Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu of the Department of Electrical Engineering
has been invited to serve in the International Program Committee of the 2011
IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing, and Control (ICNSC'11
sinfras.com/conferences/icnsc2011) that will be held in Delft, The Nederlands,
April 11-13, 2011.
ICNSC is one of the flagship international annual conferences organized by the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (IEEE SMCS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., USA. Prof Kumarawadu has been serving ICNSC in this capacity since 2005.
The department of Electrical Engineering held its biannual
Department-Industry Consultative Board (DICB) meeting on 4th November 2010
at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room commencing at 2.30pm.
The main focus of this event was “Ways to make undergraduate training more effective for Electrical engineering students”. Members of the DICB who represented the Electrical Engineering Industry made valuable comments and suggestions as to how better industrial training could be given to undergraduate students. A long discussion was held to identify the relevant training places, training duration at one training place, how students are rotated among the training places, the areas students have to more focus on and how students are assessed after the training period. Participants from the industry expressed how the industrial training program be improved to prepare the Electrical Engineering undergraduates to face the challenges in the next generation. Taking all the comments, suggestions and ideas made during the discussion into consideration, Department of Electrical Engineering would like to accommodate such fruitful suggestions in the industrial training program.
The EE Department thanks all the participants for spending their valuable time to share their views in improving the industrial training for Electrical Engineering students. The Director, Industrial Training, University of Moratuwa, Eng. Nihal Wijewickrama was present to give his feedbacks and suggestions on Undergraduate industrial training program. The industry of Electrical Engineering was represented at the meeting by Mr. Jayasiri Karunanayaka and Mr. Anuruddha Tilakaratne.
The 12th chapter of "We Are With You" was held
on 30th October 2010 at the University premises with the participation of
undergraduates, graduates and staff members of the Department. "We are
With You" is a unique welfare project organized by EESoc, for school
children of hearing impaired school, Rathmalana.
Children from the hearing impaired school were invited to University premises and entire day was spent with them sharing their feelings, adding ecstasy to their lives, caring them to show that they are not alone; they are not that different from us though they have the disability of being deaf.
This event could boost up their spirits and make them feel that they are not neglected, but always in our hearts. This year's event included a painting competition by the differently-able students, Talent show by the students and undergraduates, Sports festival between the students and the undergraduates, Quiz Competition, Documentary Film, and Prize giving ceremony.
Organizing committee along with the students of the Department worked hard to make this year's event more memorable and worthwhile to those who participated. Special gratitude should go to Mrs Indunil Weerasinghe who once as an Electrical Engineering undergraduate for initiating this "We Are With You" program together with her friends in the Department.
The Department of Electrical Engineering marked the admittance
of a fresh batch of students for its postgraduate taught programs with an
inauguration ceremony held at the Seminar Room of the Department on the 29th
October 2010. This was the 12th successive intake of students for the MSc/PG
Diploma course in Electrical Engineering, and 6th successive intake for the
MSc/PG Diploma courses in Industrial Automation and Electrical Installations.
Altogether, about 100 students enrolled for the three programs. The biggest
ever batch size was reported this year.
Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Heads of Departments of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, visiting lecturers of the three programs, academic staff members of the Electrical Engineering department and lecturers of the other Departments. Very interesting and stimulating speeches from three guest speakers, Mr. Nihal Wickramasuriya - (Additional General Manager, Corporate Strategies, Ceylon Electricity Board), Eng. Gratian A. Peiris - (Freelance Development Consultant) and Dr. Susantha Perera – (General Manager, Lanka Electricity (Pvt.) Ltd.) provided the highlight of the event.
A guest lecture on “Hotline Maintenance” was
held on 28th October, 2010 before the presence of the Department staff and
Level 3 and Level 4 Electrical Engineering undergraduates at the Seminar room
of the Department. The event was conducted by Eng. Chandrasekara from Transmission
Operations and Planning Branch, CEB. Mr. L.A.S. Fernando (DGM - Transmission,
Operations & Maintenance Division), Mr. N. Jayalath (Chief Engineer -
Protection), Ms Nilu Amarasinghe (Chief Engineer - Transmission Maintenance)
and Mr. Chandranath (Electrical Engineer - Hotline Maintenance) were also
In his lecture, Eng. Chandrasekara described about the different types of conductors, conductor hardware and insulator hardware used in electricity transmission. Later on he went on to mention how different techniques are used in hotline maintenance and respective tools used. The presentation contained a video clip showing how entire process takes place.
The event concluded with refreshments. The guest was awarded a token of appreciation by Prof. J. R. Lucas.
Electrical Engineering Department is very happy to announce
that the team “Beta” from the University of Moratuwa won the eleventh
place in the recently concluded IEEEXtreme 4.0 programming competition which
was held on 23rd October, 2010. The team “Beta” comprises of Lalintha
Gayan Polpitiya from Electrical Engineering Department who was the past-president
of IEEE Student Branch (SB) of University of Moratuwa, Chethiya Abesinghe
and Varuna Parinda Jayasiri from Electronic and Telecommunication Department.
Out of 37 teams that represented IEEE SB UoM, several teams managed to be
among the top 100. 970 teams from 50 countries and from all the ten IEEE Regions
participated in this event. Our congratulations to all the teams who participated
in this a record-breaking event. Top 25 teams can be found in the following
Dr. AGBP Jayasekara was appointed a Contract-Lecturer with
effect from 15th October 2010 in the Department of Electrical Engineering
by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. Jayasekara is a former student
of this Department who has completed PhD degree at Saga University, Japan
The Department like to welcome Dr. Jayasekara and wish him a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
Dr. WDAS Rodrigo resumed his duties at the Department of
Electrical Engineering with effect from 4th October, 2010 after having completed
his postgraduate studies (PhD) at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
The Department like to welcome Dr. Rodrigo and wish him a long, happy and rewarding academic career
The 3rd Annual General Meeting and Web Launching Ceremony
of the IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa was held at 11.00 am
- 12.00 noon on 30th September 2010 at ENTC 1, Department of Electronic and
Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa. New Executive committee
members and Directors of the Students branch were elected for the year 2010/2011
at the AGM.
IEEE Student Branch Web Site was launched at the AGM by Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu – (Student Counsellor, Past Chair - IEEE SL Section), Dr. Rohan Munasinghe – (Student Advisor, Past Vice Chair - IEEE SL Section), Dr. Chandima Pathirana – (Secretary - IEEE SL Section), Mr. Lalintha Polpitiya – (Chairman of the Students branch -2009/2010), Mr. Malaka Gunasekara – (Web Master). Please visit http://www.ieeeuom.org for more information.
The annual “Cricket Evening” of the department was held recently at the University playground with the participation of students and the academic staff. Students from all three levels have participated the event making it a cheerful one. Few matches were played between several teams. Senior lecturers, lecturers and instructors played a match with students. Good bowling and lusty strokes by some lecturers entertained the crowd a lot making it an attractive match of the evening. Participation of academic staff members in the student’s activities witnesses a strong and friendly relationship between the students and the academic staff of the department.
Professor Lanka Udawatta will deliver the keynote address on “Information and Automation for a Sustainable Development” at the Research Symposium-2010 of Uva-Wellassa University which will be held on 16 & 17, September 2010. During his speech, he will address the challenges of the 21st century that the entire mankind should face in the Era of Information and Automation. He will discuss the issues ranging from climate change to its consequences, from energy & material resources to environmental issues, from theoretical limitations to practical barriers, and impacts on the future of rural & urban life, focusing on the ways of life that place an increasing burden on the planet, yet how realistic our visions are towards a sustainable future. Professor Udawatta has received many national and international awards while serving in many technical program committees. He has recently been awarded with the “Outstanding Research Performances” by the university senate for the fourth consecutive year since 2006. In 2009, he was promoted to the post of Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering.
A guest lecture on “Nanotechnology for Wealth Creation to the Nation” which was presented by Prof. Ravi Silva of Nano-Electronics Centre, university of surrey, was successfully held at the Department Seminar Room on August 26th Thursday, 2010. Prof. Ravi Silva is the Director of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and heads the Nano-Electronics Centre (NEC) of University of Surrey. This guest lecture was organized by the University of Moratuwa IEEE student branch in collaboration with the IEEE Sri Lanka Section. In his speech, Prof. Ravi was speaking about his career in nanotechnology and what it took to launch a successful start-up in the growing nanotechnology industry. He also answered many questions raised from the house full audience.
Dr. ‘Satish’ Sudalaimuthu Namasivayam joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of University of Moratuwa as a Senior Lecturer on contract from August, 2010. He obtained his PhD from Sweden in 1991 from the Institute of High Voltage Research Uppsala, Sweden. Thereafter he worked as a Research Engineer at the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI AB) based in Ludvika, Sweden.
Dr. Navasivayam was the former Director/CEO of Arthur C Clarke Institute
for Modern Technologies (ACCMT). He has assisted as a Mentor for the 2nd and
3rd Year Electrical Engineering Students group of Moratuwa Univeristy for
the past several years while he served as Dean-New Initiatives of an Indian
University of IT and Management. Further, he has also been in the External
Examiner Panel for research projects of M.Sc. Graduates in Electronics &
Industrial Automation and Robotics for more than 6 years. He has an MBA from
the University of Colombo.
The Department like to welcome Dr. Navasivayam and wish him a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
136.Promotion to Professor
Associate Professor Sisil Kumarawadu was promoted to the post of Professor with effect from June 2009 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. The Council of the University of Moratuwa decided to effect the promotion on the basis of merit promotion scheme according to the UGC circular No. 723 of 12/12/1997. Click here for a brief bio-sketch
The Department like to congratulate Prof. Kumarawadu on his promotion to Professor grade and look forward to continuing of his invaluable services to the Department for many more years to come.
Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera completed 30 years of service to the Department and the University in July 2010. He graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1978 and after serving Ceylon Electricity Board as an Electrical Engineer for about one and half years returned back to the University as an Assistant Lecturer in Electrical Engineering in July 1980. He left to (West) Germany for his higher studies in 1981 and completed his MSc and PhD at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen). He has been extensively involved in teaching, research, and consulting in the field of Electrical Engineering both in Sri Lanka and abroad.He has over 25 publications to his credit, most of which are in indexed Journals and reputed international conferences. Prof. Perera's major contribution has been in developing mathematical models using Markov chains and Queueing theory to evaluate the performance of communication networks. Rural Electrification and Power System Reliability are two other research areas of his interest.In recognition of his contribution to the field of Electrical Engineering he was promoted to the post of Professor in Electrical Engineering with effect from January 2004. He headed the Department of Electrical Engineering from May 2004 to March 2008 and played the leading role in establishing the MSc courses in Electrical Installations and Industrial Automation. During this time the department infrastructure was expanded to facilitate the increased undergraduate intake from 50 to 70. He also served as Director General, Public Utilities Commission Sri Lanka from April 2008 to December 2009 and played a key role in establishing the electricity regulatory framework after enactment of the new electricity Act.
134.Tribute to Academic Staff - 2010
The Students from 2005 Electrical Engineering batch who passed out in 2009 organized an event to honor and show their gratitude to the EE academic staff on 30th July, 2010 at the Golden Mile Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia. This event of felicitation of lecturers was attended by the EE academic staff. Head of the department, Dr. J.P. Karunadasa, addressed the gathering pointing out the fact how important carrying out these customs are, in spite of the busy schedules many of us are faced with.
The event was beatified by performing a dance by the girls of the EE 2005 batch and followed by two interesting games. Students shared their unforgettable memories with the academic staff during the university time. All the lecturers were gifted the token of appreciation. A grand dinner was offered to participants and it was followed by a DJ. All the staff members and the students enjoyed the event very much and the event came to an end leaving it an unforgettable day.
133.Guest Lecture on Future Lighting
A guest lecture on Future Lighting was presented by Dr. Nadarajah Narendran of Lighting Research Centre, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute at Albany, USA at the Department Seminar Room on July 7th Wednesday, 2010.
Dr. Nadarajah Narendran is the Director of Research at Lighting Research Center (LRC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA. The Lighting Research Center is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting and offer the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. The LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products.
Dr. Narendran has wide ranging experience in the field of lighting while his expertise and research are focused on newer Lighting technologies of LEDs and Automated Lighting Controls.
A special workshop was held with the participation of the Department staff and Level 4 Electrical Engineering students on 28th of June at the Department Seminar Room. The event was sponsored by Rotax Limited, which is a renowned company that imports electrical equipments. Workshop covered the areas of lighting, variable speed drives, circuit breakers and measuring instruments. To make things more interesting, they brought their equipment for demonstration, in addition to the course materials provided.
A representative from the Japanese company – Mr. Terasaki, was also present at the event. Workshop started at 9.30 AM with breakfast to the participants. Eng. L. H. Fernando, Manager Engineering Services and Eng. P. Selvakumar of Rotax Limited made presentations on Circuit Breakers and Lighting in the morning session. This was followed by the buffet lunch. Eng. P. Selvakumar and Eng. Indika Jayasundara of Rotax Limited made two more presentations in the evening session on Measuring Instruments and Variable Speed Drives respectively. After the evening tea, there was a raffle draw to select eleven winners. Each and every winner was gifted with Rs. 5000 worth gift vouchers to purchase books. Two lecturers of the Department were amongst the lucky winners. Special thanks should go to Dr. Harsha Abeykoon for organizing the workshop in collaboration with the Rotax Limited.
131.An EE Student among the 15 finalists of the Global Competition
IEEE announced this year’s winners of the second annual IEEE President's Change the World Competition at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The individual project, "Energizing the Community: Thermoelectrically Powered Lighting Using Seebeck Effect" of Dileepa Karunaratne of Department of Electrical Engineering was among the 15 finalists out of 196 individual and group student submissions this year. (http://www.ieeechangetheworld.org/submission/finalists.html).
The competition recognizes students from around the globe who have identified and solved real-world problems by applying their engineering, science, leadership and computing skills.
130.The 15th EESoc AGM and Panel Discussion
With the dedication and the hard work carried out by the students and the staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and sponsorship by DEMO PLC, 15th Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) and Panel Discussion ended up successfully, making it a very successful AGM. This time the event was held at the Galadari Hotel Grand Ball Room on 4th June 2010 deviating from the normal academically inclined environment. Chief Guest of the event was the minister of Power & Energy, Eng. Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka while the guest of honor was Deshamanya Dr. Roland Silva, Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa.
AGM started at 5.45 PM with Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu on the head table. Next, new office bearers were appointed for the year 2010/2011. Dr. Udayanga Hemapala was appointed as the new EESoc president. The AGM ended at 6.15 PM. The Panel Discussion started with the arrival of the chief guest. Prof. Priyantha Wijayathunga, Former Professor of Electrical Engineering, took the lead in the head table of the Panel Discussion. The panelists were, Dr. M.N. Susantha Perera – General Manager of LECO, Mr. R. Lokubalasooriya – Deputy General Manager of CEB, Mr. Thissa Perera – Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power & Energy and Dr. Narendra De Silva – Head of Engineering, LECO. The dignitaries shared their ideas on “Adopting Global Trends to the Local Power Sector”. Founder head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. Sam Karunaratne and Energy economics consultant Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitya actively participated in the conference expressing their views on the topic.
After the panel discussion, all the participants were treated with a grand dinner followed by a DJ. EESoc would like to thank especially all the staff of the department and all the partners of the event who supported to make the event a reality. Last but not the least our sincere thanks should go to all the students of the department for their enormous help to make it a very successful AGM.AGM Photos
129.Prof. H Y R Perera delivers a series of lectures at AIT
Invited by the AIT Extension, Asian Institute of Technology Prof. Perera delivered a set of Lectures on Electricity Market Structures, Regulatory Impact assessment and Electricity Sector Reforms - Sri Lankan Experience for the professional development training program on "Effective Regulation of Infrastructure Utilities" held at AIT, Thailand. Twenty four members from Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) participated this program held from 24 May to 18 June 2010.
128.University of Moratuwa entered into the world finalists - IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition
Dileepa Karunarathna, a Level 3 undergraduate student of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa entered into the world finalists in the IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition. His project title was Energizing the community – thermoelectricity powered lighting using Seebeck effect (http://www.ieeechangetheworld.org/submission/finalists.html). Our sincere thank goes to Dileepa for taking UOM name to the world as a top class university. This is indeed a great encouragement to all staff/students. We congratulate Dileepa for his great achievement and wish he can go to the very top.
Traditions and customs are of immense importance for all
Sri Lankans. Keeping up with tradition, a grand ‘sweet meal table’
was arranged by the Level 2 Electrical Engineering students on 26th April,
2010 providing a good start to the new semester. The ‘avurudu sweet
meal table’ is organized every year to mark the celebration of the Sinhala
and Tamil New Year at the Department premises.
This small get-together of the family of Electrical Engineering was held at the final year room of the department. Head of the department, Dr. J.P. Karunadasa, addressed the gathering pointing out the fact how important carrying out these rituals are, in spite of the busy schedules many of us are faced with. Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu also shared his thoughts with the participants.
Keeping up with the tradition, a group of students worshipped all the lecturers present at the occasion. All the members of the staff and the EE students actively participated in tasting the delicacies. It was undoubtedly a joyful experience for all who joined the event.
126.Field Visit to Solar Power Plant at Nikini Automation
With the interest of the world moves towards renewable energy, IET Younger Member’s Section Moratuwa Chapter organized a field visit to solar power plant of Nikini Automation Systems Pvt Ltd on 21st April 2010 to increase the awareness of the renewable energy. Eng. Gayan Namantha of Nikini Automation explained the implementation and operation of the power plant and the factors need to be considered when building a solar power plant. Students were further explained the rules and regulations related to solar power generation, distribution and net metering. A rain water harvesting system which is operated in parallel with the power plant has also been implemented to store rain water to be used for washing purposes.
A presentation on powering rural villages using solar power was also presented
to the students. Student had a good time at Nikini gaining knowledge on solar
power generation. A token of appreciation was handed over to Eng. Gayan in
appreciation of his contribution in educating young engineering minds. Dr.
DP Chandima also took part in the visit.
125.Prof. Priyantha Wijethunga tenders his resignation
Prof. Priyantha Wijethunga of the Department of Electrical Engineering resigned from the University almost 24 years after he joined the University as an Assistant Lecturer in mid of 1986. Prof. Wijethunga who moulded the Faculty of Information Technology from inception was the first Dean to the Faculty of Information Technology. In December 2004, He was appointed as the first Director General of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).
During his sabbatical leave, Prof. Wijethunga joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) located in Manila as a project implementation officer to serve the region. He is known as an energy specialist in the region. We would like to put on record our appreciation for his long valuable service to the University.We are very happy for him, but are sorry to lose his valuable services to the University. We offer our best wishes to Prof. Wijethunga for a very happy time in Manila.
124.Prof Rohan Lucas completes 40 years service to the University
Prof Rohan Lucas Senior professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering completed 40 years of continuous and meritorious service to the University. Prof Rohan Lucas joined the staff as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering on 13 March 1970 and left for higher studies at Manchester, UK in 1971. On returning with his PhD in 1974, he was made an Assistant Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. Since then he has risen through the ranks of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor to reach that of Senior Professor.
We would like to put on record our appreciation for his long valuable service to the Department and wish him to continue his invaluable services to the Department in many more years to come.
123.Level 4 students visit Wind Power Plant at Puttalam
Level 4 (06 batch) students participated in a field visit to 20MW wind power plant by Akbar Brothers at Puttlam on 15th March 2010. Presentations were made by Mr. Manjula Perera(CEng) Mr. Sudath Chandana (CEng) giving details of the plant under construction in particular and on wind power plants in general. The students spent several hours at the plant site making their observations and raising questions from the site engineers. Prof. JR Lucas, Eng Anura Wijayapala and Dr. Harsha Abeykoon also took part in the visit.
Our sincere thanks must go to Project Engineers at the site who accompanied students and explained many things. It was a rewarding experience to all our undergraduates who are aspiring to become Electrical Engineers.
122.Ms. Upuli Jayathunga leaves for higher studies
Ms. Upuli Jayathunga Lecturer (Probationary) in the Department of Electrical Engineering has obtained a Scholarship and went to the University of Wollongong, Australia to undertake her doctoral studies in Electrical Power Engineering under the supervision of Prof Sarath Perera.
121.Welcome of new Level 2 students to the Department
A formal function to welcome the newly selected Level 2 students to the Department was held in February 2010 at the Electrical Engineering Final Year Room. The new Level 2 students will be the first batch of students who will follow the courses under the new Electrical Engineering curriculum. The new curriculum will enhance students’ learning experience and allow them to study subjects of interest both inside and outside their academic department. The new curriculum will ensure that students are better equipped with the skills required to compete in the global economy, by providing them with a broader academic and social experience at the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Head of the department, Dr. J. P. Karunadasa delivered the welcome speech welcoming all newly selected students to our friendly department family. Prof. Ranjit Perera delivered an inspiring speech which encouraged new students to study Electrical Engineering and highlighted the opportunities that the Electrical Engineers have around world. An EESOC committee L4 student member also spoke to the new L2 students highlighting the activities, events in which students can engage in during their stay with the Department apart from academic activities. All the academic staff members were present at the occasion. The vote of thanks was given by a Level 2 student. This was followed by refreshments to staff and students.
120.Prof Ranjit Perera returns to the EE Department
Prof Ranjit Perera, has resumed duties in the Department as Professor in Electrical Engineering after serving Public Utilities Commission, Sri Lanka (PUCSL) as its Director General for a period of 21 months from April 2008. The new Electricity Act (Act No 20 of 2009), empowering the PUCSL to regulate the Electricity Industry, was enacted during his period and he made a pioneering contribution in strengthening the necessary framework in the Commission required for regulation of the industry.
In April 2008, the Council of the University of Moratuwa granted leave for Professor Ranjit Perera to accept the appointment as Director General of the Public Utilities Commission. He assumed duties at the PUCSL on 3rd April 2008. The PUCSL is entrusted with the task of technical, safety and economical regulation of the Electricity industry in Sri Lanka. In addition, PUCSL plays a major role to safeguard consumer interests.
119.Long Service Awards - Electrical Engineering
Dr. JP Karunadasa, the Head/Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Dr. NK Wickramaarachchi, Senior lecturer in the Department received Long Service Awards at the ceremony held on 1st January 2010. Dr. Karunadasa and Dr. Wickramaarachchi were awarded medals to recognize their 25 years of continuous and meritorious service to the University. The EE Department extends its warm wishes for their achievements in the career and wishes them to continue their invaluable services to the Department in many more years to come.
118.New Year Greetings and Blessings
The University commenced work for the new year 2010 on 1st January 2010, with a multi-religious ceremony at which addresses were made by religious dignitaries from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam religions. This was followed by talks from the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar. The award of long service medals to those who had served the University for long periods (25 years, 30 years, 35 years and 40 years) then took place. Thereafter the Vice Chancellor hosted everyone to Kiribath, Kavum and other traditional food.