Login | Webmail
You are here: Home News-and-Events 2015 News Alumni donate 1 Million Baht in memory of late Prof. Yordphol Thanaboriboon
Document Actions

Alumni donate 1 Million Baht in memory of late Prof. Yordphol Thanaboriboon

AIT Alumni (Thailand) and Panya Consultants also donate for AIT Library.


Eighty alumni of transportation engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) joined hands to donate 1 Million Baht in memory of their teacher, late Prof. Yordphol Thanaboriboon. Prof. Yordphol, who passed away in June 2006 at a young age of 55 years, was remembered by his former students and AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai at the donation ceremony at AIT on 2 April 2015.

Prof. Yordphol had passed away in his sleep while leading a group of 15 students and research staff at a visit to the Volvo Car Research Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. The group was working in a research project for AIT’s Thailand Accident Research Center (TARC). The donation was received by Prof. Worsak from Police Colonel Dr. Narongsak Bovornvongpitak (TRE ’99) and Mr. Apiphan Naewphanassawa (TRE ’00), on behalf of a group of alumni who call themselves the “AIT Transport Group,” and former faculty members from Japan.

Also donating 1 Million Baht was the AIT Alumni Association (Thailand), and Panya Consultants who gave 500,000 Baht taking the total contribution for the AIT Library Modernization to 2.5 Million on a single day.

Mr. Supachai Rakpanitmanee, Vice President of AITAA (Thailand) and Managing Director, Panya Consultants Ltd, while making the donation, echoed the sentiment of Mr. Chusak Gaywee, AITAA (Thailand) President, stating that they would do everything possible to help AIT. Announcing their unstinted support, he added that they are also working with private sector to contribute towards AIT.

President Worsak commended the spirit of the donors, stating that it is not the amount that matters, but it is the spirit of associating with their alma mater that is critical. Describing the AIT Library has the “heart of the campus,” Prof. Worsak said that he had received several suggestions regarding unique features that could be incorporated in the modernization plans. Suggestions under consideration are the use of RFID technology instead of bar codes, use of robotic arms, an open air green space within the AIT library, and the creation of a solar rooftop.

The AIT President also solicited innovative suggestions from the AIT community for making the AIT library a unique place. He added that requisite arrangements will be made so that the AIT alumni can fully utilize the earmarked alumni room within the AIT Library. Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Director, Fundraising, stated that “the alumni lounge will benefit visiting local and overseas alumni who can use these facilities free of cost."

Prof. Worsak also shared his vision of the renovation of the campus infrastructure which includes renovation of air conditioning, electricity and water supply, pavements and ground areas.

Office bearers of AIT Alumni Association (Thailand) who participated in the donation ceremony included Mr. Anuthep Chaovanalikit, Treasurer, AITAA (Thailand); Mr. Chom Tantitamtaworn, Registrar, AITAA (Thailand); and Dr. Siriluk Chumchean of Panya Consultants.Prof. Pennung Wartnichai and Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat of AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET), and Ms. Chalita Lertwinyu, Assistant to the AIT President, also joined the donation ceremony and thanked the donors.