On January 31, 2019, the AIT Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of the three new Vice Presidents. The three new VP’s are:
— Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Professor Deepak Sharma. Professor Sharma has been Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Professor of Energy Planning and Policy at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has been a UTS faculty member ever since receiving his PhD at AIT in 1991. He also received his master’s degree at AIT. The new VPAA will oversee the Schools and will work with Deans and faculty to inject more innovation into our research and teaching, and to ensure the implementation of our internationalization and more relevant education agenda. He will report for duty on April 1, 2019.
— Vice President for Administration (VPA), Mr. Russell Bruce Rein. Mr. Rein is currently Head of Business Services/Director of Operations with the International Schools Group, Jubail in Saudi Arabia and formerly performed the same role at the United Arab Emirates University and the American University of Phnom Penh. The VPA will oversee finance, human resources, purchasing, facilities, the International School and other operations to ensure a caring and smooth and efficient running campus. He will report for duty on May 1, 2019.
— Vice President for Knowledge Transfer (VPKT), Dr. Naveed Anwar. Dr. Anwar has been a long time Executive Director of AIT Solutions as well as Affiliated Faculty in Structural Engineering, performing outreach, consulting and developing solutions with the business sector in our core strength and innovative areas. He received his PhD from AIT in 2004.The VPKT will oversee the new Entrepreneurship Center, technology transfer policy at AIT, commercialization of research, and industrial relations. He will also work with the VPAA on making the curriculum more relevant. He will report for duty on April 1, 2019.
On the three new Vice Presidents, President Eden Y. Woon said: “I am extremely pleased with the three high-quality individuals the Board has approved to be on the leadership team of AIT with myself. I am confident they will dedicate themselves to work with the AIT family to bring AIT up to the next level, incorporating into what we do daily more innovation, internationalization, enterprise relevance, entrepreneurship, and care-taking of our campus and stakeholders. We are fortunate to have these new very qualified Vice Presidents help lead AIT. Let us all give them a warm welcome when they begin their duties!”