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]


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Fireworks in the Sunset Season's Greetings

Let me wish all my readers,

A Very Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year 2002.

December 2001

185.    Multi-religious Ceremony to commence work in the New Year
         Posted: 28/12/2001

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.

184.    Seminar on Independent Component Neural Networks
         Posted: 27/12/2001

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.

183.    30th Anniversary Celebrations
         Posted: 21/12/2001

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.

182.    Acting Head of Department of Electrical Engineering
         Posted: 21/12/2001

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.

181.    First Intake to the I T Faculty
         Posted: 20/12/2001

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 January 2002.

180.    Management of Technology moves to its new home
         Posted: 19/12/2001

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.

179.    Honorary Doctorates at Open University Convocation
         Posted: 19/12/2001

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 held recently.

178.    Professor J R Lucas to attend IEE Council meeting & Conference in London
         Posted: 18/12/2001

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.

178.    Nandaka Jayasekera arrives in Manitoba for postgraduate studies
         Posted: 18/12/2001

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.

177.    Glossary of Electrical Engineering terms inaugurated at Moratuwa
         Posted: 11/12/2001

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.

176.    US Fulbright Junior Scholar 2001/02 at the University of Moratuwa
         Posted: 11/12/2001

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.

175.    Academic staff overseas back on Holiday for the Season
         Posted: 11/12/2001

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.

November 2001

174.    Annual General Meeting of the English Literary Association
         Posted: 30/11/2001

Scene from a Play 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.

173.    Tree Planting Ceremony - University of Moratuwa
         Posted: 29/11/2001

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.

172.    Workshop on Artificial Intelligence
         Posted: 23/11/2001

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 its members.

171.    New Office for Director Undergraduate Studies
         Posted: 23/11/2001

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 yesterday.

170.    Dr Priyantha Wijetunga attends International Workshop
         Posted: 22/11/2001

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.

169.    Suntel Award - 22 November 2001
         Posted: 22/11/2001

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.

168.    Manamperi Memorial Award - 2001 - SLAAS
         Posted: 21/11/2001

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 Science. G G D S A Gunawardena
T H W Nimal
M N M Shirazi
H W P Sampath

167.    57th Annual Festival of Science - Popular Lectures - SLAAS
         Posted: 20/11/2001

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.

166.    Public Lecture on "The Seven Ages of Information Systems
         Posted: 20/11/2001

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.

165.    Inauguration Ceremony of Library Automation System
         Posted: 15/11/2001

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 France.

164.    Get-together of the recent graduates and Academic Staff at Wadduwa
         Posted: 15/11/2001

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.

163.    Second Workshop on Lightning - Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka
         Posted: 13/11/2001

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.

162.    Future Engineer - An Update
         Posted: 01/11/2001

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 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.

161.    ERU Symposium "Research for Industry"
         Posted: 01/11/2001

The ERU Symposium on Research for Industry 2001 will be held on 8th November 2001. 38 papers will be presented at the symposium.

160.    Inauguration of the B Design Course in Textile & Clothing Technology
         Posted: 01/11/2001

The Official inauguration of the Bachelor of Design course conducted by the Department of Textile & Clothing Technology will be held on Monday 19th November 2001.

159.    Inauguration of the 5th MEng Course in Electrical Engineering
         Posted: 01/11/2001

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.

October 2001

158.    Election of the First Dean, Faculty of Information Technology
         Posted: 24/10/2001

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.

157.    Some pictures from the EESoc Drama 2001
         Posted: 23/10/2001

Some details including pictures of the EESoc Drama 2001 have been posted on the internet.

156.    MEng/PGDiploma Course in Electrical Engineering
         Posted: 18/10/2001

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.

155.    Inauguration of the First MBA programme at the University of Moratuwa
         Posted: 18/10/2001

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.

154.    Automation of the Library
         Posted: 18/10/2001

The Library of the University of Moratuwa has been automated and the inauguration of the automated library will take place on Friday 16th November 2001.

153.    Hospital Cleaning Programme - an Update
         Posted: 18/10/2001

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.

152.    Thrishantha Nanayakkara obtains PhD
         Posted: 12/10/2001

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.

151.    Public Holidays for 2002
         Posted: 12/10/2001

Public Holidays for 2002 are available on the web.

150.    57th Annual Sessions of the SLAAS at University of Moratuwa
         Posted: 12/10/2001

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.

149.    Useful Academic Links
         Udated: 11/10/2001

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.

148.    Talk by Dr Shanthilal Atukorale
         Posted: 08/10/2001

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.

147.2.    50 students selected to the IT Faculty
         Posted: 08/10/2001

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 November 2001.

147.1.    Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga seconded to the IT Faculty
         Posted: 04/10/2001

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.

September 2001

146.    IEE Younger Members Section - AGM
         Posted: 28/09/2001

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.

145.    Meegahathanna Hospital Cleaning Programme
         Updated: 30/09/2001

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 September 2001.
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.

144.    Paper on use of Coconut Oil for Transformers
         Updated: 25/09/2001

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.

143.    Lecture Notes and Publications in PDF form
         Posted: 24/09/2001

Some Lecture Notes and Publications in PDF form are now available.

142.    "Future Engineer" Organised by the Rotaract Club of Uni. of Moratuwa
         Posted: 24/09/2001

"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 premises.

141.    IEE Sri Lanka Centre 8th Annual Conference
         Posted: 24/09/2001

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.

140.    Professor S Karunaratne returns to the Department after Sabbatical
         Posted: 24/09/2001

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.

139.    D J Wimalasurendra Lecture on The Power Crisis and Accountability
         Posted: 18/09/2001

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.

138.    EESoc Committee for 2001/2002
         Posted: 18/09/2001

EESoc Committee for 2001/02

137.    EESoc Panel Discussion on the Energy Crisis
         Posted: 17/09/2001

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 members.

136.    EESoc AGM and Drama
         Posted: 17/09/2001

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.

135.    EESoc Get-together
         Posted: 15/09/2001

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.

134.    Priyantha safely returns after Bungi jumping
         Posted: 10/09/2001

Above:Priyantha getting ready to take the plunge with Victoria falls in the background

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.

133.    Special Rotaract Meeting for the newcomers
         Posted: 10/09/2001

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.

132.    E-Club 2001 - Forum for Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers
         Posted: 10/09/2001

E-Club 2001 - Forum for Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers, was held at the Mount Lavinia Hotel on Saturday 8th September 2001.

131.    Rotaract Induction Ceremony
         Posted: 10/09/2001

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".

130.    B Sc Engineering Final Year Results - May 2001
         Posted: 03/09/2001

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 qualified.

August 2001

129.    EESoc Award for Best Project - Academic Year 1998/99
         Posted: 29/08/2001

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.

128.    Dr H Y R Perera takes 2 years Sabbatical Leave in Bremen, Germany
         Posted: 29/08/2001

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 Systems (UMTS).

127.   Energy Investment Conference - Dr P D C Wijayatunga
        Posted: 29 August 2001

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.

126.   Level 2 Curriculum BSc Engineering CE3 Group - 2001
        Posted: 28 August 2001

The level 2 curriculum for the Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic fields are available on the internet.

125.   Field Selections of BSc Engineering at Level 2 - 2001
        Posted: 23 August 2001 [Lists updated: 24/08/2001]

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. Civil, Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronic & Telecommunications, Materials, Mechanical.

124.   Admission of students to the undergraduate programme in the
        BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

        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

123.   IEE Sri Lanka Younger Members Sessions
        Posted: 20 August 2001

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.

122.   University of Moratuwa Inter-Department Swimming Meet
        Posted: 20 August 2001

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.

121.   2001/2002 Batch Welcome Freshers' Meet
        Posted: 20 August 2001

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.

120.   Award Ceremony to felicitate outstanding Researchers
        Posted: 20 August 2001

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.
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).

119.   First Year Semester 2 Results
        Posted: 20 August 2001

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

118.   Final Year Results
        Posted: 20 August 2001

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.

117.   Election of IEE Sri Lanka Committee for 2001-2002 Session
        Posted: 20 August 2001

The following have been nominated to the IEE Sri Lanka committee for the session 2001-2002.
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

116.    Dr H Y R Perera Request Sabbatical Leave
         Posted: 10/08/2001

Dr Ranjit Perera is planning to take sabbatical leave in Germany for a period of 2 years commencing 1 September 2001.

115.    Ms Anula Abeygunawardena returns after training course at AIT
         Posted: 10/08/2001

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 2001.

114.    New Head of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering
         Posted: 10/08/2001

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.

113.    Ceremony to Felicitate the Academic and Research Achievements
         Posted: 10/08/2001

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 period.
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 due course.

112.    Dr Priyantha Wijetunga attends conference in Bishkek, Kyrgysztan
         Posted: 06/08/2001

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.

111.    Changes in Format to Left Frame of EE Home Page
         Posted: 01/08/2001

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 comments.

July 2001

110.    Pictures from the Foundation Stone Laying for Electronics Building
         Posted: 31/07/2001

click here

109.    Felicitation Lunch for Professor P A de Silva
         Posted: 25/07/2001

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.

108.    Future Directions and Strategies in Mechanical Engineering Education
         Posted: 25/07/2001

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.

107.    Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for Electronics Engineering Building
         Posted: 23/07/2001

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.

106.    Induction & Graduation Ceremony - 2001 of the IESL
         Posted: 23/07/2001

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.

105.    Press Release on New IT Faculty
         Posted: 17/07/2001

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.

104.    Prof. Malik Ranasinghe becomes a full Professor on Merit
         Posted: 17/07/2001

The University Council recently approved the promotion of Professor Malik Ranasinghe to the Grade of Professor on Merit.

103.    Dr Ranjit Perera Returns after Visit to Germany
         Posted: 16/07/2001

Dr H Y R Perera returned to the University today after spending 3 months in Germany on a training programme.

102.    Photos of Vishaka's Wedding
         Posted: 16/07/2001

Dr Gihan Dias has posted Vishaka's Wedding Photos.

101.    Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering
         Posted: 16/07/2001

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.

100.    ERU Workshop on Strategies for Innovative Product Design
         Posted: 16/07/2001

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.

99.    Tips for Publication and Presentation of Research
         Posted: 16/07/2001

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.

98.    Resignation of Shantha Ranatunga
         Posted: 12/07/2001

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.

97.    B Sc Engineering New Intake - Orientation
         Posted: 12/07/2001

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.

96.    Suggestion to change the name of Department of Electrical Engineering
         Updated: 06/07/2001

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 so scarce."
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.

95.    Proposal for a Student Management and Information System - M-STAS
         Posted: 03/07/2001

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.

94.    New I T Faculty to take in students in October 2001
         Posted: 03/07/2001

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.

93.    Acting Heads of Departments of New IT Faculty appointed
         Posted: 03/07/2001

The following Acting Heads of academic departments have been appointed to the newly established Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa.

92.    Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga appointed acting Dean of New Faculty
         Posted: 03/07/2001

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.

91.    New Faculty of Information Technology at
         University of Moratuwa gazetted

         Posted: 03/07/2001

The Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka has been established by Government Gazette dated July 02, 2001.

90.    Acting Head/Physics Division
         Posted: 02/07/2001

Dr Nishantha Nanayakkara, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering has been appointed as the Acting Head of the Physics Division recently.

June 2001

89.    Graduands ! Are You Ready ?
         Posted: 29/06/2001

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.

88.    Shantha Ranatunga Resumes duties after Postgraduate Studies
         Posted: 29/06/2001

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.

87.    Photographs from "We are With You" programme for the Deaf Children
         Posted: 29/06/2001

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. click here

86.    Spring Cleaning of Final Year Room by the Final Year Students
         Posted: 29/06/2001

The Final Part III students in Electrical Engineering cleaned and painted the final year room on a voluntary basis on Wednesday 27th June 2001.

85.    Workshop on "IEE Wiring Regulations" - Mr Vijitha Kulathilake
         Posted: 29/06/2001

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

84.    Inaugural General Meeting of Uni-Consultancy Services
         Posted: 29/06/2001

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.

83.    Bathiya de S Jayasekera obtains a grant for graduate studies at Manitoba
         Posted: 27/06/2001

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.

82.    Workshop on Regional Power Trade in South Asia
         Posted: 27/06/2001

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.

81.    Inter University Hockey 7s
         Posted: 27/06/2001

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.

80.    Cricket Triangular between Moratuwa, Peradeniya, Colombo
         Posted: 26/06/2001

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.

79.    Next MEng/PGDip Course in Electrical Engineering
         Updated: 27/06/2001

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.

78.    Meegahathanna Hospital Cleaning Programme - Postponed
         Posted: 22/06/2001

The Hospital cleaning programme at the Meegahathanna Hospital, Meegahathanna has been postponed to either July or August 2001 due to unavoidable circumstances.

77.    IESL Young Members' Section - Annual Sessions 2001 - Call for Papers
         Posted: 22/06/2001

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 present papers.

76.    Next Intake - BSc Engineering degree course
         Posted: 22/06/2001

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.

75.    Opportunities in Electrical Engineers - Talk by Manjula Perera
         Posted: 21/06/2001

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 EESoc.

74.    New Academic Appointments
         Posted: 20/06/2001

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.

73.    Generation Plans and Power Crisis by Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya
         Posted: 20/06/2001

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.

72.    CSE Staff fully support hod
         Posted: 18/06/2001

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

71.    Fresher's Night 2000/01
         Posted: 15/06/2001

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.

70.    Meegahathanna Hospital Cleaning Programme
         Posted: 14/06/2001

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 June 2001.

69.    Wedding of Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara and Ananda Seneviratne
         Posted: 14/06/2001

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 2001.
Our Best Wishes go to them.

68.    Farewell to Final Part III 1998/99
         Posted: 14/06/2001

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.]

67.    Wedding of Dr Nalin Wickramarachchi and Nirmala Palihawadane
         Updated: 13/06/2001

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.

66.    Papers for the ERU Symposium 2001
         Posted: 01/06/2001

The ERU has received 45 papers from authors in many disciplines in the University. The symposium will be held on 8th November 2001.

65.    Inter-University Catholic Students Get-together
         Updated: 06/06/2001

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 Auditorium/Grounds.

64.    "We are with You!" Programme
         Updated: 14/06/2001

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.

May 2001

63.    Alumni News - Dr Sisira Amarasinghe
         Updated: 31/05/2001

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.

62.    Dharshana Muthumuni obtains PhD
         Posted: 30/05/2001

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 McLaren.
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.

61.    New Clerk to the Department of Electrical Engineering
         Posted: 23/05/2001

Ms M. A. Nayani has been appointed as the clerk to the department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 1 June 2001.

60.    Dean's List - Semester 1 - April 2001 - BSc Engineering
         Posted: 22/05/2001

The Dean/Engineering has released the Dean's List for the Semester 1 - April 2001 of the BSc Engineering degree course.

59.    Are You Ready - A Programme for Graduands
         Updated: 21/05/2001

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.

58.    EESoc Community Service Event for Children of the Deaf School
         Updated: 17/05/2001

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 studies.

57.    Talk by Mr Manjula Perera - EESoc Lecture Series: May 2001
         Updated: 17/05/2001

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 Lecture Series.
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 drive.

56.    Overseas Visit - Dr M P Dias
         Posted: 17/05/2001

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.

55.    Technical Officer Appointments
         Posted: 15/05/2001

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 effect.
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.

54.    Results of NDT Second Year Examination 1999/2000
         Posted: 15/05/2001

The NDT second year results were released recently. Among those specialising in Electrical Power, 32 have successfully completed the second year examination.

53.    First Results from New Semester System - BSc Engineering, First Year
         Posted: 11/05/2001

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 List.

52.    UNIVERSITY ADMISSION - ACADEMIC YEAR 2001/2002
        (GCE A/L August 2000)

         Posted: 11/05/2001

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.

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.

51.    WUS Awards Ceremony - an Update
         Posted: 04/05/2001

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 Sinharaja.
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 at Sinharaja.
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 ceremony.

50.    Results of Written Examination of PG Diploma/MEng
         in Electrical Engineering 1999/2000
      Posted: 03/05/2001

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.
For details click here.

49.    Vishaka Nanayanakkara returns to Sri Lanka on Split PhD
         Posted: 03/05/2001

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.

48.    WUS Awards Ceremony and Professor Lakdasa Fernando Felicitation
         Posted: 02/05/2001

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 .

47.    Welcome to the Final Part I - Electrical Engineering
         Posted: 02/05/2001

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.

April 2001

46.    Field Selection - Final Part I - 2000/01
         Posted: 27/04/2001

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

45.    BSc Engineering Final Part II - Training Report Submission
         Posted: 20/04/2001

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.

44.    BSc Engineering Final Part III Examination - May 2001
         Posted: 20/04/2001

The BSc Engineering Final Part III Examination is scheduled to be held from 15 May 2001 to the 14 June 2001.

43.    Training Programme on Energy Supply Planning and Environment
         Posted: 20/04/2001

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.

42.    Programme on Stochastic Simulation
         Posted: 20/04/2001

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.

41.    Half-Day Seminar of MCQ Tests
         Posted: 20/04/2001

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.

40.    Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year
         Posted: 20/04/2001

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.

39.    President, Section C, SLAAS
         Posted: 05/04/2001

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.

38.    Recent Appointments of Heads
         Posted: 03/04/2001

  • 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.

March 2001

37.    Workshop on "Regional Energy Trade"
         Posted: 29/03/2001

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).

36.    President of the World University Service, University of Moratuwa
         Posted: 29/03/2001

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.

35.    Professor Malik Ranasinghe Elected Dean Uncontested
         Posted: 29/03/2001

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.

Professor 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.

34.    One-Day Seminar on Course Unit System
         Posted: 26/03/2001

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

33.    Election of Dean, Faculty of Engineering
         Posted: 19/03/2001

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.

32.    Appointment of Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering
         Posted: 19/03/2001

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 2 weeks.

31.    Vice Chairman, UGC - Professor Lakshman Ratnayake
         Posted: 19/03/2001

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.

31.    Convocation 2001 - An Update
         Updated: 20/03/2001

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 - KYBdeS Jayasekera

30.    Photographs from "It Runs in a Family"
         Posted: 14/03/2001


Some photographs from the Play "It Runs in the Family" are available. click here

29.    Reflections - An Update
         Posted: 12/03/2001

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 earlier play.

28.    Visit of ADB Consultant Professor Grüneberg to the University
         Posted: 12/03/2001

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 Industry.

27.    Reflections - A Drama Festival not to be missed
         Includes an Entertaining Drama presented by University of Moratuwa
         Updated: 08/03/2001

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.
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.

26.    Non-update of News
         Posted: 07/3/2001

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.

February 2001

25.    Discussion on Inspection and Testing of LV Electrical Installations
         Posted: 23/02/2001

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.

24.    From Campus to Industry - An IESL Presentation at Univ. of Moratuwa
         Posted: 20/02/2001

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.

23.    EESoc mini get-together
         Posted: 20/02/2001

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.

22.    Senior Professor seen umpiring a cricket match at Bloomfield ground
         Posted: 20/02/2001

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. :-)

21.    Tests on Coconut Oil show promise for Transformer Insulation
         Posted: 16/02/2001

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.

20.    Dr Aruna Ranaweera takes Sabbatical Leave
         Posted: 15/02/2001

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.

19.    Overseas Visit of Dr Priyantha Wijetunga
         Posted: 14/02/2001

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.

18.    Academic Appointments
         Posted: 14/02/2001

Dr Kapila Jayasinghe has been appointed recently as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering.

Professor J R Lucas has been promoted as a Senior Professor in the department of Electrical Engineering. The appointment is effective from October 1999.

17.    Problem with the University of Moratuwa Home Page
         Posted: 14/02/2001

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 soon.

16.    It Runs in the Family - A Drama presented by University of Moratuwa
         Posted: 12/02/2001

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.

15.    Call for Papers - 7th ERU Symposium on Research for Industry 2001
         Posted: 12/02/2001

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, Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineeing, University of Moratuwa on or before 15th February 2001

14.    Dr Priyantha Wijetunga delivers the Professor R H Paul Lecture
         Posted: 9/02/2001

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.

13.    Rasika weds Kumari at Galle Face Hotel
         Posted: 8/02/2001

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.

January 2001

12.    IEE South Asia Region Meeting
         Posted: 19/01/2001

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.

11.    EESoc Lecture Series - Talk by Dhananjaya Rajapaksha
         Posted: 19/01/2001

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 batch).

10.    Requests should be specific
         Posted: 19/01/2001

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.

9.    An Open Apology
         Posted: 19/01/2001

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.

8.    Mobile Transactions and the Future of m-Commerce
         Posted: 19/01/2001

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.

7.    Progress of Dharshan de S Muthumuni
         Posted: /01/2001

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.

6.    Promotion of Dr Aruna Ranaweera
         Posted: 08/01/2001

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.

5.    Professor Ted Parish Award
         Posted: 08/01/2001

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 1997/98].

4.    Best Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Project
         Posted: 08/01/2001

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 Nanayakkara.
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

3.    Department of Electrical Engineering teaches First Year Undergraduates
         Posted: 04/01/2001

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.

2.    A senior Professor attends first year undergraduate lectures for the first time
         Posted: 04/01/2001

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.

1.    Commencing Work for the New Year 2001
         Posted: 01/01/2001

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.

Please make any comments or suggestions to Professor J R Lucas.
Public Holidays for Sri Lanka for 2000

 

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