Prof. Dr. Rattikorn Boonyavatana (Hewett)
Today we would like to introduce you to a native Thai scholar who has a long career in U.S. academia and an unfailing desire to give back to her motherland. To the best of our knowledge, she is the first Thai who has an academic rank of a “full” professor in the U.S with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Prof. Dr. Rattikorn Boonyavatana (Hewett) is currently Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University, the birthplace of the Association of Thai Professionals in America and Canada (ATPAC). In November 2011, Dr. Rattikorn,
then the IT team leader of ATPAC, proposed an initiative that would position Thailand to become an outsourcing country for cloud software development. With the support of the Royal Thai Embassy and the Office of Science and Technology (OSTC)’s Attaché, Khun Alongkorn Laow-ngam, Dr. Rattikorn and Dr. Thanachart Numnonda, the director of Thai Software Park have spearheaded Dr. Rattikorn’s five-year plan that includes building the capacity of Thai software developers with the knowledge and skills in cloud software service development, and engaging them in outsourcing projects for Thai and U.S. software industry. This will be achieved, in part, through two training workshops. The first workshop on Cloud application development on Google App Engine (GAE) is scheduled in May 14-17, 2012. The second on Azure platforms will be held in August. The first workshop will be followed by a planning meeting, led by Dr. Rattikorn, with all partners in Thailand, to determine the next step to establish linkages between cloud service providers (developers) and potential service brokers.
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