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.

MOU Exchange of Research Personnel

MOU Exchange of Research Personnel

The Department of Groundwater Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand,  Chulalongkorn University (Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management), and the Association of Thai Professionals in America and Canada (ATPAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which a focus on exchange of research personnel and research collaboration related to groundwater resources on November 4, 2014 at Chulalongkorn University.


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NJIT and Thai Conglomerate SCG Agree to Jointly Pursue Research and Technology Innovation

NJIT and Thai Conglomerate SCG Agree to Jointly Pursue Research and Technology Innovation

NJIT signed an agreement this week with Siam Cement Group (SCG), one of Thailand’s leading industrial conglomerates, that will bring both Thai graduate students and research funds to the university to further technology innovation in areas of shared interest such as materials science, wastewater treatment and intelligent transportation.


The collaboration caps substantial commitments by both institutions to expand research aimed at meeting pressing societal needs, while forming global partnerships to advance these goals. Last year, for example, both NJIT and SCG surpassed $100 million in research expenditures.

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“We want to be more innovative,” said Kan Trakulhoon, SCG’s CEO and president, at the signing ceremony on campus. Of the partnership with NJIT, he added, “This will be a very, very good collaboration into the future.”

SCG, a century-old company with more than $14 billion in assets, is composed of four divisions, including building and construction materials, pulps and papers, ceramics and chemicals. In order to build capacity, Trakulhoon said the company has sharply increased its investment in worker training, including graduate education, calling “the engagement of our people” one of the company’s top priorities.

The agreement, formed with NJIT’s John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), is designed to expand the company’s R&D capacity by funding Ph.D. students at NJIT and other U.S. universities. SCG’s financial support would also include up to $50,000 per year in research dollars for each student’s doctoral advisor.

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To facilitate the initiative, SCG is establishing a Center of Excellence at NJIT, which will assist the company in picking academic and research programs and placing students. Prior to the signing this week, professors and coordinators from several other universities, including Rutgers University and Case Western Reserve University, met on the NJIT campus for discussions with CEE Chair Taha Marhaba, Methi Wecharatana, a CEE professor, and executives and staff from SCG.

“We look forward to working together to support interdisciplinary research and innovation in strategic focal areas for growth and development,” Marhaba said, pointing to construction materials, wastewater treatment, chemicals and transportation as key sectors. “We will work on areas of strength for us and of importance for Thailand, while furthering the education of both graduate students and professionals.”

NJIT President Joel Bloom called the agreement “a tremendous opportunity to partner with a globally oriented corporation that understands the vital role that applied research, focused on real-world challenges, plays in driving innovation and progress.”

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“This collaboration is very much in keeping with NJIT’s mission to expand our external research enterprise,” he added. “This is the reason we created the New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation that leverages the university’s intellectual and technological resources to solve problems identified by our industry partners.”

In addition to scholarships and research funds, the partnership may also include joint ventures designed to advance promising technologies.

“We will also introduce our Thai partners to technology developed at NJIT and elsewhere that they may find has good business and investment potential and may want to license,” said Wecharatana, who is widely known among Thailand’s science and technology and business communities.  He was the first recipient of Thailand’s Technologist of the Year Award, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Khon Kaen University of Thailand in the area of hazardous waste and environmental engineering.

Anna Owasit, (above) who worked for five years in the R&D unit of SCG’s ceramics division, is the first SCG employee to seek a graduate degree at NJIT. She arrived on campus this fall, ahead of the agreement, to pursue a master’s degree in materials science. She hopes to work with Rajesh Dave, distinguished professor of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, who is an expert in nanoparticles and nanocomposites.

 

“I looked closely at the list of professors with expertise in powder technology and chose NJIT based on my search,” she said. “This area is very interesting to us. Applications range from ceramic tiles and sanitary ware in houses to industrial uses of cement and concrete.”

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