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Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto Agrees to support AIT towards a Named 12 credits Tuition and Two Semesters Registration Fee Master’s Degree Scholarship (July 2020)

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, a former AIT Vice President for Administration and a former Professor at the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate, School of Environment, Resources and Development has agreed to support AIT towards a 12 credits Tuition and two semesters registration fee Master’s Degree Scholarship in the amount 232,000 Thai Baht. This scholarship will be for one student of any nationality (non-Japanese) enrolled in Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM), School of Environment, Resources and Development for August 2020 intake.

Prof. Yamamoto is currently the Audit & Supervisory Board Member (External), IDEA Consultants, Inc.; President, Water Reuse Promotion Center; Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo; Professor, Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University; and Visiting Professor, Kindai University.

AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his appreciation and thanked Prof. Yamamoto for his support to the Institute.

Dr. Seni Karnchanawong (M. Eng. EE’82 & D. Eng. EE‘89) Agrees to Support AIT’s Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) Laboratory (July 2020)

Dr. Seni Karnchanawong, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1982 and Doctor of Engineering 1989 in Environmental Engineering has agreed to support AIT in the amount of THB 100,000 towards student research at Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) Laboratory.

Dr. Seni is working as Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. His field of specialization is Anaerobic Digestion of solid Waste; Wastewater Treatment by Anaerobic Process, i.e. UASB, Acidification and Water Reuse in Agriculture.

AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his sincere thanks to Dr. Seni Karnchanawong for his support to the Institute.  President Woon said: “Having good laboratory facilities a very important resource for students to conduct good research output”. And we are always grateful to our alumni who remember their Alma Mater.  Dr. Seni’s contribution is deeply appreciated.”

School of Engineering and Technology received donations towards Student Research (July 2020)

The School of Engineering and Technology received numerous donations from individual alumni and private sector to the following laboratories:

Computer Science and Information Management (CSIM):

Prof. Djoko Santoso, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Science 1982 in Computer Science, and also an inductee of AIT Hall of Fame in the first batch donated 95,567.76 Thai Baht.

Structural Engineering (STE):

1.    Prof. Kam Tim Chau, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1987 in Structural Engineering and also an inductee of AIT Hall of Fame in the second batch donated 200,000 Thai Baht.

2.    Mr. Taweesak Triloga, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1999 in Structural Engineering donated 100,000 Thai Baht.

3.    Mr. Sathien Vongvichien, an AIT alumnus graduated Master of Engineering 1965 in Community & Regional Development donated 50,000 Thai Baht.

4.    JWS Construction Co., Ltd. donated 150,000 Thai Baht.

Water Engineering and Management (WEM):

Mr. Khandaker Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1978 in Water Resources Engineering donated 86,792 Thai Baht.

AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his sincere thanks to Prof. Djoko Santoso, Prof. Kam Tim Chau, Mr. Taweesak Triloga, Mr. Sathien Vongvichien, Mr. Khandaker Mesbah Uddin Ahmed and JWS Construction Co., Ltd. for their support to the Institute.

President Woon said: “AIT students will be able to do their research using good laboratory facilities that will enhance their quality research output”. And we are always grateful to our alumni who remember their Alma Mater. Their contributions is deeply appreciated.”

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited offers one Full Master’s Scholarship to AIT (July 2020)

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC) will offer one full scholarship to a Master’s student to pursue their education at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in the amount of 1.2 Million Thai Baht. GPSC strives and persists to be the main power and utility company of PTT Group. GPSC was established in January 10, 2013 through the amalgamation of PTT Utility Company Limited (PTTUT) and Independent Power (Thailand) Company Limited (IPT). Founded to be PTT Group’s Power Flagship, GPSC operates in operating developing, and investing in power business domestically and internationally. 

A formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) by Mr. Chawalit Tippawanich, President and CEO of GPSC and Dr. Eden Y. Woon, President of AIT took place on 22 June 2020 at GPSC. This scholarship is for any nationality in the fields of Data Science and AI, School of Engineering & Technology (SET) or Energy, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) and also offers opportunity for the recipient to get employment at GPSC after completing the studies at AIT.

Mr. Chawalit was delighted with this collaboration and stressed the fact that this will be the first important step for a further collaboration between GPSC and AIT. GPSC strives to be innovative not only in the power sector but also in the renewable energy. He said that this MoA will mark up a key collaboration amongst the PTT group and AIT.

President Woon thanked Mr. Chawalit and is grateful for this scholarship to help AIT. He also mentioned that since GPSC is also focusing on innovation, and this donation also matches what AIT is trying to do in its vision of I2E2S2.  He explained:  This particular donation brings several things together, namely, financial support, helping students, research and education, and relations with private sector.  And finally, this relationships benefits both parties.

Also attending the signing ceremony from GPSC were, Mr. Laksanapreecha Krutkuntode, Vice President, Energy Disruptive Innovation, Ms. Narisa Tumma-Upakorn, Ms. Mantana Kunakorn, Ms. Anchana Tisadeekun, Human Resources Development and Mr. Somchai Klinsuwanmalee CSR Division. Representing AIT were Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Ms. Sitahng Puttha, Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs Officer.

AIT Campus Community Received 20,000 Face Mask Donation from AIT Belt and Road Research Center (29 April 2020)

This humanitarian gesture for our campus community was made possible by an injection of 150,000 Thai baht from the AIT Chinese Alumni Chapter into the AIT Belt and Road Research Center, supplemented with personal financial contributions by the AIT Leadership – the President, the three Vice Presidents, and the three Deans.

“AIT is very thankful for the generosity of our Chinese Alumni Chapter which has been supporting the AIT Belt and Road Research Center all along. This time, realizing that AIT is in the midst of a very tense effort to protect the campus from Covid-19, they raised this additional 150,000 baht for the Center, which made this mask donation possible,” President Eden Woon said.
The Office of Facilities and Assets Management (OFAM) received the shipment on April 20 and organized the orderly distribution of 13,000 masks over a three-day period from April 22-24.  Social distancing and precautionary measures were enforced during the entire distribution process on campus.

The donation provides facial protection for 600 students and 700 staff and their families who are studying online and working from home on campus during the Covid-19 shutdown of the institute.  Also receiving masks are mission-essential personnel who live off campus but who have been coming into the office on duty as needed.  Contractors and Vendors who provide services to the campus were also beneficiaries.  The remainder are maintained by OFAM, which also issued masks to its facilities’ personnel and security staff and for other protective uses on campus.

The AIT Belt and Road Research Center supports research by our students and faculty which can benefit the entire Belt and Road region.  It was inaugurated in November 2019, with funding by the AIT Chinese Alumni Chapter.

AIT Chairman Dr. Tongchat Hongladaromp (STE’62) and AIT Alumni at King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) donate for Renovation of Student Village 1 dorms. (22 January 2020)

Dr. Tongchat Hongladaromp, an AIT alumnus in Structural Engineering in 1962 and the 10th Chairman of AIT Board of Trustees, signed an agreement with AIT President Dr. Eden Woon on 20 January 2020 for a donation of 504,969 Thai Baht earmarked for the renovation of Student Village 1 (SV1). In recognition, the building is named after Dr. Tongchat Hongladaromp and AIT Alumni at KMUTT. Dr. Tongchat was accompanied by Dr. Tippawan Pinvanichkul, AIT alumnus (MOT ’95 & ’98) and Associate Professor of King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). Dr. Woon expressed his sincere appreciation to Dr. Tongchat and the AIT Alumni at KMUTT for the donation during the AIT’s 60th Anniversary.

AIT Alumnus Mr. Rathawit Na Lamphun, Assistant CEO, Index International Group Co., Ltd. donates 500,000 THB for renovation of AIT Student Dormitory. (13 December 2019)

Agreement Signing between Asian Institute of Technology and Eastern Star Real Estate Public Company Limited on 15th November 2019. Dr. Torsak Lertsrisakulrat, Managing Director of Eastern Star Real Estate Public Co. Ltd. , presented a donation cheque of 200,000 Thai Baht to AIT President Dr. Eden Y. Woon for upgrading campus facilities (student dormitory). (15 November 2019)

Agreement signing between Asian Institute of Technology and Dr. Varaporn Jaovisidha, an alumna from Systems Engineering & Management (1973), on 15th November 2019.
Dr. Varaporn is currently working as Director at Toyota Tsusho (Thailand).
Dr. Varaporn presented a donation cheque 1.2 Million Baht to AIT President Dr. Eden Y. Woon toward full scholarship for a Master’s Student.

Alumni Rafiul Ahad and Frances Kasala Ahad (AIT alum, 1980) Donate 1 million THB towards Student Exchange Scholarship Program on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary. (23 October 2019)

AIT Alumni Association (Sri Lanka Chapter) donates 12-credits tuition fellowship for Master’s student from Sri Lanka on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary. (23 October 2019)

AIT Alumni Association (Bangladesh Chapter) donates Master’s tuition fellowship for a student from Bangladesh. The donation was made to commemorate AIT’s 60th Anniversary. (23 October 2019)

Alumnus Mr. Susanto Halim (Systems Engineering & Management, 1973)) donates seven Library study chairs on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. (23 October 2019)

Alumnus Mr. Chen Ren Chung (School of Civil Engineering, 1972) donates eight Library study chairs on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. (23 October 2019)

AITAA Hong Kong & Macau Chapter Donations (23 October 2019)

Mr. Thomas Yau (SEC ’89), President, AITAA Hong Kong & Macau Chapter, presented the donation to AIT President Dr. Eden Woon in support of the 60th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign towards the updating of Student Village 2, THB 500,000, where most of the contributors stayed while studying at AIT. He also handed over books for student reference to the AIT Library.

AIT Chinese Alumni in Thailand donates Student Exchange Scholarship Program on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. (October 2019) (16 October 2019)

Thailand’s AIT Chinese Alumni Representative Mr. Liu Chongming (SEC ’93), Deputy Managing Director, China State Construction Engineering (Thailand) Co., Ltd. signed the agreement with AIT President Dr. Eden Woon for the Student Exchange Scholarship Program. Mr.
Liu was accompanied by Mr. Liang Xin (GTE ’92), Managing Director, Wonderful Marble Co. Ltd. The donation will support airfares and living expenses for Chinese students exchanging with global partner universities outside of China with which AIT has an agreement. In addition, the scholarship may be used for other purposes (e.g., supporting students from Belt and Road countries with round-trip air tickets when exchanging with any China university with which AIT has an agreement).


Dr. Yanyong Phataralaoha (IE&M ’86) donates 500,000 Baht for Student Exchange Scholarship Program and 500,000 Baht for Updating of Student Village 1 (25 September 2019)

Prominent alumnus and a major donor to AIT, Dr. Yanyong Phataralaoha (IE&M ’86), Managing Director, Thai Pipe Industry Company Limited presented the donation cheque to AIT President, Dr. Eden Y. Woon as a continuation of his support to the 60th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign towards Student Exchange Scholarship Program and Updating of Student Village 1—where his future wife lived while studying at AIT. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Gantasiri Phataralaoha, AIT alumnus who graduated from Environmental Engineering in 1984 and their daughter, Ms. Wintica Phataralaoha.
The Student Exchange Scholarship Program that Dr. Yanyong is funding, is for AIT Masters students with Thai nationality who are employed in these 6 institutions: Provincial Waterworks Authority, Metropolitan Waterworks Authority, Royal Irrigation Department, Department of Water Resources, National Housing Authority and Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand. The scholarship is for half of the student exchange total expenses pertaining to their airfare, board and lodging.
Dr. Yanyong stated he is interested to support this Student Exchange Program for Thai students, as by studying at AIT it will also give the student an opportunity for broadening their horizons through the student exchange to a top university around the world.
AIT President, Dr. Eden Y. Woon informed that he started this Student Exchange Program about 3 months ago and as of now, AIT have signed 5 Student Exchange Agreements and more agreements are being worked out and in the pipeline handled by the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

AITAA ROC Chapter Donations (6 September 2019)

AITAA ROC Chapter supported towards Student Exchange Scholarship Program, THB 1 million. Also, the Chapter supported THB 200,000 towards naming 40 chairs in Robert B. Banks Auditorium.

Dr. Subin Pinkayan Student Exchange Scholarship Program (2 August 2019)

On 26 July 2019, Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman, AIT Board of Trustees, handed over a cheque of Thai Baht 1 million to AIT President, Dr. Eden Y. Woon for the AIT Exchange Scholarship program.
Dr. Subin Pinkayan is the second donor to support the AIT Student Exchange Scholarship Program.  The 1,000,000 Baht is to be used for the next five years for AIT students of any nationality exchanging for a semester to a partner university of AIT.  This would enable AIT Masters students to have the opportunity to broaden their International exposure through a one-semester academic exchange to globally recognized universities.
The scholarship is to subsidize half of the student’s exchange expenses—up to 100,000 baht, and can be applied for by students from all three Schools of AIT.  Any students granted this Exchange Scholarship will be called a Dr. Subin Pinkayan Exchange Scholar.
Masters student’s interested to find out more details of the Exchange Scholarship Program can contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Ms. Lucena D. Talaid, Email: lucena@ait.ac.th

INDEX International Offers Three Scholarships to AIT Students (21 March 2019)

INDEX International will offer three scholarships to Master’s students to pursue their education at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). A formal Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed by Dr. Chainarong Na Lamphun, President and CEO of Index International Group Co., and Dr. Eden Y. Woon, President of AIT on 19 March 2019.
The scholarships follow the format of the INDEX International scholarships previously offered by Dr. Chainarong in 2017. The scholarships are available to Thai nationals, and they carry a bond requiring recipients to serve with INDEX International for a period of 48 months after the completion of their studies. One scholarship each goes to the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), the School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD), and the School of Management (SOM).
Dr. Chainarong expressed his delight that two students had already benefited from the scholarship, adding that he is always happy to return to AIT. An alumnus of Water Resources Engineering (Master’s, 1980), Dr. Chainarong stated that AIT provided him with “opportunities, knowledge, and a network.” His three children also studied at AIT. While his eldest son, Dr. Phannachet Na Lamphun, completed his Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies in 2012, his daughter Dr. Pornlapas Na Lamphun gained her Ph.D. from the School of Management in 2012, and his youngest son Mr. Rathawit Na Lamphun (MBA, 2015) is currently pursuing his Ph.D. Mr. Rathawit also joined the MoA signing ceremony. He also offered support for the sixtieth-anniversary celebrations of AIT, adding that his company is celebrating its thirty-sixth anniversary later this year.
President Woon thanked Dr. Chainarong, stating that one of his goals is to increase industry’s involvement with AIT. He mentioned that AIT will be establishing an entrepreneurship center that will offer co-working spaces, promote incubation, facilitate industry internships, provide mentorship, and encourage venture capitalists.
Also representing AIT were Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, School of Environment, Resources, and Development, Prof. Nazrul Islam, Dean, School of Management, and Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Director, Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs. Two INDEX International recipients from 2018 and 2019, Mr. Threeramate Apinuntaneesatit of Environmental Engineering and Management (SERD), and Ms. Dapaka Khumpai of Structural Engineering (SET) also attended the event.

CSI Donates Two Million Baht toward Disaster Relief (17 January 2019)

Computers and Structures Inc. (CSI) USA has donated two million baht to the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) toward disaster relief. The donation includes a one-million-baht donation for the victims of the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.
The donation by CSI President and CEO Mr. Ashraf Habibullah follows deliberations with Dr. Naveed Anwar, Executive Director of AIT Solutions during the 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (7ACEE) organized by AIT in Bangkok. Dr. Anwar informed Mr. Habibullah about AIT’s activities and support in the immediate aftermath of the Sulawesi disaster. Participants at the Conference were also encouraged to donate to the disaster victims.
Mr. Habibullah announced a one-million-baht donation to the Sulawesi victims and followed this with an additional one million baht for disaster relief support activities organized by AIT.
The one-million-baht donation for victims of the Sulawesi disaster was handed over to the Ambassador of Indonesia to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Ahmad Rusdi by AIT President Dr. Eden Y. Woon on 11 January 2018. President Woon was accompanied by Dr. Naveed Anwar, Executive Director, AIT Solutions, and Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Director, Office of Advancement.