Concrete technology researcher from SIIT was selected from NSTDA as a “Chair Professional Grants 2019”.
Another good news from 2019 is that SIIT researcher team, consisting of Prof.Dr. Somnuek Tangtermsirikul (Head of a project) from Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology was selected to be one of the third “Chair Professional Grants 2019”. The research is “Technology Development and Sustainable Construction Operation Standard” held by National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. The objective is to create research integration in terms of science and technology. In addition, we want to support new research work that integrates knowledge to production, service, and social sector.
Prof.Dr.Prasit Palitpongarnpim, Vice Rector of NSTDA and Secretariat of Committee on Chair Professional Grants, reveals that Chair Professional Grants project is NSTDA’s mechanism to strengthen research community. We will increase our ability in an international competition to solve economic and social problems and develop nation sustainably. After review all 20 research work, the committee agree to support 3 researchers which are 1 medical researcher and 2 construction engineering researchers. NSTDA gives 20 million Baht budget for medical research and 30 million Baht for construction engineering research (15 million Baht each). These three projects will proceed in 5 years. Researchers will focus on quality and quantity of the research in order to create new knowledge, prototype product, prototype technology, and patent.
Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart, President of Thammasat University, says that this research project focuses on the development of technology for construction, especially concrete. New knowledge will be created and applied in real life. It will support and advance Thai construction industry sustainably. Chair Professional Grants project is a researcher’s pride. It will motivate young researchers to become a chair professional grant in the future.
Prof.Dr. Somnuek Tangtermsirikul (Head of a project) from Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, SIIT, Thammasat University, and a concrete technology researcher, reveals that creating standard and work manual according to research work is necessary for Thai construction industry to join the competition. The main objective of this research is to develop technology for sustainable construction. The research develops 4 aspects of construction work to have a strong structure that can be used in a long time. The 4 aspects are structure and design analysis, construction materials, technology and construction management, and sustainable maintenance that focus on resources, environment, labor’s health and safetiness. We will focus on the concrete which is the main structure in Thailand. We will use and apply research in real life. We will create innovation for industry and other practical sectos by creating proper standard and work manual for Thailand. We will also push research work to be in an international standard and cooperate with industrial sectors.
Another two researchers from Chair Professional Grants are Professor (specialist) Dr.Niphon Chatthipakorn, Faculty of Medicine, Chiangmai University, “New Treatment Development by Using Medical Device and Medicine on Mitochondria to Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Cardiotoxicity and Chemobrain” research, and Prof.Dr. Suksan Horpiboonsuk, Center of Excellence in Innovation for Sustainable Infrastructure Development, Suranaree University of Technology, “Sustainable Road Infrastructure Innovation” research. All in all, Chair Professional Grants project started since 2009. The project is to support potential researchers and research community. It gives freedom to researchers to produce a creative work which will improve the nation’s science and technology advances.