ATPAC Annual Meeting 2017 Registration Form

IDEAS WORTH SHARING AND BUILDING THAI R&D
AND HIGHER EDUCATION WORKFORCE
TOWARDS THAILAND 4.0
September 16 – 17, 2017
MARRIOTT SUITES ON SAND KEY, CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA

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.

For speaker registration, please go to http://www.atpac.org/speaker/

The Royal Projects of King Rama IX Donation Summary

According to our previous announcements of donation to support the Royal Projects of King Rama IX, I would like to provide the summary of the donation made by ATPAC members. Our combined efforts netted 200,000 THB. The donation was made toward the two donation recipients, the Bureau of Royal Household  (99,999.99 THB) and the Chaipattana Foundation (100,000 THB).


Donation Summary from ATPAC members

I am really appreciated for your helps on this matter.

 

ATPAC hosting of the late King Rama IX’s Royal Service.

We have received a confirmation on the request to host the Royal memorial service for the late King Rama IX. Our coordinator in Thailand notified me that our hosting date and time will be March 11, 2017 at 7:00PM. The Bureau of Royal Household (BRH) will allow 5 ATPAC representatives plus 45 participants to join this service. The representatives will be invited to seat in the Palace while the participants will be seated near the Palace entrance. One representative will be designated by the ATPAC Board of Directors and four of the five representatives will be selected from each of the top donors (by amount and by donation date). Above gold level donors can submit one name of representative and 5 names of participants. Gold level donors can submit one name of representative (if there is an available seat) and 2 names of participants.  Below gold level donors can name one participant. Please submit the names, email, US and Thai phone numbers to nwanakule@gmail.com as soon as possible. We will finalize the name list by the end of the day on February 20, 2017 to allow time for those who need travel arrangement.

Please be aware that there is a dress code (see attached file) that the representatives and the participants need to follow strictly. BRH has the full right to decline any person whose dress is deemed inappropriate. Valid Thai Identification Card is required to enter the palace area.

We will prepare two donation transfers in the name of ATPAC, one to BRH in the amount of 99,999 baht, and the second transfer with the rest of donation amount will be sent to one of the Princess Sirindhorn’s foundations. US dollars donation will be converted to Thai Baht. Those who want to donate in Thai Baht can transfer your fund to the following account. Please do not make donation directly to BRH, or else, you will lose your place to join ATPAC for this Royal Service.

Bank Name: Siam Commercial Bank
Prompt-Pay Phone #: 096-978-8290

Please send a copy of transfer transaction to nwanakule@gmail.com after you are done with your transfer.

We are also in the process of arranging three 9-seat vans to transfer our representatives and participants to the Palace. Details of the pickup and drop-off location will be provided later.

Nisai Wanakule, Ph.D., P.E.
Chair, Board of Directors

ATPAC’s support for the Royal Projects of King Rama lX

ATPAC Board of Directors have made a motion to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej by participating in the Royal memorial service in Thailand and by providing financial support for the Royal Projects of King Rama lX. For the former event, there is a cost incurred for sponsors in exchange to have 50 representatives attended the ceremony in Thailand.

We would like to invite all ATPAC members to be a part of this activity. We are asking our members to make a donation. There are 5 levels of donation.

  • Diamond at $1000
  • Platinum at $750
  • Gold at $500
  • Silver at $250
  • Bronze at $100

We will make an announcement on the ATPAC website to acknowledge the donors and their levels of donations. The first 50 people, regardless of membership status, from the top donors will be selected as representatives from ATPAC to attend the event. Attendants will be responsible for their travel expenses. The Thai Government has let us know the exact date to be on Saturday March 11, 2017. at 7:00 PM. Should you not be able make a travel arrangement to Bangkok on short notice, we will allow your representative in Thailand to attend the event on your behalf.

If you are willing to donate, please send a check payable to ATPAC, no later than Feb 28, 2017. The address for this special donation will be:

ATPAC
17403 Morgans Secret Dr
Cypress, TX 77433-7713
c/o Praprut Songchitruksa, PhD.

Thank you.

The Board of Directors of ATPAC

 

ATPAC’s support for the Royal Projects of King Rama lX

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ATPAC Board of Directors have made a motion to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej by participating in the Royal memorial service in Thailand and by providing financial support for the Royal Projects of King Rama lX. For the former event, there is a cost incurred for sponsors in exchange to have 50 representatives attended the ceremony in Thailand.

We would like to invite all ATPAC members to be a part of this activity. We are asking our members to make a donation. There are 5 levels of donation.

  • Diamond at $1000
  • Platinum at $750
  • Gold at $500
  • Silver at $250
  • Bronze at $100

We will make an announcement on the ATPAC website to acknowledge the donors and their levels of donations. The first 50 people, regardless of membership status, from the top donors will be selected as representatives from ATPAC to attend the event. Attendants will be responsible for their travel expenses. The Thai Government will normally let us know the exact date with only 2 weeks notice. Should you not be able make a travel arrangement to Bangkok on short notice, we will allow your representative in Thailand to attend the event on your behalf.

If you are willing to donate, please send a check payable to ATPAC, no later than Jan 15, 2017. The address for this special donation will be:

ATPAC
1848 Center Ave,
Martinez,
CA 94553

c/o Mongkol Mahavongtrakul, P.E.

Thank you.

The Board of Directors of ATPAC

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 (http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-pat-placzek-get-life-saving-cancer-treatment-/326039) 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 http://ostc.thaiembdc.org/13th/?p=2443.

Proposals must be submitted to ATPAC by email at atpacthailand@gmail.com and cc OSTC at ostc@thaiembdc.org.

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.

Greetings from the President

Dear ATPAC families and friends,

On behalf of the ATPAC leadership and management team, I would like to wish you all a very happy 2015!

I would also like to extend my sincere thanks for your camaraderie, hard work, dedications and contributions to Thailand in 2014.

It is a great honor and privilege for me to have been selected by the ATPAC Board of Directors as your President for the 2-year term from 2014 to 2016. My introduction email to you has been long overdue, and I have to sincerely apologize for the delay. This message will walk you through the progress we had in the past year and the milestones we initiated and try to achieve in the future.

Before updating you with the various matters which might be of interest to you, I would like to acknowledge the great work and achievements of my two predecessors, President Dr. Nisai Wanakule and President Dr. Vichate Ungvichian. I was the executive vice president during their tenures and it was a real pleasure to work under their leadership. I also would like to acknowledge the thoughtful assistance of our ATPAC president advisor Dr. Methi Wecharatana. My deep gratitude also goes to them and the officers of ATPAC and to all of you who have helped ATPAC. ATPAC is in an excellent position as we have successfully gone through our 25+ years. We are currently on track to meet the milestones we set for ourselves in the past and ready to take on new challenges. Now with the high bar of ATPAC achievements that Presidents Nisai and Vichate raised, I feel that it is truly a great challenge for which I shall devote all my possible energy and enthusiasm to move ATPAC forward to its new phase.

We have had an extremely eventful and successful past year. An excellent annual meeting was hosted at Century Park Hotel and Baan Ampawa Resort. There were 4 exciting developments that should be noted. The first is the establishment of the new Siam Cement Group (SCG)’s Center of Excellence at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) for joint research and scholarship management with the emphasis on innovative technologies in material sciences, water resources management and intelligent transportation systems. On behalf of ATPAC, I congratulate Dr. Methi Wecharatana on this initiative, which is already a tremendous success. The second is the development of the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on exchange of research personnel and research collaboration related to groundwater resources among the Department of Groundwater Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand,  Chulalongkorn University (Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management), and ATPAC. On behalf of ATPAC, I congratulate Dr. Nisai Wanakule on his successful endeavor. The third is the completion of Phase 1 of the investigation on Emerging Technology and Human Resources Development Translational to Thailand: Preemptive Plan, which was reported to the Ministry of Science of Technology, Thailand. The effort was led by Dr. Chuleeporn Changchit. On behalf of ATPAC, I want to thank and congratulate her and the working team. The fourth is the new venue of financial support for ATPAC by Siam Cement Group (SCG) Public Company Limited, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and PTT Chemical Public Company Limited.

We are working hard to get ready for the new phase of ATPAC. The Board has maintained most of its working structure. Four of the previous Board Members have been retained and Dr. Nisai Wanakule has been selected as a new Board Member. The new ATPAC management team is listed toward the end of the email. Our hard-working team has developed a new strategic plan of ATPAC, which promises to be exciting with an excellent array of new initiatives. This plan will be the primary focus of ATPAC activities in the upcoming two years.

  1. An excellent membership reach out program: We will strive for an easier access for members to be involved and contribute. We have launched new FaceBook and LinkedIn pages for ATPAC since November 2014. Within 2 months, we have over 175+ potential new members joining ATPAC’s LinkedIn page. Everyone can help recruit new members. For those of you who have not joined, please visit  the new ATPAC LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6807240&trk=anet_ug_hm.

  2. A more extensive industry collaboration: We will reach out and work with a larger group of industry partners. In addition to SCG, EGAT, PTTGC, we have started building working relationships with Microsoft Thailand, BigC, among others. We want to help companies rooted in Thailand with connections to reach the global stage.

  3. A work/social network program: In addition to ATPAC’s mission to promote Thailand, we will strive to promote our members. We will use ATPAC as a venue for work/social networking as well as information sharing to various industries and disciplines. Our vision is not only to include scholars and professionals in science and technology but also to expand our ATPAC network to every profession that can be beneficial to Thailand and ATPAC members. We hope that this effort will lead to larger ATPAC connections and more member participation through a wider use of the Internet and Social Networks.

Lastly, the support by the Office of Science and Technology (OSTC) at the Royal Thai Embassy at Washington DC has been tremendous and continues to enable and improve our important activities. On behalf of ATPAC, I want to thank Mr. Krisada Tharasook, the Minister Counsellor of Science and Technology, and his supporting staffs (Mr. Apichai Naksomboon and Ms. Bunyakiat Raksaphaeng). Also, please email any updates, achievements, awards, cross-cutting activity, etc. that we can help advertise and promote our members to OSTC (ostcdc@gmail.com) for inclusion in our website and annual report.

Thank you for being part of the ATPAC family, and best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a boundless New Year.

  1. Art Chaovalitwongse, ATPAC President

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Professor
– Industrial & Systems Engineering, College of Engineering
– Radiology (joint), School of Medicine

Associate Director
– Integrated Brain Imaging Center, UW Medical Center

University of Washington
artchao@uw.edu
http://faculty.washington.edu/artchao
http://ibic.washington.edu

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Leadership and Management Team

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Nisai Wanakule (Tampa Bay Water)

  • Dr. Nongnuch Inpanbutr (Ohio State University)

  • Dr. Vira Chankong (Case Western Reserve University)

  • Mr. Mongkol Mahavongtrakul (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)

  • Dr. Gaviphat Lekutai (AT&T)

Executive Team

  • W. Art Chaovalitwongse, President (University of Washington)

  • Sirivatch Shimpalee, Vice President (University of South Carolina)

  • Praprut Songchitruksa, Vice President/Treasurer (Texas Transportation Institute – Texas A&M)

  • Chuleeporn Changchit, Vice President (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi)