A meeting on signing the collaboration agreement to establish the Dual PhD Program in Engineering between Faculty of Engineering at Mahidol University (MU) in Thailand and Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in the UK was organised by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University on 20 July 2017. Under this program, the students will study at Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand for 1.5 years and at Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University in the UK for 1.5 years; and get 2 PhD degrees in Engineering from both universities. International PhD program in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University will be the 1st program launching the 3-year Dual PhD program with LJMU in 2018 under research collaboration through a project entitled “REliability and Safety Engineering and Technology for large maritime engineering systems (RESET)” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. In the meeting, Prof. Jin Wang – Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship of Faculty of Engineering and Technology at LJMU, Prof. Dr. Patcharee Lertrit – Dean of Faculty of Graduate Studies at MU, Asst. Prof. Dr. Chamras Promptmas – Vice Dean for Strategic Management and Graduate Studies of Faculty of Engineering and Technology at MU, Visiting Prof. Dr. Ranjna Jindal – Director of International PhD program in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at MU, and faculty members from the relevant departments discussed the collaboration agreement and plan for launching the Dual PhD program.
Afterwards, Prof. Jin Wang who is also the Director of Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) at LJMU and a leading researcher of the RESET project team at LJMU, delivered a lecture in Mahidol Engineering Special Seminar Series entitled ”A Risk-Based Approach in Design and Operation of Large Maritime Engineering Systems under Uncertainties”. Following a brief introduction of the recent developments in marine transportation system safety assessment, the presentation highlighted how possibilistic and probabilistic approaches can be used to address uncertainties in data through elicitation of expert judgements and synthesis of both qualitative and quantitative information. Illustrative examples were used to demonstrate how such models can be applied in specific situations to facilitate risk-based decision making under uncertainties.
The RESET project with total funding of €1,417,500 from the European Union (EU), encompasses the collaborative research of a group of 9 universities from 7 countries in Europe and Asia – Liverpool John Moores University (UK), Aalto University (Aalto-Korkeakoulusäätiö; Finland), Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade of Lisbon (Portugal), Leibniz University Hannover (Germany), University of Plymouth (UK), Mahidol University (Thailand), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia; Malaysia), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), and Wuhan University of Technology (China). The RESET project leader at Mahidol University is Asst. Prof. Dr. Wonsiri Punurai and the team members include Asst. Prof. Dr. Trakarn Prapaspongsa, Asst. Prof.Dr. Yasothorn Sapsathiarn, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Teraphan Ornthammarath from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. Under this project, there will be short- and long-term visits of professors and researchers from all partner universities in order to carry out research and organise seminars as well as international conferences from 2017 to 2021.