Prof Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai is new AIT President
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai has been appointed as the 7th President of the Asian Institute of Technology. His appointment was announced at the meeting of the AIT Board of Trustees held on 17 July 2014. He has been elected for a term of four years.
Prof. Worsak brings many firsts to this position. He is the first AIT alumnus, first Asian and first Thai national to be selected as the president of AIT in its fifty-four year history.
Prior to his appointment, Prof. Worsak served as the Interim President of AIT since 1 July 2013. He had also served as Acting President from 13 February - 3 March 2013, and then from 1 April - 30 June 2013.
In his highly accomplished career, Prof. Worsak served AIT in a number capacities. He served as Dean of the former School of Civil Engineering and was the founding Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. Prof. Worsak also served as AIT Vice President for Resource Development for a period of four years beginning in July 2009.
BRIEF BIODATA: Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai received his B. Eng (Hon.) from Chulalongkorn University in 1971, M. Eng from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 1973, and Ph.D. as a Fulbright Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978. He rejoined the Asian Institute of Technology in 1979, where he has served as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, Former Dean of School of Civil Engineering (SCE), Founding Dean of School of Engineering and Technology (SET), Vice President for Resource Development, and from 1 July 2013 as Interim President of AIT.
Professionally, Prof. Worsak has extensive research experiences in Computational Mechanics for the last 30 years and has published more than 240 papers. In his career, Prof. Worsak has received many national and international awards and recognition. In 1997, Prof. Worsak was inducted into the Royal Institute of Thailand. In 1999, he was honored as the National Researcher of Thailand by the National Research Council. In 2006, the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM) awarded him the IACM Fellows Award for his distinguished research accomplishment in computational mechanics. In 2008, being recognized for his international contribution, Prof. Worsak received the First Nishino Medal in the East Asia-Pacific Conference of Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC) in Taiwan, an award in memorial of the late Professor Fumio Nishino.
Prof. Worsak has been very active in many international professional organizations, notably serving in the Council of the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), the Board of Directors of Japan’s International Construction Technology Information Institute (ICTII), and as Vice President (Asia) of the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction (GADR). On Community Services, he has served as Adviser to the Minister of Transport in 2002-05, Member of the Board of Directors of Expressway Authority of Thailand in 2002-05, Member of the Board of Directors of Airports of Thailand (Public Company) in 2005-2006, and two-time Vice President of the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).