Chiang Mai University (CMU) is a leading university committed to social responsibility and sustainable development. We are proud to be one of the Asian Partners participating in the SWAP Project.
Chiang Mai University (CMU) was founded in January 1964, under a Royal Charter granted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Located in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, CMU was the first institution of higher education in the north, and the first provincial university in Thailand. Our campus is integrated so that students can learn in a peaceful environment surrounded by nature in the project named “CMU Smart City – Clean Energy”. We provide the students access to informational technology, communications and comprehensive online services so much so that our university is known as CMU: Where Nature Nurtures Beautiful Intelligence.
Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai University, the main representative of CMU in this project, has been established in 1981. It is the second oldest Environmental Engineering Department in Thailand. Striving to be the leader in sustainable environmental engineering, the Department has been involved in several academic projects granted regularly by both government organizations, e.g., the Ministry of Energy, and the industrial sectors. We have engaged in the academic collaborations with universities in Denmark, Japan, Netherlands and Taiwan. In addition, we have been chosen to be the host of some notable international training courses, for instance, the courses for The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, namely, “Environmental Engineering Management for Wastewater” in 2012, “Towards Green Growth with Waste Utilisation” in 2014-2016 and “Towards Low Carbon Society via Holistic Environmental Engineering Approach” in 2018, and the collaboration with IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands for the training titled on “Transgenerational Equity and Sustainable Technology for Agricultural Waste to Energy” in 2019 funded by Nuffic, The Netherlands.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Patiroop Pholchan is an Assistant Professor and the current Head of the Environmental Engineering Department, CMU. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His expertise lies in the area of biological waste treatment and biogas technology. He has received grants from both private companies and public sectors to conduct researches focusing on methods for waste to energy transformations.
Prof. Dr. Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul is a Professor in Environmental Engineering, Chiang Mai University. She earned her PhD in 2002 in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Arington, USA. Her current research is involving the impact of micro-pollutants (mainly on pesticides, heavy metals, and nanoparticles) on environmental, and the technology research and development to remove the micro-pollutants from the contaminated environment. She has several supported research grants from Thailand government agencies and international grants such as International Foundation for Science (Sweden), Newton Fund-Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), ERASMUS+ program, and collaborative support from National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Energy.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Chatchawan Chaichana is an Assistant Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the current Head of Energy Technology for Environment Research Center, Faculty of Engineering, CMU. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. One of his main interest topics is in the area of waste to energy technologies.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Pimluck Kijjanapanich is an Assistant Professor and the current Deputy Head of the Environmental Engineering Department, CMU. Ms. Kijjanapanich received her PhD in Environmental Technology from Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Environmental Technologies for Contaminated Solids, Soils and Sediments (ETeCoS3), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, University of Paris-Est and University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. Ms. Kijjanapanich has research activities on utilisation of solid waste as electron donors for the biological wastewater treatment (heavy metal, sulphate and nitrate removal), and reuse of the sand from construction and demolition debris.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Sirichai Koonaphapdeelert is an Assistant Professor of the Environmental Engineering Department and the current Deputy Director of Energy Research and Development Institute Nakornping, CMU. Mr. Sirichai received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK. He has research activities on biogas production and purification. He is actively involved in the promotion of compressed biomethane gas (CBG) technology in Thailand.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Aunnop Wongrueng is an Assistant Professor of the Environmental Engineering Department. Mr. Wongrueng received his PhD in Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Wongrueng has research activities on utilisation of solid waste for the biogas production.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Pharkphum Rakruam is an Assistant Professor of the Environmental Engineering Department. He received his PhD in Environmental management from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. His research interests focus on solid waste management and waste utilization.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Napat Jakrawatana is an Assistant Professor at the Environmental Engineering Department, CMU. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of New south Wales, Australia. His expertise lies in the area of environmental and waste management. He also has a number of experiences in consultation project relating to waste management in Thailand mainly in feasibility of sustainability waste management projects for municipalities and also clusters in the provincial scale project. He has received grants from both private companies and public sectors to conduct researches focusing on Material Flow Analysis, Circular Economy and Life Cycle Assessment.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Saoharit Nitayavardhana is an Assistant Professor at Environmental Engineering Department, CMU and an advisor to R&D Department at Energy Research and Development Institute-Nakornping (ERDI), CMU. Her research interests focus mainly on biorefinery, biofuel/bioenergy waste utilization and waste-to-energy.
Dr. Sulak Sumitsawan is a lecturer at Department of Environmental Engineering, Chiang Mai University (CMU). He received his Bachelor and Master of Environmental Engineering from CMU. Dr. Sulak had studied at University of Texas at Arlington, United States, and received his doctoral degree in Civil Engineering. He has been involved in several projects that reduced amount of agricultural waste by promoting of using biomass stove, producing compost from corn cobs. Currently, he is conducting a research to study the herbicides carrying capacity of soil in order to notify farmers the limits of herbicides in sugar cane farms.
Dr. Sarunnoud Phuphisith is a lecturer at Department of Environmental Engineering, Chiang Mai University. She received her PhD in Urban Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include promoting environmentally friendly lifestyles through pro-environmental perceptions and behaviors, life cycle thinking and information provision, and the assessments of environmental impact and sustainability.
SWAP Activities run by CMU
CMU is the task leader in Preparation for approval and recognition of the new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Qualifications, under Work Package 3, and Promotional material and digital activities including social media and multimedia, under Work Package 6. Our responsibility for deliverable includes Training material on Sustainable Solid Waste Management for TVET, Training Hubs Feasibility studies, Report on implementation and functioning of training hubs, and SWAP disseminating portfolio.Back