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  • 27 Mar 2017 1:00 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    March 22nd of each year being declared by the United Nations (UN) as the World Water Day (WWD) dedicated to WATER the IESL Water Forum  organized its own World Water Day programme to mark the occasion with  presentations by several well-known specialist in the field of water on Wednesday, 23rd March, 2017 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution.


    The focus  of this year’s event was on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.


    Wastewater being the theme for this year’s WWD the presentations focused on this subject and were as follows;


    ‘Making Progress in the Urban Water Sector’ By: Dr. Herath Manthrithilaka, Head – Sri Lanka Development Initiative – IWMI


    'Options for reuse and recycling of wastewater' By: Eng. Prof. Mrs Niranjanie Ratnayake, President (Elect), IESL, Senior Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa.


    ‘Water for Irrigation –Do we use right quality in Sri Lanka?’ By: Eng. Ms. Manjula Samarakoon, Chief Engineer - Water Management  Department of Irrigation. .


    ‘Challenges & Future Trends in Wastewater Disposal’ By:  Eng. Dhanesh Gunatilake, Waste Water Treatment Specialist NWS & DB.


    ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Waste water’ By: Eng. Ananda Jayaweera, Water & Sanitation Specialist.


    A ‘Question & Answer Session followed the presentations. The large audience comprised of members of the institution as well as the public.




  • 23 Mar 2017 4:12 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Women Engineers’ Day 2017 and WEF - AGM


    The Women Engineers’ Day 2017 organized by the Women Engineers’ Forum (WEF) of the IESL was held on Monday, 20th March, 2017 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium  of the institution. 


    The Ambassador to the Netherlands in Sri Lanka, Her Excellency Mrs. Joanne Doornewaard graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The event commenced with the national anthem and lighting  of  the traditional oil lamp. Eng. (Mrs.) Mangala Wickramanayke – Chairperson –WEF delivered the welcome address and this was followed by the Chief Guest’s address. Dr. Achela K. Fernando, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Griffith School of Engineering Brisbane, Queensland, Australia delivered the  Guest Speech  on  “Addressing gender-imbalance in Engineering”. Large number of women engineer members of the IESL participated. 


    The AGM of the WEF held thereafter to select the new office bearers and Mrs. Mangala Wickramanayake was re-elected as the New Chair person for the next session. The Women Engineers’ Day activities concluded with Lunch. 




  • 02 Mar 2017 11:02 AM | IESL (Administrator)


    23rd February 2017 - Sri Lanka Parliament passed the bill to establish the “Engineering Council” which shall be responsible for the maintenance of professional standards and conduct of Engineering Practitioners; registration of different categories of Engineering Practitioners; and to provide for the matters connected there with.


    As the President of IESL, I am truly privileged and delighted to see it realized today at the Sri Lankan Parliament. The institution of Engineers Sri Lanka had been in fore front leading the whole process till it became a success. I salute our Past Presidents, council members and members of  IESL who sphere headed the related activities.


    Though there were several setbacks, it was with our courage and stamina; we were able to push through. I must thank Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Hon. Patalie Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Hon. Ajith P Perera , Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Chairman and members of the oversight committee , Hon. Members of Parliament, Secretary and Additional Secretary of Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, officers of Attorney Generals department and legal draftsman office  for the trust bestowed on us.


    Together with IESL & Engineering council, we turn a new chapter in Engineering in Sri Lanka.


     

    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda

    President (2016/2017)

    The Institution of Engineers ,Sri Lanka


  • 15 Feb 2017 11:49 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 113th  birth anniversary of Eng.(Prof.) Robert Haisington Paul, (popularly known as R. H. Paul) was commemorated by IESL with a memorial lecture held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution on Tuesday, 9th February, 2017 from 1715 hours.


    This year’s lecture was on the theme ‘Enabling Power Systems of the Future’ and was delivered by Eng. Prof . Kithsiri M. Liyanage - Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya and currently at SLIIT as a Visiting Professor.


    Welcoming the full-house audience Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, President of IESL stated that considered as father of Electrical Engineering Education in Sri Lanka, Late Professor R. H. Paul, in

    1933, when he joined Ceylon Technical College, Colombo, the only institution offering courses in engineering in the country at that time, as a Lecturer, worked tirelessly to develop higher level electrical engineering courses and establish laboratory facilities at the Ceylon Technical College. His hard work paid-off when the University of London recognized the Ceylon Technical College, in 1942, as an institution to prepare students for its prestigious B.Sc. (Engineering) external degree programs.

     

    When the University of Ceylon established its Faculty of Engineering, Prof. R.H. Paul was one of its founder members and was the natural choice for its first Professor of Electrical Engineering, the position he held until his retirement in 1968. Prof. Paul once again displayed his professionalism as an academic, in developing the courses of study in Electrical Engineering, planning and establishing the laboratory facilities for the programs and training the technical staff for the faculty, both at its temporary facilities in Colombo as well as when it was shifted to the permanent facilities in Peradeniya, later.

     

    The legacy of the spacious and well planned electrical engineering laboratory complex of the Peradeniya Engineering faculty stands as the testimony for his professionalism and futuristic planning, in developing the concept for the same.

     

    The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late Professor by the President of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, preceded the delivery of the Memorial Lecture.

     

    The memorial lecture had been organized by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL. Family members of the late Professor, Council Members, Past Presidents and other members of the institution attended in large numbers the commemoration.


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  • 15 Feb 2017 8:59 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The gateway to the international arena for creative and innovative talent among Sri Lankan school children, the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) for the year 2017 got underway on Thursday, 9th February at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL.


    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.


    The cream of student talent sifted 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, compete at the SLSEF with the ultimate goal of winning the chance to participate at an international level in the Intel ISEF held in USA.


    The Intel ISEF is where the best of world’s best young scientists and inventors from over 70 countries come together each year to share their ideas, showcase their cutting edge science and engineering projects and win awards and scholarships.


    Since beginning to compete in the Intel  ISEF 2008 its student protégés have done Sri Lanka proud clinching prestigious awards at the grand ceremonies with one of them even earning the unique distinction of  a newly discovered planet being named after him. Many of them made good on the networking and exposure they received at the Intel ISEF to become successful entrepreneurs.   


    President of IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, welcomed the large audience comprised of competing school children, their parents and teachers as well as members of the panel of judges. Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda   is now in the unique position of simultaneously being the President of IESL and the Acting Chairman of the National Science Foundation, the two bodies which independently promote creativity and innovation among school children to participate in the SLSEF. He has dedicated nearly 16 years of his professional career to the cause, serving first as JIY committee member gradually to take up its chairmanship before he was elected to be the President Elect and finally became the current President of IESL.   He laid out his vision of taking IESL’s commitment to the cause a step further to promote entrepreneurial aspirations among its JIY participants by established the JIY Alumni and also  opening up  an “Entrepreneur Forum “of the IESL to those of them who joined the engineering fraternity by choosing the engineering stream for higher education.


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  • 16 Jan 2017 10:53 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    There was a great demand for the Port City Visit on the 22 November 2015 organized by the Women Engineers’ Forum (WEF), and 70 members participated and had a great opportunity to Visit the largest Civil/Coastal Engineering project in Sri Lanka. This was combined with the Colombo Port Visit. The China Harbor Engineering Corporation (CHEC) confirmed that this  was the first official visit to the Port City Project and thanked the Women Engineers Forum for the  initiative. The visit was hailed as a great experience by the  participants for the on-the-ground-insight it provided  to them of one of the most talked about mega projects in the country. The Chair Person WEF Eng. Mangala Wickramanayake, to whom much of the credit for successfully organizing the visit   said that there will be another visit in May 2016 to the Port City due to the high demand. 




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