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Thai Scientist Wins 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

BANGKOK, October 28, 2016 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with UL, a global safety science organization, announced Dr. Worajit Setthapun of Thailand as the winner of the 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. She was honored at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science in Technology in Cambodia for her groundbreaking work in sustainable energy research benefiting the ASEAN region.
The $25,000 annual prize supports promising, early-career female scientists in the ASEAN region and encourages collaboration between ASEAN member states and the United States around sustainable energy solutions. Dr. Worajit was chosen from over 60 applicants from ASEAN Member States and represents the best and the brightest women scientists focusing on sustainable energy.
“Sustainable energy solutions are now more important than ever to Thailand, with the nation’s energy consumption expected to jump by 75 percent over next two decades,” said U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies. “The United States is proud to support innovative female scientists like Dr. Worajit who can play a key role in Thailand’s advancement of clean energy and help meet the energy needs of the Thai people.”
“His Majesty the King worked tirelessly to help Thai communities achieve an improved and sustainable quality of life. His passion has inspired my team and me to create a ‘green city’ as a real living-learning center for the sustainable development of the local communities. I am extremely grateful and humbled to win this prestigious award and further our work in this field,” said Prize winner, Dr. Worajit.

Dr. Worajit is a director at the Asian Development Institute for Community Economy and Technology at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. She has extensive experience in developing

affordable and appropriate sustainable energy systems to enhance the livelihood and occupation of small and rural communities. She also develops and manages the Chiang Mai World Green City, which is a living laboratory for renewable energy application and green technologies. Watch a 3 minute video on Dr. Worajit at    
The 2016 Science Prize for Women is one of the many U.S. initiatives in support of ASEAN and its ten Member States, including Thailand. The U.S. partners with ASEAN to support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women, and address transnational challenges. The breadth of programs is reflective of the deepened cooperation under the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.

You can download photo of Dr. Worajit at or follow the conversation on Twitter at #SciencePrize.     


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