W.D. Anura S. Wijayapala

BScEng(Hons), MEng, IntPEng,CEng,FIE(SL)

Senior Lecturer Grade I
Department of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Moratuwa
Moratuwa 10400, Sri Lanka

Email: anuraw@uom.lk
Tel: +94-718178975
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Fax: +94-112650625

I was born in 1965 at Kiriella a beautiful village in Ratnapura district. I am the eldest of the family of three and our parents were government school teachers in Sri Lanka. My sister presently serves as a dental doctor in Kandy and my brother serves as a civil engineer in Colombo.

I received my primary education at primary school at Kiriella and then moved to Anuradhapura Central College in 1976 together with my parents who also had to teach in Anuradhapura district. In 1983 I got through my Advanced Level examination with district best results in all disciplines and gained admission to the faculty of engineering of university of Moratuwa in 1984. After a long , tedious 6 years studentship at the university (2 additional years spent as a result of university closures due to 1988/89 political problems in the country) I passed out with a 2nd class upper division pass (Rank 2)specializing in Electrical Engineering in mid 1991.

After serving the department of electrical engineering for a brief spell as a temporary assistant lecturer, on 1st January 1992, I joined Lanka Transformers Ltd, a subsidiary of Ceylon Electricity Board and Licensee of ABB National transformers of Norway, as transformer design engineer. In the same year I was promoted as the factory manager of the transformer manufacturing facility of the company.

 In 1994 I got married to Samudrika who is also a Chemical Engineer graduated from the University of Moratuwa.

In 1996 I obtained the membership of the Institution of Engineers’, Sri Lanka and qualified as a Chartered Engineer. In 1997 I qualified as a Chartered Electrical Engineer of the then Institution of Electrical Engineers,London.

As my company decided to expand into diesel power generation in 1996, I was requested to lead the new department. As a result, I played a major role in setting up of the first IPP based thermal power plant in Sri Lanka, the 24MW Lakdhanavi power plant at Sapugaskanda. Later I served as the Plant Manager of this power station from 1997 to 2000. In the year 2000 Lanka Transformers Ltd decided to expand into mini-hydro power generation and requested me to lead the new venture. In year 2001, I took over as the Manager- Hydro Power of the company and shouldered to set up 2.2MW Belihuloya small Hydro power plant in Balangoda and 4MW Assupiniella power plant in Aranayake .

In 2005 I decided to join University of Moratuwa as a senior lecturer in the department of electrical engineering. Since then I have been serving in this capacity doing my part in producingworld class electrical engineering graduates together with the highly qualified academic staff of the department.

During my engineering carrier, I got the opportunity to visit many countries including Norway, Switzerland, Finland, India, Indonesia, Germany, Austria, Thailand and Korea for various technical assignments. The experience and training I received during the many visits to the above countries helped me to expose myself to the modern engineering technologies and widen my engineering wisdom.

In June 2011 I got the opportunity to serve as the Vice Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board which is the apex body in Electrical Engineering in Sri Lanka. I served in this capacity until January 2013 and was able to shoulder resolve several crises due to labour unrest as well as electricity shortages due to extended drought periods. The opportunity I got in resolving some of the technical issue at Norochcholai 300MW coal power plant remains marked in my engineering experience. Also the opportunities I got as member of the Boards in Sri Lanka Energies (Pvt) Ltd, Trincomalee Power Company (Pvt) Ltd and Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd were very valuable. For a brief spell of time I worked as the Chairman and the Managing Director of Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd.

In my personal life I have been very lucky to get a very tolerant and modest wife, Samudrika who is also a Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Engineering of University of Moratuwa.  In our happy family life we have one son and two daughters. Son, the eldest, is schooling at St Thomas College, Mountlavinia and the two daughters are studying at Bishops’ College, Colombo. As many other professional parents, we wish to be useful to our country while bringing up our children to do the same.

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