Department of Electrical Engineering University of Moratuwa
Old News, Views and Announcements -
January - December 2001
[This is not an official release and may
sometimes have errors]
Let me wish all my readers,
A Very Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year 2002.
Multi-religious Ceremony to commence work in the New Year
The University of Moratuwa will commence work for the New Year 2002 with a
multi-religious ceremony at the James George Hall at 0900 hrs on 01 January
2002. Thereafter the Vice Chancellor will greet everyone individually while
partaking of Kiribath and other traditional foods.
Seminar on Independent Component Neural Networks
Dr Jagath Rajapakse will be delivering a talk on Independent
Component Neural Networks on Friday 4th January 2002 at 1430 hrs at the
Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. Dr Rajapakseis an Associate Professor
at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
30th Anniversary Celebrations
The University of Moratuwa will be celebrating 30 years as a University on
15 February 2002. To mark the occassion, and to mark the pioneers of the
education institute at Katubedda, which conducted its first full time course
of study in 1960, two events have been planned (3rd January and 15th/16th
February 2002) jointly by the Alumni Association and the University.
Acting Head of Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr J P Karunadasa will be appointed as the acting head of the department
of Electrical Engineering from 2nd January to the 12th January 2002 during the
absence of Professor J R Lucas from the Country.
First Intake to the I T Faculty
The Inauguration of the new IT Course at the Faculty of Information
Technology of the University of Moratuwa is scheduled to take place on 14th
Management of Technology moves to its new home
The Department of Management of Technology will be officially moving
to its new building - Management of Technology Building - on Thursday
20th December 2001 at the auspicious time of 0938 hrs.
Honorary Doctorates at Open University Convocation
Honorary Doctorates have been awarded to the Vice Chancellor,
University of Moratuwa Professor Dayantha Wijesekera and Dr.
Victor Mendis at a Convocation of the Open University of Sri Lanka
Professor J R Lucas to attend IEE Council meeting & Conference in London
Professor J R Lucas will be leaving for London on 2nd January 2002 to
attend a conference on Engineering Education 2002 organised by the
Institution of Electrical Engineers on 3rd and 4th January, and the IEE
Council Meeting to be held on 10th January. Professor Lucas is presently
the Chairman of the IEE Sri Lanka (a branch of the IEE) and the representetive
of the branch on the IEE Council.
Nandaka Jayasekera arrives in Manitoba for postgraduate studies
Mr Nandaka Jayasekera who was a temporary lecturer attached to the
department till a few days ago has gone to Winnipeg, Manitoba to undertake
postgraduate studies with Professor Ciric. He has joined Mr Bathiya
Jayasekera who left for Manitoba a few months ago to undertake his graduate
studies with Professor Annakkage.
Glossary of Electrical Engineering terms inaugurated at Moratuwa
A comprehensive Glossary of Electrical Engineering
Terms was ceremoniously inaugurated by Professor J R Lucas today
11th December 2001 at the auspicious time of 1701 hrs in the presence of a
largezero gathering of distinguished personnel.
It is hoped that this searchable glossary will come in very handy
to his students.
The time is auspicious as that was the time
at which the final nail was put into the html document.
US Fulbright Junior Scholar 2001/02 at the University of Moratuwa
Mr Dean Andrew Nieusma who is a US Fulbright Junior Scholar,
at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of
Moratuwa, with Dr Priyantha Wijetunga. He will be in Sri Lanka for
about an year on the Fulbright assignment starting from December. He is also
concurrently registered for the degree of Phd at the
Rensellear Polytechnic Institute in the USA.
Academic staff overseas back on Holiday for the Season
Dr Ranjit Perera who is on sabbatical Leave at the University of Bremen
in Germany, and Mr Nishad Udugampola who is on overseas study
leave at the University of Cambridge, are presently in Sri Lanka on holiday.
Annual General Meeting of the English Literary Association
The English Literary Association or ELA held its annual general
meeting at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room this morning (30 November)
under the patronage of Professor GTF de Silva the staff advisor.
Professor JR Lucas also graced the occassion.
At this meeting Heminda Jayaweera took over the reigns of office
from Tivanka Dedigama. Asanga Amarasinghe was elected the
Vice President, Ramesh Nanayakkara the Secretary,
Roshanthi Lucas the Junior Treasurer, Tilanka Chandrasekera
the Assistant Secretary, and Dimuthu Leelaratne the Editor.
The following were also elected to the committee: Rohan Jayaweera,
Avantha Serasinghe, Edgar Melan, Siddhantha Thanthrimudalige, Hasitha Liyanage,
and Swetha Perera.
Picture: Some of the committee acted in the Play It runs in the Family, with Heminda shown
wearing a tie and coat draped over one shoulder posing for photgraph.
Tree Planting Ceremony - University of Moratuwa
The University of Moratuwa carried out a Tree
planting ceremony today (29th November) at its premises to mark the SLAAS
Sessions held at its premises. Those involved in the planting ceremony were
the officials of the SLAAS (near the Textile Technology building)
and the Senior Staff of the University and other dignitaries (in
front of the University and along the drive way). The plants for the
ceremony was provided by the Rotary Club of Moratuwa.
Workshop on Artificial Intelligence
A one day workshop on Artificial Intelligence will be held on Sunday 25th
November 2001 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room. This will be
conducted by Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara and will run from 0900 hrs to about
1700 hrs. The workshop has been organised by the EESoc for the benifit of
New Office for Director Undergraduate Studies
The Director/Undergraduate studies of the Faculty of Engineering moved to a
new office at level 1 of the Sumanadasa building next to the Faculty of
Engineering Board Room. The Director was occupying temporary space until
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga attends International Workshop
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga is presently attending the International
Workshhop on Implementation Strategies for Biomass Utilization in Europe and
Developing Countries in Sweden, from 19th 22nd November 2001.
Suntel Award - 22 November 2001
The Suntel Award for the student who obtained the highest
average in the first year, from students specialising in Electronics
and Telecommunications Engineering will be given today 22nd November 2001, by
Suntel at a ceremony at the University of Moratuwa at 1400 hrs.
The receipients of the award are Mr Surith Pinto, presently in the Final Part I batch and Mr Fazal Khaffar, presently at Level2.
The awards will be given by Mr Hugo Cederschiold, Managing Director, Suntel. Others associated with the ceremony from Suntel will be Mr Mahinda Ramasundara Technical Director and Mr Janaka Kumarasinghe General Manage, Human Resources and Anusha Liyanage HRD Executive.
Manamperi Memorial Award - 2001 - SLAAS
The project submitted by the following group of electrical engineering
undergraduate students has been selected as the winner of the Manamperi
Memorial Award - 2001 by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of
Science. The award will be made on Monday 26th November at Inauguration of the
57th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of
G G D S A Gunawardena
T H W Nimal
M N M Shirazi
H W P Sampath
57th Annual Festival of Science - Popular Lectures - SLAAS
The following popular lectures have been scheduled during the SLAAS Sessions
to be conducted at the University of Moratuwa.
Venue: Civil Engineering Auditorium
Wednesday Nov 28, 1645 - 1745 hrs
A Healthy Child at a Low Cost by Prof Arvind K N Nandekhar, Howard
University, Washington DC, USA
Thursday Nov 29, 1645 - 1745 hrs
Biological Warfare and Anthrax (in Sinhala) by Prof Lalitha Mendis,
University of Colombo
Friday Nov 30, 1645 - 1745 hrs
An Outlook Towards a Career after obtaining a Scientific Qualification
by Datuk Dr. M.Mohinder SIngh, Malaysia
The talk is open to everyone. All are welcome.
Public Lecture on "The Seven Ages of Information Systems
A public lecture organised by the CSSL
(Computer Society of Sri Lanka) titled " The Seven Ages of
Information Systems" by Mr. Bob Godfrey Deputy Head of the Dept of
Information Technology of the University of Tasmania will be held on
Thursday 22nd November 2001 at 5.30 P.M at the OPA Auditorium.
Admission Free. IT Professionals and Students of IT are invited.
Inauguration Ceremony of Library Automation System
The Inauguration Ceremony of Library Automation System of the University of
Moratuwa will take place on Friday 16th November 2001. The chief guest for the
event will be His Excellency Jacques Charrier, CulturalAdviser,Embassy of
Get-together of the recent graduates and Academic Staff at Wadduwa
The recent graduates had a get-together with the academic staff of the
department of electrical engineering, at the Wadduwa Holiday Resort on
Wednesday 14th November 2001.
Second Workshop on Lightning - Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka
The Second Workshop on Lightning Protection organised by the Institute of
Physics, Sri Lanka will be held on 17th November 2001 at Hotel Renuka, Colombo.
Among the lectures to be presented at this workshop is one by Professor J R
Lucas on Basics of Building Protection.
Future Engineer - An Update
Future Engineer, a programme for BSc Engineering, Final Part I students
was held this morning (7th November) at the Civil Engineering Auditorium.
The event was organised by the Rotaract Club of the University of Moratuwa and
the Career Guidance Unit.
The programme included addresses by Rotaracter Nilantha Brito,President of
the Rotaract Club, Dr Rohan Tittagala Career Guidance Coordinator &
Staff Adviser of the RotaractClub, and the District Rotaract
Representative Rotaracter Kumudu Warnakulasooriya.
The main presentations in the programme were
The presentations were followed by a panel discussion chaired by Mr Nihal
Wijewickrema,Senior Lecturer in Industrial Training.
- The Practicing Engineer by Mr Nishantha Goonaratne, Production
/Operations Manager, Ceylon Tobacco Company Ltd,
- Communicating Effectively by Toastmaster Niranjan de Silva,
Director/CEO, Metropolitan Computers (pvt) Ltd,
- Continuing Professional Development by Dr Amal Kumarage, Senior
Lecturer in Civil Engineering, and
- Choosing a career by Toastmaster Niranjan de Silva. [Mr de Silva
had to make this presentation as the sheduled speaker could not make it due
to unavoidable circumstances].
The lively programme, which was well attended, was brought to a conclusion
with the vote of thanks being delivered by Rotaracter Nandhini (Rtr Rajanandhini
Balachandran, Chairperson for the Project
Rotaracter Roshanthi and Rotaracter Ramesh compered the event.
ERU Symposium "Research for Industry"
The ERU Symposium on Research for Industry 2001 will be held on 8th November
2001. 38 papers will be presented at the
Inauguration of the B Design Course in Textile & Clothing Technology
The Official inauguration of the Bachelor of Design course conducted by the
Department of Textile & Clothing Technology will be held on Monday 19th
Inauguration of the 5th MEng Course in Electrical Engineering
The MEng/PG Diploma Course in Electrical Engineering will have the inauguration
for the 2001/03 batch on Friday 2nd November 2001, followed by lectures.
29 students have been selected for the course.
Election of the First Dean, Faculty of Information Technology
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga was elected as the First Dean of the Faculty
of Information Technology at the Faculty meeting held today at 0930 hrs and
presided by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dayantha Wijesekera.
Some pictures from the EESoc Drama 2001
Some details including pictures of the EESoc
Drama 2001 have been posted on the internet.
MEng/PGDiploma Course in Electrical Engineering
The next batch of students for theMEng/PG Diploma Course in Electrical
Engineering is scheduled to start their course on Friday 2nd November 2001.
28 students have been selected for the course.
Inauguration of the First MBA programme at the University of Moratuwa
The first MBA programme of the University of Moratuwa will take place on 27th
October. This will be in the specialisation of Management of Technology.
Another MBA in the specialisation of Information Technology is being
planned for the future by the Faculty of Engineering.
Automation of the Library
The Library of the University of Moratuwa has been automated and the
inauguration of the automated library will take place on Friday 16th November
Hospital Cleaning Programme - an Update
The Cleaning of the Meegahatenna General
Hospital, Matugama and the repairing of some of the facilities was undertaken
by the BSc Engineering 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 batches on Saturday 29th
September 2001. Some information and pictures
are available on the Web.
Thrishantha Nanayakkara obtains PhD
Thrishantha Nanayakkara, who graduated from the University of Moratuwa
specialising in Electrical Engineering, has obtained his PhD from the Saga
University in Japan very recently. We offer our congradulations.
Public Holidays for 2002
Public Holidays for 2002 are available on
57th Annual Sessions of the SLAAS at University of Moratuwa
The 57th Annual Sessions of the SLAAS will be heldat the University of Moratuwa
from November 26 to December 01, 2001. The Chief Guest for the Session will be
Datuk Dr.M.Mohinder Singh Chartered Chemist. The focal theme of
the sessions will be "Towards a Knowledge-Based Economy: The Role of Scientists
& Technologists". The ceremonial inauguration will take place at the
Sarvodaya Vishva Samadhi Auditorium, Moratuwa.
Useful Academic Links
Some useful academic links with teaching material from other universities have
been included under the menu item Links on the left
hand frame. Some Teaching material produced by me and some past papers have also
been added under pdf files.
Talk by Dr Shanthilal Atukorale
Dr Shanthilal Atukorale, a former head of the department of electronic
& telecommunication engineering of the University of Moratuwa and presently
working in Australia will be giving a talk on his experiences in DSP
design at MOtorola Australia on Tuesday 9th October 2001 at 1130 hrs in the
Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. All are welcome.
50 students selected to the IT Faculty
The University Grants Commission has selected 50 students for the Faculty of
Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa. The newly established
Faculty is hoping to conduct lectures for these students at a rented premises
in Borella from January 2002 with orientation commencing in late October or
Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga seconded to the IT Faculty
Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Information
Technology has been seconded to the Faculty of Information Technology with
effect from today for a period of 3 years.
IEE Younger Members Section - AGM
The 5th Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Electrical Engineers
Younger Members Section (YMS) Sri Lanka will be held at the IESL Auditorium,
120/15, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7 at 4.00 pm on Saturday 29th September 2001.
A presentation on " WHY DO YOU HAVE TO
STUDY TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT ? "
will be made by Mr Amal Punchihewa, MIEE,Senior Lecturer in Management of
Technology, University of Moratuwa and Secretary, IEE Sri Lanka at the AGM.
Meegahathanna Hospital Cleaning Programme
The posponed Hopital Cleaning Programme between the BSc Engineering Level 2
students (First Year students before the postponement) and the BSc Engineering
Final Part I students of the University of Moratuwa will take place at
the Meegahathanna Hospital, Meegahathanna on Saturday 29th
The event this year has been financially sponsored by the University of
Moratuwa and the Electrical Engineering Society EESoc.The Hopital
cleaning programme is an annual event between
the First Year students and the Second Year students of the engineering degree
programme and aims to foster brotherhood among the batches and do a service
to the community.
Paper on use of Coconut Oil for Transformers
The pdf version of the paper on
Coconut oil insulated distributed transformers by Professor J R Lucas
and others is now available on the iternet.
Lecture Notes and Publications in PDF form
Some Lecture Notes and Publications in PDF form are
"Future Engineer" Organised by the Rotaract Club of Uni. of Moratuwa
"FUTURE ENGINEER" is one of the major project of the Rotract Club of the
University of Moratuwa. The target group is the Part I (or Level 2) engineering
undegraduate students. Lectures will be conducted by highly experienced guest
lecturers from the Industry. For details see the posters in the campus
IEE Sri Lanka Centre 8th Annual Conference
The 8th Annual Conference of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre was concluded with 14
papers of high quality being presented.
96 members of various categories attended the conference.
Professor S Karunaratne returns to the Department after Sabbatical
Professor S Karunaratne who was on Sabbatical leave as the Chairman
of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) resumed duties
in the department today as a Senior Professor in Electrical Engineering.
D J Wimalasurendra Lecture on The Power Crisis and Accountability
Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya delivered the D J Wimalasurendra Memorial
Lecture on The Power Crisis and Accountability:
The Countdown to the Crisis, Future Needs and Responsibility at the IESL
Auditorium on 17th September 2001 at 1715 hrs to a capacity crowd.
EESoc Committee for 2001/2002
EESoc Committee for 2001/02
EESoc Panel Discussion on the Energy Crisis
A Panel Discussion on the Energy Crisis was held at the Civil Engineering
Auditorium under the auspicies of the Electrical Engineering Society
(EESoc). The Panel was moderated by Dr Priyantha Wijetunga and
included the following EESoc members in their personal capacities who also hold
high posts in the energy sector: Mr Shavi Fernando (also former DGM,
Generation Planning, Ceylon Electricity Board), Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya
(Consultant on Power Projects), Dr Susantha Perera (also President,
CEB Engineer Union), Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara (also involved in micro
hydro power projects), Mr Manjula Perera (representing Lakdhanaviya the
first Independent Power Producer).
In addition, we were fortunate to have
with us Professor Malik Ranasinghe (Civil Engineer who has done work on
Environmental Aspects of Power Projects) and Dr Sumith Pilapitiya (World
Bank Consultant on Environmental issues for the Region).
Among the others to take part in the discussion were Commander Lionel Pinto,
Chairman of the Lanka Electricity Company (LECO), Professor Rohan
Lucas, Senior Professor in Electrical Engineering
and Dr Jahan Peiris, President, EESoc. A very lively
discussion took place after
the subject was introduced through a discussion paper by one of the EESoc
EESoc AGM and Drama
The AGM of the Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) commenced at 1900 hrs.
Dr Jahan Peiris was
re-elected uncontested as the President for the Year 2001-02. Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara was
re-elected as the Senior Vice President and Ms Anula Abeygunawardena was re-elected as the
Senior Treasurer. Songs, a Panel Discussion and a Drama were the other items for the AGM.
The Drama was titled Hena Gediya and was about a TV crew from the Wala TV
interviewing people about the Power Crisis for the Hena Gediya Programme. Three
people are shown to be interviewed during the blackout. The first person inteviewed was wearing
a black mask covering the eyes only and carrying a gunny bag. The inteviewer asked the man what
he was carrying. He says that they are goods like computers which he was carrying from one
place to another. When questioned further about his job, he explains that he regularly carries
things from one place to another without the owners knowledge as he does not want to worry the
owner and he normally does it during power cuts, and that the power cuts at night had been a blessing
for him. He also said that once one of the owners had trapped him in a third storey of a house and
the only escape was from two windows which overlooked a 11 kV line and a 33 kV line respectively.
So he jumped from the window on to the 11 kV line to break his fall. He explained that as the
power cut was still in force, that was great.
The other two who were interviewed were the President of the Unemployed Electrical Engineers
Society and a Georgeous Housewife who gives the inteviewer a slap. However I will not
go into this discussions.
The drama was followed by the distribution of awards and the dinner in a pleasant outdoor
atmosphere under colourful parasols in the quadrangle of the Sumanadasa Building.
The EESoc get-together has been very successful so far. It is now time for the
AGM. 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 "meekiri", passing a ring from person to person using
a straw held in one's mouth and a tug-of-war. The staff members who took part
wer Professor J R Lucas and Dr Jahan Peiris who took part in most of the events.
The AGM is scheduled to commence at 6 pm, followed by a variety of Songs
and a Drama. This will be followed by a Panel discussion on the Power Crisis
with many prominent people expected to take part.
Priyantha safely returns after Bungi jumping
Above:Priyantha getting ready to take the plunge with Victoria falls in the
Left: Priyantha taking the Plunge
We are thankful for the safe return of Dr Priyantha Wijetunge who took the
plunge in no man's land across the river Zambesi separating Zimbabwe and Zambia.
All those who apparently attended the conference in South Africa had gone
bungi jumping and Priyantha had little choice but to take the plunge. Priyantha
jumped almost 100m into the Victoria Falls to see into the possibilities of
utilising the power of the falls to generate power (apparently up till now
no power is being generated from the Victoria falls). Unfortunately, at the time
he jumped from the Bridge, he was tied by a bunji cord and could not go low
enough to see clearly the bottom although he was dangling upside down and the
river was 111 m below the bridge.
Special Rotaract Meeting for the newcomers
A Special Rotaract Meeting for the newcomers (Prospective members)
(Prospective members) will be held on 12th of
will be held on 12th September 2001 at Electrical seminar room around 5.30 p.m.
Rotarian Nalin Fernando will be the guest lecture for the occasion.
E-Club 2001 - Forum for Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers
E-Club 2001 - Forum for Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers, was held
at the Mount Lavinia Hotel on Saturday 8th September 2001.
Rotaract Induction Ceremony
The Induction of the new President of the Rotoract Club of the University of
Moratuwa took place at the Library Services Auditorium on Sunday 9th September.
Rtr Nilantha Britto was inducted as the President. His board of 15 members was
also inducted. In addition, 13 new members were admitted to the role as
Rotaracters of the University of Moratuwa. The ceremony was compered by
Rtr Roshanthi Lucas, one of the new members. Two other new members, Rtr
Dimuthu Leelaratne, and Rtr Swetha Perera took part in a lively skit called
the "Fly in my soup".
B Sc Engineering Final Year Results - May 2001
The BSc Engineering, Final Part III Results were approved by the Board of
Examiners on 31 August, subject to confirmation by the University Senate. The
Results of the Electrical Engineering Specialisation
are available on the internet. There are 57 First Class passes and, 73
Second Class Upper Division passes in the whole batch. In the Electrical
Engineering specialisation there are 6 First Class passes, 12 Second Class Upper
Division passes and 24 Second Class Lower Division passes among the 49 who
EESoc Award for Best Project - Academic Year 1998/99
The Final Year Project Simulation of Natural Lighting Availability for
Lighting Design undertaken by
95/ED/G1/139 J P Kularatne,
95/ED/G1/189 J A D I Piyadasa,
95/ED/G1/199 M K A Priyadarshana,
95/ED/G1/287 H A S C Wijesinghe and supervised by
Dr. Priyantha Wijetunga and Dr. Rahula Attalage was adjudged as the
Best final year project this year by the department of electrical engineering.
We offer our congradulations to them.
Dr H Y R Perera takes 2 years Sabbatical Leave in Bremen, Germany
Dr Ranjit Perera will be leaving Sri Lanka on 31 August to take up a
sabbatical appointment in Bremen, Germany for a period of two years commencing
1 September 2001. During the period of leave he will be involved in a project
funded by the European Union on
Traffic Modelling and Simulation in Universal Mobile Telecommunication
Energy Investment Conference - Dr P D C Wijayatunga
Dr P D C Wijayatunga is presently in Delhi on the way to attending the
Energy Investment Conference to be held at Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
from 2nd to 6th September. This event brings officials of the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) and the energy experts together. Furhter
this event is planned mainly to see the workings of the Southern African Power
Pool (SAPP) which can be of great importance when examining the possibilities
of a South Asian Common Electricity Grid which is being serously considered
under the SARI/Energy programme of the USAID. This is sponsored by the USAID
under the SARI/Energy Peer Exchange programme. He will be back on 9th September.
Posted: 29 August 2001
Level 2 Curriculum BSc Engineering CE3 Group - 2001
The level 2 curriculum for the
Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic
fields are available on the internet.
Posted: 28 August 2001
Field Selections of BSc Engineering at Level 2 - 2001
The field selections of the BSc
Engineering at Level 2 - September 2001 have been released today.
The individual lists can be directly accessed as follows.
Electronic & Telecommunications,
Posted: 23 August 2001 [Lists updated: 24/08/2001]
Admission of students to the undergraduate programme in the
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
Posted: 23 August 2001
The University Grants Commission is entertaining
applications for admission to the
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Programme,
conducted by the University of Moratuwa, from candidates who have satisfied the
minimum requirements for admission at the G.C.E.(A/L) Examination held in
August 2000 for the academic year 2001/2002.
The brochure is available on the internet. Further
information regarding this course of study can be obtained from the
Dean of the Faculty of Information
Technology of the University of Moratuwa. Tel No. 650279,  :
Fax No. 650622
IEE Sri Lanka Younger Members Sessions
The IEE Sri Lanka, Younger Members Sessions will
be held on Saturday 25th August at the
EOE Perera Theatre, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. A number of papers will be presented at these sessions.
Posted: 20 August 2001
University of Moratuwa Inter-Department Swimming Meet
The University of Moratuwa, Inter-Department Swimming Meet was worked out at the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Pool on Saturday 18th August 2001. Among the newcommers to shine at the meet was Miss Erangie Brahmana who broke the University record in each of the 6 events that she swam. This augurs well for the future of women's swimming at Moratuwa.
Posted: 20 August 2001
2001/2002 Batch Welcome Freshers' Meet
The Engineering students Union organised entertaining sports activities for the 2001/2002 Batch of Engineering students, who just completed their orientation program, on Friday 17th August 2001 at the University Grounds. The activities were organised mainly by the immediate seniors who just completed their first year of studies. All the students had a lot of fun.
Posted: 20 August 2001
Award Ceremony to felicitate outstanding Researchers
The Award Ceremony to felicitate Outstanding Researchers took place at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) on Thursday 16th August 2001. The chief guest for the occasion was Professor Ranjit Mendis, Chairman, University Grants Commission.
Posted: 20 August 2001
The three emeritus professors of the University, namely Professor K R S Peiris, Professor K K Y W Perera, and Professor P A de Silva were the guests of honour and had their citations read by the Vice Chancellor and scrolls handed over.
Professors W P S Dias and P G R Dharmaratne, and Associate Professor J A K S Jayasinghe, whose appointments were approved by the University council during the year 2000 were introduced by the Dean, Faculty of Engineering.
The following Outstanding Researchers received their awards from the chief guest.
Prof M W G Mendis (15 year & 3 year awards), Prof S R de S Chandrakeerthy (15 year & 3 year awards), Prof L L Ratnayake (15 year award), Prof J R Lucas (15 year award), Prof W P S Dias (15 year & 3 year awards), Prof P G R Dharmaratne (15 year & 3 year awards), Prof K A M K Ranasinghe (15 year & 3 year awards), Prof S S L Hettiarachchi (15 year & 3 year awards), Prof Mrs N Ratnayake (15 year award), Dr K A S Kumarage (15 year & 3 year awards), Dr A A P de Alwis (15 year award), Dr M T R Jayasinghe (3 year award), Dr R L M P D C Wijayatunga (3 year award), Dr R A Attalage (3 year award), Dr N T S Wijesekera (3 year award), Dr Mrs G H U Karunaratne (3 year award) and Dr M P R Emmanuel (3 year award).
First Year Semester 2 Results
The semester 2 results of the First Year 2000/2001 batch was released today,
subject to confirmation by the University Senate. Around 97 students were
recommended for the Dean's List
Posted: 20 August 2001
Final Year Results
The final part III results of the examination conducted earlier this year is expected to be released on 29th August 2001, subject to confirmation by the University Senate.
Posted: 20 August 2001
Election of IEE Sri Lanka Committee for 2001-2002 Session
The following have been nominated to the IEE Sri Lanka committee for the session 2001-2002.
Posted: 20 August 2001
Chairman - Professor J R Lucas
Vice Chairman - Mr D R Pulleperuma
Honorary Secretary - Mr G A D Punchihewa
Honorary Treasurer - Professor Mrs I J Dayawansa
Honorary Asst Secretary - Mr N A G Senanayake
Ordinary Members - Prof K K Y W Perera, Mr M Zubair, Mr W A L W A Perera, Mr D V E N Fernando, Mr K B M I Perera, Mr V P Wijepala, Dr R L M P D C Wijayatunga, Mr J Karunanayake, Mr D L Taldena, Mr H B S Perera, Mr R I Senaratne, Mr Samantha Epa
Past Chairmen - Mr P K Wickramarachi, Mr D G D C Wijeratne
International Membership Adviser - Mr M Zubair
Branch Representative to the Council - Prof J R Lucas
Dr H Y R Perera Request Sabbatical Leave
Dr Ranjit Perera is planning to take sabbatical leave in Germany for
a period of 2 years commencing 1 September 2001.
Ms Anula Abeygunawardena returns after training course at AIT
Ms Anula Abeygunawardena who was at AIT, Bangkok from 3 May 2001
on an ADB training programme on Energy returned to the department on 7 August
New Head of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering
Dr D M O K Dissanayake has been appointed by the Vice Chancellor as
the Head of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering with effect from
1 August 2001.
Ceremony to Felicitate the Academic and Research Achievements
An Awards Ceremony to felicitate the Academic and Research Achievements
of academic staff will be held on Thursday 16th August 2001. At this ceremony
academic staff will be felicitated in two categories (i) based on reseach work
over the past 15 years and (ii) based on research work over the recent 3 year
In addition to this, all the Emeritus Professors of the University, namely
Professor K R S Peiris, Professor K K Y W Perera and
Professor P A de Silva will have their citations read and congradulated.
Those who were recently promoted as Associated Professors and Professors
will also be introduced to the gathering at this ceremony. Inaugural
addresses of the recently appointed Professors will be held seperately in
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga attends conference in Bishkek, Kyrgysztan
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga attended the Central and South Asia Emminent person's
roundtable of the UN at Bishkek, Kyrgysztan on Sustanable development (30th
July to 1st Aug). This developed the required background work for the 2002 UN
Summit on Sustainable Development. Approximately 20 persons from the region
attended the roundtable conference.
Changes in Format to Left Frame of EE Home Page
Changes have been made to the format of the menus on the left frame of the
electrical engineering homepage. I would like to have your
Pictures from the Foundation Stone Laying for Electronics Building
Felicitation Lunch for Professor P A de Silva
A felicitation lunch has been arranged by the head & staff of the department
of Mechanical Engineering, for Emeritus Professor P A de Silva who
retired from the University after a long period of meritorious service to the
department and the university.
Future Directions and Strategies in Mechanical Engineering Education
A conference on the Future Directions and Strategies in Mechanical
Engineering Education - Beyond 2000 will be held at the University of
Moratuwa on Wednesday 25th July 2001. The Keynote address will be given by
Professor J S Gunasekera, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical
Engineering, Ohio University, USA. Among the other speakers from outside the
University are Professor C Lakshman V Jayatilleka, Professor Upali S Kuruppu
and Professor N Ranjith Arthenayake.
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for Electronics Engineering Building
The Foundation Stone for the new
four storey Electronics Engineering Building will be
Laid on 26th Julyat 0912 hrs. The Minister of Higher Education & Information
Technology Hon. Indika Gunawardena, the Ambassador for Japan His
Excellency Mr. Selichi Otsuka, JICA Resident Represenative Mr. S. Kaiho,
Chariman UGC Prof. B.R.R.N. Mendis and the Secretary to the Ministry
of Higher Education & Information Technology will Grace the occassion.
Induction & Graduation Ceremony - 2001 of the IESL
Induction & Graduation Ceremony of the Institution of Engineers, Sri
Lanka was held on Friday 20th July at the BMICH. The Chief Guest for the
occassion was the Hon. Prof. Leslie Hunawardena, Minister of Science &
Technology and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Ananda S. Gunasekera,
Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development Construction & Public Utilities.
At this ceremony certificates were presented to the new Corporate Members of
the Institution. Presentations were also made to those who passed the IESL
Part II in the year 2000, and 5 scholarships were awarded to the Junior
Inventor of the Year winners from schools all over the island.
Press Release on New IT Faculty
The University of Moratuwa has given a Press
Release on 12 July 2001 on the formation of the First Faculty of Information
Technology established at the University of Moratuwa.
Prof. Malik Ranasinghe becomes a full Professor on Merit
The University Council recently approved the promotion of Professor Malik
Ranasinghe to the Grade of Professor on Merit.
Dr Ranjit Perera Returns after Visit to Germany
Dr H Y R Perera returned to the University today after spending 3 months
in Germany on a training programme.
Photos of Vishaka's Wedding
Dr Gihan Dias has posted
Vishaka's Wedding Photos.
Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Professor Malik Ranasinghe, Dean, Faculty of Engineering will be
attending the 5th Asian Pacific Risk and Insurance Association
conference in India from 14th July till the 19th July. Professor
J R Lucas will be acting for him as Dean during this period.
ERU Workshop on Strategies for Innovative Product Design
The ERU Workshop on Strategies for Innovative Product Design will be
held at the Engineering Faculty Board Room on Wednesday, 18th July 2001
starting at 0830 hrs. At this workshop, presentations will be made by Mr B S
Samarasiri, Prof J A K S Jayasinghe and viewpoints will be expressed by Dr
M A R V Fernando and Dr S D Pathirana.
Tips for Publication and Presentation of Research
The Engineering Research Unit (ERU) will be conducting a Seminar on Tips
for Publication and Presentation of Research at the Engineering Faculty
Board Room at 0900 hrs on Thursday 19th July 2001. Presentations will be made
by Dr Amith Munindradasa, Dr Pani Dharmawardhana and Prof Priyan Dias.
Resignation of Shantha Ranatunga
Mr Shantha Ranatunga who resumed duties recently after undertaking postgraduate
studies in New Zealand has reluctantly been compelled to tender his resignation
as an academic staff member in the department in order to complete his PhD.
B Sc Engineering New Intake - Orientation
Students to the Faculty of Engineering selected from the GCE Advanced Level
Examination held in August 2000 will be commencing their orientation programme
at the University of Moratuwa on 31st July 2001. They will be commencing their
regular course of lectures in August 2001.
Suggestion to change the name of Department of Electrical Engineering
A proposal has been received from one of our probationary lecturers overseas
to change the name of the department of electrical engineering to a more
appropriate one such as Department of Deans/HODs
Production Engineering. An extract of his email is reproduced for
the information of the readers. [03/07/2001]
"I would like to propose the name of our department to be changed from
'Department of Electrical Engineering' to 'Department of Deans/HODs Production
Engineering' or something similar as we noticed it has produced two acting
Deans and quite a few HODs (Physics, Computer, English, Com Services etc.) in
recent past [editors note: while remaining in
the department of electrical engineering].
So members of the dept who have not been an HOD can be proud because they are
06/07/2001: An unknown reader has commented on the above item by saying that
the name of the department should read as
"Department of ACTING Deans/HODs Production Engineering. Because only
acting appontment are made from the electrical engineering department.
Permanent appointments go to other departments like Civil, electronics etc.,"
I would appreciate if messages could be signed and dated as I
normally do not consider messages from those who do not have the guts to state
what they have to say under their own name.
Proposal for a Student Management and Information System - M-STAS
Paul Johansen and his wife Anne made a presentation on the
University Project for Student Management and Information System
at the University to the Senior Staff of the University of Moratuwa today. The
Project is expected to be finished by the end of the year and is funded by
NORAD. The Package has been developed by ErgoEnet of Norway and will be
customised for the requirements of the University of Moratuwa. Mr and Mrs
Johansen come from Bodoe in Norway which is a city north of the Artic Circle.
New I T Faculty to take in students in October 2001
50 students are to be admitted to the newly established Faculty of
Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa in October 2001. The
initial intake is to be from those who sat the GCE Advanced Level
Examination in August 2000.
Acting Heads of Departments of New IT Faculty appointed
The following Acting Heads of academic departments have been appointed to the
newly established Faculty of Information Technology of the University of
- Department of Information Technology - Dr. T. Ashok Peiris
- Department of Computational Mathematics - Prof. Mrs. Indra J. Dayawansa
- Department of Interdisciplinary Studies - Dr. Niranjan D. Gunawardena
Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga appointed acting Dean of New Faculty
Dr. Priyantha D.C. Wijayatunga has been appointed as the acting
Dean of the newly established Faculty of Information Technology
with immediate effect. Dr. Wijayatunga is a Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Electrical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and
is also the Director of the Computer Services Centre.
Our congradulations and best wishes go to him in his new post.
New Faculty of Information Technology at
The Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa, Sri
Lanka has been established by Government
dated July 02, 2001.
University of Moratuwa gazetted
Acting Head/Physics Division
Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
has been appointed as the Acting Head of the Physics Division
Graduands ! Are You Ready ?
The programme Are You Ready will be conducted on
Saturday 30th June.
All graduands will benifit from the Mock interviews organised by the Rotaract
Club, University of Moratuwa in association with the Career Development Unit of
the University. Over 30 Industrial Establishments
will take part in getting graduands ready to face an Interview for employment.
Shantha Ranatunga Resumes duties after Postgraduate Studies
Shantha Ranatunga who undertook his postgraduate studies at the
University of Auckland, New Zealand, resumed duties in the Department of
Electrical Engineering on 28th June 2001. He has completed writing
the first draft of his PhD thesis. He took his first lecture for the
postgraduate students today after his return.
Photographs from "We are With You" programme for the Deaf Children
A Pictorial record of the events on Poya Day 5th June 2001, of the events
for the Deaf Children at the University of Moratuwa are available.
Spring Cleaning of Final Year Room by the Final Year Students
The Final Part III students in Electrical Engineering cleaned and painted the
final year room on a voluntary basis on Wednesday 27th June 2001.
Workshop on "IEE Wiring Regulations" - Mr Vijitha Kulathilake
Mr Vijitha Kulathilake, Chief Engineer, Colombo City Maintenance
of the Ceylon Electricity Board, will be have a Workshop on IEE Wiring
Regulations on Saturday 28th July 2001 at the University of Moratuwa. This
event has been organised by EESoc
Inaugural General Meeting of Uni-Consultancy Services
The Inaugural General Meeting of Uni-Consultancy Services was
held today (29th June 2001) at the Staff Centre of the University of Moratuwa.
Prof Dayantha Wijesekera was elected as the Chairman of the Board
of Management, Mr Chandra de SIlva as the Honorary Secretary,
Mr Lalith de Silva as the Treasurer, and Dr Niranjan
Gunawardena as the Assistant Secretary.
Over 100 founder members were there for the inauguration. One of the
primary objects of the association was "To share academic and professional
expertise of the University of Moratuwa, with the Sri Lankan Industry. The
Association has been registered with the Registrar of Companies.
Bathiya de S Jayasekera obtains a grant for graduate studies at Manitoba
Mr K Y Bathiya de S Jayasekera, Temporary Lecturer in Electrical
Engineering has been accepted for graduate studies at the University of
Manitoba, Canada. He has also been offered a research grant by Professor
Udaya Annakkage to undertake the work.
Workshop on Regional Power Trade in South Asia
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga will be attending the Workshop on Regional
Power Trade in South Asia at the Hotel Taj Exotica, Bentota, June 28-29.
The purpose of the workshop is to identify and prioritize a list of options to overcome barriers in regional power exchange and trade.
Inter University Hockey 7s
An Inter University Hockey 7s Tournament will be played between the teams of the
Universities of Moratuwa, Peradeniya and Colombo on 4th July 2001 starting at
0900 hrs at the University of Moratuwa Grounds.
between Moratuwa, Peradeniya, Colombo
A triangular cricket tournament will be played between the teams of the
Universities of Moratuwa, Peradeniya and Colombo on 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th
June 2001 at the University of Moratuwa Grounds.
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 2001.
Closing date for applications is 20th July 2001.
See the Advertisement for details.
A limited amount of ADB Scholarships
may be available towards payment of the course fees.
Meegahathanna Hospital Cleaning Programme - Postponed
The Hospital cleaning programme at
the Meegahathanna Hospital, Meegahathanna has been postponed to either
July or August 2001 due to unavoidable circumstances.
IESL Young Members' Section - Annual Sessions 2001 - Call for Papers
IESL Young Members' section (IESL-YMS) invites young members (student members &
Associate Members below 35 Years of age as on 1st January 2002) of the IESL to
submit technical papers for presentation at the forthcoming annual sessions of i
the IESL. A half-day during the sessions will be reserved for young members to
Next Intake - BSc Engineering degree course
Students selected for admission to the BSc Engineering degree programme at
the University of Moratuwa, having sat the GCE Advanced Level in August 2000,
will enter the University for the Orientation programme at the end of July
2001 and start their academic work at the end of August 2001.
Those students sitting the GCE Advanced Level Examination in August 2001,
and those sitting the examination in April 2002 are likely to be taken to the
University around September 2002.
Opportunities in Electrical Engineers - Talk by Manjula Perera
Mr Manjula Perara will be giving a talk to the First
Year Students (2000/01 batch) about Opportunities in Electrical Engineering
at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday 28th June 2001 at the Civil Engineering
Auditorium. The talk has been organised by the Electrical Engineering Society
New Academic Appointments
Dr Nanda Munasinghe has recently been appointed as the Head of the
Department of Materials Engineering after Dr Ms Manomi Perera
completed her term of office recently.
Prof Mrs Niranjanie Ratnayake has been recently appointed as the
IPCU Co-ordinator under the ADB Project to upgrade the Postgraduate
courses of the University of Morautwa.
Generation Plans and Power Crisis by Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya
Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya will be giving a talk to
the IEE YMS at the University of Moratuwa on Thursday 21st June 2001 on
Generation Plans and Power Crisis at the Electrical Engineering
Seminar Room at 1130 hrs.
All are Welcome.
CSE Staff fully support hod
The academic staff of the department of computer science and engineering
fully support their head of department, not only in academic matters but also
in marital matters.
They did not let him down when he got married. One of them GC de Silva
got married shortly before their hod Nalin Wickramachchi while another
Vishaka Nanayakkara will be taking her vows shortly after.
This I learnt from Gihan at the home coming of Nalin
Fresher's Night 2000/01
I understand that the Fresher's Night for the BSc Engineering First Year
students who entered the University of Moratuwa in December 2000 is being
planned for the evening of Wednesday, 4th July 2001.
Meegahathanna Hospital Cleaning Programme
The BSc Engineering First Year students and the BSc Engineering Final Part I
students of the University of Moratuwa are organising a cleaning programme for
the Meegahathanna Hospital, Meegahathanna on Saturday 23th
Wedding of Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara and Ananda Seneviratne
Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering
will be getting married to Ananda Seneviratne Assistant Director,
Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance on 6th July
Our Best Wishes go to them.
Farewell to Final Part III 1998/99
The present Final Part III students (1999/2000) will be giving a farewell
party to their seniors this evening (14th May at 1900 hrs) at the University
Gymnasium. Today is the final day of the examination.]
Wedding of Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi and Nirmala Palihawadane
Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and
Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will be getting
married to Ms Nirmala Palihawadena at a Private Ceremony in June 2001.
Our Best Wishes go to them.
Papers for the ERU Symposium 2001
The ERU has received 45 papers from authors in many
disciplines in the University. The symposium will be held on 8th November 2001.
Inter-University Catholic Students Get-together
The University of Moratuwa Catholic Students Society hosted a get-together
of the Catholic Students of all the Universities in the Colombo District on
Tuesday 5th June 2001 from 1000 hrs to 1630 hrs at the Civil Engineering
"We are with You!" Programme
EESoc will be conducting the We are with You! programme for children of
the Deaf School, Ratmalana on Poya day 5th June 2001 at the University
of Moratuwa premises. The children will be brought in 3 age groups: 5 - 9 yrs,
10 - 14 yrs and 15 - 19 yrs. Over 150 children are expected to take part in
the memorable events organised for this day.
Miss Indunil Weeraratne is the livewire behind the project. She and a
group of friends have organised a similar event at a smaller scale last year
at the premises of the Deaf School. It was on her initiative that this project
was taken over by the EESoc.
Alumni News - Dr Sisira Amarasinghe
Dr Aruna Ranaweera, who is presently on sabbatical leave at Orion Systems Inc
in the US, has informed me that Dr Sisira Amarasinghe an alumni of this
University, has accepted the prestigious position of Director of Engineering
for CriTech Research, Inc., USA. We wish him success in his new post.
Dharshana Muthumuni obtains PhD
I am glad to inform you that Dharshana de S Muthumuni, who undertook his
postgraduate studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada has just finished
his PhD under the direction of Professor Peter
However, I am sad to report that he has sent in his resignation from the post
of Probationary Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
New Clerk to the Department of Electrical Engineering
Ms M. A. Nayani has been appointed as the clerk to the department of
Electrical Engineering with effect from 1 June 2001.
Dean's List - Semester 1 - April 2001 - BSc Engineering
The Dean/Engineering has released the Dean's
List for the Semester 1 - April 2001 of the BSc Engineering degree
Are You Ready - A Programme for Graduands
The programme Are You Ready will be conducted once again by the
Rotaract Club, University of Moratuwa in association with the
Career Development Unit of the University on Saturday, 30th June 2001
. This is a programme of University-Industry cooperation and is aimed at
getting graduands ready to face an Interview for employment.
EESoc Community Service Event for Children of the Deaf School
The Electrical Engineering Society of the University of Moratuwa is
organising a community service event for Children of the Deaf School,
Ratmalana on Poya Day, 5th June 2001. It is hoped to bring the children
of ages ranging from about 8 years to about 15 years to the University.
Activities are likely to include sports, a quiz programme, an art competition
and donation of hearing aids. EESoc firmly believes that this type of programme
should be undertaken by all university students in addition to their academic
Talk by Mr Manjula Perera - EESoc Lecture Series: May 2001
Mr Manjula Perera Manager- Export and Business Development, Lanka
Transformers Ltd delivered a talk
on Introduction to Manufacture of Distribution Transformers at the
Electrical Engineering Seminar Room today (17 May) at 1130 hrs. The Talk
has been organised by the Electrical Engineering Society as a part of its
Mr Manjula Perera is one of our First Class graduates and
completed the Master's degree recently and was
given an Award for the Best performance in that degree. He is now a
very busy executive and is due to fly to Dubai tonight on an export promotion
Overseas Visit - Dr M P Dias
Dr M P Dias, has been invited by the Internationa Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) to participate in a seminar organised for implementation of the
IAEA Model Project on Development of Radiation Protection Infrastructure.
The Seminar will be held from 21 May to 25 May 2001 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Technical Officer Appointments
Mr Ashoka Chandana who was an electrician in the department of electrical
engineering has been promoted as a Technical Officer with effect from 15th May
2001. He will be put in Charge of the High Voltage Laboratory with immediate
Ms Sandamali Madawala, who served us very efficiently for a number of
years as a clerk, has been promoted as a Technical Officer and has been posted
to the Department of Building Economics with effect from 15th May 2001. We are
sorry to lose her services but wish her the best for her future.
Results of NDT Second Year Examination 1999/2000
The NDT second year results were released recently. Among those specialising
in Electrical Power, 32 have successfully completed the second year examination.
First Results from New Semester System - BSc Engineering, First Year
The First Results from the New Semester System was released on 9 May.
14 students obtained a Semester GPA of above
4.0 (A=4). About 62 students will be recommended for the first Dean's
UNIVERSITY ADMISSION - ACADEMIC YEAR 2001/2002
The UGC has released the Minimum average marks for selection to various courses of study
in respect of each district. This year in view of the two categories of
students, who sat the 2000 A/L Examination (ie. those who offered 3 subjects
under the new scheme and those who offered 4 subjects under the old scheme) the
UGC has decided to use the average mark.
(GCE A/L August 2000)
This year the average cut off
mark for Engineering for Colombo is 69.66 [corresponding to 209
for 3 subjects and 279 for 4 subjects. This compares with a cut-off mark of
274 for the previous intake].
This particular intake is expected to be taken to Moratuwa in September 2001.
WUS Awards Ceremony - an Update
The World University Service - University of Moratuwa Branch held
the 14th and 15th Annual Award Ceremony in the
presence of the Chief Guest Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda - Chairman, Wild
Life Trust. The awards were given for the best reports submitted at the
Sinharaja Environmental Awareness Workshop held in 2000 and 2001.
14th Sinharaja Workshop held from 1st to 5th April 2000 at
20 students from Engineering and Architecture participated
1st Prize: Sarani Kulasingha (Architecture)
2nd Prize: Probodi Weerasekara (Architecture)
3rd Prize: Ganesh Hemantha Doluweera (Engineering)
Special Award: Technika Lalani (Engineering)
15th Sinharaja Workshop held from 27th to 31st December 2000
18 students from Engineering and Architecture parcicipated
1st Prize: Ishari Siriwardena (Engineering)
2nd Prize: Uthpala Palihawadena (Architecture)
3rd Prize: H.V. Ajith (Engineering)
Professor Lakdasa Fernando who pioneered the Workshop 15 years ago
and continued it till the beginning of this year was also felicitated at this
Results of Written Examination of PG Diploma/MEng
Results of Written Examination of PG Diploma/MEng in Electrical Engineering
1999/2000 was released today subject to confirmation by the University Senate.
16 students have completed the examination part and are eligible to receive
the Diploma or continue towards the MEng by undertaking research.
in Electrical Engineering
1999/2000 Posted: 03/05/2001
For details click here.
Vishaka Nanayanakkara returns to Sri Lanka on Split PhD
Vishaka Nanayanakkara, who is doing a Split PhD at the Chalmers University in
Sweden under SIDA-IT project, returned to Sri Lanka on 30th April for her study
component in Sri Lanka. She will be here in Sri Lanka for about 6 to 8 months
before returning to Sweden.
WUS Awards Ceremony and Professor Lakdasa Fernando Felicitation
The World University Service - Moratuwa Branch will be
having the 14th and 15th Annual Award Ceremony and the Professor Lakdasa Fernando Felicitation at
the Textile Auditorium at 1630 hrs today, Wednesday, 2nd
May 2001 .
Welcome to the Final Part I - Electrical Engineering
The Electrical Engineering Society EESoc, in association
with the Department of Electrical Engineering, welcomed the 49 new
students to the department at a simple ceremony at the Electrical
Engineering Seminar Room on Monday, 30th April 2001.
Associated in the ceremony were Professor Rohan Lucas the Head of the Department who addressed the gathering on behalf of the department and on behalf of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre as its Chairman , Mr Nihal Wijewickrema the Head of the Training Division and
IESL Liason Officer who spoke about the necessity of joining the
Institution of Engineers - Sri Lanka, Dr Jahan Peiris the President
of EESoc, Dr Priyantha Wijetunga, Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara, Asanga
Priyadarshana the Vice President of EESoc and Ms Nilanga Dharmabandu the Secretary of EEsoc. The Final Part I students and the senior students present also introduced themselves.
This is the final batch that will enter the department at the Final Part I on the old system. From September 2001, students will be joining the department on the new Semester System.
Field Selection - Final Part I - 2000/01
The fields of those who sat the First Year examination in Engineering recently
has been finalised.
- 49 students have been selected for Computer Science and Engineering with the
first year average in the range 87.33 - 73.83
- 48 students have been selected for Electronic & Telecommunications
Engineering with the first year average in the range 83.16 - 71.83
- 48 students have been selected for Elctrical Engineering with the
first year average in the range 71.66 - 68.33
- 100 students have been selected for Civil Engineering with the
first year average in the range 70.66 - 50.16
- The balance students in Group 1 have been selected for Mechanical
Engineering with the first year averages < 68.00
BSc Engineering Final Part II - Training Report Submission
The deadline for submission of the BSc Engineering Final Part II - 98/99
Batch - Training Reports is 30th April 2001 for those who completed their
Industrial Training on 6th April 2001.
The Head of the Training Division has stated that Late submissions will
not be accepted unless recommended by the respective Head of Department.
He has further stated that Assessment Interviews will not be scheduled for those
who do not submit their reports.
BSc Engineering Final Part III Examination - May 2001
The BSc Engineering Final Part III Examination is scheduled to be held
from 15 May 2001 to the 14 June 2001.
Training Programme on Energy Supply Planning and Environment
Ms Anula Abegynawardena, has been granted leave to attend the
Training Programme on Energy Supply Planning and Environment to be held
at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok from 3rd May to 3rd August 2001.
Her trip is partly sponsored by the ADB project on developing postgraduate
programmes at the University of Moratuwa.
Programme on Stochastic Simulation
Dr Ranjit Perera left for Germany on April 15th to attend a
three month Study and Research Programme on Stochastic
Simulation at the University of Bremen, Germany. He is expected to be
back on 15th July 2001.
Half-Day Seminar of MCQ Tests
A Half-day Seminar on MCQ Tests was presented by Dr H Y R Perera,
Senior Lecturer, Grade I in Electrical Engineering at the Civil
Engineering Auditorium. The Seminar was organised by the Staff Development
Unit of the University. The main presentations were the Use of Aptitude
Tests for Selection, How to construct effective MCQ Questions, and the
formation and use of Questions Banks.
Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year
A Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year to all of my readers.
I tried to send this message before the New Year holidays, but my connection to
our Server Samanala had crashed and I could not send it.
President, Section C, SLAAS
Dr Asoka Perera Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering has been
appointed as the President, Section C of the SLAAS with effect
from 1 April 2001. Dr Ranjith Perera Architecture relinquished the
post as he went on sabbatical leave.
Recent Appointments of Heads
- Dr JMS Bandara was recently appointed as the Director of Studies of
the Faculty of Engineering. His duties are to oversee the new course unit
system under a semester basis.
- Dr Tishan Jayasinghe was recently appointed by the Vice Chancellor
as the Head of the English Language Teaching Centre. The vacancy was created
by Dr Aruna Ranaweera going on sabbatical leave.
- Dr Gamini Kodikara was recently appointed by the Vice Chancellor
as the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. The vacancy was created
by Professor Malik Ranasinghe assuming duties as Dean/Engineering.
- Dr Ms Padma Amarasinghe was recently appointed by the Vice Chancellor
as the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Eng S A S Perera
finished his 3 year term of office in March.
- Dr T A Piyasiri was recently appointed by the Vice Chancellor as the
acting Director of the ITUM to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of
the Director Mr Nihal Wanigatunga.
Workshop on "Regional Energy Trade"
Dr Priyantha Wijetunge participated in a Workshop on "Regional Energy
Trade" in Kathmandu Nepal from 19th to 23rd March organised by the Association
for Educational Development (AED) under the sponsorship of the USAID South Asial
Regional Initiative/ Energy (SARI/E).
of the World University Service, University of Moratuwa
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga was elected to the post of President of the
World University Service, University of Moratuwa with effect from January 2001
with the resignation of Prof Lakdas Fernando who held the post of President
for 15 years.
Malik Ranasinghe Elected Dean Uncontested
Election of the tenth Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Moratuwa took place today in the presence of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dayantha Wijesekera.
Malik Ranasinghe was elected uncontested to the post of Dean.
He was proposed by Professor J R Lucas, Head/Electrical Engineering and
seconded by Dr Mrs Manomi Perera, Head/Materials Engineering. He will
assume office on Friday 30th March 2001. Professor Ranasinghe is presently the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering.
The election was followed by an address by the outgoing Dean, Professor
Lakshman Ratnayake outlining the work done during his tenure of officei
from October 1995 to March 2001. This was followed by an acceptance address by
the newly elected Dean, Professor Malik Ranasinghe. The Vice Chancellor also
briefly addressed the Faculty.
One-Day Seminar on Course Unit System
A one day Seminar on the Course Unit System was held at the University
of Moratuwa, on Saturday 24th March 2001. Presentations were made by
Professor Rohini Seniviratne of the Medical Faculty of the University
of Colombo on Depth and Width of teaching under
the Course Unit System, Dr Upali Mampitiya of the Science Faculty
of the University of Kelaniya on Counselling for students under the Course
Unit system - the Kelaniya experience, Professor J N O Fernando and
Professor H Siyananda of the Open University of Sri Lanka on
Evaluation under the Course Unit System, Bursar,
University of Colombo on the Financial implications of the Course Unit
System and Mr Kapila Dias of the University of Colombo on the
Maintenance of Records under the Course Unit System.
Students under the Course Unit System
Election of Dean, Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering is expected to elect the Dean at a Special Board
Meeting convened for the purpose on Thursday 29th March 2001 at 1130 hrs.
Appointment of Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Professor J Rohan Lucas has been appointed by the Vice Chancellor,
University of Moratuwa as the Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering with
effect from Thursday 22nd March 2001. The appointment will be valid until the
formal appointment of the Dean.
Professor Lucas has agreed to accept the acting appointment, but has
indicated that he is not willing to consider accepting the permanent post due
to personal reasons. The permanent post is expected to be filled in about
Vice Chairman, UGC - Professor Lakshman Ratnayake
Professor Lakshman Ratnayake, Dean, Faculty of Engineering has
been appointed by her Excellency the President as the Vice Chairman of the
University Grants Commission for a period of 5 years from today 19th March.
We wish him success in his new post.
It is the first time that a staff
member of the University of Moratuwa has been elevated to this high post.
Convocation 2001 - An Update
The General Convocation of the University of Moratuwa for the
presentation of graduands to the Chancellor took place at the BMICH on Thursday
15th March 2001.
Over 625 graduands were presented to the Chancellor. Among these are
Professor S. Chandana Wirasinghe, Dean of
the Faculty of Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada who was conferred
the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) and Ms. S. Kanthasamy who was conferred the Degree of
Doctor of Philosophy. Around 90 Master's degrees, 35 postgraduate diplomas
and 500 Bachelor's degrees were also conferred at this Ceremony. Around 16
awards of academic distinction were also given. Sir Arthur C. Clarke
delivered the Chancellor's Address, while the Convocation Address
was delivered by Professor S. Chandana Wirasinghe
Among those specialising in electrical engineering are the following.
Master of Engineering degrees - Ms KVSM Kudaligama, KBMI Perera, AR Ranasinghe
Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering - MAR Premathilaka
Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree - 46 graduands.
Lanka Transformers Award for the Best MEng graduand - KBMI Perera
Professor Ted Parish Award for the Best Electrical Engineering Graduand -
Photographs from "It Runs in a Family"
Some photographs from the Play "It Runs in the Family" are available.
Reflections - An Update
The Drama festival, held at the Lionel Wendt, was a resounding success and the aaudience thoroughly enjoyed the event shown by the huge applause given. However
the distinguished invitees were conspicuous by their absence.
The Festival started with the Drama Death by Woody Allen performed
by a cast from the University of Peradeniya. This was followed by It Runs
in the Family performed by a cast from our very own University. After the
Interval, a short play Black Out was performed by a cast from the
Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo. This had been written by the
students themselves. The Final Event was a The transcendeltal karmic this
thing also by the cast from Peradeniya which was a weird twist of their
Visit of ADB Consultant Professor Grüneberg to the University
Professor Grüneberg arrived in Sri Lanka as an ADB Consultant on
February 27 for one month. During the period he will be assiting the Department
of Electrical Engineering in conducting a 32 hrs Master's degree module in
Power System Reliability. He will also be assisting the Engineering
Design Centre in conducting a module on Power Electronics Applications for
Reflections - A Drama Festival not to be missed
A drama titled It Runs in the Family will be
presented by students of the English Literary Association of the University of
Moratuwa at the Lionel Wendt Theatre at 1800 hrs on 11 March 2001. This is part
of the event Reflections: an evening of drama where the University of
Peradeniya, and probably the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo
will also be presenting dramas.
Includes an Entertaining Drama presented by University of Moratuwa
This internationally acclaimed drama
is brought to you for only Rs 100/=.
The following link of pictures from an
overseas production of "It Runs in the Family" also gives
an insight into the drama which has been shown the world over.
Non-update of News
I have not been able to access the server for the last week or so. I just
found out today that access to our server had been restricted to avoid hacking
and I was not aware of that.
Discussion on Inspection and Testing of LV Electrical Installations
The IEE Sri Lanka Centre organised the first of a series of discussion group
meetings at its office at Wijerama Mawatha. The topic of the discussion was
Inspection and Testing of LV Electrical Installations and it was
moderated by Mr Bandula Perera and Mr Ranil Senaratna. Over 50 members of
all categories actively participated in the event and there was a very lively
discussion lasting about 2 hours.
From Campus to Industry - An IESL Presentation at Univ. of Moratuwa
A presentation on From Campus to Industry will be made by the
Electrical Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL on Thursday
22nd February 2001 at the Textile Auditorium starting at 1130 hrs. Speakers at
this event will be Eng Ranjith Gunawardena, Eng LCR de Silva and Eng M Zubair.
EESoc mini get-together
EESoc has organised a get-together for Wednesday 21st February 2001.
The main event of the get-together will be an 8-a-side cricket match starting
at about 1330 hrs at the University premises. It is hoped that these mini
get-togethers will be held once a term for the students, staff and graduates
to meet on a regular basis.
Senior Professor seen umpiring a cricket match at Bloomfield ground
A Senior Professor in the Faculty of Engineering has been seen umpiring a
cricket match at the Bloomfield Cricket ground on Sunday 18th February 2001.
The Bloomfield Cricket Club incidently is over one hundred years
old, and it's present Captain of Cricket is none other than Sanath
Jayasuriya, the Captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket team. :-)
Tests on Coconut Oil show promise for Transformer Insulation
Preliminary Investigations show that Coconut oil, which is indegenous to
Sri Lanka, can be used successfully as a Transformer insulation in place of
mineral oil. Lanka Transformers limited (LTL) are now in the process of making a
100 kVA, 33kV/415V distribution transformer filled with Coconut Oil to be
tested under real operating conditions.
Two of our undergraduate trainees Mr. D.C. Abeysundara and Mr. C. Weerakoon,
the Factory Manager of LTL Mr. Kaushal C. Obadage, the Quality Control & Testing
Manager of LTL Mr. K.A.I. Gunatunga and Professor J. Rohan Lucas are working
on this project. This project has been initiated on the direction of the
General Manager of LTL Mr. U.D. Jayawardena, and the Business Development
Manager Mr K.B.M.I. Perera who have given continuous support for the project.
Dr Aruna Ranaweera takes Sabbatical Leave
Dr Aruna Ranaweera, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Grade
I will be taking his sabbatical leave in the United States of America from
mid-March 2001. He is planning to go to Orion Systems Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Overseas Visit of Dr Priyantha Wijetunga
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga will leave for AIT, Bangkok on 17th February
2001 to participate in the Regional Programme on Climate Change.
He is expected to return on 27th February 2001.
Dr Kapila Jayasinghe has been appointed recently as an Associate
Professor in the Department of Electronic & Telecommunication
Professor J R Lucas has been promoted as a Senior Professor
in the department of Electrical Engineering. The appointment is effective
from October 1999.
Problem with the University of Moratuwa Home Page
I understand that the University of Moratuwa Web page has been down for some
time due to a problem created from outside. As such some of the links in our
home page too will not be working. Hopefully the problem will be resolved
It Runs in the Family - A Drama presented by University of Moratuwa
A drama titled It Runs in the Family will be presented by
students of the English Literary Association of the University of Moratuwa at
the Lionel Wendt Theatre at 1800 hrs on 11 March 2001. This is part of the
event Reflections: an evening of drama where Univesity of
Colombo and University of Peradeniya will also be presenting dramas.
Call for Papers - 7th ERU Symposium on Research for Industry 2001
The 7th ERU symposium on Research for Industryis scheduled for November
2001. Those interested have been requested to submit a title and an abstract
not exceeding 500 words to:
Dr. MTR Jayasinghe,
Department of Civil Engineeing,
University of Moratuwa
on or before 15th February 2001
Dr Priyantha Wijetunga delivers the Professor R H Paul Lecture
The prestigious Professor R H Paul Memorial Oration will be delivered
by Dr Priyantha Wijetunga today 9th February, 2001 at the
Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, starting at 1715 hrs. The topic of the
oration will be Power Sector Reforms, Experiences in other countries.
All are Welcome.
Rasika weds Kumari at Galle Face Hotel
Mr Rasika Amarasiri,
Postgraduate student (and Systems Engineer, University of Moratuwa till recently) married
his longtime sweet heart Kumari Wickramasinghe
today Thursday, 8th February 2001 in the presence of a
large gathering of well wishers at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.
IEE South Asia Region Meeting
Professor J R Lucas will be in Chennai, India from 30th January 2001
till the 1st February 2001 to attend the South Asia Region Meeting of the IEE.
EESoc Lecture Series - Talk by Dhananjaya Rajapaksha
Mr Dhananjaya Rajapaksha, General Manager of Linea Intimo (Private)Ltd
(A joint venture of MAS Holdings(Sri Lanka) and MAST Industries (USA)) is
scheduled to give a talk in the EESoc Lecture Series on Thursday 25th
January 2001 at 1130 hrs at the Civil Engineering Auditorium. The topic of the
talk is Engineer's role in the private sector. Mr Rajapaksha
graduated from the University of Moratuwa specialising in Computer Science and
Engineering with First Class Honours in 1993 (incidently the first computer
Requests should be specific
I occassionally get messages from "dddd" etc where messages are not explicit.
First I would like it if you can identify yourself. Second, when you make
statements like the other pages (other than news) are out of date, I do not
know what information is out of date. Please be more explicit so that I could
correct what ever errors are there. Other pages do not need regular updating.
I have, I believe tried to keep all the pages, within my free time from
lecturing and other administrative duties to keep the pages up to date. If
you let me know which page or pages need updating, I can try to attend to them.
An Open Apology
I am sorry if I hurt the feelings of any of the senior students this week by
asking some of them to vacate a class room for first year lectures. I was not
responsible for the time table changes, nor were we asked to inform the same
to the students, but on thinking about it again, I feel I should have been a
bit more sensitive towards the feelings of the senior students. I apologise
once again. It is not that preference was given to the first years, but that
all the timetables had to be changed to accommodate the teaching in three large
batches in the first year.
I think the mistake was that the senior students should have been advised of the
required changes, rather than their finding when they came for lectures that
they have been displaced. I understand the hurt felt by them (although I did
not fully realise it at the time), especially as I faced a similar situation a
few years ago aboard a plane. We were on our way to destination A (I cannot
recall on which trip this happened) and we had to get off at a stopover at B in
between. When we came back to our seats, we were astonished to find a family
with young children seated in our places. When we inquired from the air
hostess, we were told that they had been allocated those seats by the
authorities at B as they need seats together. They were not even aware whether
we had seats. Finally they found us three seats at a different place. Your
situation, I believe is similar in that you had your lectures last term in a
particular class room, and when you went back after the break you had been
displaced. Just as the air hostess was not responsible for the change of
seating arrangement, we too followed the time tables given to us. We had been
told to strictly follow the class rooms given in the time tables to avoid
problems. I apologise once again for hurting your feelings.
Mobile Transactions and the Future of m-Commerce
Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Chief Executive of MTN Networks (Pvt.) Ltd.
will deliver a lecture on Mobile Transactions and the Future of m-Commerce
at the IEE Ordinary General Meeting on 25th January, 2001 at
Hotel Taj Samudra ,Colombo at 1715 hrs. IEE members of all categories are
invited to be present. Please inform the IEE Sri Lanka Centre on Tel: 678630
if you are attending.
Progress of Dharshan de S Muthumuni
Mr Dharshana Muthumuni who is undertaking research at the University
of Manitoba, with Professor Peter Mc Laren is presently writing up his
PhD thesis. He is expected to defend it around May 2001.
Promotion of Dr Aruna Ranaweera
Dr Aruna Ranawera has been promoted as a Senior Lecturer, Grade I
in the department of electrical engineering. The appointment is effective
from 2 March 2000.
Professor Ted Parish Award
The Professor Ted Parish Award for the electrical engineering graduand
who has obtained the highest Class Average of over 70% at the BSc Engineering
degree examination will be awarded to Mr KYB de Silva Jayasekera as the
Convocation to be held in March 2001, for the year 1999/2000 [Academic Year
Best Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Project
The final year undergraduate project Performance
Characteristics of 3 MW Wind Farm at Hambantota was adjudged the best
electrical engineering undergraduate
project by the Department of Electrical Engineering in the year 1999/2000
[Academic Year 1997/98]. The Project was supervised by Dr Nishantha
The members of the project group are
G G D S A Gunawardena
T H W Namal
H W P Sampath
M N M Shirazi
Department of Electrical Engineering teaches First Year Undergraduates
The Department of Electrical Engineering has graduated after 30 years
and has now been allowed to teach at First Year Undergraduate Level. Lectures
will be conducted by Professor Rohan Lucas, Ms Anula Abeygunawardena and Dr
Jahan Peiris. The first laboratory classes were conducted for the first year
students in the electrical measurements laboratory, power systems laboratory,
electrical machines laboratory and high voltage laboratory on 2 January 2000.
The firstlectures for the first year students were conducted on 3 January 2000.
A senior Professor attends first year undergraduate lectures for the first time
A senior Professor of the Engineering Faculty (name withheld) attended a
First Year undergraduate Lecture for the first time in his life
yesterday (03 January 2000). He had attended his first first-year undergraduate
laboratory class only the previous day (02 January 2000). It is learnt from
very reliable sources that he has never attended a single first year
undergraduate lecture nor a single first year undrgraduate practical class but
possesses an engineering degree from a University in Sri Lanka.
He had been very nervous of being ragged by the freshers or senior or even
instructors, but has had no such problem.
It is also learnt that just two days ago he received a meritorious award
from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa for having served the
University of Moratuwa for 30 years of meritorious service to the University.
Commencing Work for the New Year 2001
The University will commence work this morning with a Multi-religious
Ceremony and an Awards Ceremony for Long Service.
Let me wish all my readers a Bright and Prosperous New Year 2001.
make any comments or suggestions to Professor
J R Lucas.
Public Holidays for Sri Lanka for 2000
Updated by JRL