ATPAC Annual Meeting 2017 Registration Form

September 16 – 17, 2017

The principal aim of this conference is to provide a forum for exploring strategies for developing human intellectual capital for Thailand 4.0 in the next decade. The conference will focus on four key enabling technologies required for Thailand 4.0, namely: smart sensors, energy storages, big-data science and technology, and water resources management and technology. A key group of participants will be US-based post-graduate (particularly doctoral) students currently conducting research in the four areas identified above. They are potential contributors to Thailand’s intellectual capitals required for Thailand 4.0. The specific objectives in bringing this group of participants are to let them learn more about Thailand 4.0, to let them share ideas that they deem worth sharing, and to create an environment conducive to networking and team forming among these potential intellectual contributors to Thailand 4.0.

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Alarm raised over Thai R&D: Dr. Methi Wecharatana’s interview in The Nation


THAILAND stands a slim chance of success in reforming its innovation and research ecosystem if the country does not tackle the personnel as well as conflict-of-interest issues at its existing facilities, a leading US-based researcher has warned.

“No matter how good the plan for ‘Thailand 4.0’ is, if the same group of people still run our R&D [research and development] programmes going forward, nothing is going to happen,” Professor Methi Wecharatana, associate chairman for graduate studies at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, told The Nation.

Ideas, people and tools are the three critical components of a nation to succeed in its innovation drive.

“In short, we need to discuss how industry, and people like us, can help to rethink, retool and re-man for Thailand 4.0,” said Methi, also an adviser to the board of directors of the Association of Thai Professionals in America and Canada (ATPAC).

Methi is scheduled to meet with Deputy Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin tomorrow to suggest that the government alter its current reform direction on the national R&D system.

He is bringing in his team from the United States for several workshops and conferences held by ATPAC and other agencies in Bangkok from last Friday to August 9.

Among his proposals is for the government to make its 15 national research centres more accountable. Their focuses should be narrowed to key technologies or research areas that are considered crucial to the nation’s success in the future.

New management teams need to be installed.

“When the US wanted to send their men to the moon, they made a clear mandate to reach the goal in 10 years.

“We’ve had these centres for 30 years but they have been [operating] too broadly.

“Money comes after a clear mandate and people to make things happen,” he said.

Pailin Chuchottaworn, a former chief executive officer of PTT and the chairman of the council of the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology, apparently shares Methi’s views on money and other issues.

“Money is not the major issue. Nine state universities already have Bt200-billion annual budgets.

“I don’t agree that we have to pour in billions of baht to build a centre of excellence.”

Pailin, who chaired a government-initiated Pracha Rath subcommittee working on a proposal to remodel the national centres of excellence, said money could be well spent if a competitive environment is created, a key performance indicator to rate their results is installed and the so-called “state-gate” process kills their unsuccessful projects early on.

The Education and Science ministries, which oversee national research agencies, also need to collaborate closely with each other and with the private sector.

No less important is the development of a career path for scientists and researchers.

“We have granted 5,000 fellowships to students to pursue PhDs overseas, and 2,700 of them have already come back. The remaining 2,300 will follow,” he said. “Have we found jobs for them yet?”


ความคืบหน้าเรื่องการปฏิรูปด้านวิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยี และนวัตกรรม (วทน.)

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ตามที่รัฐบาลอยู่ระหว่างการปฏิรูปในหลายมิติ ซึ่งรวมถึงการปฏิรูปด้านวิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยี และนวัตกรรม (วทน.) นั้น  ขณะนี้ กระทรวงวิทยาศาสตร์ฯ (วท.) อยู่ระหว่างการขอรับข้อคิดเห็นจากผู้มีส่วนได้ส่วนเสียต่อ ร่าง พ.ร.บ. ว่าด้วยวิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยี และนวัตกรรมแห่งชาติฉบับใหม่ เพื่อทดแทน พ.ร.บ. ว่าด้วยวิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยีและนวัตกรรมแห่งชาติ พ.ศ. 2551 ประเด็นสำคัญในการปรับปรุงร่าง พ.ร.บ.ฯ ได้แก่ การปรับปรุงนิยามคำว่า “นวัตกรรม” และถ้อยคำที่เกี่ยวข้องในระบบนวัตกรรมให้ชัดเจนยิ่งขึ้น การตอบโจทย์ภาคการผลิตและบริการด้วย วทน. (Demand Driven) จากลักษณะเดิม ที่เป็นการพัฒนา วทน. เพื่อความสามารถทาง วทน. (Supply Push)
การเน้นบทบาทภาคเอกชน ตลอดจนเพิ่มความสำคัญบทบาทภาคประชาสังคม/ ชุมชน
ท้องถิ่น จากเดิมที่ให้ภาครัฐเป็นหลักในการขับเคลื่อน เป็นการส่งเสริมให้ภาคเอกชนวิจัยในสิ่งที่เป็นประโยชน์ต่อชุมชนและประเทศ และองค์การปกครองส่วนท้องถิ่นสามารถช่วยนำนวัตกรรมสู่ประชาชน และกำหนดให้มีผู้ทรงคุณวุฒิจากภาคเอกชนอยู่ในคณะกรรมการที่ปรึกษา วทน. แห่งชาติ การขับเคลื่อน วทน. โดยเพิ่มอำนาจหน้าที่ของคณะกรรมการนโยบายวิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยี
และนวัตกรรม (กวทน.) ที่มีนายกรัฐมนตรีเป็นประธาน ในการกำหนดนโยบายและแผนที่มีงบประมาณ บูรณาการตามยุทธศาสตร์ (program-based budgeting) รองรับ โดยเชื่อมโยงกับกระทรวงที่เกี่ยวข้อง ซึ่งมีนัยที่ส่งผลให้ สนง. คกก. นโยบายวิทยาศาสตร์ เทคโนโลยีและนวัตกรรมแห่งชาติ (สวทน.) ย้ายไปสังกัดสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี แทนที่จะสังกัดภายใต้ วท.
ทั้งนี้ วท. เห็นว่า แผนการทูตวิทยาศาสตร์ที่อยู่ระหว่างการร่วมจัดทำกับกระทรวงการต่างประเทศ
เป็นส่วนหนึ่งในการปฏิรูป วทน. ด้วย
พฤษภาคม 2558

Energy Department Releases Report, Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER Conference in Orlando, Enabling Wind Power Nationwide builds upon the recently released Wind Vision report, which quantifies the economic, social, and environmental benefits of a robust wind energy future.

The new report highlights the potential for technical advancements to unlock wind resources in regions with limited wind deployment today, such as the Southeast. These new regions represent an additional 700,000 square miles—or about one-fifth of the United States—bringing the total area of technical wind potential to 1.8 million square miles.

Technological advancements, such as taller wind turbine towers of 110 and 140 meters and larger rotors—currently under development by the Energy Department and its private sector partners—can more efficiently capture the stronger and more consistent wind resources typically found at greater heights above ground level, compared with the average 80 meter wind turbine towers installed in 39 states today.

“Wind generation has more than tripled in the United States in just six years, exceeding 4.5 percent of total generation, and we are focused on expanding its clean power potential to every state in the country,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By producing the next generation of larger and more efficient wind turbines, we can create thousands of new jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as we fully unlock wind power as a critical national resource.”

These advanced wind energy systems will generate more electricity per dollar invested and further drive down the cost of wind energy. The Energy Department supports research and development that has already helped the wind industry install nearly 66 gigawatts of wind power capacity—enough to power more than 17 million homes—and has helped decrease the cost of wind energy by more than 90 percent. Continuing this technology development is essential to expanding this clean energy source to every state across the nation. Increasing the amount of land suited to commercial wind development, wind power can also provide local economic development opportunities, including jobs for installers, engineers and other support personnel, in new communities and whole regions with currently untapped resources.

For more information on the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, or the Wind Program specifically, please visit To learn more about the Wind Vision report released in March, visit the Energy Department’s Wind Vision Web page, and watch this Energy 101 video to see how wind turbines work.

ATPAC Project Proposal FY 2015

Workshop Proposal for Knowledge and Technology Transfer to Thailand  <Click here to download the form >


ข้อเสนอกิจกรรมการจัดประชุมเชิงปฏิบัติการเพื่อถ่ายทอดเทคโนโลยีและความรู้สู่ประเทศไทย <คลิ๊กที่นี่เพื่อดาวโหลดแบบฟอร์มเป็นฉบับภาษาไทย>


Example completed proposal <Click here to download the pdf document>

Emerging Science and Technology Development in the US that Can be Beneficial to Thailand

This report presents 11 research ideas and proposals for Thailand through a project funded by the Office of Science and Technology, Royal Thai Embassy (OSTC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Washington D.C. This proposed research projects cover the following technical areas, namely, Energy, Biophysics, Biomedical, Electronic and Communications, Transportation, Environment, Water Resource and Flood Risk Management, Materials, Food Science, and Climate Change and Carbon Credit.

CLICK HERE to download full report

EERE Energy Impacts: You Can Now Drive a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

The Energy Department recently posted a blog about car buyers being able to choose the clean, zero emissions benefits of a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) this spring. FCEVs, which run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline, have the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change by emitting only water from the tailpipe.

Read EERE Energy Impacts: You Can Now Drive a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to learn more about the Energy Department’s research to make FCEVs a viable transportation option for the American public.

Pat Placzek Fundraiser

Dear ATPAC friends,
It is sadden to write this email to share the news about our long-time ATPAC member, K. Ponthip Placzek, in Vancouver BC. Her son Pat Placzek, is currently fighting against an aggressive form of leukemia and awaiting a clinical trial at Fred Hutchison in Seattle, WA.
There is a fundraising campaign set up by Pat’s friends and families to help raise fund for his treatment. Unfortunately his treatment is still a clinical trial, which is not covered by his insurance. If you would like to make contributions, you may do so by using the youcaring website ( or by check to “Pat of Hearts”- Account: 817, 168 Powell St. Vancouver, BC V6A 0B2  CANADA.
Links to the news are listed below.
Best regards,
W. Art Chaovalitwongse
ATPAC President

2015 Workshop Proposal for Knowledge and Technology Transfer to Thailand

2015 Workshop Proposal for Knowledge and Technology Transfer to Thailand

The office of science and technology (OSTC) at the Royal Thai Embassy and the Association of Thai Professionals in America and Canada (ATPAC) have supported workshops and related activities for Knowledge and Technology Transfer to Thailand. OSTC and ATPAC are committed to strengthening and enriching the science personnel base of Thailand. We expect organizers of workshops and meetings to assist our efforts to broaden participation in the science and technology by ATPAC members and all Thais in the US. In addition to technical workshops, the proposed activities should include a plan that will lead to longer-term or larger-scale events such as multi-institutional meetings, short-term schools, and international travel by groups of research scientists.

The proposed activity is required to have partners/champions in Thailand (e.g., government units, universities, industries) to co-sponsor the activities. If ATPAC members have workshop ideas but have not identified partners in Thailand, please feel free to contact ATPAC so we can help find partners and interested parties in Thailand. The needs and significance of proposed Knowledge and Technology to partners in Thailand is one of the factors used in reaching a recommendation on the proposed workshop/activity. In addition, OSTC-ATPAC requires that workshops or meetings and the facilities in which they are held must be accessible to any participants in Thailand (i.e., open to public without charges or registration fees).

Proposals for workshops normally request funding in the range of $4,000 to $6,000 for travel expenses (i.e., airfares, lodgings, local transportations and per diem). Matched funding from partner(s) in Thailand is required – mostly for local organization expenses. We expect to award 4-6 awards depends on matching funds.

Application forms (Thai and English) can be downloaded at

Proposals must be submitted to ATPAC by email at and cc OSTC at

Review and Selection Process: Proposals will be reviewed by ATPAC Ad hoc Review, Internal OSTC Review, and Ministry of Science and Technology Review. The review will be based on scientific, technical and programmatic review and consideration of appropriate factors as well as the needs of proposed Knowledge and Technology areas in Thailand.


Due date: March 15th, 2015.

Notification of the Award: April 15th, 2015.

Award conditions: Activities must take place between May 1st, 2015 – September 31st, 2015.

Reporting requirements: The awardee must submit the final project report to OSTC no later than October 15th, 2015. In the final report, awardees must include lists of participants, brief descriptions of the sessions, a statement about steps taken to disseminate the results of Knowledge and Technology Transfer to Thailand.