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76th Graduation Ceremony

At the 76th graduation on 18 April 1996, the Institute awarded degrees to 198 graduates, bringing the total number of alumni since 1961 to 7729 from 48 countries in Asia and other regions. The largest graduating groups were from Thailand (48), Vietnam (33), and Pakistan (13).

Honors for Civil Engineering Graduates

from Chulalongkorn University


Mr. Teerawut Juirnarongrit (M.Eng. Geotechnical Engineering)

Thesis: Constant rate of strain of consolidation test with radial drainage

Advisers: Prof. A. S. Balasubramaniam, Dr. D. T. Bergado


Mr. Mongkut Piantanakulchai (M.Eng. Transportation Engineering)

Thesis:School bus system in Bangkok

Adviser:Dr. Yordphol Tanaboriboon


Mr. Torsak Viravanichai (M.Eng. Structural Engineering and Construction)

Thesis:Applying a random decrement identification scheme for the optimal tuning of large-size tuned liquid dampers

Adviser:Dr. Pennung Warnitchai

From left to right : Mr. Teerawut Juirnarongrit, Mr. Torsak Viravanichai, Mr. Mongkut Piantanakulchai

Awards for Outstanding MBA Graduates


Mr. Naveen Kumar. Mr. Kumar obtained his first degree in mechanical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India, and worked as a trainee manager with IDMA laboratories Ltd., India.

Thesis: Framework for assessing the technology transfer potential of selected mechanisms: Case studies of telecom companies in India

Adviser:Dr. K. Ramanathan


Miss Sahasakmontri Kanokthip,Thai, has a B.A. in economics from Thammasat University. She was a pricing analyst with Shell Co. Thailand.

Thesis:Use of the green marketing strategy in Thailand as a new competitive tool: Case study of the Body Shop and the Oriental Princess

Adviser: Dr. L. M. Johri

* Presented by Keidanren in recognition of the most outstanding academic performance by a female graduate.


Mr. Vo Minh Tue. Mr. Vo received his B. Eng in electrical engineering from Hochiminh City University of Technology, where he was an Assistant Lecturer.

Thesis:Development and application of information technology in Vietnamese commercial banks: Case study of Vietcombank

Adviser:Dr. Do Ba Khang

From left to right : Mr. Naveen Kumar, Ms. Kanokthip Sahasakmontri, Mr. Vo Minh Tue


Mr. Truong Hong Tien (M.Eng. Water Engineering and Management). Mr. Truong, Vietnamese, was educated at Moscow Water Resources University, receiving his first degree in water management. He was a research assistant at the National Institute for Agricultural Planning and Projections, Vietnam.

Thesis:Evaluation of groundwater quality and monitoring system design for the Hanoi aquifer system

Adviser:Prof. A. Das Gupta


Mr. Zheng Peixi (M.Eng. Water Engineering and Management). Mr.Zheng obtained his B.Eng. in hydraulic engineering from Hohai University, Nanjing. He was a research engineer at the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, PRC.

Thesis:Analysis of analytical solutions of unsteady flow in open channel

Adviser:Prof. Tawatchai Tingsanchali


Mr. Xu Qiang (M.Eng. Water Engineering and Management). Mr. Xu obtained his B.Eng. in irrigation and drainage engineering from Hohai University, Nanjing and was Deputy Chief of the planning section in the Planning and Capital Construction Department in the Henan Water Conservancy Bureau, Zhengzhou, PRC.

Thesis:Planning and operation of a multi-aquifer system under multiple objectives

Adviser:Prof. A. Das Gupta


Mr. Abdul Samad Kazi (M.Eng. Structural Engineering and Construction). Mr. Kazi, President of the AIT Student Union (September 1995- April 1996), has a B.Sc. in civil engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He was a resident engineer for Isra Islamic Foundation Ltd. in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

Thesis:Metamodeling of an integrated multi-dimensional planning and control construction management information system environment

Adviser:Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam

From left to right : Mr. Truong Hong Tien, Mr. Zheng Peixi, Mr. Xu Qiang, and Mr. Abdul Samad Kazi

Newly Established Awards for Academic Excellence

Hodaka Prize supported from funds contributed by AIT Trustee Prof. Hiroyoshi Shi-igai of the Institute of Engineering Mechanics, University of Tsukuba, Japan, and by the Water Engineering Management Program at AIT.

Wilhelm Hill Prize supported from funds contributed by AIT Trustee Prof. Wilhelm Hill, Head of the Strategic Studies Research and Publishing Unit, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Alastair M. North Prize supported from funds contributed by Prof. Alastair M. North, outgoing AIT President, in recognition of outstanding academic performance in water resources development.

Aoyagi Prize supported from funds contributed by Prof. Yukio Aoyagi, former AIT faculty member, for outstanding academic performance in structural engineering.

AIT Honorary Degree for Dr. Thanat Khoman

(The following text is based on the AIT citation read by M.L. Birabhongse Kasemsri, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, on the conferment of an AIT Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology on Dr. Thanat Khoman).

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Thanat has demonstrated firm support for cooperation and partnership at all levels. As Foreign Minister of Thailand, he was one of the five signatories to the Bangkok declaration, which established ASEAN (the Association of South-East Asian Nations) in August 1967.

Dr. Thanat was responsible for the implementation of the enabling act that transformed the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering into AIT. During his 21 years as Chairperson, Dr. Thanat guided the growth and development of AIT as it diversified and changed with the times, while remaining true to its mandate. It is an almost natural consequence, given Dr. Thanat's active regionalism, internationalism, and vision, that he should be so strongly associated with AIT.

Dr. Thanat joined the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1940, the beginning of a successful diplomatic career. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1959, a position he held for over 12 years. Between 1979 and 1982, he was leader of the Democrat Party, after being elected to the National Assembly. From 1981 to 1983, Dr. Thanat served as Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand.

Dr. Thanat was educated in France. He holds the Baccalaureate and Master Degree in Political Science of the University of Bordeaux, and the Doctorate in La