Papers written by two AIT newly graduates (May 2007) Mr. Didin Agustian Permadi (left) and Mr. Kok Sothea (right) from Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM), School of Environment, Resources and Development ( SERD) were among the winners at the graduate level of a competition organized by the West Coast Section – Air & Waste Management Association of U.S.A.
Mr. Permadi's paper is entitled "Photochemical smog pollution in Jakarta and management strategy development using CAMx-MM5 modeling system".
Mr. Sothea's paper on "Emission inventory for modeling air quality for Phnom Penh, Cambodia" received the special comment of one of the reviewers as the most sophisticated work representing an attempt to gain insight into the air quality issues of a major metropolitan city (Phnom Penh City, Cambodia) based on relatively limited data concerning the emission sources.
Their papers were written based on the results of their AIT master’s thesis research, under the supervision of Dr. Kim Oanh, their EEM advisor.
They will either be awarded US $1000 each to attend and present their papers at the association’s annual meeting in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in June, or if unable to attend, they will each receive a US $500 cash award.
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, Dean SERD, who commended the students, noted that these awards indicate the quality of the research work the students conducted at EEM, AIT, which is internationally recognized.
The Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization providing training, information, and networking opportunities to more than 9,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. The Association's goals are to strengthen the environmental profession, expand scientific and technological responses to environmental concerns, and assist professionals in critical environmental decision making to benefit society. Currently, the Association has more than 32 regional sections, 68 local chapters, and 50 student chapters.
West Coast Section is one of the sections under A&WMA (Website:
httpl://www.eagle-pacific.com/awma-wcs/) that includes several professional chapters,
and student chapters including 3 in Asia (Singapore, Indonesia and AIT) and other
student chapters at universities on the US West Coast.
The AIT student Chapter was established in 1999 and housed in EEM. Each year the WCS AWMA organizes the student paper competition to select the best papers written based on masters and PhD research.