Thai joined the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, in 2007 as a Student Assistant for the biomass gasification project. After his graduation from the undergraduate program, he joined the biomass gasification team as a Research Associate. He was responsible for designing and implementing various test systems including automatic heating system for fischer–tropsch reactor, pressure swing adsorption system, etc. Currently Thai is part of the GridSTART team as a graduate assistant working with HNEI research team on the integration of smart grid technologies. Thai holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii and is working on his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii.