NSTDA Executive Board granted an approval of BIOTEC Deputy Directors, Ms. Dussadee Siamhan and Associate Prof. Suvit Tia.
Dussadee Siamhan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Kasetsart University and in 1993 obtained her master’s degree in agricultural studies from the University of Queensland under the Australian Development Co-operation Scholarship Scheme (ADCSS). She started her career at the Asian Regional Center – Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (ARC-AVRDC). In February 1995, Dussadee joined the BIOTEC Research Funding Division, responsible for analyzing and monitoring research and development projects in the plant biotechnology field, including coordinating biosafety activities and overseeing projects with international partners. In October 2000, BIOTEC created the Evaluation and Monitoring Unit (EMU), to its operations to appraise, monitor and evaluate all of BIOTEC’s activities, including the operation of research units and BIOTEC itself, and Dussadee was chosen to lead this new initiative. In her capacity as deputy director of BIOTEC, Dussadee will be responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, evaluation and monitoring of BIOTEC administrative activities.
Suvit Tia obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and master’s degree in Energy Technology from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi (now King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, KMUTT). After obtaining his doctoral degree in Energy Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 1990, Suvit joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, KMUTT, where he is currently an Associate Professor. Suvit’s academic and research experience in energy technology has resulted in developing a close working relationship with the private sector, heading a number of important projects involving the design and installation of drying processes for agricultural produces and a fluidized bed furnace for a small power producer. From 1999-2007, Suvit served as Director of the Pilot Plant Development and Training Institute (PDTI), an autonomous unit within KMUTT designed to serve as bridge between research and industry needs by developing and transferring advanced technology to the private sector. He also helped KMUTT establish their Industrial Park and he served as a Vice President at the University from 2005-2006. His strengths now include the management of complex research programs, building research teams and energy policy, particularly with regard to biofuels. Suvit will lead BIOTEC'activities in technology transfer.
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Posted on 12 November 2008.