364.University of Moratuwa Awards Ceremony 2015
Dr. Harsha Abeykoon, Dr. Udayanga Hemapala and Dr. Lidula Widanagama Arachchige received awards for outstanding research performances at the University of Moratuwa Awards Ceremony 2015 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium.
363.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo received an NRC Merit Award for scientific publications
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo received a National Research Council (NRC) Merit Award for scientific publications in December 2015 for the journal paper appeared in ERGONOMICS Vol 56, Issue 7. NRC Merit Awards for Scientific Publications recognize outstanding research published in prestigious scientific journals by Sri Lankan scientists and researchers whose work has reached international standards. This award is considered as one of the most prestigious awards for a research publication in Sri Lanka.
362.Dr. W. D. Prasad received the best paper award at International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, 2015
Dr. W. D. Prasad received the best paper award (first place) for the paper presented at 2015 IEEE 10th International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (ICIIS) held in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 17th - 20th December 2015. The paper is titled “Improving Matrix Pencil and Hankel Total Least Squares Algorithms for Identifying Dominant Oscillations in power Systems”, and has been co-authored by Prof. U. D. Annakkage at University of Manitoba, Canada.
361.Inauguration of the PG certificate in Industrial Automation 2015/2016 (1st Batch)
The Department of Electrical Engineering marked the commencement of the postgraduate certificate in Industrial Automation for the first batch of students on the 12th December 2015. This is the first PG Certificate course started at the University of Moratuwa.
The course is specially targeted for the graduates who are working in or willing to enter the industrial automation field with a three years Engineering Degree. The courses are scheduled on a part-time basis during the weekend and will be offered in a modular form. The minimum duration of the course is six months.
360.Prof. Rohan Lucas was appointed to the Board of Management of the ITUM
Prof. Rohan Lucas was appointed to the Board of Management of the Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa (ITUM) by the University Grants Commission with effect from December 2015.
359.Prof. Rohan Lucas delivers and oration at the Mora-Pera Engineers' Reunion
The Mora-Pera Engineers' Reunion was held for the third time on Saturday 5th December 2015, at the University of Moratuwa. The Reunion aims, to bring the Engineers who have graduated from Moratuwa and Peradeniya and from 2014, has an annual oration by a distinguished person. The 2015 Reunion oration was delivered by Emeritus Prof. Rohan Lucas on the topic "Enhancing the Learning Environment : An in-house implemented Power systems Simulator."
358.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivers an invited talk at the 9th IEEE ICOSST, 2015, Lahore, Pakistan
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivered an invited talk titled “Second-guessing: A Critical attribute for Success in R&D in Engineering” at the 9th IEEE International Conference on Open-source Systems and Technologies (IEEE ICOSST: icosst.kics.edu.pk/2015) that was held at the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore, during 17-19 December 2015. IEEE ICOSST 2015 was organized by IEEE Computer Society Lahore Section in technical collaboration with UET-Lahore and aimed at addressing the issues related to future of open-source software such as virtualization, knowledgebase, surveillance, and automation.
The conference program also featured invited talks by Ali R Butt (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg), Â Ricardo Vardasca (Univ Porto, Portugal), Gerald Schaefer (Univ Loughborough, UK), Mudasser Wyne (National Univ., San Diego), and Tariq Jamil (Sltan Qaboos Univ., Muscat).
357.Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Senior Lecturer at Department of Electrical Engineering, has been appointed as the Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board
Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Senior Lecturer at Department of Electrical Engineering, has been reappointed as the Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board by the new Power and Renewable Energy minister Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya.
In addition, Eng. Wijayapala has also been appointed as the Chairman of LTL Holdings Ltd, Chairman of Sri Lanka Energies Pvt Ltd and Chairman of Trincomalee Coal Power Company Ltd. He also works as a Director of Lanka Electricity Company Ltd and Lanka Coal Company Pvt Ltd. Department of Electrical Engineering is proud to have one of its academic staff members bearing several key positions in the power sector in Sri Lanka and congratulates Eng. Anura Wijayapala and wishes him all the best in carrying out his duties.
356.Speech by IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Prof. George Gross
Prof. George Gross conducted a speech on “A Practical Framework for the Implementation of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Concept” at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Moratuwa for the final year undergraduate students on 20th November 2015. This was organized by the IEEE PES Student Chapter of the University of Moratuwa together with the IEEE PES Sri Lanka Section. There were 100 participants including the academic staff.
George Gross is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with an appointment as professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He is currently attached to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, USA. His major research activities are in power system analysis, economics and control and electric utility regulatory policy.
355.The Department of Electrical Engineering to assist in the investigations on Ginthota Electrocution incident
Magistrate of Galle Magistrate courts has requested Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi to assist with the enquiry of the electrocution incident happened in Ginthota on the 3rd of November, where 3 people were killed. Dr. Asanka Rodrigo is appointed by LECO as an independent expert on the same incident.
354.Inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma Programs - 2015/2016
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 23rd of October 2015. This was the 17th successive intake of students for the MSc/PG Diploma course in Electrical Engineering, and 11th successive intake for the MSc/PG Diploma courses in Industrial Automation and Electrical Installations. Altogether, about 82 students enrolled for the three programs.
Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Dean/Faculty of Engineering, Prof. UGA Puswewala, the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. NK Wickramarahchi, Visiting lecturers of the three programs, and the academic staff members of the Electrical Engineering Department. An interesting and inspiring speech by the guest speaker, Eng. Dammika Nanayakkara, CEO – LTL Transformers (Pvt.) Ltd. provided the highlight of the event.
353.The independent investigation committee submits its final report on the total black-out on September 27th, 2015
The cabinet appointed an independent technical committee to investigate and report on the island-wide power failure that occurred on September 27th, 2015. The committee was chaired by Prof. H Y R Perera and Prof. J R Lucas, Eng. Jayasiri Karunanayaka and Eng. Rienzie Fernando served as members. After lengthy investigations the committee has submitted its final report to the Hon. Minister of Power and Renewable Energy.
352.Prof. Prinath Dias appointed as a member of an expert panel by the International Atomic Energy Agency
Prof. Prinath Dias of the Department of Electrical Engineering was recruited recently by the International Atomic Energy Agency as a member of an expert panel to review the Technical Cooperation project proposals submitted by the member states of the IAEA for implementation in 2016/2017. The panel reviewed 400 project proposals against 10 quality criteria and provided their recommendations. Prof. Dias participated in a similar exercise in January / February.
351.Prof. Prinath Dias attends the Annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Prof. Prinath Dias of the Department of Electrical Engineering attended the Annual General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency held on 14-18 September 2015, as member of the Sri Lankan delegation to the Conference. He attended the Conference in his capacity as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council. During the Conference Prof. Dias participated in bi-lateral discussions with the delegations of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and had consultations with several staff members of the IAEA regarding the regulatory programme of Sri Lanka and with the representative of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to look into the possibility of establishing Collaboration.
350.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 31st August 2015 at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The Head of the Department, Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi delivered the welcome speech welcoming all newly selected students to our friendly Department family. Inspiring speeches delivered by senior 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.
349.Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe appointed as a Senior Lecturer
Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe was appointed as a Senior Lecture with effect from 1st September 2015 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. R Samarasinghe had been serving in the Department as a senior lecturer (contract) since January 2015 prior to the new appointment. Dr. R Samarasinghe obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a Second class upper division Honors in July 2008 from the University of Moratuwa. She was awarded an RMIT PhD Scholarship in 2009 to pursue doctoral studies at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD in February 2014. Her research interests include High Voltage Engineering, Finite Element Analysis and Electromagnetic Fields. The Department likes to congratulate Dr. R. Samarasinghe on her new appointment and wishes her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
348.Mr. Chirath Pathiravasam appointed as a Probationary Lecturer
Mr. Chirath Pathiravasam was appointed as a Lecturer (Probationary) with effect from 1st September 2015 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Mr. C. D. Pathiravasam had been serving in the Department as a temporary lecturer since March 2014 prior to the new appointment. He obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a Second class upper division Honors in December 2011 from University of Moratuwa. He will start his PhD studies at Clemson University, South Carolina next year. His research interests include Smart grid applications. The Department likes to congratulate Mr. C. D. Pathiravasam on his new appointment and wishes him a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
347.Miss. Maheshi Ruwanthika appointed as a Probationary Lecturer
Miss. Maheshi Ruwanthika was appointed as a Probationary Lecture with effect from 1st September 2015 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Miss. Ruwanthika obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a Second class upper division Honors in March 2014 from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. She has successfully completed the M.Sc.(Major Component of Research) Degree commenced in 2014 in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include Bilateral Control, Haptics and Robotics. The Department likes to congratulate Miss. Ruwanthika on her new appointment and wishes her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
346.Prof. H Y R Perera visits Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prof. H Y R Perera participated in the IAEA-Argonne International Workshop on "Leadership and management for introducing and expanding nuclear power programmes". This programme was conducted in the prestigious Argonne national laboratory of US Department of Energy in August 2015. The first ever nuclear reactor reached criticality in Chicago and this was the initial step for the development of the Argonne National Laboratory situated outside the Chicago city. Today the laboratory houses many advanced scientific user facilities including a photon source and a tandem linear accelerator system. Well over 1000 scientists and engineers are engaged in research at the laboratory
345. Mentoring Felicitation Ceremony and Trical Nite - 2015
The Annual Mentoring Felicitation Ceremony and Trical Nite of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa was held on the 24th day of August 2015 at Hotel Dampe Village, Piliyandala with Honorary participation of Academic Staff, Mentors, staggering high participation of '11 and '12 batches of the Electrical Department. This annual event is organizing to pay our sincere gratitude to the mentors who spare their precious time for the betterment of Semester five Electrical Engineering Undergraduates through the mentoring programme and to increase the affability and brotherhood between two immediate batches of the same department in the same university. This consecutive time, the event was organized by the '11 batch undergraduates who participated to the mentoring programme in 2014, in their fifth semester and this time, the theme of the event was STAMPEDE.
After arriving the guests for the premises the traditional oil lamp was lighted. Mr. Vibhanu Arachchige, a member of '11 batch welcomed the participants and then Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi, Head of Electrical Department and Dr. Chandima Pathirana, Mentoring coordinator addressed the gathering on behalf of the academic staff of the department and Dr. Narendra De Silva, Head – Engineering, LECO made his speech on behalf of all mentors, the facilitators of the programme. After distributing certificates for a sample representation of '11 batch for successful completing the mentoring programme, tokens of appreciation for the mentors were given by Senior Academics of the Department. Ms. Roshani Peiris, Female Field Representative of '11 batch shared her experiences to the audience at the mentoring programme and Dr. Satish Namasivayam, former mentoring coordinator added his comments briefly. Finally Mr. Asanka Napagoda, The Field Representative of '11 batch delivered the vote of thanks.
Next all the pretty and handsome faces turned into cowboys. All the members of the '11 batch changed into cow boys thanks to the simple costumes. At the moment '12 batch people came to the premises and they were warmly welcomed by '11 batch. '11 batch people introduced the theme of the event to the spectators through videos and plays. Then '12 batch people also involved presenting their talents. After entertaining the night and increasing affability and brotherhood, all the participants were followed by dinner and DJ till midnight to keep the participants entertained. We have the pleasure of saying that the idea was indeed a success.
344.Prof. Sarath Perera visits the EE department
Professor Sarath Perera, Technical Director at the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre, University of Wollongong, Australia visited the EE department recently. He delivered an informative talk on "Power Quality Research and Development Activities- Past, Present and Future possibilities" to Electrical Engineering staff, postgraduate and final year students.
343.University of Moratuwa signed an MoU with University of Wollongong
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Moratuwa (UoM) and the University of Wollongong (UoW) in Australia was signed a few weeks ago at UoM. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Ananda Jayawardena signed the agreement on behalf of the UoM and the Technical Director of Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre, UoW, Prof. Sarath Perera confirmed the signing of the agreement by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Wellings on behalf of the UoW. One of the main objectives of the MoU is to initiate joint research activities including a split PhD program between two universities.
342.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo Conducted an Electrical Safety Seminar
On the invitation of John Keels Hotel Management Pvt Ltd, Dr. Asanka Rodrigo conducted a one day workshop on "Electrical Safety" for the Chief Engineers, Engineers and Electrical Supervisors of the John Keels Hotels and Resorts in Sri Lanka at the Hotel Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa on 08th July 2015. The seminar covered the practical sessions and theory which are related to electrical safety, common mistakes, national and international standards and so on, which was a good experience and an eye-opener to all participants to re look at the electrical safety issues in their hotels and resorts.
341. WE ARE WITH YOU 2015
“We Are With You (WAWY)”, the annual charity program for the differently abled students in School for the Deaf, Rathmalana organized by Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) is one of the most anticipated and enthusiastic events in University of Moratuwa. This year, the 17th consecutive WAWY event was held on 30th July 2015 from 1.00 pm onwards at university premises under the theme “Super Heroes” which made the event more attractive to the children.
The proceedings of the event commenced with the inaugural ceremony held at the Civil Auditorium. Emeritus Professor J.R. Lucas, Head of the Department Prof. N. Wickramarachchi, President of the EESoc Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara, members of the academic staff were among the guests who graced the occasion. The session included a quiz competition between two teams representing the school which displayed their knowledge, a drama item performed by the Undergraduates highlighting super heroes and conveying the message of how “Education makes you a hero” and a drama and a dancing item performed by the students from school for the deaf , which delighted the gathering, and reflected the their different capabilities. The most highlighted item of the session was the speech conducted by a hearing impaired student in sign language who is currently studying at the University of Moratuwa which indeed was an inspiration and motivation to the students conveying them the message that losing hearing is not at all an obstacle to achieve one’s dreams.
After the refreshment, students joined the outdoor session of the programme where the children were entertained through a series of games and fun activities, letting them to live in a world of super heroes whom they love. Further netball and a cricket match were held between the school and the undergraduates where the school team secured an easy win, exhibiting their skills and talents in outdoor activities as well. When the students move from outdoor session to the session at old gymnasium, they all were full with some gifts which are offered for the wining and participation. An Art Exhibition, which is an effective mean of expressing their innocent ideas to the world through a careful combina-tion of colours, was also held at the Old Gymnasium of the University where the outstanding paintings selected under each category were awarded prizes as an encouragement. Moreover donations including agricultural equipment, bulbs were handed over to the school and gifts were distributed among students. This wonderful evening came to an end with the Undergraduates joining the dance floor to entertain the students.
The day of We Are With You created memorable moments to the students of the Deaf School of Ratmalana as well as the members of EESoc, which brought a smile to the innocent faces of these children who are a part of our community and are needed to be taken good care of, as responsible citizens of the country.
340.The Final Year Project "Design & implementation of a test bench to test grid tie inverters" won the 1st Runner up of the EW Karunarathna Memorial Award
The final year project "Design & implementation of a test bench to test grid tie inverters" of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa has become the first runner up of the E W Karunaratna award for the Best Undergraduates Project in Electrical Engineering for 2015, which was organized by the IESL. This project was supervised by Dr. Asanka Rodrigo and the group members were Mr. T M L Arachchi, Mr. H D Weerarathna, Mr. C K Wickramanayake and Ms. PYTD Gunarathna. The competition for the award was held among the final year project groups of all Engineering Faculties in the country.
339.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo appointed as a member of the Planning & Development committee
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo has been appointed as a member of the Planning & Development committee of the University of Moratuwa.
338.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivers a keynote talk at ICMEIE 2015, Rajshahi, B'Desh
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivered a keynote talk on Visual Servoing: Perception and Control, addressing the recent advances and challenges in vision based perception and motion control at the International Conference on Materials, Electronics, and Information Engineering (ICMEIE) held at Rajshahi University, Bangladesh, in June, 2015. During this visit, he also participated in an Industry-Academia R&D Collaborations workshop, which was held in parallel with the ICMEIE 2015. Prof Keikichi Hirose (Tokyo University), Prof Takayoshi Nakai (Shizuoka University), Dr Surendra Gautam (Tribhuvan Uiversity), and Prof Tomokazu Iyoda (Tokyo Inst Technology) were among other keynote speakers and invited dignitaries.
337.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu visits King's College, London
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu, on invitation by its lead researcher, paid a visit to the Laboratory for Morphological Computation and Learning (Thrish Lab) of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King's College, London, in June, 2015. The Thrish Lab team, led by Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, tries to address the theme known as morphological computation using various paradigms like human robot interaction through soft and hard reins, robotic palpation of soft tissue using controllable stiffness joints, and passive dynamic walking on soft terrains. The team builds their own platforms to test various specific phenomena and is involved in high-profile internationally funded research projects.
336.Prof. Prinath Dias attends the annual meeting of the SAGTAC, Vienna
Prof. Prinath Dias, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering attended the annual meeting of the Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna on 7-10 July 2015. SAGTAC is an advisory group appointed by the Director General of the IAEA to advise him on issues related to the Technical Cooperation programme of the IAEA for enhancing the contribution of nuclear science and technologies for sustainable development of the Member States of the IAEA. SAGTAC members are senior officials of development agencies and nuclear energy establishments. The meeting made recommendations to the Director General on enhancing technical assistance to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), on using regional agreements to enhance human resources development and on contribution and response to containment of emerging virus-related diseases in agriculture and health.
335.EESOC Gest Lecture- SKILLS BEYOND TECHNICAL TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ENGINEER
The 1st guest lecture which had been organized by the newly appointed board of Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) was held successfully on 2nd of July at the EE seminar room. It was conducted by the Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, Mr. Damitha Kumarasinghe. He is also a Director Board Member of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board (Laksala) and Condominium Management Authority of Sri Lanka and an undergraduate from University of Moratuwa. He was one of the first vice presidents of EESoc too.
He gave us an idea about the qualities which industry demands apart from the technical skills and how to acquire them. He mainly emphasized three skills (communication skills, multidisciplinary skills, negotiation skills) which are needed to be improved within the undergraduate period for the sake of dealing with industry. Throughout this lecture he explained that, the industry which we are to be exposed in future, is not a single reality but a multiple realities. Also he elaborated the necessity of understanding disciplines which are essential to survive in industry by taking PUCSL as an example. Further he didn’t forget to give an open invitation for final year students for upcoming interviews of the PUCSL. Finally with a Question and Answer session, he gave the opportunity for the participants to clarify their doubts and to have the maximum use of the lecture
334.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo participated for a technical training on Renewable Energy in Bavaria, Germany
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo attended a technical training and field visits on renewable energy in Bavaria, Germany from 14th -21st June 2015, which was organized by the Sri Lanka – Germany Business Council of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in association with the German Embassy in Sri Lanka.
The invitation to this technical session was extended by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology and Dr. Rodrigo alone with twelve other members from Sri Lankan energy sector, which comprises of industry executives and academics attended to the technical training as the delegates from the Sri Lankan energy sector. This training session has brought the participants into contact with Bavarian businesses, institutions and government officials with the focus of transferring the knowledge and technology on the renewable energies
333. EESOC AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) of University of Moratuwa was held glamorously on the 10th of June 2015 at the University premises. Emeritus Professor R.R. Lucas, who is a patron of the society graced the occasion while academic staff & under-graduate students of the department of Electrical Engineering were among the gathering. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2014 and the financial report for the past year were read by the secretary and the junior treasurer respectively and were approved to be true and correct by the audience.
The new board of members for the year ahead was appointed and resumed their duties with the warm wishes of the retiring members of the board who served immensely to-wards the betterment of the society as the department, and were successful in organizing the annual charity programme ‘We Are With You’ as well as the grandiose Panel Discussion in an innovative way.
The new board is headed by Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara as the President and Dr. Upuli Jayatunga as the Senior Treasurer consisting of eight members from the final year undergraduate students. The AGM was followed by an entertainment session which reflected the talents of the undergraduates of the Department of Electrical Engineering which added colour to the event.
332.Prof. JP Karunadasa resumes duties in the Department of Electrical Engineering
Prof. JP Karunadasa resumed duties in the Department of Electrical Engineering after two years sabbatical leave at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU). He has completed two years of service at KDU as the Head/Department of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering and as the Dean/Faculty of Engineering. The Department welcomes Prof. Karunadasa Back.
331.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo appointed as a faculty nominee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo has been appointed as an Engineering faculty nominee to the Faculty of Graduate Studies which is the newest faculty added to the University of Moratuwa. The Department congratulate Dr. Rodrigo on his appointment.
330.Best Final Year Undergraduate Project 2015
The Department of Electrical Engineering conducted the evaluation of Final Year Undergraduate projects between 6th and 8th May 2015. The EE academic staff selected the project “Automatic Governor for Tie-line Controlling Between two Areas” as the best project in the Final Year 2014/15 for the EESoc award. The project was carried out by Mr. Udayantha Niraj De Silva, Miss Muditha Karunathilake, Miss Sapna Sridharini Kumari, and Mr. Manusha Deegala under the supervision of Prof. JR Lucas and Dr. Narendra De Silva.
329.Members from Lighting Research Centre of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute visit the Department
Prof. Nadarajah Narendran, Director of Research, Prof. Russ Leslie, Associate Director, Graduate Programs in Lighting and Dennis Hull, Senior Research Specialist of Lighting Research Centre of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA visited the Department and had a fruitful discussion with the staff members. The intention of the visit was to initiate a collaborative postgraduate course in Lighting Design aimed for the local industry.
328.Prof. Ranjit Perera appointed as a member of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board
Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera, Senior Professor in Electrical Engineering has been appointed as a member of the Board of Management of Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, with effect from February 2015.
327.Eng. Ravindra Premathilaka visits the Department
Eng. Ravindra Premathilaka, who was a graduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering and currently a Specialist Engineer (Protection & Control) at BC Hydro, Canada, paid a courtesy to visit the Department on 27th April 2015. During the visit, he delivered a guest lecture on "Generator Stability" at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The guest lecture was attended by the students and the academic staff.
326. Prof. JR Lucas delivers a lecture at IET forum
Prof J R Lucas made a presentation on "Lightning Protection and Safety" at an Evening Forum of the IET Sri Lanka Network on Thursday 26th March 2015.
325. Prof. JR Lucas conducts a CPD course at IESL
Prof J R Lucas conducted a full day session on "Overcurrent Protection" at
the IEE Wiring Regulations 7-course held at the IESL on Saturday 21st
March 2015 to over 100 young Electrical Engineers. This CPD course is
held annually and is suitable for the design project required for the
324. 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 "Financing of Power & Energy projects" at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. The guest lecture was attended by the students and the academic staff.
323.University of Moratuwa sings an MoU with Ceylon Electricity Board
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University of Moratuwa and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) on 19th March 2015 at the Research and Development Centre of CEB located at the BMICH. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. AKW Jayawardane and the General Manager of the CEB, Eng. Bandula Thilakasena signed the MoU representing the two parties. Academic staff members of the Department of Electrical Engineering also participated in the event.
322.Prof. MP Dias appointed a member of the SAGTAC
Prof. MP Dias has been appointed by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency as a member of the Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC) of the IAEA, for a period of three years from 2015. The mandate of the SAGTAC is to advise the Director General regarding the delivery, relevance and the impact of the Technical Cooperation Program of the IAEA.
321.Prof. MP Dias recruited as a member of IAEA expert panel
Prof. Prinath Dias was recently recruited by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a member of the expert panel selected for the quality review of the Technical Cooperation projects of the IAEA to be implemented in 2016/2017. The seven member panel reviewed 300 project proposals submitted by the member states of the IAEA during a three week mission at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, against the established quality criteria of the Technical Cooperation Program. The Technical Cooperation program of the IAEA provides technical assistance to its member states to use nuclear technology in power, medical, industrial and agricultural sectors. The projects should be in areas of national priority, be designed using the Logical Framework Approach and meet the established quality criteria.
321.Eng. Anura Wijayapala delivered a memorial lecture at IESL
Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering University of Moratuwa, delivered the 34th Professor RH Paul Memorial Lecture at the Wimalasurendra auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka on 9th February 2015. The topic of his speech was "Engineers and Scientists who can save the Planet Earth are wanted!". In his speech Eng. Wijayapala emphasized the need for every individual to be low carbon emitting, thereby generating as low carbon foot print as possible in order to avoid a catastrophic increase in the global average temperatures by the end of the century.
320.University of Moratuwa felicitates Prof. JR Lucas
Prof Ananda Jayawardena, Vice-Chancellor, University of Moratuwa presented a memento to Prof J R Lucas on 19th December 2014, in appreciation of the invaluable services and guidance provided to the University of Moratuwa during his tenure.
319.Eng. Anura Wijayapala appointed as the Chairman - Ceylon Electricity Board
Eng. Anura Wijayapala, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, assumed duties as the Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) on 20th January 2015. Previously he has worked as the Vice Chairman of CEB in 2011/2012 period and as the Chairman of NERD Center in 2013/2014 period.
318.Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe joins the Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe was appointed as a Senior Lecturer (on-contract) with effect from January 2015 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. R Samarasinghe obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a Second class upper division Honors in July 2008 from the University of Moratuwa. She was awarded an RMIT PhD Scholarship in 2009 to pursue doctoral studies at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD in February 2014. Her research interests include High Voltage Engineering, Finite Element Analysis and Electromagnetic Fields. The Department likes to congratulate Dr. R. Samarasinghe on her new appointment and wishes her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
317.Long Service Awards - Electrical Engineering
Prof. NK Wickramarachchi, the Head/Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Prof. JP Karunadasa, and Mrs. LPJP Premaratne, received Long Service Awards at the ceremony held on 30th December 2014 at the Civil Engineering Auditorium. Prof. Wickramarachchi and Prof. Karunadasa were awarded medals to recognize their 30 years of continuous and meritorious service to the University and Mrs. LPJP Premaratne was awarded a medal to recognize her 35 years of continuous and meritorious service to the University. The 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.
316.Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi appointed the Head/Department of Electrical Engineering
The Council of the University of Moratuwa appointed Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi to succeed Prof. MP Dias as the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 1st of January 2015. 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. MP Dias for serving the Department for nearly two years in his capacity as the Head of Department. We thank Prof. Dias 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.
315.Prof. M.P. Dias appointed the Chairman/Atomic Energy Regulatory Council
Prof. M. P. Dias former Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering has been appointed as the Chairman of the newly established Atomic Energy Regulatory Council (AERC) of Sri Lanka by the Hon. Minister for Technology and Research. The AERC has the mandate of ensuring protection of persons and the environment from risks associated with the uses of ionizing radiation, and ensuring compliance with international standards and obligations of Sri Lanka in the field of Nuclear Energy.
314.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu attended 17th IEEE INMIC'14 as a Special Guest Lecturer
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu attended 17th IEEE International Multi-topic Conference (17th IEEE INMIC'14), Dec 8--10, 2014, on invitation to deliver a special guest lecture on "Modeling and Control of Vehicular and Robotic Systems". The 17th IEEE INMIC'14 was held at the Bahria University, Karachi, Pakistan. Other invited special guest lecturers included Prof. Valentina Balas (Aurel Vlaicu Univ., Romania), Prof. Jeffry Will (Valparaiso Univ., USA), Dr. Fanggang Wang (Beijing Jiaotong Univ., China), and Prof. Javier Poncela (Telecommunications Inst University of Malaga, Spain)