We are happy to inform you that Faculty of Agriculture of Universitas Andalas (Indonesia) organizing an Agrifood System International Conference (ASIC) 2018, in theme: “Agrifood system towards Agriculture 4.0 and delivery of Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs)”. It will take place at Kyriad Hotel Bumi Minang, Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia on 4-6 September 2018. Many experts of Agriculture 4.0 from all over the world will attend this event.
We would like to invite all of you to be part of us by participating in this conference. We are very welcome if you submit an abstract or full paper of your recent research finding in the conference. More information could be obtained on our website: conference.faperta.unand.ac.id
Shamshad Ali Khan is currently a Chief Executive Officer of Matana Steel Factory Bahrain, he was received the Award from JOINT JAPAN WORLD BANK Graduate Scholarship Program at AIT. He is an alumnus from School of Management in Management of Technology, 1997.
Shamshad Ali Khan is one of the 30 professionals chosen by World Bank under "30 stories of success" that was interviewed by the World Bank, which can be viewed on the the World Bank Web Site.
AIT Alumni from School of Engineering and Technology in Industrial Engineering and Management, 1980
Dr. R. Logen Logendran has received the Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). “This award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering. The contributions are of the highest caliber and nationally or internationally recognized.” The award will be formally conferred at the IISE Honors & Awards Banquet, to be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr. R. Logen Logendran is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sri Lanka, Master of Engineering Degree (with thesis) in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Logendran has co-edited a book titled Group Technology & Cellular Manufacturing: Methodologies and Applications, and has authored or coauthored more than 135 publications in archival journals, book chapters, and refereed conference proceedings. His publications have appeared in such journals as IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of Scheduling, Journal of Computers and Operations Research, Journal of Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Journal of Computers and Industrial Engineering, Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers, Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Expert Systems with Applications, International Journal of Systems Science, and Journal of Logistics and Transportation Review.
Most recently, Dr. Logendran was inducted into the inaugural 2016 Cowboy Academy of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Logendran received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award in Academics and Research Excellence from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He received the Best Paper Award twice (in 2009 and 2012) for papers presented at international conferences and published in the conference proceedings. His areas of research include cellular manufacturing, group scheduling, supply chain scheduling, vehicle routing and scheduling, facilities layout and design, manufacturing simulation, and integration of design and manufacturing. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Oregon Metals Initiative, Oregon Department of Transportation, TransNow, Port of Portland, Oregon Economic Development Agency, and industry.
In 1996, he received the “Most Favorite Teacher of the Year” award by the IISE Student Chapter at Oregon State University. Prior to that, the IISE Student Chapter at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville gave him the “Outstanding Industrial Engineering Faculty Member Award” in appreciation of excellence in teaching for 1987-88. Besides teaching, he has held research fellowship positions with various organizations, including Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) - McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, CA ; The Boeing Company, Everett, WA ; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) -Johnson Space Center , Houston, TX , and has made significant contributions aimed at solving industry-relevant problems. Dr. Logendran was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Science, Malaysia in 2000.
For 13 years (2004-2016), Dr. Logendran served as the IME Graduate Program Chair in the School of MIME at Oregon State University. Currently he serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and has previously (1997-2008) served on the editorial board of the IISE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing. Dr. Logendran is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), a Senior Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), a Member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society at Oregon State University.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing away of AIT Alumnus Mr. Le Hoang Viet. He was suffering from liver cancer over the last couple of years and passed away on 30th March 2017.
Mr. Viet is a student at the guitar-mandolin faculty of the former Saigon National Conservatory, now the HCMC Conservatory, Le Hoang Viet finally became an energy conservationist in Vietnam.
When the country reunited in 1975, Mr. Viet had studied at the conservatory for six years. In 1972, he also started studying at Cao Thang Technical School in addition to learning music. Mr. Viet continued his music lessons until 1978 when he enlisted into the army. Returning to civilian life, thanks to his technical background at Cao Thang School, Mr. Viet applied for a job at a university factory before working for the Power Company 2 in HCMC. In 1985, he enrolled as a student of higher education for adults offered by the automobile-tractor faculty at the HCMC Polytechnics. Graduating from the university in 1990, Mr. Viet worked for the Research Center of the Power Company 2.
Mr. Viet was awarded a French Government scholarship in 1994 to pursue master’s degree course in energy technology at AIT. When Mr. Viet returned home in 1995 after his studies at AIT, he joined Trans Energ, a French-founded organization in Vietnam specializing in energy conservation. In 1999 Trans Energ turned into Enerteam, an independent organization specializing in energy conservation and resources management.
Mr. Viet became Director of Enerteam in 2007. In 2012, Le Hoang Viet received the Global Energy Award on behalf of Enerteam for the development of “continuous four-compartment kiln powered by rice husk gasification” project at Tan Mai ceramic company in Sa Dec, Dong Thap Province. Mr. Viet is survived by his wife and son.
On behalf of the AIT community, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing away of AIT alumnus Mr. Alan Dale Gonzales, he passed away on 1 March 2017 from massive heart attack.
Mr. Alan Dale Gonzales obtained his 1st postgraduate degree in Master in Engineering (Structural Engineering and Construction) from the School of Civil Engineering in 1987 under DAAD Scholarship. In 1992, he obtained his 2nd postgraduate degree in Master of Business Administration (Management of Technology) from the School of Management, and was awarded as the Most Outstanding Graduate. He was also a recipient of the 2009 CTI Clean Energy Financing Award, and the CSR Leadership Award during the 2013 World Marketing Summit in Malaysia. At the time of his death, he was the Executive Director of Full Advantage Co., Ltd., a regional company based in Thailand. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Leila Marie Gonzales, Teacher at the AIT International School, daughter Aiden Jewelle and son Handel Dale.
The memorial services for the passing away of Mr. Gonzales will be held at the AIT Conference Center Auditorium on the following dates:
Thursday, 9 Mar - 6:00 - 7:00 pm Friday, 10 Mar - 6:00 - 7:00 pm Saturday, 11 Mar - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
With this email and on behalf of the AIT community, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our alumnus; Dr. Priyantha P. Gunaratna who met with the train accident and passed away on January 3 2017 in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Priyantha obtained his Master of Engineering from AIT in the Division of Water Resources Engineering,in December 1984 with a GPA 4.0/4.0 and was awarded the Hisamatsu Prize as the most outstanding graduate student in Water Resources Engineering, his thesis advisor was Prof. Suphat Vongvisessomaji.
Dr. Priyantha proceeded to obtain his Ph.D in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science from Clarkson University, USA in 1989 and his Research Supervisor at Clarkson University was Professor H.T. Shen who is also an AIT alumnus.
Upon completing Ph.D as expected of AIT graduates he served his home country Sri Lanka for nearly 19 years.
He worked at Lanka Hydarulic Institute, Sri Lanka as a Senior Research Engineer until 1999 and thereafter as a senior university academic staff member at Faculties of Engineering at University of Ruhuna and University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He was one of the pioneer staff members at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna and contributed immensely towards development of the new faculty and served as the first Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the faculty.
Since June 2008, he have been attached to Coastal Zone & Waterways Management Section of the Dubai Municipality, Dubai, UAE as a Senior Marine Projects Specialist.
His daughter Thamali Menaka Gunaratna is also an AIT undergraduate alumna in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2013.
On behalf of the Institute, we wish to express our condolences to Ms.Thamali Menaka Gunaratna and her family during this time of bereavement.
It is with deep sorrow to have been informed that one of our very active and loyal AIT alumni from Indonesia, Mrs. Ima Muljati (SE' 04), has just passed away by a stroke this early morning at 03:40 am. on 29 November 2016 at her residence in Surabaya.
"Ima" graduated from AIT's School of Civil Engineering in 2004 and have served as a lecturer in Petra Christian University (PCU), Surabaya - Indonesia. She has played an instrumental role in running the dual degree program, PETRAIT, which has sent a large number of top students from Petra Christian University to AIT mainly in Civil Engineering.
In recent news, I recognized that she has served as the chair woman for a Seminar to commemorate the long service and the 70th birthday anniversary of my good friend and fellow alumnus, Professor Emeritus Benjamin Lumantarna of Petra Christian University.
On behalf of the AIT Community, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to family and friends of Ima for this untimely loss. May the soul of Ima Muljati be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
Sincerely, Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai President Asian Institute of Technology
A moment of great sadness. Mr. Dipak Shrestha (CS' 97), and his wife, Mrs. Anuja Shrestha passed away on Saturday due to a fatal accident. With a very heavy heart, we would like to extend our condolences to their family members and hope their daughters get the strength to bear this loss. We pray that the departed souls rest in peace.
A jeep carrying Mr. Ghimire and his family members plunged into the Trishuli river in Nepal while they were returning home after performing a religious annual commemorative ceremony in Kagbeni of Mustang. The Kathmandu-bound jeep had veered off the road and plunged into the river at Dahrechok-3 in Chitwan district.
Mr. Ghimire reached the pinnacle of his career in the Government of Nepal, having held numerous high-ranking positions, namely as Minister for Home and Foreign Affairs; Chief Secretary (Cabinet Secretary), Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers; Secretary of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction; Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation; Secretary of the Ministry of General Administration.
It is still in my memory when I and AIT Ex-Com Chair Dr. Sahas Bunditkul paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire on 18 July 2013, at the time he served as Nepal Foreign Minister. Minister Ghimire has given his assurances in expediting the Government's supports for Nepalese nationals to pursue their higher studies at AIT.
Mr. Ghimire completed his Master’s degree in Human Settlements and Development (HSD) from the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), AIT in 1992. Along with Prof. Karl E. Weber, he is the co-editor of a book titled “Bibliography on Environmental Studies” published by AIT in 1993. He was awarded the best alumni award in 2005 by the AIT Alumni Association at its annual meting held in Indonesia.
In the sudden demise of Mr. Ghimire, AIT has lost an exemplary alumnus and close friend, who contributed greatly in furthering AIT's relations with the Government of Nepal. On behalf of all members of the AIT community, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Ghimire's family and kin, and we pray for courage and strength in this most difficult period of bereavement.
It is a shocking news to learn that Dr. Prabhat Kumar, Director of AIT's Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI) and Regional Coordinator of SRI-EC Project, passed away last Saturday night, 17 September 2016, at a hospital in Hyderabad, India.
We have lost an exemplary alumnus and key staff, who has quietly made significant contributions to AIT in the area of Sustainable Agriculture.
Through his belief in "less is more" approach, Dr. Prabhat has brought AIT's ACISAI a € 3.4 million grant from the European Union for a project titled: “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin.” The aim is to introduce a “more intelligent pathway” for cultivating rice in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam through sustainable agriculture development and System of Rice Intensification (SRI).
Personally, Dr. Prabhat has accompanied me on several occasions to specific FAO meetings related to food and agriculture. Before the meetings, he has kindly prepared me the background papers and his professional perspectives on the matters. I feel sad to lose such a fine promising colleague at this relatively young age.
Dr. Prabhat Kumar is an AIT alumnus (Agricultural Systems,1996). He worked as a Research Associate in Agricultural Systems Engineering (ASE) Field of Study from 1996 to 1997 and left AIT to pursue his doctoral degree in Germany. He came back in 2006 as a Research Specialist in ASE Field of Study and became the Director of ACISAI in 2013. He is survived by his wife, also Associate Director of ACISAI, Dr. Abha Mishra and two daughters, Tanvi and Vagisha.
On behalf of AIT Community, I express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Dr. Prabhat Kumar.
Yours Sincerely, Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai AIT President
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our alumni. Dr. A.K.M. Abdul Haq has passed away on Saturday, 27 August 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Dr. A.K.M. Abdul Haq obtained his Master of Engineering in 1976 from Asian Institute of Technology, School of Advanced Technologies in the field of Industrial Engineering & Management.
We wish to express our condolences and sympathies to his family in this time of bereavement.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our alumni. Professor Dr Hamidur Rahman Khan has passed away on Saturday, 3 Sept 2016, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Professor Dr Hamidur Rahman Khan obtained his Master of Engineering in 1965 from Asian Institute of Technology in the field of Water Resources Engineering.
We wish to express our condolences and sympathies to his family in this time of bereavement.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of our GDS alumna.
Miss Narknisron obtained her doctoral degree in Gender and Development Studies in May, 2013. After receiving her degree, Miss Narknisorn worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Kasetsart University in Bangkok.
We wish to express our condolences and sympathies to her family in this time of bereavement.
Electrical Engineering Society of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka is organizing an International Conference, 2016 Electrical Engineering Conference (EECon 2016) for the first time in Sri Lanka, which will be held on 15th December 2016 in Colombo.Paper submission is open till 5th September..
Together with EECon 2016, there will be a workshop by IEEE PES conducted under Distinguished Lecturer Program (information will be published soon in the EECon website).
Please publish your research work with EECon 2016 and please plan to visit Sri Lanka in December. We are awaiting IEEE and PES Tech co-sponsorship.
There's another conference ICIAFS 2016 in Galle on 16th December 2016.
You can take part in two conferences and enjoy the beauty of Sri Lanka too.... Please come and share your research with us.
Thank you Lidula -- ----------------------------------- Dr. Lidula N. Widanagama Arachchige PhD (Manitoba), M.Eng (Bangkok), BSc Eng Hons (Moratuwa) Senior Lecturer Department of Electrical Engineering University of Moratuwa