We are very honored to have Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, President of Asian Institute of Technology as the Patron of GIANT PRAWN 2017 Conference.

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai received his B. Eng. from Chulalongkorn University in 1971, M. Eng. from Asian Institute of Technology in 1973, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 under Fulbright Scholarship. He joined Asian Institute of Technology in 1979, where he has served as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, Former Dean of School of Civil Engineering (SCE), Founding Dean of School of Engineering and Technology (SET), Vice President for Resource Development and currently President of AIT. He has extensive research experiences in Computational Mechanics for the last 30 years and has published more than 240 papers. In 2006, he was awarded the IACM Fellows Award from the International Association of Computational Mechanics and the First Fumio Nishino Medal in 2008. Prof Worsak was a member of the Royal Institute of Thailand, and recognized as National Researcher of Thailand in 1999. He has also served as Adviser to the Minister of Transport in 2002-05, Member of the Board of Directors of Expressway Authority of Thailand in 2002-05 and Member of the Board of Directors of Airports of Thailand (Public Company) in 2005-2006, and two-time Vice President of the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).