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]
Multi-religious Ceremony & Presentation of Long Service Awards
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
EESoc Scholarship to a student
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.
Presentations at the University of Moratuwa - 21 December 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.
University - Industry partnership : an engineering perspective
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
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2001
Let me wish all my students, readers and well wishers a Merry Christmas and a Happy and fruitful new Year 2001.
Colours Award Ceremony - Update
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.
Annual Thanksgiving Mass - Catholic Students' Society
TheCatholic Students' Society will be having the
Annual Thanksgiving Mass at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room
at 1730 hrs on Thursday 21st December 2000.
Seniors and Freshers enjoy a day of fun and frolic
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.
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.
Talk at the IEE on Load Research of the Power Sector in Sri Lanka
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.
Talk at the IEE on Role of the Consultant and Investor in the Implementation of Mini-hydro Power Plants
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.
Academic Calendar for 2001 - Faculty of Engineering
To view the Academic Calendar click here
Public Holidays for 2001
To view the public holidays for 2001 click here
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.
Posted: 06/12/2000, Updated
IEE Younger Member's Committee
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.
Comments on EE Homepage
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.
Presentations at Kotmale for the CEB by Professor J R Lucas
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.
Suntel Award - 1 December 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 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.
IEE Recruitment Programme & Lecture Series
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.
Colours Night and Awards 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
Atomic Energy Authority and non-destructive testing
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.
The first set of Master's students qualify after a lapse
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.
Dinner Party organised by the MEng 1999/2000 students
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.
Welcome Party for BSc Engineering, Final Part I students
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.
Unavailability of .mrt.ac.lk Web for about a month
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.
Talk by Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara at the IEE Sri Lanka Centre
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.
Return of Old Coursework submitted
Coursework submitted to the department last year may be collected by the student concerned. click here for details
Donation of a Jaipur foot to a disabled soldier
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
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,
IEE Sri Lanka Centre, Chairman's Talk - Professor J R Lucas
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.
Orientation Programme of the BSc Engineering First year 2000/01
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)
6th Annual Symposium on Research for Industry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
152. Workshop of Lightning and
Lightning Protection - 2000 (Update)
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).
Workshop on Lightning and Lightning Protection - 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: email@example.com) before 10th November. There
is no fee for participation. Further details
IEE Diaries 2000/01
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.
Dr Jahan Peiris leaves to present Seminar in Auckland
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.
BSc Engineering - New Intake
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
The New Intake will follow the BSc Engineering degree on a modular scheme
from the first year. The curriculum is presently being finalised.
EESoc Office Bearers
The full list of EESoc Office Bearers elected for the Session 2000/01 is now
available at this site. click here
94th IESL Sessions - Inauguration
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.
IESL Sessions - Awards for Student Presentations
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.
IEE Lecture on Mobile Information Society - Update
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
IESL Sessions - Associate Member & Student Presentations
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.
Messages to the Guest Book
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.
BScEngineering Degree Results
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.
Details of Results of Electrical Engineering Stream
are also available.
Field of Specialisation
Second Class Upper Division
Second Class Lower Division
Computer Sc & Eng
Electronics & Telecom Eng
Mining & Mineral Eng
Textile & Clothing Tech
Note: Those within parenthesis ( ) are those from earlier years who have completed the examination
IEE Lecture on Mobile Information Society
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
IEE Sri Lanka Centre Chairman's Lecture
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.
Dr. Sumedha Rajakaruna submits Resignation
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.
Change in Telephone numbers
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
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.
The EESoc Drama as seen by a front row spectator
The story unfolds with the frustrated Electrical Engineering Instructor seeing
his very much younger uneducated brother flirting at the Bus Halt.
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
The story ends with the Instructor accompanied by his parents and brother
visiting a prospective bride and the bride falling for the younger brother.
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
Merrymaking is now going on and will probably go on till the early hours
of the morning.
Authorities of the Skies
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.
Dr Jahan Peiris invited to present Seminar in Auckland
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.
Dr Nanayakkara returns after a visit to Japan
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.
Dr Ranaweera returns after following Simulation course in MathLab
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.
MEng/PGDiploma Course in Electrical Engineering
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.
Inaugural intake to the ITUM
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.
Visiting Team of Officials from the Ministry of Education and Higher
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
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.
Results of Final Examination for BScEngineering Degree
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)
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
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
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
121. Revision of Academic Calendar -
BSc Eng degree
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
- Industrial Training for the BSc Eng Part II will commence on 8 November and
continue for 21 weeks.
MEng Presentations -
Ms Madhavi Kudaligama
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
& Mr Ajitha
Ranasinghe Posted: 08/09/2000
119. Release of Results - BSc Eng
degree - Update
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
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
117. Final MEng Presentation -
Mr Manjula Perera
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 -
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.
115. Book Launch - Dr Kapila
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
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
113. Vishaka returns to Sweden
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
112. EESoc welcomes new Part I
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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 -
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
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
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
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.
102. Ordinance for The Institute of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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 !!
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.
82. BScEngineering Curriculum Revision- Workshop
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
81. Final Years end Exam
The BSc Engineering, Final Part III students will be ending their final
examination today (14th June).
80. SPT Lecture at Moratuwa
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
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]
78. Sixth Asia Region Board Meeting
of the IEE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
63. Appointed Professors
Dr. P.G.R. Dharamaratne has recently been
appointed as a full Professor in the department of Mining and Mineral
Dr Priyan Dias also has been
appointed as a Professor in the department of Civil Engineering recently.
62. Call for papers - Young AMIESLs
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
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.
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
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
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
57. Academic Calendar for MEng in
The MEng Academic Calendar has been updated. These are available for
56. Priyantha returns after visit
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
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
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
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.
Engineering at the University of Moratuwa
- Mr P.H. Rajapura - MPhil
Supervisors: Dr Jahan Peiris & Prof Rohan Lucas
- Ms K. Gamage - MPhil
Supervisor: Dr Aruna Ranaweera
- 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.
- Miss M.T.K. de Silva
- Miss B.V. Rasiah
- Miss D.G.A.K. Wijeratne
- Mr U.N.K. Udugampola
- Mr A.K.P. Viraj
- Mr R.P.S. Chandrasena
52. University Convocation
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
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!
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
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
Let me wish all my readers a prosperous new year
on 13th April.
47. International Conference on Power Transformers
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
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
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
The Year 1 MEng/PGDiploma Results of the 1998/2000
Batch was released recently.
44. Excuses on Medical Grounds
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.
Nissan Wingroad - The Most Popular addition at U of M
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.
Career Development Workshop - IEE YMS
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
firstname.lastname@example.org at University of Moratuwa, Mr Niroshan
Perera email@example.com at University of Peradeniya
or with Mr Dhammika Bokomulla - 071-762343 representing industry.
Overseas Visit - Dr Priyantha Wijeaytunga
Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga will be participating in the programme
"Energy Environment Resources Sustainability in Hew Delhi, India from
10th APril to 20th APril 2000.
Acting Head of Electrical Engineering Department
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.
Presentation of Paper at an Internation Conference
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.
Inauguration of the New Intake for the BSc Engineering Programme
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.
The Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa
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
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
34. Lecture on "Meeting the Future
Electrical Needs" Posted: 29/02/2000Mr.
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
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.
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
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
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
29. Update - Visit of President and
Secretary of the IEE
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
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
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
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
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
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.
23. Update on Academic Activities
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
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.
Lecture on Digital Mobile Communications
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.
Talk on Power Quality - A Subject of
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.
- Dr Sarath
Perera, University of Wollongong, Australia
Power Quality - Dr Sarath
Perera, University of Wollongong, Australia
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,
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
Mr. Lalith Wickremaratne
A Public Lecture on
JAPANESE 5S system for
improving productivity & quality
will be delivered on Tuesday - February
Mr. Sunil Wijesinha
A Public Lecture on
will be delivered on Thursday - January
Dr. Lalith Gamage
17.   Acting Dean/Engineering
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The following decisions were taken regarding academic activities at the
Meeting of the Faculty Board on 06 January 2000.
7. Golden Jubilee of the University
of Peradeniya, Faculty of Engineering
BSc Eng Part III
4th Jan 2000 to 7th Apr 2000
BSc Eng Part II
Industrial Training commences 1 Feb 2000
BSc Eng Part II
10th Jan 2000 to 31st Mar 2000
BSc Eng Part I
10th Jan 2000 to 31st Mar 2000
BSc Eng First Year
10th Jan 2000 to 31st Mar 2000
BSc Eng First Year
27th Mar to 7th April 2000
24th Apr 2000 to end Dec 2000
BSc Eng First Year
Due to commence January 2001
NDT First Year
recommences 10th January 2000
NDT Second Year
commences 10th January 2000
Industrial Training commences 15 Feb 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.
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
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 -
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
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
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.
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
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.
Award of Long Service Medals
Among the 67 Long Service Medals
for continuous and merritorious service are the following from the Electrical
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
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
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