Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai of Thailand assumed office as Interim President of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 1 July 2013.
An alumnus of AIT, Professor Worsak becomes the second Interim President in AIT’s 53-year history, and the second Thai citizen to formally occupy the Office of the President. He follows Prof. Charas Suwanwela of Thailand who served as Interim AIT President from August 1998 until May 1999.
BRIEF BIODATA: Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai received his B. Eng (Hon.) from Chulalongkorn University in 1971, M. Eng. (Top Student Prize) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 1973, and Ph.D. as a Fulbright Scholar from the University of California at 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).