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December 2008

073.Accreditation of the BSC Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering

Posted: 22/12/2008


The Department of Electrical Engieering is pleased to announce that the Council of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) concurred with the recommendation of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka Accreditation Board to accredit the Degree of the Bachelor of the Science of Engineering, the four year programme in Electrical Engineering.

 

Accordingly, the BSc Eng. in Electrical Engineering Degree of the University of Moratuwa will be an accepted qualification for Corporate Membership of the IESL and also for registration as a Professional Engineer.The accreditation is valid from 1st December 2008 for a period of five years.

November 2008

072.DICB Meeting of the Electrical Department

Posted: 22/12/2008

 

The Department of Electrical Engineering held its biannual Department-Industry Consultatibe Board (DICB) meeting on the 25th November 2008 at the Departmental Seminar Room.

 

The theme of this event was the major curriculum revision that has been proposed for the BSc undergraduate course. Members of DICB who represented the Electrical Engineering Industry participated in the discussions which addressed, among other things, strengths and shortcomings of the current curriculum, strengths and weaknesses of the BSc graduates of the course unit system, and expectations of the Industry from Electrical Power Engineering graduates.

 

The industry of Electrical Engineering was represented at the meeting by Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya, Mr. Jayasiri Karunanayaka, Dr. Narendra De Silva, and Mr. Anuruddha Tilakaratne.

 

071.Inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma in Building Services

Posted: 22/12/2008

 

A ceremony was held on 7th November 2008 at the seminar room of the Mechanical Engineering Department to mark the inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma in Building Services Engineering jointly conducted by the Departments of Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof. A. Jayawardana and respective Heads of Departments.

 

The MSc/PG Diploma programme responds to the demand for building services engineers who have an increasingly important role to play in the management of modern buildings. This is a taught course of approximately 24 months duration with a multidisciplinary Degree/Diploma. The first batch of intake comprised of 30 students with backgrounds in different Engineering disciplines.

 

The need to provide an internal environment that balances the comfort needs of the occupants with the functional requirements of modern building calls for engineers with a wide range of knowledge and skills. In addition, building serices Engineers have to cater for energy conservation needs while satisfying cost constraints too. This has become a complex multi-disciplinary engineering problem that demands sound knowledge of engineering principles and the ability to apply this knowledge within the building services industry.

 

A three member delegation from the Charterd Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) of the United Kingdom visited the three Departments on 12th November as a part of a fact finiding mission in connection with the application made for the Accreditation of the course.

October 2008

070. Inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma Programmes for 2008/2009

Posted: 22/12/2008

 

The Department of Electrical Engineering marked the admittance of a fresh batch of students for its postgraduate taught programmes with an inauguration ceremony held at the Seminar Room of the Department on the 24th October 2008. This was the 10th successive intake of students for the MSc/PG Diploma course in Electrical Engineering, and 5th successive intake for the MSc/PG Diploma courses in Industrial Automation and Electrical Installations. Altogether around 50 students enrolled for the three programmes.

 

Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Dean/Faculty of Engineering, Prof. A. Jayawardana, Heads of Departments of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering. Very interesting and stimulating speeches from three guest speakers, Mr. Manoj Liyanage, Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya and Dr. Narendra De Silva provided the hilight of the event.

September 2008

069. Inauguration of the Mentoring Programme

Posted: 24/09/2008

The inaugural ceremony to mark the commencement of the mentoring programme of the department was held on 11th of September 2007 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. Head of the Department, Dr. J. P. Karunadasa welcomed all the mentors and other distinguished guests. This was followed by a stimulating speech by Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. A.K.W. Jayawardena highlighting the importance of mentoring. Prof. S. S. Wickremasuriya, the overall coordinator of the mentoring programme delivered a speech highlighting the reasons as to why University of Moratuwa has introduced this programme for undergraduates. He also presented the mentoring framework adopted by the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Lasantha Perera, coordinator of the mentoring programme of the department in his speech highlighted the needs and expectations of the department. The vote of thanks is delivered by Dr. J. P. Karunadasa. He thanked all those who helped to make the event a success. Then a discussion forum was held where many of the mentors contributed their valued ideas on how to achieve the expected outcomes of the programme. This was followed by lunch.

068. Eng. Anura Wijayapala returns from Norway after his training programme

Posted: 23/09/2008

Eng. Anura Wijayapala has returned to the department after attending a training programme on "Hydro Power and the Environment" from 1st to 18th September 2008, organized by the International Center for Hydro Power in Trondheim, Norway.

August 2008

067. IET YMS Annual Technical Conference 2008

Posted: 19/06/2008

The Annual Technical Conference 2008 of the IET Younger Members’ Section (YMS) Sri Lanka Network will be held on 23rd August 2008 at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
31 papers related to telecommunication engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer engineering and information technology have been selected for the presentation in the conference.

066. Level 3 field visit to Upper Kothmale Hydro Power Project

Posted: 19/06/2008

Electrical Engineering Level 3 students and the academic staff of the department went on a two day (12th and 13th) field visit to the Upper Kothmale Hydro Power Project. On the first day, Eng. Shavi Fernando, the Project Director briefed the students and the academic staff on history of the project and how it has been progressed from the concept to the present status. Then everybody had the rare chance of going into the main tunnel which is still under construction. Our sincere thanks must go to Eng. Asela Kalansuriya, Project Electrical Engineer who accompanied students and explained many things. On the second day the students had the chance to view the Dam site which is also still under construction. It was a rewarding experience to all our undergraduates who are aspiring to become Electrical Engineers.

 

065. Prof. Lucas left to Australia as an observer to IEAustralia accreditation visit

Posted: 19/06/2008

Prof. Rohan Lucas left to Australia for two weeks stay on 11th August to participate as an observer in the Engineers Australia Accreditation team evaluating two Universities (University of New Castle, and University of Swinburne).

July 2008

064. Welcome of new Level 2 students to the Department

Posted: 28/07/2008

A formal function to welcome the newly selected Level 2 students to the Department was held on 22nd July 2008 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The chief guest for the occasion was Emeritus Professor S. Karunaratne.
Head of the department, Dr. J. P. Karunadasa delivered the welcome speech welcoming all newly selected students to our friendly department family.
The chief guest, Emeritus Professor S. Karunaratne delivered an inspiring speech which not only encouraged new students to study Electrical Engineering but also taught them values of life apart from academic studies.
Eng. Anura Wijayapala shared his thoughts representing the academic staff.
The vote of thanks was given by a Level 3 student.
This was followed by refreshments to staff and students.

 

063. Prof. Saman Halgamuge visits the department and addressed students

Posted: 18/07/2008

Prof. Saman Halgamuge, a Professor of the University of Melbourne in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering visited the Department on 15th July. His special interests are in Mechatronics including Bioinformatics, Automation and Controls. He addressed the students in the Electrical Department on postgraduate opportunities in the University of Melbourne.
064. B Sc Engineering, Degree Results'03 Batch
Posted: 18/07/2008
The University Senate has approved the award of the BSc Engineering degree, to the batch of students of the 2004 Intake.
Overall distribution of classes of the electrical engineering students are given below.

Result Number of Students
First Class 04
Second Class (Upper Division) 31
Second Class (Lower Division) 15
Ordinary Passes -
063. Observer to IEAustralia Accreditation Visit

Posted: 18/07/2008

Prof J R Lucas has been nominated by the University of Moratuwa and the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka to be an Observer in the Engineers Australia Accreditation team evaluating two Universities (University of New Castle, and the University of Swinburne) in Australia. The visit will take place from 13 August to 22 August 2008.
062. Welcome of Level 1 - 2007 Students to the Department

Posted: 18/07/2008

The recently selected Level 1 students to the Electrical Engineering stream will be welcomed to the Department of Electrical Engineering on Tuesday 22nd July 2008. The Chief Guest for the occassion will be Emeritus Professor S. Karunaratne.
061. Call for papers - 5th Annual Sessions (2008)- SLAAI

Posted: 18/07/2008

The Sri Lanka Association for Artificial Intelligence - SLAAI has called for paperf for the 5th Annual Sessions to be conducted on 31st October 2008 at The Open University, Nawala, Nugegoda. Original Contributions in the general field of Artificial Intelligence and its applications can be submitted for review.
Important dates
Submission of the full paper by 1st September, 2008
Reviewers' comments by 20th September, 2008
Final Submission by 15th October, 2008
Format of the full paper is available at http://www.slaai.lk
Please send papers in PDF format to: wick@elect.mrt.ac.lk, asoka@itfac.mrt.ac.lk
A certificate and a cash prize will be awarded to the Best Paper
060. DAAD scholarship programme 2009

Posted: 18/07/2008

Heidi Steiner of the University of Kelaniya who is the DAAD Liaison Office has has informed that the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship Announcement has been made with the deadline of October 15th.
059. M.Sc. / PG Diploma in Building Services Engineering (BSE) 2008/09

Posted: 18/07/2008

MSc/PG Diploma in Building Services Engineering, which is a multi disciplinary programme, is jointly offered by Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Departments to be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays at the University of Moratuwa. The course is expected to commence in October 2008. Closing date for applications is 22nd July 2008. All qualified applicants will be notified to face an interview scheduled for 30th July 2008.
For further information and to download application and brochure
Alternatively application forms can now be obtained from the Course Co-ordinator Building Services Engineering; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa (Tel: 011-2650621 by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope of 100 X 225mm. Duly filled applications should be submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
058. Guest Lecture: Biological Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation and Magnetic Fields by Dr. Ms. Malka Halgamage

Posted: 18/07/2008

A Guest Lecture on Biological Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation and Magnetic Fields was presented to a packed audience at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room on Wednesday 16th July 2008 by Dr.Ms. Malka Halgamage of the University of Melbourne commencing at 10 am.
The event was jointly organized by the EESoc and IEEE Sri Lanka Branch.
057. Short Course on Lightning Protection & Electrical Safety

Posted: 18/07/2008

A Short Course on Lightning Protection & Electrical Safety is being conducted by IET Sri Lanka Network on 6 Saturdays from 5th July 2008 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo.
The Resource persons for the Short Course are Prof Rohan Lucas, Dr Chandima Gomes (University of Colombo) and Eng Bernard Perera.
056. Short Course on Low Voltage Distributions, Electrical Services and Automation in High Rise Buildings

Posted:18/07/2008

A Short Course on Low Voltage Distribution, Electrical Services and Automation in High Rise Buildings will be conducted by the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa on 5 Sundays from 7th September 2008 to 05h October 2008.
For inquiries, please contact: Dr. Lanka Udawatta, Course Coordinator, Department of Electrical Engineering, Tel: 2640408 Email, Advertisement, Application forms
055. KLP Nayanakumara completes the PG Diploma

Posted:18/07/2008

05/9303 KLP Nayanakumara has recently completed the PGDiploma in Industrial Automation, Effective date: 1 November 2007
054. Level 1 - Design Projects July 2008

Posted: 03/07/2008

The Level 1 Engineering Design/Engineering Skill Development project will officially commence from Monday 14th July 2008 for students who have just been selected to the electrical engineering stream.
Students will form into sub-groups of 5 according index number. Any two sub-groups can get together to form a group of 10 to undertake the project.
Some proposals for projects are available. Students are also encouraged to come out with similar project proposal for consideration by the lecturer in charge.

June 2008

053. Field Selection - Level 2 - 2008

Posted: 30/06/2008

The field selections of the Engineering undergraduates based on the overall Level 1 GPA have very recently been released by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The highest demand, as in the recent past, has been for the Electronics & Telecommunications field (100 students, GPA 3.72 - 4.136), followed by Computer Science & Engineering (100 students, GPA 3.536 - 4.02), and Electrical Engineering (70 students, GPA 3.404 - 3.656)
List of students for the Electrical Engineering Field.
We cordially Welcome the New Electrical Engineering Students to the department family.
052. University of Moratuwa Convocation–2008:

Posted: 27/06/2008

The Annual Convocation of the University of Moratuwa for the award of degrees was held on Wednesday 25th June 2008 in two sessions. Emeritus Professor Willie Mendis was the receipient of the Doctor of Philosophy(honois causa) degree.
There were over 1000 other degrees awarded during the two sessions, among them being 1 PhD, 149 Master's degrees, 73 MBA degrees, 54 postgraduate diplomas and 779 first degrees with 563 from the Faculty of Engineering.
In the Electrical Engineering specialisations, were 55 graduands with the first degree and 13 graduands with postgraduate degrees.
Among the Special Awards for Academic Achievements were the Gold Medal for the best Electrical Engineering graduand awarded jointly to KKMA Kariyawasam and WUN Fernando, and the Nikini Automation Award for the Best MSc Graduand in Industrial Automation awarded to KJC Kumara. The Lanka Transformers Ltd Award and the Lanka Electricity Company Ltd Award were not awarded this year.
051. Welcome of Students for the BSc Engineering Course - New Intake 2008

Posted: 24/06/2008

The arrival of the new students and the Inauguration Ceremony of the 2008/2009 Intake of the Faculty of Engineering [BSc Engineering, B Design(Fashion Design & Product Development), BSc(Transport & Logistics Management)] took place this morning, Tuesday 24th June 2008. As is customary, the Chief Guest for the occassion was the President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, who was represented by the President Elect - Eng. Daya Mallawaarachchi.

The Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, Dr. J.P. Karunadasa will welcome the Newcomers to the Faculty of Engineering on Thursday 26th June 2008.

050. The IET Sri Lanka Network - Annual Conference

Posted: 24/06/2008

The Fifteenth Annual Conference of the IET Sri Lanka Network will be held at Hotel Galadari on 27th September 2008. The conference is organized by the IET Sri Lanka Network and will focus on both theory and applications covering topics related to Electrical, Electronic, Communications, Computer Engineering, Information Technology and Manufacturing.
Prospective Authors are invited to submit an abstract of papers they intend to present at the Sessions. more information

Younger Members Sessions - 2008

The Younger Members Sessions of the IET YMS Sri Lanka will be held on Saturday 23rd August 2008.
049. Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka Annual Sessions–2008:

Posted: 24/06/2008

The Annual Technical conference of Young Members of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka will be held during the Annual sessions from 17th to 24th October 2008.

Young Members Technical Conference - Call for Papers

This IESL YMS Technical conference would provide an opportunity for all young members of the institution a forum to present their technical papers and discuss engineering related topics with industry professionals. It is also aimed at promoting interaction among the young members of the profession and providing a platform to broad base their knowledge in subject matters.
All Associate Members and Student Members below 35 years of age are eligible to submit papers. more information
048.EESoc Award for the Best Final Year Project

Posted 13/06/2008

The Final Year Projects in the Electrical Engineering Stream which were demonstrated and thereafter presented to the staff and students, was evaluated by a panel consisting of all the Senior Academic Staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering. The following was selected as the Best Project for the EESoc Award.
Pre-crash collision avoidance for smart cars The Project was supervised by Dr Sisil Kumarawadu

The following Projects were the remainder of the 3 finalists.
047.Completes the MSc Degree in Industrial Automation

Posted:13/06/2008

05/9318 K.A.G.C. Kahandawa has recently completed his MSc, specialising in Electrical Engineering. Effective date: 1 April 2008
Title of dissertation: Neural Network based tyre identification for tyre inflator operations
046.Completes the MSc Degree in Electrical Engineering

Posted:13/06/2008

07/8007 P.G.S. Priyadarshana has recently completed his MSc with a Major Component of Research, specialising in Electrical Engineering. Effective date: 1 May 2008
Title of dissertation: Development of Pneumatic Robot Arm Controller for Industrial Application

04/8404 A.D.J. Rupasingha has recently completed his MSc, specialising in Electrical Engineering. Effective date: 1 June 2008
Title of dissertation: Distribution Reliability Assessment and Techniques for Improvements

045.Completes the PG Diploma in Industrial Automation

Posted:13/06/2008

05/9318 P. Premkumar has recently completed his PG Diploma, specialising in Electrical Automation. Effective date: 1 November 2007
044. IESL Accreditation Visit

Posted: 12/06/2008

An Accreditation team from the IESL, comprising of Prof. Andrew Downing from Australia, Prof. S. Karunaratne, Eng. M. Zubair, Eng. Lakdas Taldena, Eng. Russel de Zilwa representing the IESL evaluated the department for accreditation of the BSc Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering. IESL is a signatory to the Washington Accord which promotes international accreditation of degrees offered by various institutions of the world. The Accreditation Board spent 26th and 27th May 2008 rigorously analysing the quality of our degree.
043. Demise of Gemunu Ratnayake under tragic circumstances

Posted: 09/06/2008

It is with very great sorrow that I report the untimely demise of Gemunu Ratnayake at the prime of his life, on Friday 6th June at around 0730 hrs. The claymore mine attack on the bus on the Katubedda broadway, which took his precious life and that of many others of the area, was the treacherous act of a babarian.
Gemunu was a graduand of the Electrical Engineering Department, awaiting cofirmation of his degree results due shortly, and who had just commenced employment.
A one minute silence was observed at the early morning lecture for the present final year electrical engineering students, in his memory before commencement of lectures.

May 2008

042. Congradulations and a Rare coincidence

Posted: 15/05/2008

Asha Pubuduni, who obtained a Second Class Upper Division Honours in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and has since completed an MSc at the University of East London, UK in February 2008 with Distinction. Our Best wishes go to her.

She has sent in the following "Rare Coincidence".

"I remember meeting Roshanthi as she was also getting ready to move to University of Cambridge to start her MBA in Sep 2006.
Last Saturday, I went to Cambridge with some of my friends and that was my first visit to Cambridge as I live in London. It was such a surprise to find Roshanthi walking in front of me at St. John's Street wearing her gown just about to be graduated! I was so happy to see her and it was such a surprise to meet her on the exact day of graduation in my first visit to the city. I took a photo with her and have attached it here as well."
041.Vacancies for Temporary Lecturers/Instructors

Posted: 14/05/2008

Vacancies exist for temporary lecturers/instructors in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Those who have a BScEng Hons degree Specialising in Electrical Engineering, or sat the final year examination for BScEng Honsdegree are eligible to apply.
Those who have a BSc Hons degree in Physical Science can also apply
Application forms are available in the department office.
Closing date: 21 May 2008 (04.00 pm)

040.University of Moratuwa is Global Top University at Google Summer of Code

Posted:13/05/2008

Ms Vishaka Nanayakkara, Head, Computer Science & Engineering has let us know that University of Moratuwa has become the Global Top University with Highest Number of Awards as well as the highest number of applications in this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC). We can be very proud of the achievements of our students. more ...
CSE students started with one award 3 years ago and have bagged 18 GSoC awards this year. There is one ENTC student and another first year student from the Faculty of Engineering. With a total of 24 awards for the entire University, University of Moratuwa has become the First in the entire world.
Vishaka also mentions that Dr Sanjiva Weerawarana was the one who first told the CSE students about this, it was his guidance that led them to achieving the first award, it was his continuing support (together with members of the FOSS community) which enabled them to come this far.
039.Completes the MSc Degree in Electrical Installations

Posted:12/05/2008   Updated:13/06/2008

05/8430 J M I Jayasundara has recently completd his MSc, specialising in Electrical installations. Effective date: 1 April 2008
Title of dissertation: Proposed Automation of Tea Withering Process using Fuzzy Logic Controller
038. Closing Ceremony of CSE Mentoring Programme and CSE Awards Ceremony

Posted: 12/05/2008

The Closing Ceremony of the CSE Mentoring Programme was held on Friday 9th May 2008 under the distinguished Patronage of His Excellency Robert Blake US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. The Keynote address was delivered by the University of Moratuwa Council Member, Mr. Lakshman Hettiarachchi.
Glamour was added to the closing ceremony by linking the awards ceremonies of the programming competition and the Drama Competition. The winning award of the Drama Fest 2008, namely The Bear was enacted for the viewing pleasure of the audience.
037. Manjula accepts the IET Netwrok Achievement Award on behalf of the IET Sri Lanka Network

Posted: 12/05/2008

Mr Manjula Perera, Secretary IET Sri Lanka Network, accepted the IET Network Achievement Award 2008 on behalf of the IET Sri Lanka Network. The award was made at the IET Volunteers Conference held in London, UK.

April 2008

036. Chaminda Amarasinghe completes PhD in Manitoba

Posted: 21/04/2008

Chaminda Amarasinghe, former Probationary Lecturer in Electrical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, successfully defended his thesis on Modeling and Analyzing the Effects of Operating Constraints on Pricing Signals in the Competitive Electricity Market, on Tuesday 18 March 2008. He undertook his PhD at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the University of Manitoba, Canada
He was ably guided by his research supervisor Dr. Udaya Annakkage, himself a graduand of the University of Moratuwa. We are also proud of the fact that Dr Udaya Annakkage is not only a full Professor of the University of Manitoba, but also its Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
035. Are You Ready 2008 - The Official Careers Fair

Posted: 21/04/2008

Are You Ready Flagship Day 2008 - The Careers Exhibition of the University of Moratuwa has been now scheduled for Wednesday 30th April 2008.
034. 14th ERU Symposium 2008

Posted: 21/04/2008

Papers have been called for the 14th ERU Symposium - Research for Industry - 2008. The event is to be held on 15th October 2008 at Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo.
Extended Abstracts, prepared according to the ERU guidelines (which can be obtained from the ERU Secretary), should be submitted as an email attachment to Dr Sisil Kumarawadu erueditor@uom.lk on or before 10th May 2008.
033. IET Sri Lanka Network selected for the Achievement Award among all local networks

Posted: 17/04/2008   Updated 21/04/2008

The IET Sri Lanka Network has been selected as the winner of the IET Network Achievement Award 2008 among 127 local networks worldwide.
The Achievement Award has been made based on the Weekly Radio Programme - Viduliyai ObayiElectricity & You. This programme was initiated in 2004 and co-ordinated by Mr. K. N. Gunawardena of the IET Committee with ample support from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Our Best Wishes go the the IET Sri Lanka Network Committee in this regard. email your congratulations
032. Ravindra Pitigalage - CFO of the Year 2007

Posted: 16/04/2008

At the CIMA Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards 2007, Ravindra Pitigalage, Chief Financial Officer, Lanka Transformers Group of Companies, was adjudged the CFO of the Year 2007 (large scale organisations). The Awards Ceremony was held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on Wednesday 2nd April 2008.

We are especially proud of the fact that Ravindra is one of our First Class graduates in Electrical Engineering. Our congratulations go to him on this memorable occassion. email your congratulations

031.EESoc AGM and Panel Discussion

Posted:04/04/2008

The Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) will be having its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 5th April 2008 at the Auditorium of the HNB Tower commencing at 1730 hrs.
As has been the practice for some time, the AGM will be followed by a Panel Discussion. This year the Panel Discussion will be on the topic Technology Transfer and Capacity Building. The Hon. Mr. John Seneviratne, Minister of Power & Energy has been invited as the Chief Guest, and Deshamanya Dr Nihal Jinasena Chairman & Managing Director of the Jinasena Group of Companies will be the Guest of Honour.
The Panel Discussion will be followed by Fellowship and Dinner.
030.MSc Course Project evaluation Schedule

Posted:04/04/2008

The Second Year Project evaluation schedule for the 3 Master's Courses conducted by the Department of Electrical Engineering is available on the web. The document also lists projects offered by some of the academic staff. Eligible students may also bring their own projects and find a supervisor from among the academic staff.
029.Call for Applications - Postgraduate Courses in the Electrical Engineering Department

Posted:04/04/2008

The University of Moratuwa has invited applications from suitable candidates for admission to the postgraduate courses in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Installations and Industrial Automation, leading to the Degree of Master of Science or Postgraduate Diploma. The courses are scheduled on a part-time basis commencing from October 2008 and will be offered in a modular form.
Details of the courses can be obtained from the Department of Electrical Engineering or via the Internet.
The closing date for applications is on 15 June 2008. Applications forms can be obtained from the department of Electrical Engineering or can be downloaded from the web. Details of the Industrial Automation course are also available from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

For inquires contact Dr. Lanka Udawatta, course co-ordinator, Tel: 011260408, Fax: 2650622/2650625.

028.Completes the BSc Engineering Degree

Posted:04/04/2008

The following students of the Department of Electrical Engineering have completed their BSc Engineering degree with effect from 1st November 2007.
  030101 D P Fernando "Second Class Upper Division".
  030380 DMI Sudharshani "Second Class Lower Division".
027.Dr. J P Karunadasa appointed Head/Electrical Engineering

Posted:02/04/2008

The Council of the University of Moratuwa today appointed Dr J. P. Karunadasa to succeed Professor H Y R Perera as Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 3rd April 2008. Professor Perera served in the capacity of Head of Department for nearly 4 years before accepting an appointment at the Public Utilities Commission.
026.Professor Ranjit Perera to assume duties as the Director General of PUC

Posted:02/04/2008

The Council of the University of Moratuwa today granted leave for Professor Ranjit Perera to accept the appointment as Director General of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). He will assume duties at the PUC tomorrow (3rd April 2008).
025.Visitors to the Department

Posted:02/04/2008

Dr. George Mann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Dr. Sardha Wijesoma, Associate Professor of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore visited the Department of Electrical Engineering today (2nd April) and had fruitful discussion with the senior academic staff.
024.Posgraduate Awards at the forthcoming Convocation

Posted:01/04/2008

The Nikini Automation Award will be awarded to 05/9333 K J C Kumara at the Convocation to be held shortly.
The Lanka Transformers Ltd Award and the Lanka Electricity Company Award will not be awarded at this Convocation.
023.Posgraduate Awards at Convocation

Posted:01/04/2008

The Senate has approved the following postgraduate awards for the department of electrical engineering. The Lanka Transformers Award is an existing award for which the criteria has been changed.
  1. Lanka Transformers Ltd Award for the Best MSc Graduand in Electrical Engineering
    The Lanka Transformers Ltd Award is awarded to the MSc Graduand in Electrical Engineering who has obtained the highest weighted GPA of not less than 3.7 (calculated as 80% of examination GPA and 20% of project work grade) and completes the degree in the minimum stipulated time.
  2. Lanka Electricity Company Ltd Award for the Best MSc Graduand in Electrical Installations
    The Lanka Electricity Company Ltd Award is awarded to the MSc Graduand in Electrical Installations who has obtained the highest weighted GPA of not less than 3.7 (calculated as 80% of examination GPA and 20% of project work grade) and completes the degree in the minimum stipulated time.
  3. Nikini Automation Ltd Award for the Best MSc Graduand in Industrial Automation
    The Nikini Automation Ltd Award is awarded to the MSc Graduand in Industrial Automation who has obtained the highest weighted GPA of not less than 3.7 (calculated as 80% of examination GPA and 20% of project work grade) and completes the degree in the minimum stipulated time.
022.Completes the MSc Degree

Posted:01/04/2008

The following have recently completed their Postgraduate degrees. Details are given alongside their names.
  PG/EE/03/2000 CIF Attanayake, M Eng Electrical Engineering, Effective date: 1 January 2008
  05/9323 L P Hettiarachchi, MSc Industrial Automation, Effective date: 1 March 2008
  05/8409 SDA Padmasiri, MSc Electrical Engineering, Effective date: 1 March 2008
  05/9330 JANNK Jayakody, MSc Industrial Automation, Effective date: 1 March 2008
  05/9316 PL Kurukularachchi, MSc Industrial Automati on, Effective date: 1 March 2008
021.Completes the BSc Engineering Degree

Posted:01/04/2008

The following students of the Department of Electrical Engineering have completed their BSc Engineering degree with effect from 1 February 2008.
  030396 M Thiruvarankan "Second Class Lower Division"
  030387 S Suthakaran "Second Class Lower Division"
  030001 T Aarooran "Second Class Lower Division"
  030266 MPW Pathiraja "Second Class Upper Division"
020.Gold Medal

Posted:01/04/2008

The Gold Medal for the Electrical Engineering Graduand who has obtained the highest overall Grade Point Average of 3.8 or above at the BSc Engineering Degree examination, will be jointly awarded to the following at the forthcoming Convocation.
  W U N Fernando
  K K M A Kariyawasam

The Gold Medal has been awarded by Professors Samarajeewa Karunaratne, Rohan Lucas, Priyantha Wijayatuga and Ranjit Perera.

019.Question Papers & Answers March 2008

Posted:01/04/2008

The following question papers and model answers of some examinations held in March 2008 are available.
   EE201 - Theory of Electricity (175 kB), Answers (206kB)
   EE427 - High Voltage Breakdown & Testing (139kB), Answers (367kB)
   EE5111 - Protective Measures in Electrical Installations (696 kB), Answers (421 kB)
018.Paper presentation at AsiaPES 2008

Posted:01/04/2008

A paper based on the work done by Prof Rohan Lucas during his sabbatical leave in Canada will be presented at the Fourth IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems to be held in Langkawi, Malaysia from 2-4 May 2008.
The paper will be presented by co-author Chandana Karawita The paper is titled Inclusion of Small Signal Stability Assessment to Electromagnetic Transient Programs. The remaining co-authors are Prof U. D. Annakkage of the University of Manitoba, and Dr Dharshana Muthumuni & Dr Rohitha Jayasinghe of the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre.
017.Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga appointed as Energy Specialist at ADB

Posted:01/04/2008

Prof Priyantha Wijayagunga has been appointed as an Energy Specialist for the South Asia Region by the Asian Development Bank. He is expected to take up the appointment from 5th April 2008, on sabbatical leave from the University of Moratuwa, once the formalities have been completed. He will be stationed at the ADB office in Manila.
016.Prof Ranjit Perera, next Director General PUC ??

Posted:01/04/2008

Prof Ranjit Perera, presently the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering has been identified as the successor to Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga as the Director General of the Public Utilities Commission
015.Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga returns to the EE Department

Posted:01/04/2008

Prof Priyantha Wijayatunga, has resigned his post as the Director General, Public Utilities Commission with effect from 31st March 2008. He has resumed duties in the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from today 1st April 2008.
014.Origin of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year !!

Posted:01/04/2008

Did the Sinhala & Tamil New Year really originate on All Fools Day ?. Perhaps it did.
As is now well-known, for over 1600 years upto about 1582, the beginning of the year occured all over the world around the 1st of April (Julian Calendar with 365.25 days). In 1582, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced to correct an error that had crept in as the year was only 365.2425 days (now known more accurately as 365.24219 days). The accumulated error by then was 11 days. Thus Thursday, Oct. 4, 1582, was the last day of the Julian calendar and the next daybecame Friday, Oct. 15, 1582 the first day of the Gregorian calendar. With this change, the beginning of the year was shifted to 1 January.
However, people in many countries disregarded the change and continued to celebrate the new year on 1 April and hence were known as April fools. They also did not correct for the fractional error till centuries later (ex. Britain in September 1752). When the fractional error was subsequently corrected, the beginning of the year shifted to around 13th April (instead of 1st April) which day we (and many countries in south east asia) still celebrate as the New Year. [Reproduced from EENews of 2004]

March 2008

013. Former Chancellor Dr Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

Posted:19/03/2008

Arthur C. Clarke, former Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a visionary science fiction writer who co-wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey" and won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died today aged 90. He had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s. more..
May his soul rest in peace.

February 2008

012. Mr. Yakdedehige Dayananda retires after 34 years

Posted:25/02/2008

Y. Dayananda who faithfully served the Department of Electrical Engineering, having been stationed in the Power Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering for over 30 yeara,s retired today. The department organised a farewell party for him. All the academic and non-academic staff of the department were there to wish him well. Both the academic staff as well as the non-academic staff spoke very highly of him during the period in our department. In reply, Dayananda also spoke, recalling times at Katubedda even before his time in the department, when he first worked for the Canteen in the early sixties, and how he had been like a body-guard to the Dr L H Sumanadasa. The Head of department gave him a token gift on behalf of the deparment.
011. ERU Research Dissemination Seminar, February 2008

Posted:18/02/2008

The ERU Research dissemination seminar, February 2008 is being organised by the Department of Electonic and Telecommunations Engineering on February 28th at 1100 hrs at the Board Room of the Faculty of Engineering.
010. Dr Sisil Kumarawadu appointed Editor ERU
Posted: 15/02/2008
Dr Sisil Kumarawadu has been appointed by the Faculty of Engineering as its Editor of the Engineering Research Unit.
009. Chaminda Amarasinghe Resigns
Posted: 15/02/2008
Chaminda Amarasinghe, Probationary Lecturer, who is undertaking his doctoral studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada has sent in his resignation. We are sorry to loose his services.
008. Recent additions to the Academic Staff
Posted: 15/02/2008
The following academic staff members have joined the Computer Science & Engineering, and the Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering departments very recently.
007. 4th ICIAfS
Posted: 15/02/2008
The 4th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS) will be held in Sri Lanka from 12-14 December 2008. Dr Lanka Udawatte (Senior Lecturer in EE) is the Chairperson for the Conference and Dr Sisil Kumarawadu (Senior Lecturer in EE) is the Chairman of the IEEE Sri Lanka Section. More details
006. Recent Visits Overseas
Posted: 15/02/2008
005. Mrs Janaki Premaratne goes on Sabbatical Leave to Canada
Posted: 15/02/2008
Mrs Janaki Premaratne Senior Lecturerer, Grade I in the department, left on sabbatical leave at the end of January 2008, to the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She is expected to return at the end of 6 months.

004. Eng (Prof) R H Paul Memorial Lecture 2008
Posted: 15/02/2008
Eng. Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya (Chief Executive Officer, Dialog Telecom) delivered the Eng (Prof) R H Paul Memorial Lecture on the topic Wireless Communication and Economic Development at the IESL Auditorium on Friday - February 8, 2008. This was organised by the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL.

003. Academic Staff Publications 2007
Posted: 15/02/2008
Publications of the Academic Staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2007 is now available on the web.

002. Completes PG Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Posted: 15/02/2008
The following have recently completed their Posgraduate Diplomas in Electrical Engineering. Their effective dates are given alongside.
03/8415 Mr S K Pushpakumara PGDip Electrical Engineering 1 October 2007
03/8420 Mr WMM Wickramasinghe PGDip Electrical Engineering 1 October 2007

001. Dr Roland Silva appointed as Chancellor
Posted: 14/02/2008
His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed Dr Roland Silva as the Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa with effect from 1st January 2008, to succeed Dr Ray Wijewardane who completed his term of office in 2007 having served since 2002. More details from www.mrt.ac.lk

January 2008

No news items were reported in January 2008.



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