- 1957 - 1960
- 1957 H.E. Mr. Pote Sarasin, Secretary-General of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), proposed a regional graduate school of engineering, with principal financial support to be provided by SEATO member countries.
- 1959 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand signed the Royal Decree establishing the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering on the campus of Chulalongkorn University. It was the first graduate school in Southeast Asia to offer graduate degrees in engineering.
- 1959 Prof. Thomas H. Evans became Dean of the SEATO Graduate School.
- 1960 The School’s expanded curricula included majors in Highway Engineering and Structural Engineering.