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  • 22 May 2014 11:03 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL JIY winners win top multiple awards at Intel international Science and Engineering fair in USA

    by Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda 


    The winners of  the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) Junior Inventor  of the Year (JIY) competition 2013, Namal Udara Piyasiri & Nipun Kavishka Silva have done Motherlanka proud by winning  several top awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  (ISEF), in Los Angeles, California.

     

    Namal Udara Piyasiri, a product of Thambuttegama Central College, has won the Second Award of  US$1,500 in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category by the Society for Science and the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation  for his project " Versatile Field Construction Machine for Paddy Cultivation",  a device that can carry out soil preparation and harvesting in addition to the standard functions such as plowing,  harrowing, leveling of soil,.

     

    Nipun Kavishka Silva, a product of De Mazenod College, Kandana, has won the Fourth Award of US$500 for his project "Artificial Intelligence Sense for the Blind to Play Video Games using Their Tongue",  a device that allows persons with disabilities to Play Video Games using Their Tongue, in the Computer Science category at the above competition.

     

    According to Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, the Vice President of the IESL who was in Los Angeles, California with the Sri Lankan contingent,  Namal’s project has also won two special awards, at the Special Awards Ceremony.  He has received a  First Award of US$1,000  cash award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association. U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Namal another US$10,000 cash award.

     

    Over 1,700 high school students from 65 countries had participated in this year's Intel Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition, from May 11 -16 in Los Angeles, CA. They had competed for awards and scholarships worth nearly four million US Dollars.

     

    The contingent  including Namal & Nipuna,  received a rousing welcome on their arrival at the Katunayake Airport on May 19 morning & H.E. the President   felicitated the students, at the Presidential Secretariat.




  • 07 May 2014 2:07 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The awarding ceremony of the recently concluded Quantity Surveying CPD Course conducted by the Continues Professional Development Committee of the IESL was held on Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. A total of Forty Six (46) students who successfully completed the course from the batch of 55 students who had joined the course on a first come first basis received their certificates. Four (4) students who fulfilled the minimum attendance level  also received certificates of participation at the event. Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda - Vice President of IESL and Chairman of CPD Committee, Eng. A.P.R De Silva - Hony. Treasurer, Eng. Kanishka Samudaya Nanayakkara – Member of CPD Committee and Mrs. G Jayasoma – Chartered Quantity Surveyor who was the resource person for the course, distributed the  certificates.


    Photo shots of the event follows: Click


  • 30 Apr 2014 3:10 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 ,  the country’s premier event for recognition and celebrating  excellence in the profession and science of engineering was ceremonial launched on Monday,  28th April, 2014 at ‘The Victorian’ Function Room of the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, in the presence of an audience represented by heads  of engineering related organizations, well-wishers, media personnel, Council members and  staff of the IESL.


    Welcoming the audience, the President of IESL, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando in his welcome described the engineers in the country as traditionally not given to trumpeting their own achievements but pointed out that unless they blow their own trumpets, at least once in a while, others may use it as a spittoon and people wouldn’t know the tremendous amount of engineering that has gone in to almost every aspect of modern living in the society. Describing the awards scheme as a means of rewarding and publicizing excellence among engineers and engineering organizations he implored the media to take the message to the public to be aware and appreciate the role of the engineer in the day to day life of the public. He also expressed his desire to see more engineers belonging to Sri Lanka and the subcontinent at the helm of mega projects being undertaken by the government. 


    The Chief Guest for the event, Eng. Mangala P.B Yapa, Chairman – National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka and former Chairman / Managing Director of M/s Colombo Dockyards PLC, in his address traced the legacy of great engineering excellence in the country in the past (as evidenced by some of those ancient engineering feats being existent even after more than 2.500 years  and serving the society even today),  its erosion thereafter variously due to subjugation by foreign forces, internal conflicts, natural disaster, etc. leading to an absolute  decline of such excellence in the present era. He stressed the role that schemes such as the Engineering Excellence Awards of the IESL play in rejuvenating the motivation towards achieving excellence in professionalism, recounting  the experiences of the Colombo Dockyards PLC as an organization upon its application and subsequent winning the award for Excellence in Engineering Awards for Organizations.  Recognition of excellence in professionalism in its turn breeds  excellence in professionalism he stated.


    President Elect of IESL and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Engineering Excellence Awards, 2014, Eng. S.B.Wijekoon made a detailed presentation of the awards on offer. The Question and Answer session that followed provided clarifications required by the audience.


    The event was also the occasion for the handing over of the token of sponsorship to the main sponsor for the event, M/s Melwire Rolling (Pvt)Ltd with its  Director - Mr. Muruganandhan Periyasami Pillai in attendance to receive the token from the President of the IESL.


    The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Eng. (Prof.) Niranjanie Ratnayake , Vice President of IESL and the event concluded with the refreshments that followed.
  • 21 Apr 2014 3:32 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    The IESL Membership Drive at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya for this year was held on 2 April 2014. At this annual event, 444 Engineering undergraduates lodged their applications for the Student Membership.


    An awareness programme about the activities of the IESL, different classes of membership, how to become a Member, benefits for the members etc.  was conducted in parallel with the Membership Drive. Eng. S.B. Wijekoon, President Elect, represented the IESL and made a presentation and answered many quarries made by the students. Prof. Leelanada Rajapaksha, Dean of the Faculty and Eng. W.R.M.U. Wickramasinghe, University Liaison Officer were also present.


    The event was organized by the IESL Student Chapter at Peradeniya.
     


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  • 09 Apr 2014 9:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    A media awareness seminar for creating awareness among media personnel on the scope for engineering based reporting in the country and recognition and rewards they can receive for such reporting was held at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo on Monday, April 7, 2014.

    Dr. Charitha Herath, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information graced the occasion as a special guest. Eng. Ivan De Silva - Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Eng. R.W.R Pemasiri – Secretary to the Ministry of Highways, Ports and Shipping and Eng. Janaka Kurukulasuriya – Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development made presentations of projects under their purview. Media personnel from the print and electronic media attended the event.

    Eng. Shavinranath Fernando -  President of the IESL, Eng. S.B Wijeykoon – President Elect of IESL, Eng. Ranjith Gunawardana – Past President of IESL and Chairman of the Media Liaison Committee of the IESL addressed the audience at the event. Eng. Madhawa Perera – member of the Media Liaison Committee of the IESL and Mr. Ariya Rubasinghe – Veteran Media personality moderated the Q & A session.


  • 26 Mar 2014 12:15 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL, JIY Competition Promotes Global Competition Through Intel ISEF

     

     

    The Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) 2014, for selecting the cream of creative and innovative  among Sri Lankan school children for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  (Intel ISEF)2014 to be held in Los Angeles, USA was conducted at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka on 25th  February 2014. The Intel ISEF is where the best of world’s best young scientists and inventors from over 50 countries come together each year to share their ideas, showcase their cutting edge science and engineering projects and win awards and scholarships.

     

     

    The SLSEF is a joint effort where the Ministry of Education , National Science Foundation (NSF), Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office and the IESL  had joined hands since year 2007 to promote  creativity and innovation among the country’s younger generation. Every year  20 competitors are selected from two separate competitions, the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition conducted by the IESL and the Science Research Project Competition (SRPC) conducted by the NSF, to compete at the SLSEF to select three of the best among them to participate at an international level in the Intel ISEF held in USA.

     

     

    Since beginning to participate in the Intel ISEF, student protégées of Sri Lanka, who has been selected through Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition organized by Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, has done the country proud by managing to win awards and recognition winning the 3rd place grand award in 2009 on their 2nd appearance and clinching the 1st place grand award in Computer Engineering at their 3rd appearance (2010). The latter achievement earned the distinction of a newly discovered planet being named after the winner who was also the Junior Inventor of the Year 2010 nominated to the Intel ISEF competition by the IESL. JIY finalists, were able to won the IEEE Award and Intel Excellence award in computer science in Intel ISEF at 5th  appearance (2012) and also won the 1st  place grand award in category of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Special award from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation at 6th appearance (2013). The fame and recognition achieved so soon has led to a rapid rise in the popularity of the competition among school children all over the country.


    Welcoming the participants to this year’s SLSEF the Vice President of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda pointed out the significant contributions JIY programme is making to the students and the country providing motivation to be creative and innovative.   Also Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda said that the SLSEF is being held for the sixth time and that the country has to be proud of the way its school children has performed in the face of international competition. He  pointed out the exhaustive preliminary selection process undertaken by  the IESL in selecting 50 finalists from the nearly 1000 school children projects demonstrated to panel of judges at Colombo and all the provinces. He said that 20 of the finalists were given the opportunity to  exhibit  their  inventions to  the  industry  and  the  public  at  the  National Engineering Exhibition (TECHNO) in October 2013 at the BMICH.  The top 10 of these finalists have been nominated to the SLSEF 2014 he concluded.

     

     

    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda ,  also pointed out the national achievement, Master Maduranga Karunajeewa, ISEF finalist 2010 had by winning 1st  place under Transport category in the annual Presidential Awards 2011.

     

     

    Mrs Anusha Amarasinghe, Director General of the National Science Foundation, in her address stressed the role innovation has to play in the development of mankind and Mr. Indika De Zoysa of Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office briefed the way modern technology including the microchip has changed the way we live. Prof. Rizvi Sheriff, the Chairman of the Panel of Judges to the SLSEF pointed out that its simple discoveries like mankind’s early fascination with the circle which led to its increased mobility and other developments.

     

     

    Mr. Priyantha Weerabahu, Intel education manager, university academics, senior engineers in the industry, parents, teachers and students participated in the opening ceremony.



  • 25 Jan 2014 9:13 AM | IESL (Administrator)



    Eng. Nihal Kularatna won the Engineering Innovator of the Year Award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence (NZEE) Awards 2013 held on 27th November, 2013. The award was in recognition of his work on improving the efficiency of energy storage systems while also improving power quality issues. A product of the University of Peradeniya he is now an academic at the Waikato University in New Zealand with patents pending for two techniques he developed. He is also engaged in finding solutions to a common engineering problem in developing countries: the severe fluctuations in the utility power supply due to overloaded low voltage distribution lines. He also holds a United States patent for his super capacitor technology (high capacity energy storage).He has held a position at the University of Auckland before he joined the Waikato University in 2006.


    The author of many books and technical papers to journals and international conferences, Eng. Kularatna obtained his BSc (Eng.)(Hons) from the University of Peradeniya in 1976. Having worked as an electronics engineer from 1976 to 1985 he joined the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies in 1985 as a research and development engineer and was appointed its CEO in 2000.which position  he held until he moved to New Zealand with his family.


     The New Zealand Engineering Excellence is conducted by The Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) on behalf of a partnership of engineering organisations – Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA), Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ), New Zealand Contractors’ Federation, Water New Zealand and The New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans. It’s the ultimate recognition for the engineering professionals in New Zealand.
  • 17 Jan 2014 10:07 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    Meet The President of IESL Conference organized by the IESL Ruhuna YMS (Young Members Section) was held on Thursday, 9th  January 2014 from  2:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the IS Seminar Room of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna - Hapugala, Galle. Mr. Rajitha Punsara (graduating engineer and former President of Ruhuna YMS) and Mr. Krishantha (third year engineering student and current President of YMS) were the coordinators and key organizers from the student body.



    A large number (around 150-175) of final year passing out engineering students gathered for an informative and energetic exchange of ideas and action items. Members of the academic staff  too were present. This was the first event of its kind organized at the Ruhuna campus.




    The purpose of the program was to discuss about the importance of the IESL, benefits of being a member in it and issues that students and academics face when dealing with the  IESL. Some key issues were related to Membership renewal and subscription payments in the past, poor communication channels and feedback from the IESL Secretariat, and negative experiences from last year’s Sri Lanka Techno participation.



    The event saw around 250 being enrolled as Student Members by paying membership fees then and there! The audience was made aware of the features of the Membership Management System that would eliminate most of the issues related to membership, getting timely information (event registrations, digital SLEN) and getting in touch with the President/ Council directly via the system to provide feedback, suggest or put forward a question, no matter where they are (emails, forums)



    Dean of the Faculty of Eng. (Dr.) P.D.C Perera Chaired the sessions.

     

    The following participated representing the IESL:

    • President IESL- Eng. Shavindranath Fernando made his presence felt via a recorded video address to the audience 
    • Vice President - Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda 
    • Deputy Executive Secretary - Membership Eng. Badra Jayaweera 
    • Chairman of The Southern (Ruhuna) Chapter IESL - Eng. L S Sooriyabandara 
    • Past Chairman of The Southern Chapter IESL – Eng. Anil Ranjith

    Guest Speaker Eng. Arjuna Manampaeri addressed the audience to elaborate on what the society and the industry expects from passing out engineers and gave a demo on how to post input to Forums. He also highlighted the significant importance of using the special forum - "Job Postings"  (available in the Member section menu) - that is exclusively available to those who have valid registration to access the Membership Management System. He emphasized the importance of marketing the Forum as the premier place for advertising engineering jobs and advertising for member skills / needs for assignments. He stated that it is the responsibility of the IESL Secretariat to promote this critical and useful feature among members and organizations ( using Digital SLEN, news papers, letters to major organizations in all sectors). He emphasized that it will be one of the best benefits to the members. 

     

    Eng. Meegoda gave an excellent presentation about IESL and why the young engineers should participate its activities with vigor. He also elaborated on CEB's training programs and hiring programs and the information was very useful to the large number of Engineers passing out with Electrical Engineering degrees.  He also took immediate action via phone to address a confusion among the academic staff in connection with aligning students for training purposes at the CEB. 



    Eng. Badra Jayaweera was well organized with slides and made it clear how the membership process works all the way to the Charter.

     

    IESL staff did a great job collecting information and enrolling audience as student members. 



    Eng. Sooriyabandara and Eng. Anil Ranjith emphasized the need for many such gatherings in the future in affiliation with the IESL Southern Provincial Center. They both suggested that the gains by IESL in the provinces in 2013 must be extended further through active participation of all regional members and organization in collaboration with the Provincial Center.

     

    A fabulous suggestion came from a student; To Setup an IESL fund for providing small seed capital for experimental projects by students. If IESL could allocate at least half a million to one million every year and fund such projects based on certain criteria both  the IESL and the universities will be able to  show case at least a few items with commercialization potentials to the private sector and the venture capitalist in Sri Lanka This is a need of the hour as the country need such initiatives. This must be targeted to universities.
  • 13 Jan 2014 2:01 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, C.Eng, graduate of the University of Peradeniya Engineering Faculty – 1981 batch, has donated a collection of books recently to the Students’ Chapter of the IESL at the newly established Engineering Faculty, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL), Oluvil.


    The donation included books drawn from a wide range of disciplines in engineering, management and general topics of interest to the engineering students. Dr. S.M.Junaideen, Dean of the faculty of Engineering commending the willingness and interest shown by Eng.Manamperi, through this gesture, to contribute to the development of the new faculty has also stated that“Eng. Arjuna has shown a way to other engineers and well-wishers to help in the development of the emerging faculty.”




    The IESL Students’ Chapter was declared open in October 2013 at the Faculty of Engineering, SEUSL by the immediate past president, Eng. Tilak De Silva.


    Sri Lanka's public universities could use the help of alumni, especially the diaspora members like Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, to boost their library collection with up to date literature. One of the issues for an overseas member would be the cost of shipment to Sri Lanka. There are concessionary rates for used education material via sea mail from various countries that would bring the cost down significantly even though the delivery will be delayed. Another approach is to do a book collection in an overseas region and use bulk rates. Last but not least, each one of the IESL  members local and overseas could bring a book or two to Sri Lanka on their travels and donate to their university or any other. It will be one of the easiest things we could for a place that gave us a lot! 

  • 02 Jan 2014 1:32 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting and Get-Together of the IESL Southern Provincial Centre was held on Friday, 20th December, 2013 at the Samaya Hotel, Matara, Eng. R.W.R. Pemasiri, Secretary, Ministry of Highways, Ports & Shipping graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Eng. Tilak De Silva – Immediate Past President of IESL, Eng.S.B Wijekoon, President-Elect of IESL  and Eng. Arjuna Manamperi were Guests of Honour for the events. Established in 1995 as a provincial arm of the IESL parent body, the centre currently serves more than 400 members who live and work in its three districts of Matara, Galle and Hambantota.

    The province is home to number of  mega projects undertaken by the government like the Hambantota Harbour, Mattala Airport, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium etc. The country’s first expressway which cuts short much of the travel time by road from Colombo to the south is a tremendous infrastructure boost to the province.

    The following members were elected to the Executive Committee for the 2013/2014 Session

     

    Presedent

    Eng. E.L.Sooriyabandara

    Vice President

    Eng. Keerthi Abeysekara

    Secretary

    Eng. Sunil Jayawardena

    Asst. Secretary

    Eng. Ranasighe

    Treasurer

    Eng. Cyril Kariyawasm

    Editor

    Eng. Kasun Sandasiri

    Committee Members

    Eng. Suranga

    Eng.(Dr.) Sudeera Silva

    Eng. Roshan

    Eng. H.M.D.Rasika Nath

    Eng. Mohan Garusighe

    Eng. Anushka

    Ex President

    Eng. Anil Ranjith

    Co-opted Members

    Eng. Gallage

    Eng. Ganga

    Eng. Edirisinghe

    Eng Sahan

    Eng.Palihawadana

    Representative of 
    Student Chapter

    Rajitha


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