month, unveiling its new website and the inaugural issue of its bimonthly Newsletter to the public. Dr. Amrit Bart, AIT-VN Director, explains: “We are growing and we hope the new website and newsletter will help to inform the public of the great opportunities existing at AIT- VN.” The first issue ( pdf) provides the latest news about major events at AIT Vietnam in January and February 2012. Visit the new website ( Amrit Bart
  4. 4. Recent News / happenings at AIT APRIL 2012 4UBC hosts four AIT students in post-flood scenarioFour students of AIT’s Pulp and Paper Technology (PPT) search work. They will be based at UBC for four monthsfield of study have been hosted by Canada’s University of starting 1 March 2012. This gesture comes from UBC,British Columbia (UBC) following the inundation of AIT after AIT approached its partners and associates to helpin the Great Thailand Flood of 2011. its students find adequate research facilities so that they could continue with their research and thesis work. WhenMs. Pattira Pattarasopachai, Mr. Zulfauzein Nadra, Mr. the floodwaters hit the AIT campus, Ms. Pattira Pattara-Dimas Dwi Prasetyo Nugroho, and Ms. Sri Wahdini Rah- sopachai, a Master’s student at PPT, was at UBC’s Pulpmi have already reached UBC to continue with their re- and Paper Centre working under the supervision of its di- rector, Prof. James Olson. Learning about the conditions at AIT, UBC offered to host the students. UBC has also provided a grant of $(CAN) 5,500 per student to cover travel and other living expenses. The students will not be required to pay tuition fee at UBC, since they are work- ing on their research and thesis.AIT students at UBCAgreenium to host nine AIT students at Book Releaselabs in France A book titled “Kathmandu Valley Groundwater Outlook” edited by Dr. Responding to a request from Sangam Shrestha, a faculty member President Prof. Said Irandoust of the Asian Institute of Technology for post-flood assistance, (AIT), was Agreenium has agreed to host launched nine AIT students at research during the laboratories of their affiliated ‘Nepal Na- partners, which are all top re- tional Wa-From left: Dr. Philippe Girard and search and higher education ter WeekDr. Jean-Charles Maillard. institutes in France. 2012’ cel- ebrations.The offer was communicated in a letter delivered by Dr. Jean-Charles Dr. Sangam ShresthaMaillard, CIRAD Regional Director for Continental South East Asiaon behalf of Dr. Marion Guillou, President of Agreenium. Dr. Maillard The book release ceremony tookvisited AIT at its Bangkok Office on 16 March 2012. He was joined place on 22 March 2012, to coin-by Dr. Philippe Girard, the new CIRAD Representative for Thailand. cide with the water week celebra- tions. Dr. Shrestha is an Assistant Professor in Water Engineering andToyo University, Japan to host two AIT Management (WEM) field of study,research students: at AIT’s School of Engineering andToyo University, Japan has accepted to host two of AIT research stu- Technology. The book is jointlydents to conduct their research activities for three to six months. Toyo published by AIT, The Small EarthUniversity will be providing return airfare, living expenses and work- Nepal (SEN), Center of Researching space and facilities during the research period. for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW) and University of Ya-The AIT President expressed his gratitude to Dr. Makio Takemura, manashi, Japan.President of Toyo University, and Mr. Isamu Maruyama, Director ofGlobal Initiatives Office, Toyo University, for the support.
  5. 5. PEOPLE APRIL 2012 5 Appointed Curtis S. Chin, a former Am- AIT alumnus Dr. Qwanruedee bassador of the United States of Chotichanathawewong, who is America to the Asian Develop- a graduate of the Energy field ment Bank (ADB), has joined of study, has been appointed AIT as a Senior Fellow and inau- President of Thailand Environ- gural Executive-in-Residence. ment Institute (TEI), starting in January 2012.Mr. Curtis S. Chin He will be at AIT for an initial Dr. Qwanruedee Chotichanathawewong three-month period beginningMarch 2012. From May 2007 to October 2010, Am- Dr. Qwanruedee studied at AIT from 1988-1991,bassador Chin served as the 15th U.S. Executive Di- earning a Doctor of Engineering (DEng) degree.rector at ADB. Promoted Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong has Dr. Matthew Dailey has been been promoted as Associate promoted to the position of As- Professor. A faculty member in sociate Professor. Dr. Dailey is the Transportation Engineering a faculty member in the Com- field of study at AIT’s School of puter Science and Information Engineering and Technology, Management (CSIM) field of Dr. Kunnawee joined AIT in study at AIT’s School of Engi-Dr. Kunnawee Dr. Matthew DaileyKanitpong July 2005. neering and Technology.Her areas of specialization and research interests in- Dr. Dailey joined AIT in April 2006. His areas of spe-clude highway materials and construction, pavement cialization and research interests are machine vision,design and analysis, pavement management system, machine learning, robotics and software engineering,asphalt rheology, and asphalt concrete mixture design. and open-source software development. Dr. Pisut Koomsap, a faculty Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon, a member in the Design and Man- faculty member in the Urban ufacturing Engineering (DME) Environmental Management field of study at AIT’s School (UEM) field of study at AIT’s of Engineering and Technology School of Environment, Re- has been promoted as Associate search and Development, has Professor. been promoted to the positionDr. Pisut Koomsap Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon of Associate Professor.Dr. Pisut, joined AIT in 2003. His areas of special- Dr. Vilas joined AIT in 2004. His areas of specializa-ization and research interests are rapid prototyping, tion and research interests are climate change risk andcollision avoidance system and abrasive waterjet ma- adaptation, economic and environmental assessment,chining, and sensing and control for manufacturing management of infrastructure and services, waste re-processes and systems. cycling and systems management, urban environmen- tal management, and water engineering.
  6. 6. BackPAGE APRIL 2012 6 Women’s Day celebrations at AIT News No print editions of Encyclopedia Britannica You It finally yielded to the digital age. A Reuters news report on 14 March 2012 states, Can “The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which has been in continuous print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768, said on Wednesday it will end publication of its printed editions and continue with digital versions available online.The flagship, Use 32-volume printed edition, available every two years, was sold for $1400. An online subscription costs around $70 per year and the company recently launched a set of apps ranging between $1.99 and $4.99 per month.The company said it will keep selling print editions until the current stock of around 4000 sets ran out.” Read more at this link: Editor: BRE82C1FS20120314 Bajinder Pal Singh While there were many requiems, the issue of digital versus print was debated widely Designer: in the media. Financial Times wrote: Nadhika Mendhaka Photos: “I’ll Google it” has replaced “I’ll look it up in the Encyclopedia Britannica”is one rea- Paitoon Tinnapong son why it will now only be published online. For feedback, contact and Communications Unit at AIT While CNN lamented the loss of the print icon: gia_1_encyclopaedia-britannica-encyclopaedia-britannica-encyclopedia-britannica?_ s=PM:US Follow AIT at • Facebook • Twitter • Youtube