November 12th, 2012
An uninspiring November night in London was improved immeasurably by the annual ATS Reception at the Oriental Club on 12 November 2012. This is always an auspicious autumn event that particularly highlights the success of Thai students studying in the UK. The evening was enhanced by the presence of the new Thai Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Pasan Teparak, who had kindly taken time out to attend the occasion, even though he was on the way to greeting the Thai Prime Minister who was arriving in London on a formal visit.
This was HE Pasan Teparak’s first attendance at the Anglo-Thai Society and he pledged his support for the Society and its objectives. He pointed out that the Thai students studying in UK universities today, who currently number over 1000, would go on to take up important posts in Thailand and they, in their turn, would foster closer Anglo-Thai relations after their experience of living here.
The reception also marked the handing over of the Chairman’s baton from David Fall to Dr Orapin Dawson. Quentin Quayle, formerly British Ambassador to Thailand, congratulated David Fall on the progress of ATS during his four-year tenure as Chairman.
Choosing which students would win the awards and the runners-up is always difficult and this was made even more so this year, when there was such a plethora of excellence. The range of subjects and the breadth of knowledge are considerable. The students, together with the titles of their topics, categories of award and sponsors are as follows:
Wanaruk Chaimayo won the Science award, which was sponsored by the Thai Embassy and presented by Khun Nontigorn Kanchanachitra, the Secretary General of the Office of the Civil Service Commission. The award was for his research entitled ‘Synthesis and High Pressure Structural Study of Bismuth Nanoparticles’ in the Physics & Astronomy department of the University of Edinburgh. Kanchana Sivalertporn was Highly Commended for her research entitled ‘Indirect excitons and strong light-matter coupling’ in the Physics & Astronomy department of Cardiff University.
Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut won the Medical Science award, which was sponsored by the OCS Group and presented by its Chairman, Peter Armitage. The award was for her research entitled ‘Unstructured proteins of the malaria parasite: Plasmodium Falciparum as Vaccine Candidates’ in the department of BioScience at the University of Edinburgh. Jayanant Iemsam-Arng was Highly Commended for her research entitled ‘Biocompatible Delivery System for Nucleic Acid Based Therapies’ in the department of Pharmacy at University College, London.
Chinnapat Ponwisawas won the Engineering award which was sponsored by Bangkok Bank and presented by Bernard Coe, President of and former Chairman of ATS. The award was for his research entitled ‘Modelling and Prediction of Recrystallization in Single Crystal Superalloys’ in the department of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Khoonsake Segkhoonthod was Highly Commended for his research entitled ‘Thin-film Detector System for Internal MRI’ in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Wimolporn Wainipee won the Environment award which was sponsored and presented by Khunying Narisa Chakrabongse. The award was for her research entitled ‘Arsenate absorption on mineral surfaces and effect of Temperature on its adsorption’ in the department of Geo-Chemistry at Imperial College, London.
Pairach Piboonrungroj won the Humanities and Social Science award, which was sponsored by the ThaiBev Group and presented by Quentin Quayle of ThaiBev International Group. The award was for his research entitled ‘Logistic and System Chain Management in the Tourism Industry of Thailand’ in the Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University. Passagorn Tavichapong was Highly Commended for his research entitled ‘Individual Spirit at Work and its Relationship with employee Work Attitude and Organisational Outcomes’ in the department of Management and Humanities at Aston University.