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On 3 August 2018, Dr. Omjai Saimek, NSTDA Vice President, joined Ms. Pirada Techavichit, Representative of the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI Office) at the opening of Fabrication Lab Training Workshop held at STEM Lab of Princess Chulabhorn Science High School Chonburi. Fabrication Lab or Fab Lab is part of the initiative of Ministry of Science and Technology to expand STEM Workforce to support upcoming hi-tech industry that are being strengthened by Thailand 4.0 agenda.

 

 

Thailand 4.0 is the Government’s vision to transform the nation to an innovation-based economy. Recognizing that innovation is fueled by the skills and creativity of the workforce, the Ministry of Science and Technology took an initiative on STEM Workforce focusing on grooming high school and university students for careers in innovations. STEM LAB project was initiated by STI Office to help students acquire the STEM knowledge necessary to support a long-term commitment of creative economy through an establishment of STEM Lab where students can unleash their creativity and skills in design, research and engineering and physically create innovations in schools. Since 2017, STEM Labs have been built in two Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools. They are equipped with instruments, such as a laser cutting machine, a 3-D printer, analytical and measuring devices, electronics tools and safety equipment, enabling students to build science projects

 

 

Complimentary to the infrastructure established by the STEM Lab project, Fab Lab is spearheaded by NSTDA to focus on the capacity building and manpower development aspects of STEM Workforce initiative. Overall, Fab Lab is expected to involve 15,000 students in high schools and vocational schools, 800-1000 teachers and lecturers, and 150 schools across the country. It is anticipated that the project will create at least 150 marketable innovations and 300 innovations entering the regional, national and international contests. It hopes to inspire 50 percent of participating students to study engineering in college.

 

This 3-day Fabrication Lab Training Workshop was attended by 30 university lecturers.  They were drawn from 10 universities participating in Fab Lab program, namely Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Burapha University, Chiang Mai University, Thammasat University and Prince of Songkla University.

 

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Published in News & Announcements
December 20, 2010

Dr. Omjai Saimek

Dr. Omjai Saimek
Vice President
Science and Technology for Society


Dr. Omjai Saimek earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Chulalongkorn University and obtained a master’s degree in the same field from Mahidol University. She was working as a project analyst at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) then proudly receiving grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology to pursue a master’s degree in Technology Management at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management at Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA.

After finishing her studies in 1999, Dr. Saimek returned to work for the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) as the administration director and was later appointed an assistant executive director of BIOTEC in 2006.

Currently, Dr. Saimek is a vice president of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).  She is in charge of human resources development in the field of science and technology in Thailand and in charge of raising public awareness of science, boosting public interests in applying science in solving problems, as well as highlighting the importance of scientific research and studies.

Dr. Saimek has authored several scholarly articles published in foreign journals, including one entitled “Forecasting the Successful Launch of Advanced Technology-Based Venture” in 1996, and an article entitled “Exploring Knowledge Processes for Technology Policy Development: Case Study Approach” in 1997.

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