Department of Electrical Engineering - University of Moratuwa

Old News, Views and Announcements
January - December 2000

[This is not an official release and may sometimes have errors]


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December 2000

193.    Multi-religious Ceremony & Presentation of Long Service Awards
         Update: 29/12/2000

The first working day of the New Year, 1 January 2001, would be commenced with a multi-religious ceremony in the James George Hall at 0900 hrs followed by awards of medals for long service.
Among those to receive long service awards this year from the academic staff of Electrical Engineering are Professor S Karunaratne 30 years , Professor J R Lucas 30 years and Dr M P Dias 25 years.

192.    EESoc Scholarship to a student
         Update: 22/12/2000

EESoc has offered a scholarship, sponsored by Dr Priyantha Wijetunga, to a deserving and academically good final year electrical engineering student, who would normally not be having an other scholarship or award for the remainder of the academic year.
At the committee meeting of the EESoc held in December 2000, the evaluation was finalised and the scholarship was given to Mr M L D D Dharshana at a simple ceremony at 1245 hrs on 22 December in the presence of the academic staff, the EESoc Committee and the remaining electrical engineering final year students.

191.    Presentations at the University of Moratuwa - 21 December 2000
         Update: 21/12/2000

* Mr Narendra de Silva, Lanka Transformers Ltd delivered a talk on Transmission Line Design & Construction at the University of Moratuwa on Thursday 21 December 2000 at 1130 hrs. The talk has been organised by EESoc.
Mr Narendra de Silva was the first EESoc Secretary and was very active in that post. He is presently the Project Manager for the Design and construction of the transmission line for the Kukule Project.

* Prof. Gehan Amaratunga Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge delivered a talk on Electronic Devices for Power Switching & Smart Power ICs - The Enabling Technology for Clean Energy at 1130 hrs on 21st December. The talk was organised by the Electronic Club.

190.    University - Industry partnership : an engineering perspective
         Update: 21/12/2000

The Sixth Annual Symposium of the Engineering Research Unit (ERU) of Moratuwa University was held on December 7, 2000. The theme, as usual, was Research for the Industry.
A total of 22 papers were presented. Some of the papers were joint efforts with Ceylon Electricity Board, Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, Western Province Engineering Organisation, Road Construction and Design Company, Energy Conservation Fund, Sri Lanka Army and Cambridge University.
Prof. (Mrs) Indra Dayawansa, Chairman ERU, welcomed all. Prof. L.L. Ratnayake, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, spoke on University–Industry Partnership Programmes; Prof. Dayantha Wijeyesekera, Vice Chancellor, spoke on Facilitation of Contract Research through a Private Company. The Guest Lecture was by Prof. R.P. Gunewardena, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology. With the Vote of Thanks by Dr. Amal Kumarage, the Inaugural Session ended.

189.    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2001
         Posted: 21/12/2000

Let me wish all my students, readers and well wishers a Merry Christmas and a Happy and fruitful new Year 2001.

188.    Colours Award Ceremony - Update
         Posted: 20/12/2000

The Colours Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday 22nd December 2000. The Chief Guest for the occasion will be Mr Arjuna Ranatunga former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain.

187.    Annual Thanksgiving Mass - Catholic Students' Society
         Posted: 20/12/2000

TheCatholic Students' Society will be having the Annual Thanksgiving Mass at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room at 1730 hrs on Thursday 21st December 2000.

186.    Seniors and Freshers enjoy a day of fun and frolic
         Posted: 20/12/2000

The two week orientation programme for the BSc Engineering New Intake came to an today. Last afternoon (Tuesday 19th December) the Senior Students of the Faculty of Engineering organised an afternoon of fun and frolic for the freshers where the Seniors freely mingled with the freshers. Among the games organised were passing a reel of sewing thread through the clothes in one hand and taking it out from the opposite trouser leg, moving a small cardboard box across a distance of about 100 m using only the pendulum action of an onion suspended from a thread from the waist, passing a ring down a row using drinking straws held in the mouth, blowing a balloon to bursting, busting a balloon tied to another's leg while preventing one's own balloon from being busted and the catching an egg thrown from an ever increasing distance.
The events were well organised with the freshers being first separated into five groups (namely red, yellow, orange, green and blue). All freshers took part in at least one event and the lady freshers, who were much fewer in number in the group, taking part in many events. In each event a senior group also took part so that it was not a one way process of enjoyment. I am very happy to note that both the freshers as well as the seniors and the few academic staff members present thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. I am also happy to record here that the Senior students generally went out of their way to welcome the freshers to the Faculty, and a special tribute should go to the first year batch rep who I understand has won the gratitude of the freshers with his devoted service in organising his batchmates in a pleasant manner to guide the freshers during the two weeks.
I understand that the orientation programme ended today with a concert organised by the senior students.

185.    University Convocation
         Posted: 20/12/2000

The University Convocation has been scheduled to be held on 15th March 2001. Graduands and Post-graduands of both the Engineering Faculty and the Architecture Faculty will receive their degrees on that day.

184.    Talk at the IEE on Load Research of the Power Sector in Sri Lanka
         Posted: 20/12/2000

Mr M S Jayalath, Deputy General Manager, Demand side Management, Ceylon Electricity Board will deliver a talk on Load Research of the Power Sector in Sri Lanka at an ordinary general meeting of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre at Hotel Galadari on Wednesday 27 December 2000 starting at 1715 hrs.

183.    Talk at the IEE on Role of the Consultant and Investor in the Implementation of Mini-hydro Power Plants
         Posted: 20/12/2000

Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering who has planned, designed and constructed many mini-hydro plants, two of which have already been commissioned, gave a very thought provocing lecture on Role of the Consultant and Investor in the Implementation of Mini-hydro Power Plants at an Ordinary General Meeting of the IEE at Hotel Galadari at 1715 hrs yesterday (19th December). About 50 members of all categories actively participated in the discussion.

182.    Academic Calendar for 2001 - Faculty of Engineering
         Posted: 11/12/2000

To view the Academic Calendar click here

181.    Public Holidays for 2001
         Posted: 11/12/2000

To view the public holidays for 2001 click here

180.    Sisira's Wedding
         Posted: 06/12/2000, Updated 15/12/2000

Mr Sisira Kankanam Gamage who is reading for a PhD at the University of Cincinnati, USA is here in Sri Lanka got married to Ms Harini Padmasiri on Thursday 14th December 2000. Our Best Wishes go to them.

179.    IEE Younger Member's Committee
         Posted: 06/12/2000

Mr Sisil Amarasena attended the Younger Members committee meeting in the United Kingdom in December 2000. He also attended the Conference of International Honorary Officers. The IEE in London has appointed Mr Amarasena to look after 2 younger members sections - Sri Lanka & Nothern Ireland. He is also in the Steering Committee of YMC that looks into 'Recruitment & Retention'.
He has also reported "Good news.... We became third in last session's Younger Members Challenge Competition. This is a great achievement from around 50 younger members sections." from around the world.

178.    Comments on EE Homepage
         Posted: 06/12/2000

Pramudi Suraweera from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has sent some constructive comments on the home page. These are reproduced in the Guest Book. I wish record here my appreciation of his interest.

177.    Presentations at Kotmale for the CEB by Professor J R Lucas
         Posted: 04/12/2000

Professor J R Lucas will be giving two presentations on "Faults in Power Systems" and "Surges in Power Systems" at the Training Course on Grid Interconnection of Embedded Power Plants at a Workshop for Engineers organised by the Ceylon Electricity Board at Kotmale on Tuesday 5th December. The Worshop will run until the 8th December. Among the other speakers are Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya and Mr Jayasiri Karunanayake who do visiting work for the University.

176.    Suntel Award - 1 December 2000
         Posted: 01/12/2000

The Suntel Award was given by Mr Hugo Cederschiol, Managing Director, Suntel, to Mr Gayan Aravinda de Silva Electronics and Telecommunications student in the Final Part I, who obtained the highest average in the first year, from students in his specialisation. Others associated with the ceremony which was held at the Engineering Faculty Board Room today, are Mr Mahinda Ramasundara Engineering Manager and Mr Mahinda Wijayaratna Human Resource Manager from Suntel and Professor Lakshman Ratnayake Dean, Engineering, Ms Dileeka Dias Head, Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering, Professor Mrs Indra Dayawansa, Professor Rohan Lucas Head, Electrical Engineering, and Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi Head, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, other academic staff and final Part I students.
Mr Gayan Aravinda de Silva is a product of St Sebastian College, Moratuwa and Nalanda College, Colombo. He obtained 2 As and 2 Cs at the GCE Advanced Level Examination with an aggregate of 280 and was first selected to Peradeniya and got a transfer to Moratuwa.
While wishing, Gayan Aravinda the best for the future, I would like to request especially those in the first year to note that anyone entering the University of Moratuwa (what ever their A Level performance) has the capacity to come out at the top at the end of the first year.

166.    Transmission Line Design & Construction by Mr Narendra de Silva
         Updated: 04/12/2000

Mr Narendra de Silva, Lanka Transformers Ltd will be giving a talk on Transmission Line Design & Construction at the University of Moratuwa on Thursday 21st December 2000 at 1130 hrs. The talk has been organised by EESoc. All EESoc members are invited to be present for the talk.
Mr Narendra de Silva was the first EESoc Secretary and was very active in that post. He is presently the Project Manager for the Design and construction of the transmission line for the Kukule Project.

165.    IEE Recruitment Programme & Lecture Series
         Posted: 01/12/2000

The YMS Committee of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre is arranging a lecture and/or recruitment programme at the University of Moratuwa at 1130 hrs on Thursday, 14th December. All prospective members - undergraduate students in the disciplines Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering and Production Engineering are welcome to attend this lecture. Further details will be made known closer to the date.

November 2000

164.    Colours Night and Awards 2000
         Posted: 30/11/2000

I understand that the Colours Night and Awards is being planned for the 14th December 2000. My Best wishes go the to Awardees.
P.S./06/12/2000 - I undestand that the event is likely to take place on 22 December 2000

163.    Atomic Energy Authority and non-destructive testing
         Posted: 29/11/2000

Dr. M. Prinath Dias (Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa & Chairman Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka) delivered a talk at the inauguration of the IAEA/RCA Project Committee Meeting on Non-Destructive Testing organised by the Atomic Energy Authority and sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held at Hotel Lanka Oberoi, on 6th November 2000.

162.    The first set of Master's students qualify after a lapse
         Posted: 29/11/2000

The following postgraduate students qualified with a Master's degree in Engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering recently. The department is proud to have been able to produce these graduates with postgraduate qualifications after a lapse of a number of years.
1. K V S Madhavi Kudaligama (Ms)
2. K B Manjula I Perera
3. Ajitha R Ranasinghe
Mr Manjula Perera has also been recommended for the Award of the Lanka Transformers Ltd Award for the Best Electrical Engineering MEng Graduand by the evaluation panel in the department.
Note: Although Mr Manjula Perera himself is from Lanka Transformers Ltd, he nor anyone else from Lanka Transformers Ltd had a hand in deciding on the receipient, which was on purely academic ground. Further, the funding was made by Lanka transformers Ltd in 1998, long before the completion of the course.

161.    Dinner Party organised by the MEng 1999/2000 students
         Posted: 29/11/2000

The MEng/PGDiploma students 1999/2000 who have just finished the first year of their course have organised a get-together for Dinner at the Hotel Lanka Oberoi with the Academic staff on 1st December.

160.    Welcome Party for BSc Engineering, Final Part I students
         Posted: 29/11/2000

A Welcome Party has been arranged by the Final Part II students for the BSc Engineering Final Part I students who jointed the Electrical Engineering field this year. This will be held at the University Premises from about 6 pm onwards on Monday 4th December.

159.    Unavailability of .mrt.ac.lk Web for about a month
         Updated: 29/11/2000

EE News was not available to viewers outside the .mrt server for about a month due to the telecom line been out of commission for the period. It is now in working order and I hope our outside viewers have not given up looking at our site on this account which was beyond our control.

158.    Talk by Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara at the IEE Sri Lanka Centre
         Posted: 28/11/2000

Dr. Nishantha Nanayakkara Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa will be giving a Presentation at a General Meeting of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre on "Role of the Consultant and Investor in the Implementation of Mini Hydro Power Projects" at Hotel Galadari, Colombo at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday 19th December, 2000.

157.    Return of Old Coursework submitted
         Posted: 21/11/2000

Coursework submitted to the department last year may be collected by the student concerned. click here for details

156.    Donation of a Jaipur foot to a disabled soldier
         Posted: 20/11/2000

The IEE Sri Lanka Centre donated a Jaipur foot to a disabled soldier at the Sambodhi Viharaya, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo on Il Poya Day Saturday 11th November. Among those present at the donation were Mr D C Wijeratna, Immediate Past Chairman; Professor J R Lucas, Chairman; Mr D R Pulleperuma, Vice Chairman; Mr M S Jayalath, Honorary Secretary; Mr Senanayake and Mr Yatawara, committee members. For pictures of the event, click here

155.    IEE Sri Lanka Centre, Chairman's Talk - Professor J R Lucas
         Posted: 20/11/2000

Professor J R Lucas delivered the IEE Sri Lanka Centre, Chairman's Talk on Historical Development of the Transformer at the Hotel Galadari on Tuesday 14th November 2000. About 70 members of all categories were present at this talk.

154.    Orientation Programme of the BSc Engineering First year 2000/01
         Posted: 20/11/2000

The Orientation Programme of the BSc Engineering First year 2000/01 for the August 1999 Advanced Level batch will commence on 12th December 2000 (Tuesday) at 0830 hrs at the Civil Engineering Auditorium. A special programme has also been arranged for parents on the first day and they are welcome to attend the first day of the Orientation Programme along with the students.
Normal Academic activities will commence on 2nd January 2001 (Tuesday)

153.    6th Annual Symposium on Research for Industry
         Posted: 20/11/2000

6th Annual Symposium on Research for Industry, organised by the Engineering Research Unit of the University of Moratuwa will be held on Tuesday 7th December 2000. 22 papers will be presented in 3 sessions at this symposium. A fee of Rs 500 will be charged per participant. Those interested in participating should communicate with Dr M T R Jayasinghe by 27th November (Fax 650622, Tel 650567, -8, email eru@civil.mrt.ac.lk

152.   Workshop of Lightning and Lightning Protection - 2000 (Update)
         Posted: 20/11/2000

Workshop of Lightning and Lightning Protection - 2000 was successfully organised by the Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka at the Auditorium of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday 17 November 2000. Around 75 members of the public participated in the workshop. The speakers at this workshop were Professor T R Ariyaratne (President IPSL & University of Colombo), Mr Abhayasinghe Bandara (Meteorology department), Dr Chandima Gomes (University of Colombo), Mr Mahendra Fernando (University of Colombo), Professor Rohan Lucas (Chairman IEE Sri Lanka Centre & University of Moratuwa), Mr Chris de Alwis (Sri Lanka Telecom) and Mr Rienzie Fernando (Ceylon Electricity Board).

October 2000

151.    Workshop on Lightning and Lightning Protection - 2000
         Posted: 31/10/2000

A Workshop on Lightning and Lightning Protection has been organised by the Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka on 17th November 2000 at the SLAAS Auditorium. Those interested may contact Dr Chandima Gomes or Dr Upul Sonnadara (Tel: 01-584777, email: upuls@sltnet.lk) before 10th November. There is no fee for participation. Further details

150.    IEE Diaries 2000/01          Posted: 31/10/2000

The IEE Diaries covering the period October 2000 to December 2001 have been received by the IEE Sri Lanka Centre. These may be collected by the IEE members from the centre on the production of their National Identity Card. Some diaries are also available with Professor J R Lucas at the University of Moratuwa and may be collected by students members of the IEEon production of their University Identity Cards or National Identity Card.

149.    Dr Jahan Peiris leaves to present Seminar in Auckland
         Posted: 31/10/2000

Dr Jahan Peiris left over the weekend to present a Seminar at the University of Auckland. He will be away in New Zealand till the 6th November 2000.

148.    BSc Engineering - New Intake    Posted: 27/10/2000,   Updated: 30/10/2000

The BSc Engineering new intake will commence their orientation programme on Tuesday 12th December 2000. This is for the students who sat the GCE Advanced Level Examination in August 1999. The regular first year lectures will commence on 2 January 2001. The letters to the individual students has just been posted.
The New Intake will follow the BSc Engineering degree on a modular scheme from the first year. The curriculum is presently being finalised.

147.    EESoc Office Bearers           Posted: 25/10/2000

The full list of EESoc Office Bearers elected for the Session 2000/01 is now available at this site. click here

146.    94th IESL Sessions - Inauguration           Posted: 25/10/2000

The Inauguration of the 94th Annual Sessions of the IESL took place today (25th October). The Chief Guest on the occassion was the High Commissioner for India, His Excellency Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The Guests of Honour were Dr A N S Kulasinghe and Professor S Mahalingam. Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaiyake Kumaratunga sent her message to the Institution through a video recording which was played on a large screen for the audience.
This was followed by the presentation of Awards abd Certificates, and concluded with the Induction of Mr Mervyn Gunasekera as the President for the Session 2000/01.
Following a break for tea, the High Commissioner declared open the Techno 2000 Exhibition. University of Moratuwa, as in the recent past, has a stall at this exhibition.

145.    IESL Sessions - Awards for Student Presentations
          Posted: 24/10/2000

The paper titled Development of a Fuzzy Logic Controller component for EMTDC/PSCAD and Use of fuzzy logic control to improve damping of power system oscillations, authored by KDHC Jayathilake, KASN Jayasekera, WKD Ariyaratne (Ms) and TMK Fernando and supervised by Dr Jahan Peiris has been selected as the best student paper at the IESL Sessions. This award will be given at the Inauguration of the IESL Sessions tomorrow (25th October 2000). We wish them our congradulations.

144.    IEE Lecture on Mobile Information Society - Update
          Posted: 20/10/2000

Mr Anthony Rodrigo, System Development Manager, Nokia Networks, Finand, delivered a very fine talk on where we are heading in the Mobile information Society at an IEE Seminar yesterday(19th October). Some of what was mentioned sounded like science fiction. For example he mentioned that
A foreign visitor to Sri Lanka may be just entering Liberty Plaza, and the mobile information device he is carrying would relay his location to the system from information obtained from 3 mobile cells. Then his identity would be verified from his home computer base, and his profile would be analysed. Say for example he likes good wine. In this case the system would find out from its data base which shops in Liberty Plaza carry these. Then the system would dial him up and when he answers would display an advertisement for high quality wines on his mobile device. Obviously he would be tempted to go and visit the shor or shops displayed.
Mr Rodrigo said the technology is already available and in one or two years time these type of devices would be common place.

143.    IESL Sessions - Associate Member & Student Presentations
          Posted: 20/10/2000

Associate Member & Student Presentations of the 94th Annual Sessions of the IESL will be held from 0900 hrs today (20th October). Among the 7 student papers to be presented are 3 from the department of electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Those who are interested are invited by the IESL to attend the sessions.

142.    Messages to the Guest Book           Posted: 19/10/2000

Messages to the Guest Book are not automatically updated. Only those of relevance to the readers of eenews and those with names will be considered for inclusion. I just mentioned this as there were a couple of messages which were unsigned this week.

140.    BScEngineering Degree Results
          Posted: 18/10/2000

The results of the Final Part III examination released on 21th September 2000, was confirmed by the University Senate on 18 October 2000.
The following table gives the breakdown of results.

Field of Specialisation

First Class

Second Class Upper Division

Second Class Lower Division

Ordinary Pass

Civil Engineering

6

6

41

31+(14)

Computer Sc & Eng

8

9

18

13+(3)

Electrical Engineering

2

8

30

5

Electronics & Telecom Eng

5

11

27

5

Mechanical Engineering

-

2

9

16+(6)

Chemical Engineering

1

2

13

3

Materials Engineering

-

3

8

8

Mining & Mineral Eng

1

1

7

2+(1)

Textile & Clothing Tech

-

5

15

16

Note: Those within parenthesis ( ) are those from earlier years who have completed the examination

Details of Results of Electrical Engineering Stream are also available.

139.    IEE Lecture on Mobile Information Society           Posted: 18/10/2000

Mr Anthony Rodrigo, System Development Manager, Nokia Networks, Finand, will be delivering a talk at the Hotel Galadari on Thursday 19th October 2000 at 1715 hrs. This talk has been arranged by the IEE Sri Lanka Centre.

138.    IEE Sri Lanka Centre Chairman's Lecture           Posted: 18/10/2000

Professor Rohan Lucas, Chairman, IEE Sri Lanka Centre for 2000/01 will deliver his Chairman's address on Tuesday, 14th November 2000 on the topic Historical development of the Transformer. Members of all grades of IEE are encouraged to attend this informative lecture.

137.    Dr. Sumedha Rajakaruna submits Resignation           Posted: 09/10/2000

Dr Sumedha Rajakaruna, who has been one of the two academic staff members who has specialised in Electrical Machines and Power Electronics, has tendered his resignation and will be leaving Sri Lanka on 15th October 2000. He has been a valuable asset to us during his tenure here. I believe he will be taking a teaching appointment at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

136.    Change in Telephone numbers           Posted: 09/10/2000

Sri Lanka Telecom has changed the telephone numbers of their Moratuwa Exchange with effect from 15th October 2000. The New Telephone Numbers of the University are available at the site http://www.mrt.ac.lk/telno.html .

Among these are the general number 650301, the number of the Head of Electrical Engineering 650625. The General Fax number 647622 was not listed for change, but I understand that it too may change to 650622.

135.    The EESoc Drama as seen by a front row spectator
          Posted: 09/10/2000

The story unfolds with the frustrated Electrical Engineering Instructor seeing his very much younger uneducated brother flirting at the Bus Halt.
The Instructor had failed to get hitched, or even flirt, during over 4 long years years of undergraduate studies, over 4 months of training and a period as an Instructor (where he repeatedly wrote "please see me" instead of giving a mark on the coursework of pretty girls in the junior batches).
He is enraged and tells the brother that he will go and complain to their parents.
.......................................
The story ends with the Instructor accompanied by his parents and brother visiting a prospective bride and the bride falling for the younger brother.

134.    EESoc Get-together, AGM and Drama          Posted: 07/10/2000 - 2200hrs

The EESoc get-together has been very successful so far. It is now time for dining and merrymaking.
From the morning Six-a-Side Cricket was played as a tournament between the staff, groups of students and the graduates. The EESoc Sports Carnival finished with a variety of items such as catching fresh eggs thrown from a distance, feeding your partner with "sau" while blind- folded, passing a ring from person to person using a straw held in one's mouth and a tug-of-war.
At about 7 pm, the AGM commenced where the outgoing President Dr Priyantha Wijetunga handed over the reigns to the newly elected President Dr Jahan Peiris. This was followed by a variety of Songs and a Drama.

The Drama could be titled An Electrical Engineering Instructor looks for a Bride. This Drama was very well presented by the Final Part I Students (Junior). It was very hilarious and everyone enjoyed it very much.
Merrymaking is now going on and will probably go on till the early hours of the morning.

133.    Authorities of the Skies         Posted: 07/10/2000

The authorities of the skies had scheduled two days of heavy rain for Friday 6th Ocotber and Saturday 7th October. He had filled up all the clouds to its brim and charged them with High Voltage in readiness to produce Lightning. It was then discovered that EESoc was having the annual get-together on 7th October and the Patron was the Lecturer in High Voltage. So an emergency session was held in the skies and it was decided to empty the whole supply of water for the two days, plus any standby supplies, within a few hours on Friday only so that very little will be left for Saturday. Unfortunately this unplanned increase caused flooding and havoc in Colombo, but Saturday was clear for the EESoc Activities with only a few drops scheduled to fall during the day.
The authories of the skies wishes all EESoc members a happy and enjoyable day.

132.    Dr Jahan Peiris invited to present Seminar in Auckland
         Posted: 06/10/2000

Dr Jahan Peiris has been invited to present a Seminar at the University of Auckland. He is expected to be away in New Zealand from 29 October till the 6 November 2000.

131.    Dr Nanayakkara returns after a visit to Japan
         Posted: 05/10/2000

Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara returned to Sri Lanka recently after attending a Seminar on Off-Grid Village Hydro Power Projects in Japan. He also visited the Saga University during the trip.

130.    Dr Ranaweera returns after following Simulation course in MathLab
         Updated: 05/10/2000

Dr Aruna Ranaweera returned to Sri Lanka recently after following a short course in MathLab Simulation of Power Systems and Power Electronics in the US.
P.S.I have been informed that I have inadvertantly left out the fact that Dr Aruna Ranaweera was going to attend a conference in the US and also going to Canada from 8 September 2000 to 7 October 2000. I remember typing out this information, but maybe a power failure left it without being stored. Sorry about that.

129.    MEng/PGDiploma Course in Electrical Engineering
          Posted: 05/10/2000

The next batch of students for theMEng/PG Diploma Course in Electrical Engineering will be starting their course on Friday 20th October 2000. The start which was scheduled for 6th October had to be postponed on account of the General Elections in the Country on 10th October.

128.    Inaugural intake to the ITUM        Posted: 03/10/2000

The inaugural intake of NDT students to the newly established Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa took place today. The Chief Guest on the ocassion was Mr Anton Peiris CEO of Electroserve Ltd.

127.    Visiting Team of Officials from the Ministry of Education and Higher
         Education
Posted: 03/10/2000

The following Team of officials visited the University of Moratuwa on 3rd October 2000 at 1430 hrs and listened to presentations made by the University and had discussions with the Council and Officials of the University. Among the items discussed were University Reforms, Building Programme, New Proposals and Constraints.
Prof R P Gunawardena - Secretary Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Prof Jiffry - Acting Chairman, University Grants Commission
Ms D F C Hanwella - Financial Controller/UGC
Mr Lalith Weeratunga - Addl Secretary/ Education Reforms

126.    EESoc Get-together        Posted: 03/10/2000

TheElectrical Engineering Society will be holding its Sixth Annual Get-together followed by the AGM and the Dinner on Saturday 7th October 2000. Many past graduates of the department, academic staff and students are expected to attend. The principal sponsor for the event this year is Lanka Transformers Limited and we are grateful for their continuing support.

September 2000

125.    Results of Final Examination for BScEngineering Degree
         Posted: 26/09/2000

The results of the Final Part III examination was released on 21th September 2000, subject to conformation by the University Senate. Results of Electrical Engineering Stream

124.   AGM & Technical Sessions of IEE Sri Lanka Centre (Update) IEE YMS         Posted: 23/09/2000

The IEE Sri Lanka Centre held its Annual General Meeting at Hotel Galadari on Friday 22nd September 2000 at 1715 hrs. Among those elected were Professor J R Lucas as Chairman, Mr D R Pulleperuma as Vice Chairman, Mr M S Jayalath as Secretary and Professor Mrs I J Dayawansa as Treasurer.
The Annual Technical Conference will be held today at 1300 hrs at the Hotel Galadari. 9 papers will be presented at the sessions.

123.   AGM of IEE Sri Lanka Centre & of IEE YMS         Posted: 14/09/2000

The IEE Sri Lanka Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Hotel Galadari on Friday 22nd September 2000 at 1715 hrs. This year the Annual Dinner will not be held due to the situation in the Country. I has been decided to make a donation for the purpose of purchasing artificial limbs for disabled soldiers in lieu of the dinner.

The Younger Members Section of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the IESL premises on Saturday 30th September 2000 at 1500 hrs.

122.   Visit Abroad - Dr H Y R Perera         Posted: 12/09/2000

Dr Ranjit Perera is leaving for Madras, India on Friday 15th September 2000 to attend the training programme Curriculum Design and Instructional Materials Development. The course will run on till 30th November 2000. Dr Ruwan Weerasekera of Civil Engineering Department will also participate at this training programme.

121.   Revision of Academic Calendar - BSc Eng degree         Posted: 08/09/2000

The following minor revisions were approved to the BSc Engineering calendar at the Engineering Faculty Board meeting held on 7th September 2000. This revision was necessitated by the General Election which falls on 10 October.

  • BSc Eng First Year (2nd Term), Part I and Part III (1st Term) to end on 06 October 2000 and to commence the next term on 30 October 2000. The new Part II (1st Term) will also commence on 30 October 2000.
  • BSc Eng Part II examination will commence on 16 October and end on 3 November 2000.
  • Industrial Training for the BSc Eng Part II will commence on 8 November and continue for 21 weeks.

120.   Final MEng Presentations - Ms Madhavi Kudaligama
       & Mr Ajitha Ranasinghe
      Posted: 08/09/2000

Ms Madhavi Kudaligama & Mr Ajitha Ranasinghe who have recently submitted their MEng Theses will be having their final presentations at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room on Tuesday 12th September from 1500 hrs. These will be followed by viva voce examinations.

119.   Release of Results - BSc Eng degree - Update         Posted: 07/09/2000

The results of the BSc Engineering degree final examination held recently is expected to be released on 21 September 2000.

118.   Final Year - Farewell Party         Posted: 07/09/2000

The Farewell Get-together of the BSc Engineering Final Part III Electrical Engineering Students, whose results will be released this month, will be held today (Thursday 7th September 2000) at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The Academic Staff have been invited to participate in this event.

117.   Final MEng Presentation - Mr Manjula Perera      Posted: 05/09/2000

Mr Manjula Perera who has recently submitted his MEng Thesis on Safe loading of distribution transformers and its economics will be having his final presentation at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room on Thursday 7th September at 1500 hrs. This will be followed by a viva voce examination. His Project was supervised by Professor J R Lucas.

116.   Final Presentations - Undergraduate Projects      Posted: 05/09/2000

The Final Year Undergraduate students in Electrical Engineering who have recently completed their final examinations will be presenting their final year Projects at a Seminar on Tuesday 5th September in the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room.
There will be a demonstration of the same projects in the Electrical Engineering Laboratories on Wednesday 6th September.

August 2000

115.   Book Launch - Dr Kapila Jayasinghe      Posted: 29/08/2000

Sarvodaya Vishva Lekha is having a book launch at the SLFI on Tuesday 29th August 2000. Among the 30 books to be launched are Product Development by Dr Kapila Jayasinghe, Senior Lecturer in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering. The Guests of Honour are Hon. Lakshman Jayakoday, Hon. Dr. Richard Pathirana, Hon. Batty Weerakkon and Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne.

114.   Younger Members Sessions, IEE Sri Lanka Centre      Posted: 28/08/2000

Younger Members Sessions, IEE Sri Lanka Centre was held at the University of Moratuwa on 26th August 2000. Twelve papers were presented in two technical Sessions which were chaired by Professor J R Lucas (University of Moratuwa) and Mr D L Taldena (Open University of Sri Lanka). 4 papers were presented by students from the University of Peradeniya and 8 papers were from the University of Moratuwa.

113.   Vishaka returns to Sweden         Posted: 28/08/2000

Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara who is doing a split Phd at the Chalmer's University of Technology in Sweden returned to Sweden for the next phase of her research.

112.   EESoc welcomes new Part I students         Posted: 23/08/2000

The Electrical Engineering Society EESOC had a small get-together yesterday (22nd August) to welcome the new electrical engineering Part I students to the department. Prof Rohan Lucas, Dr Ranjit Perera, Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara and Dr Jahan Peiris were associated in the Welcome organised by the society.

111.   Release of Results - BSc Eng degree         Posted: 23/08/2000

The results of the BSc Engineering degree final examination held recently is expected to be released towards the middle of September 2000.

110.   Overseas Visits         Posted: 23/08/2000

Dr. M P Dias will be attending the General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna, Austria from 18-9-2000 to 22-9-2000 as Chairman of the AEA Sri Lanka.
Dr. Nishantha Nanayakkara has been invited by the World Community Service of Rotary International, Fukuoka, Japan to attend a Seminar on Off-Grid Village Hydro Power Projects.

109.   Visit of Professor Sven Tafvelin - University of Moratuwa
          Posted: 21/08/2000

Professor Sven Tafvelin, met the Heads of the Departments of Electrical Engineering (Prof Rohan Lucas), Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering (Dr Dileeka Dias) and Computer Science & Engineering (Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi) at the Electrical Engineering Board on Friday 18th August at about 1000 hrs. The discussion was centred on the proposed collaboration between the corresponding departments at the Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Moratuwa. Associated in the discussions were also Dr Gihan Dias (Technical Manager, LEARN) and Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara.
Prof Tafvelin also had a fruitful discussion with the Vice Chancellor (Prof Dayantha Wijesekera) and the Dean, Faculty of Engineering (Prof Lakshman Ratnayake) on the same day at about 12:00 hrs.

108.   Public Lecture by Professor Sven Tafvelin (Sweden)
          Posted: 15/08/2000

There will be a public lecture tomorrow by Prof Sven Tafvelin (Dept of Computing, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) at ICT, University of Colombo at 5.00pm. The title will be QoS and MPLS in Computer Networks. Prof Sven is a co-supervisor of the research of Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara who is doing a split PhD at Chalmers University.

107.   Mr Sisil Amarasena appointed to IEE YM Executive in the UK
          Posted: 9/08/2000

Mr Sisil Amarasena who graduated recently from the University of Moratuwa has been appointed to the Younger Members Executive Committee, UK by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK.

106.   IEE YMS Sessions 2000 -      Posted: 9/08/2000

The Fifth IEE Younger Members Sessions of the IEE Sri Lanka Center will be held at the Civil Engineering Auditorium, University of Moratuwa on Saturday 26th August 2000. Twelve Technical Papers will be presented at the sessions.

105.   Resumption of Duties - Dr Sumedha Rajakaruna      Posted: 8/08/2000

Dr Sumedha Rajakaruna Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering resumed duties in the department today after spending one year on sabbatical leave in Canada.

104.   Talk on Intelligent Networks by Dr Shanika Karunasekara
          Posted: 04/08/2000

Dr Shanika Karunasekera who is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff of Lucent Technologies - Bell Labs Innovations gave a talk on Intelligent Networks to the Academic Staff and Postgraduate students of the departments of Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering at about 1445 hrs on 3rd August 2000.
P.S. Ajith Gunatilaka, Shanika's husband has written from the USA "Because the concord fleet is downed, unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the talk."

103.   Talk by Dr Shanika Karunasekara Gunatilaka to Postgraduate students
          Posted: 03/08/2000

Dr Mrs Shanika Karunasekara Gunatilaka will be coming to the University on Thursday the 3rd of August 2000. She has agreed to talk to the research students at 1430 hrs in the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room.
Shanika graduated from this University specialising in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering obtaining the Gold Medal as well. She obtained her Ph D from the University of Cambridge and is presently working in the US.

July 2000

102.   Ordinance for The Institute of Technologoy gazetted
          Posted: 31/07/2000

The Ordinance for the Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa has been sent to the Government Printer for publication in the Government Gazette. It will be effective from 1stAugust 2000.

101.   Visit of Mr Dharshana Muthumi      Posted: 28/07/2000

Mr Dharshana Muthumuni who is doing his PhD in Manitoba on Modelling of Synchronous Machines and Transformers for internal fault studies is currently in Sri Lanka for two weeks from 20th July 2000.

100.   Overseas Visit - Dr M P Dias      Posted: 27/07/2000

Dr M P Dias Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Chairman Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka will be attending an international conference organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency from 21 August to 27 August 2000.

99.   Postgraduate Seminars      Posted: 27/07/2000

The following MEng Seminars will be presented at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room on Friday 28th July. All Academic Staff and the Postgraduate students of the Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering departments are welcome to attend the Seminars.
  • 1400 hrs Mr K.B. Manjula I. Perera Second Seminar - Safe loading of distribution transformers and its economics
  • 1430 hrs Ms K.V.S. Madhavi Kudaligama Second Seminar - Private invesment in power and devitations from least cost expansion plan when moving to power sector reforms
  • 1500 hrs Mr Ajitha R. Ranasinghe Second Seminar - Assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) mitigating potential of Sri Lankan power sector
  • 1530 hrs Mr Dhammika A.J. Nanayakkara Second Seminar - Surge protection of distribution transformer
  • 1620 hrs Mr H.D. Anil Ranjith First Seminar - Centralised high frequency supply for lighting systems
  • 1640 hrs Mr N. Kuruparan First Seminar -

The following Postgraduate Research Seminar was presented to the CE3 PG Research Group on Wednesday 26thJuly at 1530 hrs in the Electrical Engineering Seminar Group.

  • Ms K Gamage - Remote Reading of Electronic Energy Meter

The CE3 PG Research Group meets every fortnight on Wednesday afternoons and has one or two research presentations.

98.   IESL, Industry, University Liason Committee      Posted: 27/07/2000

The IESL, Industry, University Liason Committee, which meets every three months, will be meeting at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa on Saturday 29th July 2000 at 1030 hrs. Among the items to be discussed is the Industrial Training of Engineering Undergraduates and the student activities in the IESL chapters at the Universities.

97.   Mr B S Samarasiri appointed Director, Engineering Design Centre
        Posted: 25/07/2000

Mr B S Samarasiri has been appointed as the first Director of the Engineering Faculty Design Centre, which is multidisciplinary in nature, with effect from 1st July 2000.

96.   Renaming of Departments of Study      Posted: 24/07/2000

The UGC has recently approved the renaming of the following departments of study in the Faculty of Engineering as follows. This has been informed to the University by letter dated 14th July 2000.
Department of Chemical & Process Engineering as the new name for the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Department of Earth Resources Engineering as the new name for the Department of Mining & Mineral Engineering.

95.   IESL - Induction & Graduation Ceremony - Update
        Posted: 24/07/2000

The Induction & Graduation Ceremony of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka was held on Friday 21st July at the BMICH under the distinguised patronage of the Chief Guest Prof R P Gunawardena Secretary - Ministry of Education & Higher Education . Eng Conrad de Tissera Addl. Secretry - Ministry of Science & Technology was the Guest of Honour. The new Corporate Members Affirmed the Code of Ethics and received their certificates.
Those who completed the IESL examinations and satisfied the academic requirements for associate membership also received their certificates on this day.

94.   Signing of EE Homepage Guest Book Re-vitalised      Posted: 19/07/2000

It came to light a few days ago that submitting messages/comments to the Guest Book was not working. This had apparently happened during the transition to the New Server a short while ago. The problem has now been debugged with the help of Mr Rasika Amarasiri and Mr Thushara Weerawardena. You may now again send in your messages/comments for the Guest Book.

93.   Nishad Udugampola receives ORS Award and Scholarship
         Posted: 18/07/2000

Nishad Udugampola receives ORS Award and a Scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust to undertake Postgraduate Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK from 1 October 2000.

92.   EE Homepage featured in 'Pariganaka'            Posted: 17/07/2000

Vishaka Nanayakkara has sent me a scan of the article which appeared in Vol 3 No 11 July 2000 issue of Pariganaka with the following note: "I think that following news item from the July issue of Pariganaka (which is a premier computing magazine among Sinhala readers) on your web page as one of the very regularly updated sites in Sri Lanka is a real tribute to your hard work.
Don't let your other work keep you away from the web page."

91.   ERU Workshop on Web Publishing            Posted: 14/07/2000

An ERU Workshop on Web Publishing for Education and Research will be held on Monday the 31st of July, 2000 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The Resource persons for this will be Dr. Gihan Dias Prof. J. R. Lucas and Dr. Dileeka Dias
The Topics Covered are
· Creating a web page
· Web development tools
· Publication of research on the web
· Web-based educational material
Those staff members interested may contact Dr Aruna Ranaweera and register before the 21st of July.

90.   IESL - Induction & Graduation Ceremony            Posted: 14/07/2000

The Induction Ceremony for the induction of the new corporate members of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka will be held on Friday 21st July at the BMICH. The Chief Guest for the occasion will be Prof R P Gunawardena Secretary - Ministry of Education & Higher Education and Eng Conrad de Tissera Addl. Secretry - Ministry of Science & Technology will be the Guest of Honour. 110 new Corporate Members will take an oath of Affirmation of the Code of Ethics and will receive their Membership Certificates.

Presentation of Certificates to those who have completed the IESL examinations and satisfied the academic requirements for associate membership will also be made on this day to 16 persons.

89.   Recent Seminars            Posted: 14/07/2000

Dr Nimal Gamage, Senior Technical Consultant, Aglient Technologies delivered a lecture on Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements(SLAs) In E-Commerce on Wednesday 12th July 2000 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room.

Dr Sardha Wijesoma Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University delivered a lecture on Computation, Simulation and Visualisation in Engineering on Thursday 13th July.

88.   Death Notice            Posted: 14/07/2000

Mr W S Wickramarachchi, loving father of Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi, was cremated at the General Cemetry, Kanatte, Borella on Wednesday 12th July 2000.

87.   Nishad Udugampola is appointed to the Academic Staff
       Posted: 13/07/2000

Mr Nishad Udugampola who graduated with a First Class in Electrical Engineering was appointed as a Probationary Lecturer in the department from June 2000. We are glad to have him join our team of friendly academic staff.

86.   BScEngineering Curriculum Revision - Workshop with Industry (Update)
        Posted: 13/07/2000

The Curriculum Revision Workshop with Industry, sponsored by the ADB Project, was successfully held at the Berjaya Mount Royal on Saturday 8th July 2000. Around 75 industrial participants, 25 participants from other Universities and 50 academic staff members of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa attended the proceedings.

85.   Prof Lal Balasooriya re-elected Dean of Architecture
         Posted: 13/07/2000

Professor Lal Balasooriya has been re-elected Dean of the Faculty of Architecture for a further term of three years from 15th April 2000.

84.   Shantha Ranatunga Weds            Posted: 13/07/2000

Shantha Ranatunga (not a brother of the cricketing Ranatunga clan, although those in New Zealand seems to think so) who is a probationary lecturer in Electrical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa came to Sri Lanka and got married Rasodhini recently (14th June to be exact, the day on which the EENews temporarily died).

83.   Is EENews page Dead !!            Posted: 13/07/2000

The EENews page has been virtually dead for the past one month. I am sorry that I was not able to attend to it due to pressure of work, especially on account of the Curriculum Revision Workshop. Hopefully I will be back in in rhythm soon.

June 2000

82.   BScEngineering Curriculum Revision- Workshop            Posted: 14/06/2000

A major revision of the BSc Engineering Curriculum is taking place in the Faculty of Engineering for the 2000/2001 new entrants. Draft proposals are being made by the Faculty and will be first discussed at a special faculty meeting on 22 June 2000. Thereafter it will be presented to obtain the views of the Industry at a Workshop arranged for the purpose on July 8, 2000 (Saturday). About 75 persons from Industry are expected to participate in this workshop.

81.   Final Years end Exam            Posted: 14/06/2000

The BSc Engineering, Final Part III students will be ending their final examination today (14th June).

80.   SPT Lecture at Moratuwa            Posted: 13/06/2000

Dr Reilly from the University of Dublin in Ireland presented the SPT Lecture on Don't touch the Computer - developments in non-physical computer interaction to a large audience at the Civil Engineering Auditorium of the University of Moratuwa on 12 June. The presentation was well received by the audience comprising mainly electrical engineering, electronic & telecommunication engineering and computer science & engineering students.
Dr Reilly will be delivering the same talk to the IEE at Hotel Galadari on 13th June and at the University of Peradeniya on 14th June.

79.   New Samanala Server            Posted: 13/06/2000

The EE department server Samanala has been replaced by a new larger capacity server. The last message that I placed here regarding this item has disappeared and I am writing a similar one again. There are a few teething problems and some of the pages may not download. Please inform me if you have any problems with locating any of our pages. [I noticed today that I do not have permission to go to EESoc]

May 2000

78.    Sixth Asia Region Board Meeting of the IEE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
           Posted: 24/05/2000

Professor J R Lucas, IEE Sri Lanka Centre Nominated Representative (CNR) in the Asia Region Board of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, has been invited to attend the 6th Region Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur from 2nd to 4th June 2000.

77.    First National Communication on Climate Change: Sri Lanka
           Posted: 22/05/2000

Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Professor Samantha Hettiarachchi Civil Engineering have been appointed by the Ministry of Forestry and Enviroment as two of the four National Consultants compiling the First National Communication on Climate Change: Sri Lanka to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

76.    4th meeting of the CE3 PG Research Group
           Posted: 22/05/2000

The 4th meeting of the CE3 PG research group will be held on 31/05/2000 (Wednesday) at 1430 hrs at the EE PG Room.
Following presentations will be carried out:

1.Title: Speaker recognition in using voice data
Research student: KN Pulasinghe
Supervisor: Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi
Funded by: President Fund

2.Title: Design of algorithms for identifying moving objects in image sequences.
Research student: GC De Silva
Supervisor: Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi/ Dr N Kodikara

75.    IEE Sri Lanka Centre Committee for 2000/01     Posted: 16/05/2000

The IEE Sri Lanka Centre has finalised the committee for the year commencing October 2000. Prof Rohan Lucas has been nominated at the Chairman of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre. Mr D R Pulleperuma has been nominated as the Vice Chairman, Mr M S Jayalath as the Hononary Secretary, Prof Mrs Indra Dayawansa as the Honorary Treasurer and Mr G A D Punchihews as the Honorary Assistant Secretary.

74.    Field Visit - BSc Eng Final Part II Electrical     Posted: 16/05/2000

48 Final Part II - Electrical students went on a field visit to Hambantota Wind Farm on 25th March 2000. Engineers Ariyadasa and Jayalath of the Ceylon Electricity Board were very helpful in organising the visit.
They also visited the Kalawana Micro Hydro Power Plant on 26th March. Dr Nalin Walpita of Zyrex Power Co Ltd was very helpful in organising the visit.
Senior Lecturers Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga and Dr Jahan Peiris, and the DGM Generation Planning of the CEB Mr Shavi Fernando accompanied the students.

73.    Research Group meeting of Depts of CSE, EE and EN
           Posted: 12/05/2000

Since recently, the departments of Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering have formed a common Research Group. The second meeting of the combined research group was held on Monday 26th April and the third meeting on 10th May. These meetings will be held approximately every fortnight. At these meetings there will be invited talks as well as presentations by postgraduate students.

72.    Call for Papers - SLAAS 56th Annual Sessions     Posted: 12/05/2000

Abstracts of presentations at the Annual Sessions of the SLAAS are called. The presentations may either be in oral or poster form. Deadline for Abstracts is 31st May 2000.
You may contact Mr Kasthiri (Secretary, Section C) on 587933 or email for details.

71.    Wedding of Waruna to Manjula     Updated: 24/05/2000

Mr Waruna Chandrasena, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering (presently on postgraduate study leave at the University of Manitoba, Canada) married Ms Manjula Wijegunasinghe on Wednesday 24th May 2000 at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

70.    SPT Lecture in Sri Lanka     Updated: 11/05/2000

The IEE's Silvanus P Thompson Lecture will be held in Sri Lanka for the second consecutive year. This year's lecture DON'T TOUCH THE COMPUTER! will be conducted at University of Moratuwa 12th June, University of Peradeniya and in Colombo 13th and 14th June 2000 by Dr Richard Reilly of Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin.

69.     Next MEng/PGDip Course in Electrical Engineering
           Updated: 11/05/2000

Applications are been invited for the M.Eng./Postgraduate Diploma Course in Electrical Engineering due to commence in October 2000. Closing date for applications is 30th June 2000. See the Advertisement for details.
A limited amount of ADB Scholarships will be available towards payment of the course fees.

68.     Promotion to the grade of Senior Lecturer - Dr Jahan Peiris
           Posted: 08/05/2000

Dr H J C Peiris who returned with his PhD a few months ago has been promoted to the grade of Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Grade II with effect from 1 December 1999.

67.     Contest for New Logo for the IESL      Posted: 08/05/2000

The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka has advertised to obtain a new logo. They are offering, I believe, a sum of Rs 25,000 for the chosen logo. All IESL members and wellwishers are welcome to submit a design.

66.     University Admission - 2000/2001      Posted: 08/05/2000

The University Grants commission has released the Minimum marks for selection to various courses of study in respect of each district on 5 May 2000. I have extracted information relevant to those who offered pure mathematics, applied mathematics, physics and chemistry at the GCE(A Level) in August 1999. I have also extracted information relevant to all the courses for the Western province just to give an idea of the required aggregates for the other fields of study. click here

65.     Research Programmes/Postgraduate Students      Posted: 04/05/2000

The research done in the department through postgraduate and undergraduate students are now listed on the web.

64.     Industrial Training - Submission of Reports      Posted: 03/05/2000

Those students undergoing Industrial Training after the Final Part II Examination please note that you will be required to come to the University during the two weeks immediately after the end of the training and write the report during the two weeks at the University. There will be no extension of the deadline for submission of the report. click here

April 2000

63.     Appointed Professors      Posted: 28/04/2000

Dr. P.G.R. Dharamaratne has recently been appointed as a full Professor in the department of Mining and Mineral Engineering.
Dr Priyan Dias also has been appointed as a Professor in the department of Civil Engineering recently.

62.     Call for papers - Young AMIESLs      Posted: 28/04/2000

The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka has decided to have a dedicated 4 hour session during its Annual Conference in October for Young IESL Associate Members of age less than 35 years (on 31-10-2000). Papers of about 2000 words are invited to be submitted as per the following schedule. Last date for receipt of papers & abstracts - 20th June 2000
Notification of acceptance of papers - end of July 2000
Receipt of corrected papers for publication - end of August 2000
Publication of papers - end of September 2000.
For further details, please contact Ms M Jayasinghe, Asst Secretary (Publications), IESL

61.     Gallery of Electromagnetic Personalities      Posted: 27/04/2000

A vignette history of electromagnetics comprised of biographies and images of important figures and descriptions of their accomplishments are available in the following site. http://www.ee.umd.edu/~taylor/frame1.htm

60.     Visit Abroad - Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga      Posted: 27/04/2000

Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga will be attending the Thematic Workshop on Vulnerability Adaption Assessment in Jakarta, Indonesia from 10th to 12th May 2000. He has been nominated by the Ministry of Forestry and Environment.

59.     Visit Abroad - Dr M P Dias      Posted: 27/04/2000

Dr M P Dias has been requested by the IAEA to go to Vienna from 2nd May to 5th May 2000 for Revision of Project Proposals for Regional Cooperative Agereement of the IAEA for Asia and Pacific Region in his capacity as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Agency of Sri Lanka.

58.     General Convocation of the University - Update      Posted: 27/04/2000

The General Convocation of the University of Moratuwa for the presentation of graduands to the Chancellor was held on Wednesday 26th April 2000 at the BMICH. At this ceremony Dr. Roland Silva was conferred the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) .
In addition about 50 Master's degrees and 25 Post Graduate Diplomas and 75 Bachelor's degrees were presented.
The Convocation Address was delivered by Dr Roland Silva Honorary President, International Council of Monuments and Sites(ICOMOS) on Architecture and Planning - The Architect and the Planner.

57.     Academic Calendar for MEng in Electrical Engineering
           Posted: 25/04/2000

The MEng Academic Calendar has been updated. These are available for 1999/2000 and 2000/2001.

56.     Priyantha returns after visit abroad      Posted: 24/04/2000

Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga has returned after successfully completing the Programme on Energy, Environment, Resources and Sustainabibility at Tata Energy Research Institute (teri), New Delhi on the 14th April. His project titled "Sustainable Electricity Supply Options for Sri Lanka: Renewable Energy" was adjudged one of the three best projects out of 25 projects.

55.     Split PhD - Vishaka Nanayakkara      Posted: 24/04/2000

Vishaka Nanayakkara who is doing a Split PhD is presently at the University of Moratuwa from 1st April 2000 for a period of 5 months. She will return to Chamers University, Sweden where she started her research in September/October 1999. Her Research is funded by a SIDA/SAREC grant.

54.     Registered Students - MEng Course in Electrical Engineering
           Posted: 24/04/2000

The MEng Course which commenced in October 1999 attracted many applicants. 27 students were selected and registered for the course. Two terms of the course have already been completed.
The next MEng course is likely to commence in October 2000 for which applications will be called in May 2000.

53.     Award of ADB Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies in Electrical
            Engineering at the University of Moratuwa
    Posted: 24/04/2000

The following full-time students have recently been awarded full scholarships by the ADB under the Science & Technology Personnel Development Project to undertake the degree indicated.
  1. Mr P.H. Rajapura - MPhil
    Supervisors: Dr Jahan Peiris & Prof Rohan Lucas
  2. Ms K. Gamage - MPhil
    Supervisor: Dr Aruna Ranaweera
  3. Mr E. Devendra - MEng
    Supervisor: Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara

The course fees of the following MEng 1999/2001 students have been paid by the ADB under the Science & Technology Personnel Development Project.

  1. Miss M.T.K. de Silva
  2. Miss B.V. Rasiah
  3. Miss D.G.A.K. Wijeratne
  4. Mr U.N.K. Udugampola
  5. Mr A.K.P. Viraj
  6. Mr R.P.S. Chandrasena

52.     University Convocation      Posted: 24/04/2000

The University of Moratuwa Convocation for the award of degrees will be held on Wednesday 26th April 2000 at the BMICH. At this ceremony Dr. Roland Silva will be presented by the Dean, Faculty of Architecture, to the Chancellor for the award of the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).
Graduates from the Architecture Faculty and Postgraduates from both the Engineering Faculty and the Architecture Faculty will also be presented for the award of degrees.

51.     BSc Eng Updated Calendar 2000
           Posted: 24/04/2000

The updated BSc Engineering Calendar for the year 2000 is now available under academic programs. This has been extracted from that presented to the Engineering Faculty on 10 February 2000.

50.     First PhD from CSE Dept!
           Posted: 19/04/2000

Dr Chandana Gamage completed his Ph D at Monash University, Australia in March 2000. Title of his thesis was High Speed Network Security. Chandana is the first graduate from Dept of Computer Science and Engineering to obtain a Ph D. He is currently being employed as a Senior Lecturer on contract at the Dept of Computer Science and Engineering.

49.     Jan-Mar 2000 News Archived
           Updated: 17/04/2000

The News prior to April have been archived and no longer appear in the news page for quicker viewing for regular readers. The earlier news is also easily accessible.

48.     Sinhala & Hindu New Year
           Updated: 11/04/2000

Wishes for the New Year Raban PlayingLet me wish all my readers a prosperous new year on 13th April.

47.     International Conference on Power Transformers
           updated: 11/04/2000

Professor J R Lucas returned after presenting a paper with Mr Manjula Perera of Lanka Transformers Ltd at the International Conference on Power Transformers at the Taj Conference Centre, New Delhi. The conference was organised by the Central Board of Irrigation and Power, New Eelhi and the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd
Over 38 papers on various topics on Power and Distribution Transformers had been presented by many speakers from Canada, Germany, India, Norway, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. 12 other papers were published in the proceedings but were not presented.

46.     Temporary Suspension of News
           Posted: 03/04/2000

EE News will temporarily be halted from today for one week as Professor Lucas will be away in India attending a Conference.

45.    MEng/PGDiploma Results-Year 1
           Posted: 03/04/2000

The Year 1 MEng/PGDiploma Results of the 1998/2000 Batch was released recently.

44.     Excuses on Medical Grounds
           Posted: 03/04/2000

The Senate of the University of Moratuwa has approved an Application Form for Consideration of Absence from Examinations on Medical Grounds. Only applications made on this form will be considered from now on. All students who have made requests for medical leave during the past few months will also have to fill in this application form. The form will be available with the SAR/Examinations and with the SAR or AR of the Respective faculty.

43.     Nissan Wingroad - The Most Popular addition at U of M
           Posted: 03/04/2000

View of Nissan Wingroad The metallic Silver Coloured Nissan Wingroad has become the most popular imported car by the academic staff in the first quarter of the Millenium year. With the recent import by Professor Rohan Lucas of the Nissan Wingroad in late March 2000, the number of additions of the Nissan Wingroad this year has become six. The previous importers were Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga, Dr Rahula Attalage, Professor P A de Silva, Dr Nalin Wickramaarachchi and Dr Ranjit Perera.

March 2000

42.     Career Development Workshop - IEE YMS
           Posted: 31/03/2000

IEE Younger Members Section in Sri Lanka has organised a workshop to guide its members in their career development on 8th April 2000 at the Rohan North Indian Cusine starting at 0800 hrs. The admission fee is Rs 100 for student members, Rs 200 for associate members, and Rs 500 for non-members. Those interested may register with Mr Nishad Udugampola nishad@elect.mrt.ac.lk at University of Moratuwa, Mr Niroshan Perera niroshan.perera@mailcity.com at University of Peradeniya or with Mr Dhammika Bokomulla - 071-762343 representing industry.

41.     Overseas Visit - Dr Priyantha Wijeaytunga
           Posted: 31/03/2000

Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga will be participating in the programme "Energy Environment Resources Sustainability in Hew Delhi, India from 10th APril to 20th APril 2000.

40.     Acting Head of Electrical Engineering Department
           Posted: 28/03/2000

Dr J P Karunadasa will be acting for Professor J R Lucas as the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering during the absence of Professor J R Lucas from the Island from 4th April to 10th April 2000.

39.    Presentation of Paper at an Internation Conference
           Posted: 28/03/2000

Professor Rohan Lucas will be in New Delhi, India from 4th to 10th April 2000 to present a paper on SOFTWARE GUIDED SAFE LOADING OF TRANSFORMERS which is co-authored with Mr. Manjula Perera of Lanka Transformers Ltd. The paper will be presented at International Conference on Power Transformers from 6-7 April, 2000 at Hotel Taj Palace.

38.    Inauguration of the New Intake for the BSc Engineering Programme
           Posted: 28/03/2000

The Orientation Programme for the new Intake of the B Sc Engineering Course of those who sat the Advanced Level in August 1998 commenced today. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lank, Miss Lanka Hathurusinghe. As has been the practice in recent years, the University also organised a programme for the parents of the new students.

37.    The Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa
           Updated: 16/03/2000

The Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa was established with effect from March 10, 2000 for the purpose of providing, promoting and developing Higher Education in Technology by Order of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, in consultation with the University Grants Commission. It has been gazetted on 2000-03-03.

The University Council has appointed Prof Mrs I J Dayawansa to be the Acting Director of the Institute and also approved the composition for the Interim Board of Studies and for the Interim Board of Management.

36.    Visit Abroad - Dr Prinath Dias     Posted: 03/03/2000

Dr Prinath Dias Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Chairman, Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka will be visiting Vienna, Austria as a National Consultant on Finalization of Country Programme Framework in the project Human Resources Development and Nuclear Technology Support from 6 to 10 March 2000.

35.    BSc Engineering - 1999/2000 Intake    Posted: 03/03/2000

The Orientation Programme for the new Intake for the Engineering Degree will commence on Tuesday, 28th March 2000 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium. There will also be a programme for the parents on this day, as has been practiced during the recent past. The programme will go on till the 7th April. Lectures will commence soon after the Sinhala & Tamil New Year

February 2000

34.    Lecture on "Meeting the Future Electrical Needs"     Posted: 29/02/2000

Mr. Shavindranath Fernando, Deputy General Manager, CEB (Generation Planning) will deliver a talk on "Meeting the Future Electrical Needs - Focus on Coal Power" on the 2nd March 2000 at 5.15 p.m. at IESL. This lecture is organised by the YMS section of IEE Sri Lanka Centre.

33.    Annual Colours Awards Ceremony
          Posted: 24/02/2000

The Annual Colours Awards Ceremony of the University of Moratuwa will be held on Friday, 25th February 2000 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium commencing at 1630 hrs. Dr R M K Ratnayake Secretary of the Ministry of Samurdi, Youth Affairs and Sports will be the Chief Guest. Professor Dayantha Wijesekera will be the Guest of Honour.

32.    Overseas Visits
          Posted: 24/02/2000

Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi will be attending a training programme from 27 February 2000 to 11 March 2000 in SIngapore.

Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga is on leave in Thailand attending the Asian Regional Research Programme in Energy, Environment and Climate from 21 February to 25 February 2000.

31.    Millenium Conference Sri Lanka 2000 Cities and Sustainability
          Posted: 17/02/2000

The Millenium Conference Sri Lanka 2000 Cities and Sustainability organised by the University of Salford, UK, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, University of Architecture, Venice, Italy and the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka will be inaugurated on 21st February 2000 at Browns Beach Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka. The conference will be held thereafter at the Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka from 22nd to 26th February 2000.

30.    Update - Formation of the Institute to conduct the NDT course
          Posted: 17/02/2000

I understand that steps are been taken to gazette the order forming the new Institute very shortly. The University Council has also identified personnel to be appointed as acting Director of the Institute and for the Board of Management and the Board of Studies immediately the order has been gazetted to enable to new Intake to be taken to the Institute without delay.

29.    Update - Visit of President and Secretary of the IEE
          Updated: 18/02/2000

The Dr Malcolm Kennedy President, IEE delivered a talk on Electricity Privatisation in the UK at the Galadari Hotel on 15th February 2000. This was preceded by a short introduction of the IEE and its membership by the Secretary Dr Alf Roberts . The meeting was attended by about 80 members of various categories. The President and Secretary were hosted to a dinner by the membership, also at Galadari Hotel. Dr Alf Roberts also addressed the staff and students of the University (numbering over 400) on IEE membership issues. Electricity Privatisation in the UK. They also visited the IEE Sri Lanka Centre office and the IESL.

28.    Final Part I Electrical students Welcomed to the Department
          Posted: 11/02/2000

The Final Part II Electrical students warmly welcomed the Final Part I Electrical students to the department. Among those present at the occassion from the Academic Staff were the head of the department Prof Rohan Lucas and Senior Lecturers Dr Ranjit Perera, Dr Priyantha Wijetunga, Dr Aruna Ranaweera, and Dr Jahan Peiris.
Among the items at the Welcome Party were a very lively Drama staged by the Final Part I students, and many individual and group performances. The event was concluded with a dinner.

27.    SPT Lecture in Sri Lanka     Posted: 10/02/2000

The IEE's Silvanus P Thompson Lecture will be held in Sri Lanka for the second consecutive year. This year's lecture DON'T TOUCH THE COMPUTER! will be conducted in University of Moratuwa, University of Peradeniya and in Colombo from 12th June to 14th June 2000 by Dr Richard Reilly of Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin. Further details will be notified to all members in due course.

26.    Younger Members' Sessions - 2000     Posted: 10/02/2000

The 6th Younger Members' Session will be held at the University of Peradeniya in July 2000 in order to provide a forum for the presentation of undergraduate and postgraduate project / research work in the following fields. Younger members who are interested in presenting papers at the sessions are invited to submit an abstract of your project / research work.

25.    Visit of Dr A Roberts to the University of Moratuwa
          Posted: 09/02/2000

Dr A Roberts Secretary, IEE, UK will be visiting the University of Moratuwa on 15th February 2000. He will be delivering a talk on IEE Membership Matters at the Civil Engineering Auditorium between 0940 hrs and 1020 hrs. All Electrical, Electronic & Computer students are invited to be present and ask questions.

24.    Update on Visit of Dr Sarath Perera
          Posted: 03/02/2000

The talk on Power Quality - A Subject of Increasing Interest was delivered on Tuesday, 1st February 2000 at 5 pm at the IESL, Colombo.
The talk was organised jointly by the IEE Sri Lanka Centre and the IESL Electrical Engineering Sectional Committee. The talk was attended by about 50 people and there was a lively discussion after the talk.

Dr Perera has also completed delivering a short course on power quality to the Postgraduate students at the University of Moratuwa (about 16 hrs) during his visit.

January 2000

23.    Update on Academic Activities
          Posted: 31/01/2000

The BSc Engineering final part II examination concluded today without any incident. The students are expected to go for their industrial training commencing from 1 February 2000.
All other academic activities are also going according to schedule.

22.    Visit of President and Secretary of the IEE - Update
          Posted: 31/01/2000

Dr Malcolm Kennedy President, IEE and Dr A Roberts Secretary, IEE will arrive in Colombo on 14th February 2000. On 15th February 2000 morning, Dr Kennedy will visit the Ceylon Electricity Board while Dr Roberts will visit the University of Moratuwa. It is hoped that Dr Roberts will be able to give an insight into membership issues to the staff and students at the University. In the evening, Dr Kennedy will deliver a talk on Electricity Privatisation in the UK. They will also visit the IEE Sri Lanka Centre office and the IESL during their visit.

21.     Lecture on Digital Mobile Communications     Posted: 27/01/2000

Dr Hans Wijesuriya Chief Executive Office, MTN Networks (Pvt) Ltd delivered a talk on Digital Mobile Communications to an audience of over 250 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium, University of Moratuwa on 27 January 2000. The talk was organised by the IEE Younger Members Section.

20.     Talk on Power Quality - A Subject of Increasing Interest
          - Dr Sarath Perera, University of Wollongong, Australia
    Posted: 25/01/2000

Dr Sarath Perera Senior Lecturer, who is also from the Integral Energy Power Quality Centre of the University of Wollongong, delivered a talk on Power Quality - A subject of increasing interest on Tuesday 25th January 2000, at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room of the University of Moratuwa. About 50 staff members and students attended the talk and participated in the discussion.

19.     Lecture on Power Quality - Dr Sarath Perera, University of Wollongong, Australia
          Posted: 21/01/2000

Dr Sarath Perera Senior Lecturer, who is also from the Integral Energy Power Quality Centre of the University of Wollongong, will deliver a talk on Power Quality on Tuesday 1st February 2000, at 5 pm at the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 120/15 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo.

18.     Notice from THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS, SRI LANKA   Posted: 19/01/2000

A Public Lecture on
Waste Management in Colombo City

will be delivered on Wednesday - January 26, 2000
by
Mr. Lalith Wickremaratne

A Public Lecture on
JAPANESE 5S system for improving productivity & quality

will be delivered on Tuesday - February 15, 2000
by
Mr. Sunil Wijesinha

A Public Lecture on
e-commerce

will be delivered on Thursday - January 27, 2000
by
Dr. Lalith Gamage

17.   Acting Dean/Engineering       Posted: 18/01/2000.

Professor Lakdas Fernando, Head/Textile & Clothing Technology has been appointed as the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering with effect from 19th January 2000 till 30th January 2000 during the absence of Professor Lakshman Ratnayake who will be on overseas leave.

16b.   Size of Boxes for Images       Posted: 14/01/2000.

I have now included both width and height in the image boxes in this page. I am grateful to Mr Rasika Amarasiri for pointing out that the absence of this causes realigning of text when the images are loaded.

16a.   Y2K Problems at Home Site - Update       Posted: 13/01/2000.

circuit diagram of water tank Regarding the Y2k problem reported in this column earlier (January 2000 - news item 3) investigations have revealed that the circuit diagram for the equipment where the problem occured is as shown on the left.
It is now clear that the Y2k problem is not computer related, and not even electricity related.
It appears that the problem arose in a concrete water tank fed by mains water pressure when someone had accidently left the mains tap closed a few days prior to the dawn of the year 2000. Coincidently, the tank had become empty (level "0") a few minutes before midnight on 31st January and the settled rust at the bottom of the tank had come out as a trickle. Had the owner drunk this rusty water, it could have been a serious health hazard.
Subsequently after the tap was opened at 2345 hrs on 31st January 1999, the tank had very quickly filled up. Unfortunately, the float valve had come out from the pipe, probably due to the high pressure when the tap was opened. Thus within a short time, in the early hours of 1st January 2000, the tank had overflowed (level "1") causing water to splash and disturbing the neighbours.
Note by the Editor: Although the problem is not computer related, since it occured during the cross over from 1999 to 2000, it can technically be considered a Y2k problem.

15.    Formation of Specialised Sections of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre
          Posted: 12/01/2000

The IEE Sri Lanka Centre is in the process of forming two specialised sections to cater to the growing membership, now numbering about 1400.
The proposal for setting up of the specialised section in the Power Division has already been made. The section will include members of the iPower division, Manufacturing division, and the Management division.
The second specialised section will also be set up shortly and will include the electronics, communications and computer areas.

14.    Visit of President and Secretary of the IEE
          Posted: 12/01/2000

Dr Malcolm Kennedy President, IEE and Dr Roberts Secretary, IEE will arrive in Colombo on 14th February 2000 and leave on 16th February 2000. During the visit, Dr Kennedy will deliver a talk on Electricity Privatisation in the UK. They will also visit the IEE Sri Lanka Centre office, the IESL and the CEB.

13.    Head, English Language Teaching Centre     Posted: 12/01/2000

Dr Aruna Ranaweera Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering has been recommended for appointment as the Head of the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) in addition to his post as a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, for a period of 3 years with effect from 17th January 2000.

12.    Visit of Dr Sarath Perera from University of Wollongong, Australia
          Posted: 12/01/2000

Dr Sarath Perera, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering (University of Wollongong, Integral Energy Power Quality Centre) is here on a 4 week visit. He will assist us in conducting the course on Power Quality for the MEng/PGDiploma Course.

11.    Sixth Annual Conference of IEE Sri Lanka Centre   Posted: 11/01/2000

The IEE Sri Lanka Centre will be holding the Sixth Annual Conference in September 2000 [proposed date 23 September]. The Last date for receipt of Abstracts is 1 June 2000. For details please contact the conference chairman Professor J R Lucas.

10.    ERU Symposium on RESEARCH FOR INDUSTRY 2000
         Posted: 11/01/2000

The Engineering Research Unit (ERU) of the University of Moratuwa will be holding the next Annual Symposium in November/December 2000. Papers have been called from Faculty members for the symposium. The Last date for submission of Titles is 31st January 2000. For details please contact the ERU Chairman Professor Priyan Dias.

9.     Professor R H Paul Memorial Lecture Posted: 10/01/2000

The Professor R H Paul Memorial Lecture, organised by the Electrical Engineering Sectional Committee of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka is scheduled to be held on February 9th, 2000 at the IESL premises.

8.     Calendar of Academic Activities - Faculty of Engineering
        Posted: 06/01/2000
The following decisions were taken regarding academic activities at the Meeting of the Faculty Board on 06 January 2000.

BSc Eng Part III

1997/98

Final Term

4th Jan 2000 to 7th Apr 2000

14 weeks

BSc Eng Part II

1997/98

 

Industrial Training commences 1 Feb 2000

5 months

BSc Eng Part II

1998/99

First Term

10th Jan 2000 to 31st Mar 2000

12 weeks

BSc Eng Part I

1998/99

Second Term

10th Jan 2000 to 31st Mar 2000

12 weeks

BSc Eng First Year

1998/99

Final Term

10th Jan 2000 to 31st Mar 2000

12 weeks

BSc Eng First Year

1999/2000

Orientation
Lectures

27th Mar to 7th April 2000
24th Apr 2000 to end Dec 2000

2 weeks

BSc Eng First Year

2000/2001

 

Due to commence January 2001

 

NDT First Year

1999/2000

 

recommences 10th January 2000

 

NDT Second Year

1995/1996

 

commences 10th January 2000

 

NDT

 

 

Industrial Training commences 15 Feb 2000

 

7.    Golden Jubilee of the University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Engineering
        Posted: 06/01/2000
The Golden Jubilee of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Peradeniya is this year. They will be celebrating the occassion with an Exhibition from 24th January 2000 to 2nd February 2000.

6.     Notice from THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS, SRI LANKA   Posted: 06/01/2000

A Public Lecture on
Creating value for the Business through Maintenance re-engineering - an Award Winning Approach described by one of it's Implementers

will be delivered on Wednesday - January 12, 2000
by
Eng. Riyaz Ahamath, [B Sc Eng, MIE(Aust), C.P.Eng, MIE(SL), CEng]
at 5.30 p.m., at the IESL Auditorium I, 120/15, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo - 7.

5.     Interim Board for NDT Matters - Progress Posted: 04/01/2000

The Interim Board for NDT Matters has finalised the Physical Resource Requirements for the Proposed Institute to Conduct the NDT Courses, and the Tentative Cadre Personnel for the Proposed Institute for the period 2000 to 2003 on 4th January 2000, in addition to the final draft of the Ordinance for the proposed Institute, in the form of guidelines submitted earlier. They are expected to be submitted to the University Council shortly.

4.     Categorisation of News, Monthly Posted: 04/01/2000

I am very grateful for a constructive suggestion of my batchmate Lal Goonewardena on whose advice I have clearly separated the news items under the month in which it was published. I have also added the date of posting so that future readers knows when the news item was put on the web.
Items have also been numbered in the reverse order, to facilitate referring to a particular item, without the number changing when the news list is updated.

3.     Life threatening Y2K Problems at Professor's Home Site

Posted: 03/01/2000
  A life threatening Y2K problem has been detected on the roll over from 31st December 1999 to 1 st January 2000 on the Home site of a Professor in Sri Lanka.
  The outlet from the tank at the home site, spewed out a trickle of rusty coloured substance instead of the usual gush of the clear hydrogen to oxygen. In fact the contents of the tank was found to have changed from "1" to "0" at approximately 2345 hrs Sri Lanka time on the 31st December 1999. This has never happened before in over 15 years of its life. (It did not occur at midnight probably because the internal time clock was 15 minutes in advance).
  It was found on examination that the tap had been switched off by the Y2K problem. The problem was manually corrected by switching on the tap.
 Shortly after midnight, the Y2K time bomb this time caused the tank to overload causing havock in the neighbourhood. It was found that the contents of the tank had suddenly changed from "0" to "1" causing the fault. It was also detected that the control valve had been disconnected by the time bomb.
  Investigations are still going on at the time of writing. Further developments, if any, will be reported in due course.
[The above report is a factual statement verified by the author himself, although it may be a little bit over dramatised] Hydrogen to Oxygen - H2O

2.     Commencement of Work in the Millenium Year Posted: 03/01/2000

The University commenced work for the Millenium Year on 3rd January 2000 with a Multi-religious (Budhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim) observances at 0900 hrs in the James George Hall. This was followed by the welcome addresses and the Award of Long Service Medals. The ceremony was followed by the Vice Chancellor inviting the staff for Kavum & Kiribath, on a group basis.

1.     Award of Long Service Medals Posted: 03/01/2000

Among the 67 Long Service Medals awarded for continuous and merritorious service are the following from the Electrical Engineering department. 35 years Service
Mr B G W Gunawardena
Technical Officer, Supra Grade
30 years Service
Mr R A Wimalasiri
Craft Demonstrator, Grade II
25 years Service
Prof S Karunaratne
Senior Professor
Prof J R Lucas Professor
Mr Y A Dayananda Laboratory Attendant, Supra Grade

Fireworks in the Sunset Millenium Year  Posted: 31/12/1999

Let me wish all my readers,
A Very Happy & Prosperous Millenium Year.

 

Please make any comments or suggestions to Professor J R Lucas.

  Public Holidays for Sri Lanka for 2000 and for1999.

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