AIT President Prof Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai Inducted into Thailand's Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Thailand
The Royal Society of Thailand has announced on 29 September 2016 that President of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai was among the four scholars in Thailand that are newly inducted into the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Thailand.
His Majesty the King of Thailand issued a royal command appointing Prof. Worsak as Fellow of the Royal Society of Thailand, for his national expertise in Civil Engineering, effective from the 8 June 2016.
Fellows of the Royal Society are appointed by the Monarch as senior experts in the society within their individual fields. Before being appointed as Fellows, prospective scholars have to serve as associate members, and can be considered only when there is a vacancy in the Fellow positions. Fellows of the Royal Society are divided into three academies, namely, Academy of Sciences, Academy of Arts and Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. The Royal Society of Thailand was formerly known as the Royal Institute of Thailand.
The Royal Society of Thailand has three main duties, namely to conduct research in all fields and publish the outcomes for the common good of the nation, to exchange knowledge with foreign academic bodies, and to provide academic opinions to the government and public agencies.
Prof. Worsak described the honor as “a lifetime royal grace I have gratefully received from His Majesty the King over my professional contributions to the nation and to the society.” Chairperson of the AIT Executive Committee, Dr. Sahas Bunditkul termed the appointment as “very prestigious,” stating that it “serves as testimony to the valuable contributions which Professor Worsak, has made in the field of civil engineering.” It is also an honour for AIT, he added.