Prof. Pennung Warnitchai
School of Engineering & Technology, AIT

Prof. Pennung Warnitchai has D. Eng. in Civil Engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan and is currently the Professor in Structural Engineering Field of Study, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Prof. Warnitchai is also actively involved with the Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, and Management Field of Study at AIT. Besides, Prof. Warnitchai association with AIT, he has been part of various significant elective and appointed offices both in Thailand as well as in the region. Some of Prof. Warnitchai current professional affiliations include: Scientific Board Member, The Global Earthquake Model; Member, National Earthquake Committee of Thailand; Chair, Chapter on the Effects of Earthquakes and Wind Loads, Engineering Institute of Thailand under H.M. the King’s Patronage; Member, Civil Engineering Chapter, Engineering Institute of Thailand under H.M. the King’s Patronage.

Prof. Warnitchai has considerable experience when it comes to conducting research projects in the area of seismic hazard and risk assessment. Some of the notable research project that Prof. Warnitchai has conducted include: Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment of Six Cities in Bangladesh; Action Plan for Earthquake Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Bangkok, Study on Seismic Design and Retrofit of Building in Thailand. The research and consulting assignment conducted by Prof. Warnitchai covers national (Thailand) as well as regional (South East Asia, and South Asia).

Besides, Prof. Warnitchai active involvement in academics and project assignments, he has also been involved in conducting post disaster field visits to know firsthand of the causes of the destruction and the vulnerability of the community. The most recent post disaster field visit was after ‘The Gorkha Earthquake of April 25, 2015, Nepal.

On the publication side, Prof. Warnithai has numerous publications which involve articles, papers published in journals, books and monographs & book chapters, and development project reports. Prof. Warnitchai has recently co-authored a paper on “Vulnerability to Typhoon Hazards in the Coastal Informal Settlements of Metro Manila, the Philippines”.