181.Final Year Project "Low Cost Eye Tracking System" Won the First Runners Up Award at the IET-YMS -2011
Final year undergraduate project of the department of Electrical Engineering, "Low Cost Eye Tracking System" won the best student project first runners-up award at the IET-Younger Member Session annual conference in year 2011. Mr. K.A.M.N. Pathiratne, Mr. C.D. Pathirawasam, Ms. D.P. Nagasinghe, Ms. W.G. Pawithra, and Mr. A.P.A Perera were the group members of this project and the project was supervised by Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo.
180.Inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma Programs for 2011/2012
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 25th November 2011. This was the 13th successive intake of students for the MSc/PG Diploma course in Electrical Engineering, and 7th successive intake for the MSc/PG Diploma courses in Industrial Automation and Electrical Installations. Altogether, about 90 students enrolled for the three programs.
Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. JP Karunadasa and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. VPC Dasanayake, visiting lecturers of the three programs, academic staff members of the Electrical Engineering Department. Very interesting and inspiring speeches from three guest speakers, Eng. Lalith Kahatapitiya - (Chairman, KIK Group of Companies), Eng. Manjula Perera - (Director, PowerGen Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.) and Dr. Narendra De Silva – (Engineering Research and Development Manager, Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt.) Ltd.) provided the highlight of the event. Click here to view the photos of the event.
179.Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera Participates Electricity Regulatory Initiative Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya
Invited by International Centre for Hydropower , Prof. Perera participated the above seminar held in Kenya from 7-11 November 2011. Around 30 Regulatory experts, mainly from African countries discussed regulatory issues in their respective countries. Prof. Perera made a presentation on the proposed Indo –Lanka submarine link.
178.University of Moratuwa Excels in IEEE Global Challenge
University of Moratuwa students have shown once again that
Sri Lankans can match, and surpass, the world's best with their exceptional
intellectual performance in the IEEEXtreme Global Challenge organized by the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Click here to read
the media reports: Dailynews (http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/11/12/fea03.asp) , itpro
177.Eng. Anura Wijayapala attends the 17th SAARC Summit
Eng. Anura Wijayapala attends the 17th SAARC Summit held in Maldives as part of the Presidential Delegation. Eng. Anura Wijayapala attended the 17th SAARC Summit which was held on from 9th to 11th of November 20111, at Equatorial Convention Center at Addu City in Maldives as part of the Presidential delegation from Sri Lanka and represented the Ministry of Power and Energy together with the Minister of Power and Energy Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka. The three member group from the ministry was engaged in assisting the bilateral talks between India and Sri Lanka in regard to the proposed 500MW Coal power plant at Sampur, Trincomalee.
176.Prof. Lanka Udawatta goes on Sabbatical Leave to New Zealand
Prof. Lanka Udawatta of the Department of Electrical Engineering
left on sabbatical leave from 1st of November 2011 to the University of Auckland
in New Zealand.
175.Eng. Anura Wijayapala delivers a speech at a Forum organized by the MBA Alumni Association of the University of Colombo
Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Senior Lecturer at the Department
of Electrical Engineering , recently delivered a speech at a Forum organized
by the MBA Alumni Association of the University of Colombo, titled “Renewable
Energy , The Future”. Eng. Anura Wijayapala, who is also the Vice Chairman
of Ceylon Electricity Board, presented the utility’s point of view in
regard to development of the Renewable Energy in Sri Lanka. The occasion was
graced by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power and Energy, who
delivered the key note address, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo
and a large gathering of professionals.
174.Dr. Prinath Dias attends a meeting of International Atomic Energy Authority in Vietnam
Dr. M.P. Dias recently attended the Final Progress Review
Meeting of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Project on Sustainability of Regional
Radiation Protection Infrastructure, held in Da Nang, Vietnam. This was a
project implemented under the Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA) for the
Asia and Pacific Region and National Project Coordinators of sixteen RCA Member
States attended the Meeting along with the IAEA Technical Officer of the project.
Dr. Dias was recruited by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to
attend this meeting as an external expert. The Meeting reviewed the achievement
of the expected outputs and outcomes of the project and the implemented activities
and made recommendations on further actions to be taken by the Member States
and the IAEA
173.Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera is appointed as Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera has assumed duties as Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) with effect from October 2011. KDU is a fully fledged state University since October 2007 and is now being restructured with newly formed Faculties. Prof. Perera starts as the founder Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering consists of six academic Departments and currently conducts undergraduate courses on Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Keeping to the corporate plan of the University, the Engineering Faculty will be introducing a new undergraduate course on Information & Communication Technology and two Master’s Courses on Aeronautical Engineering and Marine Engineering in 2012.
172.Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi serves as a member of subject review committee at Kotelawala Defence University
Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi, on a request of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council, University Grant Commission, participated in the subject review assessment conducted for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering – General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) from 12th- 14th October 2011. The committee comprised of Prof. Nalin Wickramaarachchi, Prof. Kapila Jayasinghe of University of Moratuwa and Dr. K. Pirapaharan of University of Ruhuna.
171.Promotion to professor
Dr. Nalin K. Wickramarachchi was promoted to the post of
Professor with effect from November 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
The Department like to congratulate Prof. Wickramarachchi on his promotion to Professor grade and look forward to continuing of his invaluable services to the Department for many more years to come.
170.Promotion to Associate professor
Dr. JP Karunadasa, the present head of the Department, was
promoted to the post of Associate Professor with effect from November 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.
The Department like to congratulate Prof. Karunadasa on his promotion to Professor grade and look forward to continuing of his invaluable services to the Department for many more years to come.
169.The 10th DICB Meeting of the Department of Electrical Engineering
This year’s Department Industry Consultative Board (DICB) meeting well represented by industry participation was held in collaboration with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Committee at their conference room on the 29th of September 2011.
Head of the EE Department, Prof. JP Karunadasa as Chairman, while welcoming the participants, explained the current purpose of the meeting was to obtain feedback from the industry on their findings of how well our EE graduates fit the expectations of the industry in technical and other attributes, the relevance of the curricula/ study programs to modern industry and on new trends in the industry and need to acquire new knowledge etc.
Four main agenda points were relevance of study programs for (1) Undergraduate, (2) Post Graduate,(3) Entrepreneurship and (4) Industrial Training.
Regarding undergraduate study programs /curriculum - Suggestions and observations pointed out the following issues to be addressed: lack of problem handling capacity and fluency in English writing, self overestimated perceptions and attitude problem etc., and while at present Graduate Engineers are good in the technical sense, more emphasis on managerial aspects, e.g. Project management and finance management of the engineer were suggested. University should address the concerns of the industry with more emphasis on managerial aspects of the engineer, e.g. Project management and finance management are important.
Regarding the Post Graduate Program, while similar views were expressed regarding English Language mastery even in the PG level, other related matters were that e.g. in the Electrical Installation MSc program, too many sections are covered but few in depth., and that Dept must ensure that the quality of the teachers of MSc program must have at least a Master’s degree in the subject they teach etc and that Question papers the subject must be reflecting the quality of the PG course. The students do not have initiative and have to be told how to use research Journals and to check whether current research is upto date etc.
Regarding entrepreneurship, which was introduced as a optional minor for undergraduates, there was a general opinion expressed that an analytical mind of an engineer combined with management will give better product for industry and to check whether Managerial skills are properly assessed after teaching, that they will gain knowledge and attitude as soft factors and investing in management will give rise to more graduates becoming entrepreneurs (at least one person per year now). It was suggested the need of running the entrepreneurship minor on a pilot scale before implementing.
Industrial module for our EE department students were presently undergoing training sessions of 3 months CEB plus 3 months private sector company. It was felt that Industrial Training should be coupled with the mentoring program and all managerial subjects must be completed before Industrial training module if possible. Although undergraduates know so many programming languages but not directed to industry important ones such as Auto-Cad, MS Project. Also it was pointed out that more exposure in building services and wiring Installation etc is important. (Click here to view the photos of the event)
168.Field Visit to Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project
Semester 4 undergraduate electrical engineering students together with several academic staffs went a two day field visit to the Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project on 08th and 9th September 2011. On the first day, the students had the chance to visit the Dam site which is at the final stage of construction and the resettlement sites. On the second day, Project manager and several site engineers briefed the history of the project and progress and they had chance to visit the tunnel and the underground power house. It was a rewarding experience to all our undergraduates.
167.Guest Lecture on "The Fukushima nuclear accident, lessons learned and possible implications"
Prof. Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
of Japan paid a visit to the Department of Electrical Engineering on 06th
September 2011. During this visit he delivered a Guest Lecture on the timely
topic “The Fukushima nuclear accident, lessons learned and possible
implications”. The Lecture revealed interesting details of the Fukushima
accident and a lively discussion took place at the end of the lecture. The
guest lecture was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society
166.Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera completes the study on "Power sector reforms: Country report on Sri Lanka and Maldives" for
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
study covering the
• power sector environment prior to recent reforms in Sri Lanka,
• drivers of reforms,
• post-reform environment,
• impact of the reforms and
• lessons learned
was completed by Prof. Ranjit Perera. The report covers
the power sector situation in the Republic of Maldives as well. Similar
country reports were prepared by different authors for all other SAARC countries
in response to the ADB project on “Impact of power sector reforms
in South Asia”.
165.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu to serve in the International Program Committee of the IEEE ICNSC, 2012
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu of the Dept Electrical Engineering has been invited to serve in the IPC of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing, and Control (www.icnsc.org ) that will be held 11-14 April, 2012, in Beijing, China. ICNSC brings together a renowned academic and industrial international community to address and share new challenges, research solutions, and future directions in the areas of networking, sensing, and control, with a special emphasis on a specific systems-engineering application area each year.
164.Guest Lecture on "Regulation for Renewable Energy Development: Lessons from Sri Lanka Experience"
Prof. Priyantha D C Wijayatunga, who was a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and currently a Senior Energy Specialist at the Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippine, paid a courtesy to visit the Department on 19th August 2011 during his short visit to Sri Lanka. During this visit, he delivered a guest lecture on the “Regulation for Renewable Energy Development: Lessons from Sri Lanka Experience” in the electrical engineering seminar room. The guest lecture was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society.
163.EESoc Hosts its 16th Annual General Meeting and Fellowship
Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) of Department of Electrical Engineering organized its 16th Annual General Meeting and Panel Discussion on the 17th August 2011 at Hotel Galadari, Colombo from 4.30pm onwards. Honourable Minister of Power and Energy Mr Patali Champika Ranawaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The theme “The Future of Renewable Energy for Power Generation; Are We on the Right Track?” was highlighted throughout the event.
Chief Guest, Honourable Minister of Power and Energy Mr Patali Champika Ranawaka, addressed the gathering and emphasized the importance of young engineers engaging in research for effective renewable energy sources. Guest of Honour, Vidyajothi Prof. K.K.Y.W. Perera highlighted the importance of sustainability in power generation in his address. He expressed that the world needs to go hand in hand with conservation of resources that have begun to deplete in an alarming rate with the ever growing demand for energy.
This year’s panel included, Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala (Director General, SLSEA), Mr. Samitha Midigaspe (Chief Engineer, CEB Generation Planning), Mr. Prabodha Sumanasekera (Managing Director, VS Hydro), Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya (Director, Resource Management Associates), Dr. P.N. Fernando (Former Division Head, Asian Development Bank and former Chief Engineer, CEB Generation Planning) and Mr. Asoka Abeygunawardana (Adviser to the Minister of Power and Energy).
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 sponsors and 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.
162.Seminar on "Opportunities for higher studies in Germany"
Electrical Engineering Society organized a Seminar on "Opportunities for higher studies in Germany"on 28th July 2011. The objective was to inform the final year students and the postgraduate students in the Department and the Faculty about options available for scholarships to undertake higher studies in Germany. The main resource person was Mr. Dennis Schroeder, local representative of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutsche Academische Austausch Dienst - DAAD). Mr. Schroeder gave a detailed coverage on the study opportunities and funding options for international students. DAAD is one of the World’s biggest scholarship awarding organisations, granting more than 50,000 scholarships & short term awards annually. Our students have not derived the full benefit out of DAAD offers in the recent past. Prof. Ranjit Perera spoke about his own experience as a former DAAD scholar and encouraged the students to make use of the opportunities available outside the English speaking world
Dr. Prinath Dias, a former Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering re-joined the Department with effect from 1st of
June 2011, after an absence of about eight years, having left the University and the country in 2003. During the past eight years he served as a Senior Program Management Officer in the Department of Technical Cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations, and was stationed in Vienna, Austria. He was responsible for implementing a regional program established under an inter-governmental agreement among seventeen countries in Asia and the Pacific Region, to promote regional cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
He was one of the six recipients of the Distinguished Service Award of the IAEA in 2011. Dr. Dias was also a former Chairman of the Atomic Energy
Authority of Sri Lanka.
Dr. SS Namasivayam and Dr. AGBP Jayasekara were appointed as Senior Lecturers with effect from 04th May, 2011 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. Namasivayam and Dr. Jayasekara served as Contract-Lecturers in the Department before the new appointments were made.
The Department likes to congratulate Dr. Dias, Dr. Namasivayam and Dr. Jayasekara on their new appointments and wish them a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
160.Eng. Anura Wijayapala has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board
Eng. Anura Wijayapala has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board with effect from 6th June 2011 by the Minister of Power and Energy, Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka. Eng. Anura Wijayapala presently serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering, has over 20 years experience in the electricity industry in Sri Lanka. He has been a transformer Design Engineer and a Factory Manager, diesel power plant Project Engineer and a Plant Manager, Hydro Power Engineer and a company CEO, and a Consultant to many Industries during his carrier.
159.Prof. H Y R Perera Serves in the Editorial Panel in Publishing a Series of Books
Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera is a distinguished member of the editorial panel in publishing a series of books on "Autonomous Cooperation and Control in Logistics". The second book of the series, "Autonomous Cooperation and Control in Logistics: Contributions and limitations - Theoretical and Practical Perspectives" was recently released by Springer Verlag Berlin, Heidelburg (ISBN978-3-642-19469-9)it follows the success of the first book of the series, "Understanding Autonomous Cooperation and Control in Logistics-The impact of Autonomy on Management, Information, Communication, and Material Flow"(ISBN978-3-540-47449-4)which was published in 2007. Prof. Perera contributed to this book series during his recurrent visits to University of Bremen, Germany in the respective years.
158.Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa Promotes Green Technologies
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa has taken further measures to promote the use of Green Technologies (GT). On 26th July, 2011, Department of Electrical Engineering initiated a collaboration project with Energy Plus in order to introduce Net-metering at the department with solar power generation. Dr. JP Karunadasa, Head/Electrical Engineering, Ms. Isabel Bogorinsky, CEO/Energy Plus, Prof. Rohan Lucas, Prof. Ranjit Perera, Prof. Lanka Udawatta, Dr. Satish Namasiwayam, Eng. Chandana Halgamuge participated in the discussion. This project has been initiated by Prof. Lanka Udawatta in order to promote green and clean technologies at Department of Electrical Engineering.
157.Visitors to the Department
Prof. Teruyoshi Yanagita, the Director of International Students Center of Saga Univerisity Japan and Prof. Piyadasa Ratnayake of Saga University visited the University of Moratuwa on 10th March 2011 and met the Vice Chancellor .The main purpose of the visit was to strengthen the relationships between the two universities. Two universities principally agreed to establish an official link between the universities. This link will be established in the near future. Further, their visit aimed at making a network of students of University of Moratuwa who did their postgraduate studies at Saga University. Prof. Yanagita and Prof. Ratnayake visited the Department of Electrical Engineering as well and had a lengthy discussion with academic staff members of the Department. University of Moratuwa, presently has two Professors and six Senior Lecturers who completed their PhDs at Saga University. Out of eight academic staff members, there are four members in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Visiting guests hosted a dinner for the Saga Alumni at the Berjaya Hotel, Mount Lavinia.
156.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu to be the Guest of Honor and a Keynote Speaker at ICVCI'11, India
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu of Department of Electrical Engineering has been invited as the Guest of Honor and a Keynote Speaker at the 2011 International Conference on VLSI, Communication, and Instrumentation (ICVCI'11) that will be held 7th through 9th April, 2011, at the SAINTGITS College of Engineering, Kerala, India (www.icvci.org). He will be delivering a keynote speech on "Automated Vehicle Operation in Intelligent Transportation Systems".
155.Promotion to Senior Lecturer
Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo was promoted to the post of Senior Lecturer Grade II with effect from 4th October 2010 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. Rodrigo resumed duties at the Department on 4th October, 2010 after having completed his PhD at Hong Kong University and Science and Technology.
154.Seminar on "Cable Management Systems"
Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo has conducted a seminar on “Cable Management Systems” on 1st March 2011 at the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) Auditorium, ‘Savsiripaya’, Colombo 07. This event was organized by the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) with the collaboration of the University of Moratuwa and the Industry. Around 70 engineers from the construction industry were the audience for this event.
153.Visitors to the Department
Professor Kouhei Ohnishi, Chairman of the Center of Excellence (CoE) of Keio University, Japan visited the Electrical Engineering Department on 16th December 2010. On his visit to the Univerisity of Moratuwa, Prof. Ohnishi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the CoE-Keio University and the faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa to establish a link to support the reasearch activities in the University.
152.Prof. H Y R Perera delivers a lecture on "Electricity Pricing" at the Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka
The Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA) held a seminar on Electricity Pricing on February 11th, 2011. The first lecture of the seminar was delivered by Prof. H Y R Perera on "Challenges in regulating Electricity prices". The second lecture was delivered by Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya on “The New Industry Structure and Transparent Costing” and a panel discussion followed.
151.Visitors to the Department
Dr. Jahan Peiris, Manager/Operations Technical Support, attached to the System Operations Group in TransGrid, the owner and operator of the high voltage Electricity transmission network in the Australian state of New South Wales paid a courtesy visit to the Department recently during his short visit to Sri Lanka. Dr. Peiris was a Senior Lecturer in the Department before he left for Australia. His expertise includes power generation, transmission and distribution.
Dr. Sumedha Rajakaruna, a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University, Australia paid a courtesy visit to the Department recently. Before he joined the Curtin University, he was an Assistant Professor of the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Dr. Rajakaruna was a Senior Lecturer of the Electrical Engineering Department of University of Moratuwa prior to joining NTU. He is well known as a specialist in the area of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics.
150.New Year Greetings and Blessings
The University commenced work for the new year 2011 on 3rd January 2011, 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.