TCP 2012 Agenda

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Tentative Program: Thai Professionals Conference 2012

July 4-5, 2012

Miracle Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand


Hosted and Sponsored By

National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)

Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC)

Co-Hosted By

Office of  Science and Technology, Royal Thai Embassy, Washington DC (US-OSTC)

Office of  Science and Technology, Royal Thai Embassy, Brussels (EU-OSTC)

Association of Thai Professionals in America and Canada (ATPAC)

Association of Thai Professionals in Europe (ATPER)

Association of Thai Professionals in Japan (ATPIJ



Tuesday, July 3, 2012


13:00-14:45 Nuclear Energy Group MeetingThailand activity status after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

Chair: Dr. Wison Luengdilok, Senior Engineer, FAUSKE & Associates

13:00-16:00 Electromagnetic Field Standards for Electronic Products Compliance and Human Exposure Assessment – Special Group MeetingChair: Dr. Artnarong Thansandote, Research Scientist and Special Advisor, Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau, Health Canada

Co-Chair: Prof. Vichate Ungvichian, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University

15:30-17:00 Energy and Nanomaterials – Special SeminarChair: Prof. Supapan Seraphin, Director of Electron Microscopy, University of Arizona

Co-Chair: Dr. Sirivatch Shimpalee, Research Associate Professor, University of South Carolina

Advance Concentrator Photovoltaic Module – by Dave Vongchan, Albus Energy, USA

Materials for Permeating Membrane of Oxygen Production and Future Power Generation – by Dr. Sirikanda Nuansaeng, University of South Carolina

Solar Technology & Research In Thailand – by Thai Researcher

Nanomaterial forum – by Prof. Supapan Seraphin

15:30 Overseas Professionals check in at Miracle Grand Hotel


Disaster Risk Management:Lessons Learned from USA, Japan and Europe Experiences


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Morning Session

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks:Disaster Risk Reduction Management: What can Thailand learn from USA, Japan, and Europe?

by Dr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Minister of Science and Technology

9:45-10:45 Keynote Address:Katrina and Missouri River Flooding Experiences

by Karen Durham-Aguilera, P.E., SES, Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, USA

10.45-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.00 Special Lecture:Learning from Failures: Analysis of Disasters

by Dr. Yotaro Hatamura, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, also Head of Investigation and Verification Committee for the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Station

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Afternoon Session

13.00-14.45 Disaster Aftermath Cleanups:The Missouri River Floods of 2011: Preparedness, Emergency Response and Recovery

by Karen Durham-Aguilera, P.E., SES, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, USA

Waste Management after 2011 Tsunami in Japan

by an ATPIJ representative

Japanese University Curriculum and Research for Disaster Management

by Dr.Vichai Saechout

14.45-15.00 Coffee Break
15.00-16.45 Flood Control and Management:Flood Hazards, Climate Change and Land-use Planning – Examples of Interdisciplinary Geoscience – Decision Maker Cooperation

by Dr.Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Groundwater Management – Assessing Salt Water Intrusion and Storm Surge Vulnerabilities

by Ms.Samrit Luoma, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

GEO-PICTURES Technology Used in Social Media during Flooding in Thailand: Conclusion and New Collaboration with Thailand

by Mr.Wanawit Ahkuputra, Senior Consultant, AnsuR Technologies AS

18.00-20.30 A Welcome Dinner for Overseas Thai Professionals and Speakers



Flood Risk Reduction and Management:Research Collaboration


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Morning Session

8:00-9:00 Registration
09.00-12.00 Brainstorm Workshops for new Research Collaboration ProjectsWorkshop I: State-of-the-art in River Forecast and Flood Warning System (Magic 3)

●      Early warning system for rural flash flood and mud slide

●      Advanced real-time flood monitoring and control system (e.g. SCADA)

●      Watershed and flood routing model – flood forecasting

●      Integrated water resources simulation model – linkage among hydroclimate model, rainfall-runoff model, reservoir operation model, hydraulic and flood routing model, and inundation prediction model

Facilitator: Prof. Methi Wecharatana, Director, Office of Graduate Studies, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Workshop II: Assessment and Evaluation Techniques in Water Resources (Gemini, 3rd Floor)

●      Climate change impact on flood and drought: vulnerability assessment, mitigation measures and adaptation planning

●      Integration of socio-economic consideration in flood damage assessment

●      Reliability, resiliency, and vulnerability (RRV) assessment in water resources management

●      Lesson learned – independent assessment of flood hazard management of Thailand Flooding 2011

Facilitator: Dr. Nisai Wanakule, Modeling Program Supervisor/Project manager, Tampa Bay Water, USA

Workshop III: Innovation & Curriculum (Virgo, 3rd Floor)

●      Innovation in treatment process for contaminated floodwater

●      Floodwater quality monitoring and sampling

●      Water resources engineering curriculum

Facilitator: Prof. Eakalak Khan, Chair of Civil Engineering Department, North Dakota State University

12:00-13:00 Lunch Break


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Afternoon Session

13.00-14.30 Workshop Summary – PresentationChair: Dr.Noppawan Tanpipat, Vice President, International Relations and Organization Communications, NSTDA
14.30-14.45 Coffee Break
14.45-16.45 Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Research Topics for Thailand – Direction for Academic and Research Centers: Panel DiscussionChair: Dr. Piniti Ratananukul, Deputy Secretary-General, Commission on Higher Education (CHE)

Fundamental and Applied Research Topics for Disaster Risk Reduction

by ATPAC representative

Capability of Thai Universities and Research Centers to Deal with Disaster

by OHEC representative

Emerging Research Topics after 2011 Tsunami in Japan

by ATPIJ representative

Sustainable Water Management: University Curriculum in Europe

by Ms. Samrit Luoma, GTK

Water Resources Management for Agriculture and Flood Protection in Thailand

by ………(Thai side)

Conclusion and Suggested Research Topics



Raising Higher Education Standards:Lessons Learned from Thai Professional Experiences


Friday, July 6, 2012

Morning Session

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 The Essence of Thai Professional MeetingIntroducing ATPAC, ATPER, ATPIJ Team Leaders and Team Members
8:45-9:00 Brief Introduction and Presentations by New ATPAC MembersATPAC new members (introduced by ATPAC President)

Brief Introduction by ATPER and ATPIJ

9:00-9:45 Keynote Address:Thai Government Policy on Higher Educationby Dr. Piniti Ratananukul
9:45-10:30 Recent Developments and Emerging Challenges in Engineering Education: A Canadian Perspectiveby Dr. Paitoon Tontiwachwuthikul, Dean of Engineering, University of Regina, Canada
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 Human Resource Development, Research Quality Improvement and Competitiveness in Thailandby A Thai University Representative
11:45-12:00 Q&A
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break


Friday, July 6, 2012

Afternoon Session

13:00-14:15 Do All of Us Need to become a Research University?Panel Members: Dr. Chuleeporn Changchit (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), a Representatives from OHEC, a Thai University, ATPER, and ATPIJ

Facilitator: Dr. Wanpracha Chaovalitwongse, Assoc. Professor, Department of Industrial & SystemsEngineering and Radiology,University of Washington

14:15-15:15 Program Assessment: How to Ensure the Quality of the Program (Accreditation, Evaluation Matrix) by Prof. Methi Wecharatana, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology,and a OHEC representative
15:15-16:00 Coffee Break and Poster Session
16:00-17:00 Brainstorming on Opportunities for ATPAC Contribution to Thai Higher Education (standardization, accreditation, curriculum design)Facilitator: Prof. Rattikorn Hewett, Texas Tech University


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