216.ICA International Symposium on "Electrical Safety"
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo and Eng. Anura Wijayapala were resource persons for the second ICA International Symposium on Electrical Safety at Amaya Hills Hotel in Kandy on 15th December 2012. This event was organized by the International Copper Association (West Asia) in collaboration with University of Moratuwa and Institution of Engineers’ Sri Lanka. Dr. Rodrigo discussed about IEE regulations on electrical safety that can be a guide for the practitioners and Eng. Wijayapala discussed about the safe practices to be adhered by the practicing electrical engineers. Other resource persons were Dr. Lalith Senaweera, Director General, Sri Lanka Electrical Standards, Prof. Janaka Ekanayake, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University- UK, Mr. Manus Kundu, Country Manager, Asia Power Quality Initiative- India and Mr. Sanjeev Ranjan, CEO, International Copper Promotion Council India. Around 40 participants representing academia, engineers from industry were the audience for this event.
215.Field Visit to Kukule Ganga Hydro Power Station
Final year undergraduate electrical engineering students together with several academic staffs went on a field visit to the Kukule Ganga Hydro Power Station on 10th December 2012. This is a 70MW, run of river type hydropower generation station with regulated pond in the Kukule River. The students had the chance to visit the weir site, fully automated unmanned underground power house, control station and outdoor switchgear. Operational engineers at the power station briefed the history of the power station and the operation procedure. It was a rewarding experience to all our undergraduates.
214.Dr. Dulipa J Thrimawithana Delivers a Guest Lecture on "Grid Integration of Renewables and EVs"
Dr. Dulipa J Thrimawithana, a senior lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand paid a courtesy visit to the Department of Electrical Engineering on 7th December 2012. During his visit, he delivered a guest lecture on “Grid Integration of Renewable and EVs” which is a major research area within academic, industrial and general communities at present. During his presentation, Dr. Thrimawithana introduced some of the latest research projects conducted at the University of Auckland in the fields of wireless Electric Vehicle charging, dynamic demand management, Li-Ion battery management, high power converters and wind power generation. After the presentation, academic staff and students had a discussion with Dr. Thrimawithana on collaborative and postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Auckland. The Electrical Engineering Department thanks Dr. Thrimawithana for sharing his valuable time with us and enlightening us on some novel research areas that are of high importance to the academic staff and the students. The guest lecture was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society of University of Moratuwa.
213.Prof. SisilKumarawadu and Dr. Asanka Rodrigo serve as MOPE appointed Committee members
Professor Sisil Kumarawadu and Dr. Asanka Rodrigo served as committee members of tri member committee appointed by the Ministry of Power and Energy to evaluate the performance of the Northern Power Plants. After successful completion of the study, they have handed over the report to the Secretary, The Ministry of Power and Energy for necessary action.
212.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo serves as a judge of the Techno 2012
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo served as a member of the judging panel of the National Engineering and Technology Exhibition (Techno 2012), organized by the Institution of Engineers’ Sri Lanka from 12th to 14th November 2012 at BMICH, Colombo.
211.Resignations from the Department
Four probationary lecturers who were on study leave tendered their resignations from the post of lecturer (probationary) recently. Mr. Eranda Harinath, Mr. Hiranya Suriyaarachchi, Mr. Nishantha Ekneligoda and Mr. Nuwan Perera were the probationary lecturers who resigned from the Department. We wish them a very successful career.
210.Dr. Prinath Dias attends an International Atomic Energy Agency regional meeting in the Republic of Korea
Dr. Dias attended the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regional Meeting on Successful Launching of a Nuclear Power Program held in the Republic of Korea from 29th October to 9th of November. The Meeting was hosted by the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company Limited (KHNP) and thirteen participants from eight countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) attended the Meeting. The objective of the Meeting was to provide participants an overall understanding of factors that are needed in order to have a safe, secure and a sustainable nuclear power programme, based on the experience of the Republic of Korea (ROK). This meeting provided the opportunity to visit to eighteen nuclear power plants and support facilities in the ROK. The Meeting provided information on, the current status of the nuclear power programmes of the other participating countries, details of nuclear power plants and support facilities of the ROK and how the ROK managed to launch such a successful nuclear power programme and how it has benefitted directly and indirectly from its nuclear power programme. Information on the outcomes of this meeting has been provided to the Ministry of Power and Energy and the Atomic Energy Authority.
209.Mr. WD Prasad Conducts a Workshop on PSS/E
Mr. WD Prasad, a probationary lecturer of the Department, currently reading his PhD at the University of Manitoba, Canada visited the Department on 30th November 2012 during his short visit to Sri Lanka. During his visit to the Department, he conducted a workshop on "Power System Simulator for Engineering (PSS/E)" at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room. Academic staff and students attended the workshop. We extend our sincere gratitude to Mr. Prasad for sharing his valuable time and knowledge with our students and staff.
208.LIGHTNINGS 2012 - Annual Cricket Tournament
The main ground of the University burst to life on 27th of November with the cheers of delirious electrical engineering undergraduates as the very first edition of ‘LIGHTNINGS’, the annual cricket tournament of the Department of Electrical Engineering, was held with a large crowd comprising members of the academic staff and Electrical Engineering undergraduates from all four batches in the Department. Energized by their attacking mentality, the batch of 2008 marched deep into the tournament to win the LIGHTNINGS 2012 champions trophy. The academic staff team smashed the team of undergraduates to win the encounter between academic staff team and the team of undergraduates. From everyone’s prospective, it was an outstanding cricket extravaganza, with an abundance of trills and spirit of friendship.
207.Annual General Meeting 2012 of IEEE Student Branch, University of Moratuwa
The Annual General Meeting of the IEEE University of Moratuwa student branch was held on 22nd November 2012 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room. It was the day for the IEEE members as well as for the WIE (Women In Engineering) affinity group members to appoint the new executive committees and other supporting committees for the upcoming year.
Within a few years’ time since the inception of the student branch, it has become a driving force for not only IEEE student members but also for other university students and general public through various projects carried out by the student branch. Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu, the branch councillor, put forward some valuable thoughts about the areas where students can improve as a student community and what they can do better in the coming years. Academic staff members from different Departments also attended the AGM.
206.Dr. Lidula Widanagama Arachchi joins the Department
Dr. Lidula W. Arachchi joined the Department of Electrical Engineering recently as a senior lecturer (on contract). She obtained her B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering with First Class Honors in 2002 from the University of Moratuwa. She completed her MEng degree in Electrical Power Systems Management in 2006 from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and obtained her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Her research interests include distributed and renewable energy systems are micro grids.
The Department like to welcome Dr. Widanagama Arachchi and wish her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
205.Promotion of Prof. H Y R Perera to the grade of Senior Professor
The promotion of Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera to the grade of Senior Professor has been confirmed with effect from January 1st, 2012 by the University Council. Prof. Perera who joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa as an Assistant Lecturer in June 1980, has served the Department and the University for more than 30 years in different capacities. He functioned as the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering from May 2004 to March 2008 and prior to that served as the Director Undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Engineering for a short stint. He was also seconded serving as Director General/CEO of Public Utilities Commission for nearly two years from April 2008 to December 2009. The Department of Electrical Engineering like to congratulate Prof. Perera on his promotion to Senior Professor grade and look forward to continuing of his invaluable services to the Department for many more years to come.
204.EESoc Hosts its 17th Annual General Meeting and Panel Discussion
Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) of Department of Electrical Engineering organized its 17th Annual General Meeting and Panel Discussion on the 23rd of October 2012 at Hotel Galadari, Colombo. The event started at 3.00 pm with the formal AGM proceedings. Dr. WDAS Rodrigo and Dr. MP Dias were appointed as the President and the Senior Treasure respectively for the next year.
Honourable Minister of Power and Energy Mr Patali Champika Ranawaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The honourable Minister addressed the gathering and emphasized the importance of integrating non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) sources more and more to the national grid to meet the rising demand of electricity. He further pointed out that our engineers and the academia have to be ready to face the technical challenges in clean energy integration and overcome any technical challenges in NCRE integration.
An eminent panel consists of Dr.Tilak Siyambalapitiya (Director, Resource Management Associates (Pvt) Ltd.), Mr. Harsha Wickramasinghe (Deputy Director, Sustainable Energy Authority), Prof. Janaka Ekanayaka (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Energy, Cardiff University, UK), Dr. H.M Wijekoon (Chief Engineer, Planning & Development – R3, CEB) and Mr. Bandula Tilakasena (AGM, Corporate Strategy, CEB) brought out valuable thoughts on the topic “Overcoming Technical Challenges in Clean Energy Integration” where the enthusiastic audience actively involved in the discussion.
A musical event entertained the gathering at the twilight of the event bringing the much diverse talents of the department undergraduates. Event concluded with the fellowship dinner and the cocktail party where the undergraduates, graduates & senior professionals got the worthy opportunity to mingle among each other. 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.
203.Welcome of New Semester 2 Students to the Department
A formal function to welcome the newly selected semester 2 students to the Department was held on 22nd October 2012 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. For the first time in the history of the Department of Electrical Engineering, the new intake of 100 students was admitted to the Department. The new semester 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, Prof. J. P. Karunadasa delivered the welcome speech welcoming all newly selected students to our friendly Department family. Inspiring speeches delivered by academic staff members of the Department encouraged new students to study Electrical Engineering and they highlighted the opportunities that the Electrical Engineers have around world. The new students were made aware of 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. A big thank goes to Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi, semester 2 coordinator for organizing the event.
202.Mrs Janaki Premaratne delivers a guest lecture at the University
Mrs Janaki Premaratne, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering delivered a Guest Lecture on "The Safety of Female University Students" at a programme organized by the University of Moratuwa to mark the First International Day of the Girl Child. This event was held at the James George Hall of the University of Moratuwa on 13th October 2012 with the participation of female students and staff of the University. Miss Mihirani Kethumala, a second year Electrical Engineering student served as the compeer for the occasion.
201.Dr. Prinath Dias attends a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria
Dr. Dias, at the invitation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) attended the Panel Discussion organized as one of the events to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the RCA, as the Keynote Speaker. RCA (Regional Cooperative Agreement) is an inter-governmental agreement among seventeen countries in the Asia and the Pacific Region, established to promote regional cooperation in the peaceful uses nuclear technology. The event was held on the 18th of September at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The other speakers were Dr. Anhar R. Antariksawan Deputy Chairman of the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN), Dr. Heather Patterson of National Imaging Facility, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Prof. Luxiang Liu, Director of National Center of Space Mutagenesis for Crop Improvement of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Alumunda M. Dela Rosa, Director of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Dr. Gursharan Singh, Associate Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India and Dr. Ali Boussaha, Director, Division for Asia and the Pacific, Department of Technical Cooperation of the IAEA.
200.Academic staff members of the Department attend a training program on outcome based education
Prof. Nalin wickramarachchi, Prof. JP Karunadasa and Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara attended a training program on "Outcome Based Education and Accreditation as per Washington Accord Guidelines". The training program was conducted by Ir.Prof. Dr. Wan Hamidon Wan Badaruzzaman, Associate Director, Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC), Board of Engineers Malaysia and was held from 25th to 27th June at Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL).
Prof. JP Karunadasa attended the second workshop on Outcome Based Education at the IESL on 17th August 2012.
199.Dr. DP Chandima attends IEEE PES ISGT 2012 Asia conference in China
Dr. DP Chandima attended the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) 2012 Asia conference held from 21st to 24th May 2012 in Tianjin, China and presented a technical paper on "Smart Metering for Next Generation Energy Efficiency and Conservation".
198.Energeon Int'l signs MoU with University of Moratuwa
Prof John Balachandra, CEO & President Energeon International LLC (USA) and Emeritus Professor California State University, USA, being an alumnus of the university of Moratuwa, graduating class of 1975 in Electrical Engineering proposes to build and operate a mini version of the hybrid Biomass solar power plant in the vicinity of the University and enable us to use the Biocoal pellets as fuel to power the biomass component of the power plant.
A MoU was signed on Wednesday the 4th April at 11.30am with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa to establish a Smart Grid Center to be a focal point of research in the latest technology pertaining to computer control of energy management systems with emphasis on renewable energy at the distribution level. Read more about the project
197.Calliope, a brainchild of Prof Sisil Kumarawadu was ceremonially launched
Calliope is an automated questions answering system for customer helpdesk applications designed for Exetel Pty Ltd., the premier internet services provider company in Australia. The Natural Language Understanding-based system is the work of the research team based at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) lead by Prof Sisil Kumarawadu during his sabbatical leave at SLIIT and Eng Lahiru Samarakoon, his MPhil student ,of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
The Calliope system was demonstrated to the media and launched at The Hilton Hotel, Colombo, recently. For more information, reader may refer the blog post of Mr Steve Waddington, CEO of Exetel Pty Ltd.,http://steve.blogs.exetel.com.au/
196.Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu delivers a Keynote speech at ICCEETS'12, India
Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu delivered a Keynote speech at the
International Conference on Computing, Electronics, and Electrical Technologies
(ICCEETS’12), March 2012, Nagarcoil, TN, India on "Active Vision:
Modeling, Perception, and Control".
195.Dr Asanka Rodrigo attends National Energy Planning Training Course
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo attended the national training course on energy demand analysis and projections, which was held at the CEB training center at Piliyandala from 19th to 30th March. This training program was organized by the CEB under the technical cooperation project of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The team has analyzed several scenarios of the National energy planning and projection using Model for Analysis of Energy Demand (MAED-2).
194.Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi delivers a lecture at CECB
Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi made a presentation on “Energy Efficient Lighting for Modern Buildings” at Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau Sri Lanka (CECB) for Engineers and Architects as a part of their CPD program on 28th February, 2012.
193.Emeritus Prof. Masatoshi Nakamura visits the Department
Prof. Masatoshi Nakamura, emeritus professor of Saga University, Japan paid a courtesy visit to the Department of Electrical Engineering during his visit to Sri Lanka recently. During his visit, he made a presentation on “Use of EEG and EMG signals in automatic control systems and research methodologies” which was attended by the academic staff and the students. During his presentation, he highlighted that he was mainly inspired by the research methodologies proposed by the great scientist Norbert Wiener and suggested to follow Wieners methodologies in the research activities.
Prof. Nakamura supervised many PhD, MSc and Undergraduate projects during his long academic career in Saga University. There are many senior lecturers in the University of Moratuwa who have done post-graduate studies at Saga University under the supervision of Prof. Nakamura. The visit gave him an opportunity to meet the Saga University alumni in the University of Moratuwa. It was a memorable occasion for us as well as Prof. Nakamura that came after years. Prof. Nakamura promised to come back to Sri Lanka again to see his former students. We wish him a healthy and long life.
192.Students of MSc/PG Diploma 2010/2011 batch pay tribute to the EE academic staff
Students of the MSc/PG Diploma 2010/2011 batch organized a get together to pay tribute to the EE academic staff at Wadduwa Holiday Resort. The event was attended by the Head/Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Prof. JP Karunadasa, the EE academic staff and the students from the three programs Electrical Engineering, Electrical Installations and Industrial Automation. A cricket match was played between the academic staff and the students. The event was made enjoyable with a dancing group and a music band who entertained the audience well. Prof. Karunadasa addressed the gathering and thanked the organizers of the event for their time and effort. All the lecturers were gifted tokens of appreciation. View gallery
191.Donation of Equipment for Power System Simulator Model
A Power System Simulator model, an important tool for the power industry, is being developed as a teaching tool for the Department of Electrical Engineering through a series of undergraduate projects. The power system simulator model will, in time, form the basis of an integrated laboratory to conduct experiments as part of a system rather than as isolated experiments. During the past two years, the design and part of the construction of the model, utilising actual vacuum circuit breaker panels, has taken place. The hardware is designed to mimic real systems and modern practice, comprising of generators, generator transformers, transmission lines, substations, distribution lines and accessories with real protection relays and metering facilities. This is being developed in the power systems laboratory. 18 used vacuum circuit breaker panels (removed during system rehabilitation) have been donated by the Ceylon Electricity Board. 4 specially designed transformers and components for inductors have been donated by LTL Holdings Ltd and funding for the construction of transmission line models have been allocated by Lanka Electricity Company Ltd. The A synchronous generator and a VSD panel to be used for controlling the generator has been donated by Haleys (Pvt) Ltd. An induction motor used as the prime mover has been donated by FDK Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
190.IEE Wiring Regulations Course at IESL
Prof. Rohan Lucas and Dr. Asanka Rodrigo are resource persons at the IEE Wiring Regulations Course conducted by the IESL on Saturdays during the period February to April 2012.
189.Seminar on Lightning Protection at ICTAD
Prof. Rohan Lucas and Dr. Asanka Rodrigo were resource persons at the Seminar on Lightning Protection conducted by ICTAD on 23rd February 2012.
188.Department receives a PSCAD software package
The PSCAD/EMTDC X4 software package, with a 25 user's license, which is currently used worldwide to analyse the transient behaviour of power systems has been donated to the Department of Electrical Engineering.
We are extremely grateful to Dr. Darshana Muthumuni, Manager - Engineering Simulations and Studies at Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, for his great effort in donating the software upgrade to the Department valued at US$1700.
The package was received on 14th February 2012 from the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, Canada.
187.Department submits a comprehensive proposal for Quality and Innovation Grant
A comprehensive proposal for Quality and Innovation Grant (QIG) of the Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century (HETC) Project was submitted following the recent success of the Electrical Engineering Study Programme in the Initial Proposal stage.
This proposal primarily envisages a strategy to maintain
consistency in the quality of our graduates, especially due to proposed increase
of student intake by a 3 pronged action plan for improved Staff student interactivity
and better laboratory exposure in modern renewable hybrid power generation
186.Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi delivers a lecture at SEA
Prof. N.K.Wickramarachchi made a presentation on "Awareness on Energy Efficient Lighting" at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Sri Lanka (SEA) for the officers of Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) on 2nd February, 2012.
185.We Are With You
The 13th chapter of "We Are With You" was held on 21st January 2012 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. This year is special for Deaf and Blind school Rathmalana as they mark their 100th anniversary.
Children from the hearing impaired school were invited to University premises and the 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.
Many media channels including Rupavahini, Swarnawahini, Derana and Sirasa covered this event and aired the news highlighting the importance of such an event. 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.
184.Prof. Sarath Perara visits the Department
Prof. Sarath Perera, the Technical Director of the Endeavor Energy Power Quality and Reliability Centre and Associate Professor of the University of Wollongongin School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering visited the Department recently.He has been active in electromagnetic modeling, machine design and analysis, in particular permanent magnet machines. His current research interests are in the general area of power quality and in particular voltage fluctuations and flicker. He discussed with the academic staff and the students in the Department on postgraduate opportunities in the University of Wollongong.
183.EESoc Award for the Best Final Year Project in 2011
The Final Year Projects in the Electrical Engineering Stream (07 Batch) which were presented and there after demonstrated to the staff, 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.
Bilateral Teleoperation System
The Project was supervised by Dr. Harsha Abeykoon
The following projects were the remainder of the 3 finalists.
Sensorless Load Detection of a Mobile Robot Using the Disturbance Observer
Sameera, E.J.A.P.P., Wijesinghe, N.A.,Wijesinghe, R.D., Withanage, M.W.O.M., Weerasinghe, R.R.D. supervised by Dr. Harsha Abeykoon
Power System Simulator
Herath, S.V., K.S Hettiarachchi, Himal, W.J.M.L., Ileperuma, C. supervised by Prof. J.R Lucus and Eng. Jayasiri Karunanayake
182.Dr. Priyantha D C Wijayatunga visits the Department
Dr. 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 5th January 2012 during his short visit to Sri Lanka. During
this visit, he delivered a guest lecture on the "Climate Change: World
Response" in the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The guest lecture
was attended by the students and the academic staff and was organized by the
Electrical Engineering Society.