264. Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivers an Invited Talk at NUiCONE 2013, Ahmedabad
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivered an invited talk on Recent Advances in Visual Servo Control at the Nirma University International Conference on Engineering, 28-30 Nov., 2013, Ahmedabad, GJ, India. NUiCONE is the annual flagship event of the Institute of Technology of the Nirma University. Mr Bhavnesh Thakkar (Head E&I, Linde Engineering, India), Prof Virendrakumar Bhavsar (Univ New Brunswick Fredericton, Canada), and Dr Suryakanth Gupta (Institute of Plasma Research, India) also delivered invited talks at NUiCONE 2013.
263. Prof Sisil Kumarawadu to serve in the IPC of IEEE ISSNIP'14, Singapore
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu has been invited to serve in the International Program Committee of the 2014 IEEE 9th International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, 21-24 April, 2014, Singapore. The 9th in the series is jointly organized by the Institute of Infocomm Research and the Australian Research Council's Research Network on ISSNIP and is co-sponsored by IEEE Sensors Council.
262. Monograph on Smart Metering: Design and Applications
A Monograph titled Smart Metering: Design and Applications co-authored by Eng. KSK Weranga, Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu, and Dr. DP Chandima has now been released as a SpringerBrief in Applied sciences and Technology published by the Springer Singapore (http://www.springer.com/energy/energy+efficiency/book/978-981-4451-81-9). Eng. KSK Weranga is a former MSc research student of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Taking into account the present day trends and the requirements, this monograph focuses on smart metering of electricity for next generation energy efficiency and conservation. The contents include discussions on the smart metering concepts and existing technologies and systems as well as design and implementation of smart metering schemes together with detailed examples.
261. Twin Awards of Excellence for Prof. J R Lucas
On 24th September 2013, Prof J Rohan Lucas was given an "Engineering Excellence Award" by the Chief Guest Hon Basil Rajapaksha, Minister of Economic Affairs at the IESL - Engineering Excellence Awards, 2013 organised by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
On Wednesday, 25th September 2013, Prof J Rohan Lucas received a "Teaching Excellence Award" at the UoM Awards Ceremony 2013 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium of the University of Moratuwa. The Department of Electrical Engineering would like to congratulate Prof. Lucas on his achievements.
260. Dr. MP Dias promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. MP Dias was promoted to the post of Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa, with effect from December 2012. The Department like to congratulate Dr. MP Dias on his promotion to Professor grade and look forward to continuing of his invaluable services to the Department for many more years to come.
259. Dr. SS Namasivayam appointed as a member to Expert group in Calibration
Dr. SS Namasivayam, a Senior Lecturer in the Department was appointed as member of the Expert group in Calibration by the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board and the first meeting was held in January 2013.
258. Dr. SS Namasivayam appointed as the Acting Director – Career Guidance Unit
Dr. SS Namasivayam was appointed as the Acting Director of Career Guidance Unit, University of Moratuwa by the Vice-Chancellor with effect from 10th October 2013.
257. IESL Evaluation Panel visits the Department
The Department of Electrical Engineering was visited by an IESL Evaluation Panel from October 10th to 12th in connection with its application for the Renewal of Accreditation of the B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa.
The Evaluation Panel consisted of four members, Eng (Dr.) S.G Abeyratne, Eng. Ranil Senaratne, Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon Banda and Dr. Edward Lo. In addition three international members representing the Washington Accord countries also participated as observers. The evaluation team was facilitated by the Accreditation Manager of IESL Eng. Prof. I.J. Dayawansa.
256. Dr. Saranga Kumudu Abeygunawardane joins the Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Saranga Kumudu Abeygunawardane was appointed as a Senior Lecture (on-contract) with effect from July 2013 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. SK Abeygunawardane obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honors in Feb. 2007 from the University of Peradeniya. From Feb. 2007 to July 2008, she was attached to the University of Peradeniya, first as a Temporary Instructor and then as a Temporary Lecturer. In Aug. 2008, she received the NUS Research Scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the National University of Singapore. She completed her PhD in April 2013. Her research interests include probabilistic methods, reliability theory and optimization techniques applied to power systems.
The Department likes to congratulate Dr. SK Abeygunawardane on her new appointment and wish her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
255. Dr. Asanka Rodrigo was appointed as the Chairman of Energy Management Committee
The Energy Management Committee (EMC) was established by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa to implement energy efficiency policies and energy related cost-saving measures at the University of Moratuwa. Dr. Asanka Rodrigo was appointed as the first chairman of the committee by the Vice Chancellor and the committee comprises of several senior academic staff members and technical officers of all faculties. Developing and communicating programs related to energy management and energy conservation and making awareness of the importance of an effective energy/utility management program at the university are main focused areas of EMC.
254. The NERD center donates electrical and electronics components to the Department
The National Engineering Research and Development (NERD) Centre recently donated electrical and electronics components to the Department. The Department would like to thank Eng. DDA Namal, the Director General of the NERD Center for taking initiatives to deliver the components to the Department.
253. The Very First Chapter Formation for any IEEE Student Branch in Sri Lanka - Power & Energy Society -
IEEE University of Moratuwa Student Branch
The Power & Energy Society (PES) provides the world's largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems, and for educating members of the industry and the general public.IEEE Power & Energy Society membership is comprised of over 30,000 industry professionals, academics and students with a common interest in the electric power industry.
The IEEE Student Branch University of Moratuwa takes the honor of forming the first ever student chapter for any IEEE Student Branch in Sri Lanka - IEEE PES Student Chapter, University of Moratuwa.
The Inauguration Ceremony of the IEEE PES Student Chapter was held on the 8th August 2013. Vimukthi Deshapriya was appointed as the Chairman of the IEEE PES Student Chapter and Dr. Lidula N. Widanagama Arachchige serves as the PES Student Counsellor.
252. Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga visits the Department
Dr. Priyantha 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 recently. During the visit, he delivered a guest lecture on the "Regional Corporation for Projects in South Asia" at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The guest lecture was attended by the students and the academic staff.
251. Eng. Buddhika Samarasekara delivers a guest lecture on "Long Term Generation Planning"
Eng. Buddhika Samarasekara, the Chief Engineer, Generation Planning, Ceylon Electricity Board delivered a guest lecture on "Long Term Generation Planning" on 25th July 2013 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room. The guest lecture was attended by the academic staff and the students of the Department. The event was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc).
250. Dr. Ioni Fernando Delivers a Guest Lecture on "HVDC Transmission and Planning Challenges"
Dr. Ioni Fernando, the AC/DC Systems Studies Engineer at Manitoba Hydro, Canada paid a courtesy visit to the Department of Electrical Engineering in July 2013. During her visit, she delivered a guest lecture on “HVDC Transmission and Planning Challenges” to the Final year and Third Year students of Department of Electrical Engineering.
During her presentation, She gave an introduction to HVDC explaining the characteristics and main components, Control of HVDC transmission, HVDC converter technologies, features and applications and about the limitations to loading the Manitoba Hydro future three-bipole, multi-egress, multi-infeed HVDC system and mitigation strategies.
After the presentation, academic staff and students had a discussion with Dr. Fernando on HVDC transmission in Manitoba. The Electrical Engineering Department thanks Dr. Ioni Fernando for sharing her valuable time with us and disseminating her knowledge on HVDC transmission.
249. Eng. Anura Wijayapala appointed as the Chairman to the NERDC
Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Engineering Research and Development Centre (NERDC) with effect from 15th July 2013 for a period of 3 years.
248. Dr. MP Dias appointed as a consultant to the Ministry of Technology and Research
The Ministry of Technology and Research has appointed Dr. M.P. Dias, as a consultant of the project for constructing a Multi-Purpose Gamma Irradiator. The irradiator is to be used for sterilization of medical products such as surgical gloves and for irradiation of food products such as spices for microbial decontamination. This second commercial gamma irradiation plant to be established in Sri Lanka will be owned and operated by the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka. Dr. Dias has been requested to provide expert advice on the adequacy of the radiation safety measures of the plant.
247. Eng. J. Meegoda delivers a guest lecture on "Engineer in the Society"
Eng. J. Meegoda, Deputy General Manager (Western Province South) of Ceylon Electricity Board, delivered a guest lecture on "Engineer in the Society" on 27th June 2013 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room. The guest lecture was attended by the academic staff and the students of the Department. The event was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc).
246. BSc Engineering, Degree Results - 2008 Batch
The University Senate has approved the award of the BSc Engineering degree, to the batch of students of the 2008 Intake. Overall distribution of classes of the Electrical Engineering students is given below. Mr. KKMS Kariyawasam, obtaining the overall highest GPA 3.94, became the field top.
Number of Students
Second Class (Upper Division)
Second Class (Lower Division)
245. New Appointment to the Department
Dr. Lidula Nilakshi Widanagama Arachchige was appointed as a senior lecturer with effect from 2nd May, 2013 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. LNW Arachchige had been serving the Department as a senior lecturer (contract) since November 2012 until she was appointed to a permanent carder position. 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 likes to congratulate Dr. LNW Arachchige on her new appointment and wish her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
244. Eng. Anura Wijayapala makes a presentation at a workshop organized by SLEMA
Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Senior Lecturer at Department of Electrical Engineering, made a presentation titled "IPP Agreements, their Pricing Structure and other Thermal Power Plants" at the "Workshop on Professional Approach to Electricity Costing and Tariffs" organized by the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA) on 22nd May 2013. He was assisted by Eng. Bandula Thilakasena, AGM at CEB, in the Q&A session which was moderated by Prof. Ranjit Perera. Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya, Eng. Lakshitha Weerasinghe, Eng..Harsha Wickremesinghe and Eng. Samitha Midigaspe also made presentation at this workshop.
243. The Department wins the Quality and Innovation Grant (QIG)
The Department of Electrical Engineering won the Quality and Innovation Grant –Window 2 under the Higher Education of Twenty First Century (HETC) Project. The Comprehensive proposal submitted for the grant was successful in the site evaluation to win the grant. The QIG Proposal of the Department was successful earlier in the Desk evaluation and became eligible for the site evaluation. A QIG review team visited the Department on 6th and 7th May for Site evaluation. The team was impressed very much about the proposal. The Department was successful to secure this grant because of the dedicated support given by all the academic staff, non-academic staff, alumni and students of the Department in preparing the proposal. The Department likes to thank everyone who contributed to bring this success to the Department.
The grant will be utilized to improve the industry relevance of the study program through student projects with increased industry relevance, enhanced exposure to modern industrial practices and the use of industry oriented software tools and to upgrade the existing laboratories with modern equipments to facilitate industry oriented projects and research activities.
242. Mr. Hasala Dharmawardena joins the Department joins the Department
Mr. Hasala Dharmawardena joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in May 2013 as a Lecturer (Probationary). He received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering with First Class Honors in 2010 from the University of Moratuwa. Soon after his graduation he joined LTL Projects in 2010 and worked as a Design Engineer attached to Grid Substation Projects from 2010 September to 2011 December. From 2011 December to April 2013, he worked as the site engineer in charge of electrical erection and commissioning work, initially for the new 132/33kV Grid Substation in Kilinochchi and next in augmentation work of existing 132/33 kV Grid Substations in Vavuniya, Seethawaka, Nuwara-Eliya and Wimalasurendra Power Station.
The Department likes to welcome Mr. Dharmawardena and wish him a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
241. Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo conducted a seminar on "Electrical Safety"
Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo has conducted a one day seminar on "Electrical Safety" on 9th May 2012 at Construction Equipment Training Centre (CETRAC) Auditorium, Pelawatta, Battaramulla. This event was organized by the CETRAC collaboration with industry. Around 40 engineers from the construction industry participated for this event.
240. Prof Sisil Kumarawadu to serve as a Program Committee Member of IEEE SMC'13, Manchester.
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu has been invited to serve as a Program Committee member in the System Sciences and Engineering track of IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics that will be held in Manchester, UK, during 13-16 of October, 2013. IEEE Int Conf SMC is the flagship international conference organized by IEEE's Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, which is widely recognized as the world's leading society for the advancement of theory and application in system sciences and engineering, human-machine systems, and cybernetics.
239. Memories of Prof. Rohan Lucas by his former Students and Colleague
Prof. Rohan Lucas will be retiring on 30th September this year. Memories of former Students and Colleagues, numbering over one hundred, have been put on the web, with links to individual memories arranged in a meaningful manner. He is also writing his autobiography which is expected to be published later in the year with "Memories" as an annexure to the autobiography.
238. Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo delivered a speech at National Consultation Workshop
on "Assessment of Power Sector Reforms in Asia Pacific"
Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo delivered a speech at the National Consultation
Workshop organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the Cinnamon
Grand Hotel on 24 April 2013. The speech was on "Assessment of Power
Sector Reforms in Sri Lanka: Synopsis of Findings", which is a outcome of
a study done by Dr. Rodrigo and Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya as the country
expert to the ADB.
237. Dr. Satish S Namasivayam appointed as a member of the NASTEC
Dr. Satish S Namasivayam, a senior lecturer of the Department is appointed as a member of the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) by His Excellency the President for a period of three years with effect from April 22, 2013. The Department would like to congratulate him on his appointment to the NASTEC.
236. Dr. MP Dias appointed Head/Electrical Engineering
The Council of the University of Moratuwa appointed Dr MP Dias to succeed Professor JP Karunadasa as Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 1st April 2013. Dr. MP Dias joined the University of Moratuwa in 1982 and he continued to serve the Department of Electrical Engineering until 2003 before he accepted an appointment as a Senior Programme Management Officer, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria. Dr. Dias returned to Sri Lanka in 2010 and rejoined the Department of Electrical Engineering 2011. With his long national and international experiences, we wish that he could lift the Department to further high. The Department congratulates him on the new appointment and wish him a very successful career in the Department.
We would like to put on record our appreciation for the former Head, Prof. JP Karanadasa for serving the Department in the capacity of Head of Department during the last five years. We thank Prof. Karunadasa for giving a good leadership to bring the Department to a higher level and for taking timely actions to develop the Department in many aspects.
235. Dr. Lidula Widanagama Arachchi delivers a speech at a function organized by IEEE WIE affinity group, University of Moratuwa
Dr. Lidula Widanagama Arachchige made a friendly inspirational talk initiating the mentoring program on "Her Story" organized by the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. The event was held on 28th March 2013 at the Post Graduate Seminar Room of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
This project is aimed to continue as a mentoring programme, which is to be scheduled once a month, where Lady Engineers from the industry representing different engineering disciplines and Lady Lecturers from the Academia visit the University to exchange their life experiences with the undergraduates. These inspirational and motivational sessions are to be interactive where the students get the opportunity to have 'friendly talks' with the resource persons and discuss matters such as challenges faced by women in the field of Engineering, in the industry and the academics, achieving their dreams of higher education, being successful in career, balancing between the personal and work lives etc. which in turn will set the foundation of successful lives of the young female engineering undergraduates.
234. Dr. Anjula De Silva joins the Department
Dr. Anjula De Silva joined the Department of Electrical Engineering on 18th March 2013 as a Senior Lecturer. He received his BSc Honours degree specialized in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa in 2006. After a brief teaching spell in the Department of Electrical Engineering and in Kothalawala Defence Academy, he went to Melbourne, Australia to read for his PhD in 2007.
He received his PhD in 2011 in the field of Biomedical Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. During, 2012 he delivered lectures in Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests are aligned with bio-signal processing, computational neurophysiology and physiological modelling.
The Department like to welcome Dr. De Silva and wish him a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
233. Prof. JR Lucas Completes 43 years of University Service at Moratuwa
Prof. JR Lucas, Senior Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering completed his 43 years of service at the University of Moratuwa on 13th March 2013. He first joined the Ceylon Collage of Technology, Moratuwa (as it was then known) on 13th March 1970. His tremendous, untiring efforts together with other staff members brought the Department as a nationally and internationally recognized institution. The Electrical Engineering Department is proud to have a distinguished Professor like him in the field of Electrical Engineering whose service is always sought at University and National levels.
The Department organized a small function on 13th March to appreciate his service to the Department and a token of appreciation was given to Prof. Lucas by Prof. JP Karunadasa, the Head/Department of Electrical Engineering. The Electrical Engineering Department wishes that his service will be available for the Department for many more years to come. We wish him a long, healthy and happy life.
232. The 11th DICB Meeting of the Department of Electrical Engineering
The 11th Department Industry Consultative Board (DICB) Meeting was held at at Orient Club, Colombo on 1st March 2013 from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.
The Industry was well represented by the following members:
Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya (RMA), Eng. Jayasiri Karunanayaka (Consultant @ CEB), Eng. D.G. Rienzi Fernando ( Consultant Eng.), Eng. AnuruddaThilakarathne (CEB), Mr. C.M. Faizal (Eng. Head/Bella International), Eng.(Ms) T.N. Thewarapperuma ( Manager/Projects- CECB), Mr. Manjula Hettiarachchi (Manager/Compliance / Dockyard) Eng. Nilusha Oshani Rajapaksha ( Designer/NEO Sri Light Design) while Eng. Nihal A. Wijeyewickrema represented Industrial Training Div. of UoM as Director and Prof. JAKS Jayasignghe as consultant@ EDC of UoM resp.
The Electrical Engineering Dept. was represented by the following members:
Prof. JP Karunadasa (Head/EE), Prof. JR Lucas, Prof. SP Kumarawadu, Eng. WDAS Wijeyapala, Dr. MP Dias , Dr. S Namasivayam , Dr. DP Chandima Dr. AMHS Abeykoon, Dr. KT MU Hemapala, Dr. WDAS Rodrigo, Dr. AGBP Jayasekara. Prof. JP Karunadasa as Head/EE, chaired the sessions.
Chairman Prof. Karunadasa welcomed the industry participants and stated that of recent, the student intake to the undergraduate program has increased to 100 and further increased to 110 from the 2013 due A/L related issues. Therefore while UoM is moving towards Outcome based Education (OBE) approaches, in order to maintain quality of the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, he requested feedback from the industry members and to participate to improve the conditions through the industrial training and mentoring programs.
The discussion centered on five main agenda points.
For the UG programs, issues affecting the employability of the graduates the following were discussed in detail. Soft-skills, Personality development, Knowledge on interdisciplinary general engineering etc., addition to expertise build up in Electrical Engineering. Similarly, subjects such as health and safety, quality assurance were highlighted as important considerations.
PG Diploma and MSc course and curriculum discussions were taken up and Chairman requested broader views and directions to improve the postgraduate courses. He stated that the draft of new curriculum was in preparation.
Regarding Industrial Training, it was pointed out that difficulties are faced in scheduling the training provisions due to delays in the University calendar. Prof. Kumarawadu emphasized the collective effort of industry and the university in this process. Some questioned about the students’ possibilities in attending foreign training places e.g. Dubai based companies during the allocated time period of six months and it was explained that with prior approval it can be done.
Since CEB and LECO may be restricted in assigning training facilities could become a problem to accommodate with larger student numbers, whether one should get more training places in utilization side in the future. Also the Trainees should be given clear instructions such as where to go, what to do there, what to learn etc,.
Dr. Namasivayam mentioned that earlier procedures were changed in the last two years such as meetings with CEB Engineer in charge of Training Div., was arranged. Dr. Siyambalapitiya asked to identify some liaison officers from CEB and LECO, and agree on some specific jobs for undergraduate trainees. He further assured that it is possible to find at least one engineer from one place.
Eng. Thilakarathne (CEB) gave examples such as ongoing projects like GIS installations, grid substations, transmission stringing, etc. Eng. Wijayapla highlighted the importance of arranging field visits to these places and requested the field visit coordinators to arrange productive visits.
Training places should be reviewed annually and checked for training requirements and each training place to prepare specific objectives separately and should provide these details in advance to the students.
Chairman request the industry to give examples of state-of-art software packages and their details. It was suggested to give practical packages related to power systems such as PSCAD in the undergraduate program and proposed to purchase synergy software for the Department.
The meeting was adjourned around noon and for lunch thereafter.
231. Dr. Asanka Rodrigo delivered lectures on IEE Wiring Regulations workshop at IESL
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo was a resource persons for the 18th IEE Wiring Regulations workshop conducted by the Institute of Engineer's Sri Lanka on Saturdays during the period from February to April 2013. Dr. Rodrigo delivered a lecture on "Building Lighting Design" on 23rd February, 2013 as the workshop inauguration lecture and "Overcurrent Protection Requirements" on 9th March 2013.
230. The Department submits its degree re-accreditation application to the IESL
The Department of Electrical Engineering submitted its application
for Re-Accreditation of the BSc Degree Program in Electrical Engineering
to the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka in the month of February. The present accreditation of the Electrical Engineering program is due to lapse
in 2013. The new application was made following the latest guidelines published by the IESL for accreditation of a program of study leading to Degree of Electrical Engineering. Significant changes to the study program ware carried out in order to
align the existing curriculum with the paradigm of Outcome Based Education
229. Prof. Athula D. Rajapakse Delivered a Guest Lecture on "Wide Area Monitoring, Control and Protection Using Synchrophasors
Prof. Athula D. Rajapakse, an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada paid a courtesy visit to the Department of Electrical Engineering on the 19th February 2013. During his visit, he delivered a guest lecture on “Wide Area Monitoring, Control and Protection Using Synchrophasors” to the Final year and Master’s Students of Department of Electrical Engineering. During his presentation, Prof. Rajapaksegave an introduction to synchrophasor networks, defined synchrophasors, phasor measurement technology,and standards and spoke on the phasordata concentrators and communication infrastructure giving examples of potential and existing applications ofsynchrophasor based wide area measurements.
After the presentation, academic staff and students had a discussion with Prof. Rajapakse on collaborative and postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Manitoba. The Electrical Engineering Department thanks Prof. Rajapaksefor sharing his valuable time with us and disseminating his knowledge on current developments of advanced technologies in Power Systems.
228. Publication of a book on Nuclear Technology
Dr. Prinath Dias recently published a book titled "An Introduction to
Nuclear Technology" and the first copy of the publication was
presented to the former Minister for Power and Energy Hon. Champika
Ranawaka. The book is meant for those with no or little knowledge of
nuclear technology and covers the topics of basic nuclear physics,
radiation measurement, radiation protection, nuclear power plants, nuclear power in the Sri lankan context, nuclear reactor analysis and non-power applications of nuclear technology. The book will be useful for students who need an understanding of the basics of nuclear technology and for engineers who need a knowledge of the basics of nuclear power generation. The publication of this book was funded by the National Science Foundation.
227. Technical Visit of Lotus Tower Sri Lankan Consultants to Beijing
The 350m Lotus Tower to be designed and built by a Chinese conglomeration is to be the tallest tower in south asia. Design review and project management consultancy services are provided by the University of Moratuwa. A group of Sri Lankan Consultants visited Beijing in connection with this. Among those who undertook the visit are Prof Nimal De Silva, Prof Samitha Manawadu, Prof Rohan Lucas, Prof Priyan Dias and Dr Chinthaka Mallikarachchi from the academic staff of the University.
226. Donation to the Department
MSc/PG Dip batch of Year 2010-2011 of the Department has donated two Laser printers and two Hot-Cold water dispensers to the Department on 1st February, 2013 at the MSc inauguration of new batch. Representatives of three MSc/PGDip programs, Mr. Vajira Priyantha (Electrical Installation), Mr. B.A. Nandana (Electical Engineering) and Mr. Vinzy Gunawardana (Industrial Automation) presented for this moment and the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. J.P. Karunadasa, on behalf of the Department, accepted the donation.
225. Inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma Programs - 2012/2013
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 1st of February 2013. This was the 14th successive intake of students for the MSc/PG Diploma course in Electrical Engineering, and 8th successive intake for the MSc/PG Diploma courses in Industrial Automation and Electrical Installations. Altogether, about 100 students enrolled for the three programs.
Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. JP Karunadasa, former Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Prof. GTF De Silva, Visiting lecturers of the three programs, and the academic staff members of the Electrical Engineering Department. Very interesting and inspiring speeches from two guest speakers, Group Captain I.A. H. Wijegunawardane - (Chief Executive Officer, Greensoils (Pvt) Ltd.) and Prof. John Balachandra - (President & Chief Executive Officer, EnerGeon International LLC) provided the highlight of the event.
224. Resignation of Prof. Lanka Udawatta
Prof. Lanka Udawatta resigned from his post at the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 1st February 2013. Prof. Udawatta was on sabbatical leave to New Zealand before he tendered his resignation. We would like to put on record our appreciation for his very valuable service to the Department and the University. We offer our best wishes to Prof. Udawatta for a very successful career.
223. Release of the book edited by Professors K. K. Y. W. Perera and H. Y. Ranjit Perera under Centenary Commemoration Publications of IESL
The book titled "Development and Utilization of Power & Energy: A Brief Overview" was recently released by IESL as the concluding link of its centenary commemoration publications series. The book gives a wide coverage of the historical development of the energy sector in Sri Lanka meeting a long standing need of a comprehensive documentation on the subject. Some pictures of historical interest included add colour to the book.
This book would not have been a reality if not for the dedicated contributions made by the chapter authors Eng. Raja Amaratunga and Eng. Jayasiri Karunanayaka and they have been able to track historical information that was not readily available or properly documented.
222. Eng. Anura Wijayapala visits Kori Nuclear Power Station in Korea
Eng. Anura Wijayapala visited Kori Nuclear Power station in Busan, Korea on 31st January 2013 together with 8 member delegation from Sri Lanka. This plant consists of six nuclear reactors (PWR) with a total capacity of 6000MW. Two more reactors are being constructed which will increase the total capacity to 8000MW.
221. Department submits a proposal for Quality and Innovation Grant
A proposal for second round of the Quality and Innovation Grant (QIG) of the Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century (HETC) Project was submitted on 2nd of January 2013. This proposal primarily envisages strategies to improve the industry relevance of the study program through student projects with increased industry relevance, enhanced exposure to modern industrial practices and the use of industry oriented software tools. The Department appreciates the teamwork and the support given by the academic-staff in the preparation of the proposal.
220. Resignation of Ms. Buddhi Wanniarachchi
Ms. Buddhi Wanniarachchi, a probationary lecturer, resigned from her post at the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 18th January 2013. Ms. Wanniarachchi served the Department for more than 3 years. We would like to put on record our appreciation for her very valuable service to the Department. We offer our best wishes to Ms. Wanniarachchi for a very successful career.
219. Prof. G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy Delivers a Guest Lecture on "Optimal Operation of Power and Energy Systems"
Prof. G.K. Venayagamoorthy, the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, USA paid a courtesy visit to the Department of Electrical Engineering on 4th January 2013. During his visit, he delivered a guest lecture on “Optimal Operation of Power and Energy Systems”. During his presentation, Prof. Venayagamoorthy spoke about Smart Grid Technologies, their complexities, effective management and operation. Further he went on speaking of intelligent technologies needed for decision-making, control and optimization in a modern power system environment. After the presentation, academic staff and students had a discussion with Prof. Venayagamoorthy on collaborative and postgraduate research opportunities at the Clemson University. The Electrical Engineering Department thanks Prof. Venayagamoorthy for sharing his valuable time with us and disseminating his knowledge on current developments of advanced technologies in Power and Energy Systems. The guest lecture was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society of University of Moratuwa.
218. Mobile Robotic Platform Added to the Automation Lab
A tracked mobile robotic platform is the newest addition to the Automation Lab of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering. Donated by a well-wisher, this system with the onboard control electronics on top of the regenerative controller will be an attractive robotic platform that can be used for system automation research as well as undergraduate projects at the Department. The 3 ft long robot system is powered by two 24V rechargeable batteries onboard.
217. Prof Sisil Kumarawadu Delivers a Keynote Address at ICICCA 2013, India
Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu delivered a keynote lecture on "U-S-A Principle as a Common-sense Approach to Automation Projects" at the International Conference on Instrumentation, Communication, Control, and Automation : ICICCA'13. The conference was held at the Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Krishnankoil, Viridhunagar District, India, during January 3rd-5th, 2013.