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  • 23 Jun 2016 2:37 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    The ceremonial launch of the Techno Sri Lanka 2016 was held at the Hotel Galadari on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2016 from 6.00 pm onwards in the presence of a large audience comprised of sponsors, special invitees, guests, well-wishers, past presidents, Council members, members of the organizing committee and IESL staff.


    Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Region Development graced the occasion as the chief guest. This annual national engineering and technology exhibition, is to be held for its  31st  consecutive year on 07th,08th and  09th October 2016 at the BMICH. The best of its kind to be held in Sri Lanka, this flagship event of the IESL  brings forth the latest in technologies, products, skills and best practices from the world over to its target audience and  is a beacon for the transfer of technology towards scientific and technological excellence of the profession and related industry in the country.


    The lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and national anthem was followed by President of IESL, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage’s welcome address.


    President Elect of IESL and Chairman of the Techno Sri Lanka 2016 Organizing Committee, Eng.Jayavilal Meegoda in his introduction speech explained the idea behind selecting “ Engineering Excellence for a Smarter Planet” as the theme for this year’s exhibition and its aim to promote smart and sustainable development of the country while inculcating the culture of innovation among school children and encouraging entrepreneurial  startups especially among young engineers


    Addressing the audience in what was tagged as the ‘Techno Talk’  Hon. Minister Ranawaka praised the selection of the theme; “ Engineering Excellence for a Smarter Planet” for this years’ exhibition by IESL for its reflection of the trend and times in the country’s development process and the opportunity for innovative thinking and vital role for engineers  in it. He detailed the smart city concept within   the Megapolis Development Plan and the strategies being adopted to achieve various objectives and goals of the project.


    The Question and Answer session that followed the speeches saw the Hon. Minister explaining the opportunities arising for the country’s engineers in the various infrastructure projects within the Megapolis Development  Plan and Western Region Development  Plan of his ministry.  President Elect of IESL providing answers to what’s to be expected from the exhibition explained the focus this year on helping engineering entrepreneurial startups through the various steps to establish themselves as successful enterprises..


    The event was also the occasion to handover tokens of sponsorships for sponsors


    The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Vice President of IESL, Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake and this was followed by Cocktails with which the event concluded.



    Video recordings of the event could be accessed through the links below





  • 23 Jun 2016 1:10 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, NSW Chapter (IESL NSW Chapter), Engineers’ nite 2016 was held on 11th of June 2016 at Hornsby RSL. This was held in grand style for the seventh consecutive time including the awards presentations for IESL NSW Chapter Engineering Excellence award 2016. President of the institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President of Engineers Australia, Sydney Division Dr. Michael Myers, President elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations Dr. Marlene Kanga and IESL NSW Chapter president Eng. Ananda Herath graced the event.   





    The Engineering Conference, held on 10th June 2016 at the Engineers Australia Auditorium, Chatswood, preceded the Engineers nite 2016. The Engineering Excellence awards are to recognise engineers with Sri Lankan background living in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, for their contributions towards ecologically sustainable development and wellbeing of the community. These awards are offered in three categories: the best infrastructure development project; the best research paper and the best innovation/invention.


    Every year, from many quality submissions two outstanding submissions are presented from each category at the Engineering conference. Following five submissions were short listed and presented at the conference this year and awards were presented at the Gala Dinner.

    • “Methodology for Assessing Bridges on Road Network for Freight Vehicles” by Adj. Prof.Wije Ariyaratne
    • “Equivalent-Circuit Models for Efficient Transmission and Dispersion
      Analyses of Multi-State Periodic Structures” by Professor Karu Esselle and Dr Dush Thalakotuna
    • “Significant improvement in both low- and high-field performance of MgB2 superconductors through graphene oxide doping” by Dr. Sujeewa De Silva
    • “Shock Mats made of recycled tyre waste to enhance the stability of ballasted rail track” by Eng. Sinniah K. Navaratnarajah
    • “Optimization of Stochastic deterioration models for bridges under incomplete inspection data using Bayesian inference-based approaches” by Dr.Niroshan K. Walgama

    This annual event was attended by over 250 Engineers, Industry experts, academia and many distinguished invitees representing various collaborative organisations. Gala Dinner 2016 was sponsored by three bronze sponsors, NSW Public Works; University of Technology and Road & Maritime Services. This event is a great opportunity for networking among fellow engineers and strengthening mutually beneficial relationship’s with professionals and professional organisations.


    Amali Wickramasinghe, Secretary IESL NSW Chapter


  • 02 Jun 2016 3:30 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Eng Bandu Biyanwila  donated Books and Magazines which were a part of his private collection to the IESL Library at a simple ceremony held on Wednesday, 1st June, 2016 at the library premises.


    The donations were officially handed over by Eng. Biyanwila to Eng. (Dr.) Jagath Peiris, the CEO of the IESL.




  • 16 May 2016 12:06 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The world’s largest high school science & engineering competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2016, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.


    IESL/JIY finalists have won Grand award & two special awards respectively at the Grand Award ceremony & Special Award Ceremony which were held today in USA at their 8th appearance (2016).


    Abishek S Gomes from Belvoir College International won the Grand award 3rd Place in category of “Embedded Systems” & Top Award of $2,000 from Synaptics, Inc and First Award of $500 from Patent and Trademark Office Society for his novel invention “Wearable Device to Translate American Sign Language (ASL) into English”


    Chamindu Jayasanka from Rajasinghe Central College, Hanwella won the Top Award of $1,000, and an American flag and a framed copy of the first patent granted in the USA from Patent and Trademark Office Society for his unique project titled ‘‘Modified and Adjustable Crutches’’


    The opportunity to participate in the international competition arose when they won the Gold & Silver awards at the ‘Junior Inventor of the Year-2015’ (JIY-2015) competition, conducted by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL). The Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition promotes creativity and ingenuity among school children from schools all over Sri Lanka who participate, initially in awareness programmes & preliminary competitions held at the provincial level with the IESL provincial Chapters, and proceed to the final JIY competition held at the IESL Headquarters in Colombo. Their projects are evaluated by engineers who have more than 15 years of engineering & research experience.


    The Intel ISEF provides a forum for over 1750 high school students from over 77 countries, to showcase their inventions. It is the premier science competition in the globe, exclusively for students in grades 9 to 12.


    Eng J Meegoda, President Elect, IESL said, “I am proud to say that JIY winners are capable of competing and winning at any world stage. IESL has been organizing the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition for the last three decades, mentoring many students to win at an international level. IESL is very happy to be a part in this cultural change that drives the next generation of Sri Lankan students to be innovative”. This is the 13th occasion JIY winners have won recognition at an international level during last 09 years.


    Every year winners of the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF), a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, the National Science Foundation and Intel are sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair which honors some of the world’s most promising, rising student, innovators and scientists. ISEF finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.



    You can also participate in the Intel ISEF competition and bring honour to mother Sri Lanka by becoming a JIY winner. JIY 2016 preliminary competitions will be held in the months of July, August at the provincial level. Register today your inventions by visiting the website


    For more details, Please contact organizing committee of Junior Inventor of the Year Competition. (Mr Maduranga – 071 3535329)





  • 27 Apr 2016 2:09 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL Members and staff along with their families participated in traditional festivities of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year at the New Year Get-together organized by the IESL at the Women’s International Club, Colombo 7 on Saturday, 23rd April, 2016.


    The event opened with the lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp, followed by the national anthem and welcome speech by IESL President, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage. From then on it was a day filled with fun and games with all the traditional games lined up for children and adults alike. Breaking pots blindfolded, Bun eating with hands tied back, Racing with lime fruit balanced on a spoon held in the mouth, Musical Chairs, Gunny bag racing, Couples feeding yoghurt blindfolded, Hula Hoop, Tug of War, Fancy Dress competition, Avurudu Kamari / Kumararaya selection were all part of the event.


    The event was organized by the Civil Engineering Sectional Committee and  enjoyments kept going with lunch and refreshments and  prizes to winners of various games and events.





  • 19 Apr 2016 12:35 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    A delegation of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) UK  led by its Chief Executive Officer - Mr. Stephen Tetlow paid a courtesy visit to the IESL Secretariat on Saturday,  9th April, 2016. He was accompanied by Principal Regional Advisor of IMechE UK – Mr Prabal Sarma and their local branch representatives Mr Newton Wickramasuriya, Mr Lucien Perera, Mr Chanaka Wanniarachchi and Mr Preshant De Mel. 


    The IESL was represented at the meeting by President Elect - Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. (Dr.) Jagath Peiris




  • 29 Feb 2016 3:08 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Women Engineers’ Day  organized by the Women Engineers Forum (WEF) of the IESL was held on Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 at the the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. The Chief Guest at the event was Eng. (Dr.) Mrs. Premala Sivaprakasapillai Sivasegaram, the first lady engineer the country ever produced. The lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp  was followed by the very warm welcome speech made by Chairperson of the Women Engineers' Forum Eng. (Mrs.) Thamara  Mallawaarachchi. The IESL President, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage in his speech appreciated IESL Women Engineers Forum for organizing the event and the encouragement they are providing towards women engineers’ participation in IESL activities. The address by the Chief Guest followed that. Eng. (Mrs.) Wanesha Kanakaratne, Joint Secretary to the Forum  proposed the Vote of Thanks. President Elect, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, Council Member, Eng. Prabodha Jinasena , Chief Executive Officer of  IESL,  Eng. (Dr.) Jagath Peiris and Deputy Executive Secretary of IESL, Mrs. Badra Jayaweera  graced the occasion with their presence. The Tea Break was followed by a much appreciated presentation by  Mrs Aruni Wickramage on “ Personal Grooming “ . The forum’s  activities for the day concluded with its Annual General Meeting and lunch.




  • 25 Feb 2016 11:29 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA) has bestowed the honour of  being its President for the next two years on Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, President Elect of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL).


    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, has been unanimously elected to the post at the 14th General Assembly of the FEISCA held on 18 February, 2016 at Kathmandu, Nepal.


    FEISCA came in to being as a direct response to the need for the  assistance of engineering professional bodies  to the UN  system and provides opportunity for the non-government organizations engaged in engineering education and training to discuss the issues of improving professional collaboration to provide an effective working mechanism to the UN system. It has membership of engineering professional bodies from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka


    Eng. Meegoda takes over from incumbent president,  Er. Sham Lal Garg, Immediate Past President of the Institution of Engineers (India).  This is the second time since its inception in 1979 that a Sri Lankan is at the helm of this reputed collation of national bodies, Eng. (GP Capt.) P Merveyn Gunasekera, the then president of the IESL being the first to have held the FEISCA presidency during 2000 – 2002 period. Congratulations and best of wishes to Eng. Meegoda  for a most productive presidency of the FEISCA.
  • 10 Feb 2016 4:39 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL commemorated the 112th  birth anniversary of Eng.(Prof.) Robert Haisington Paul, (popularly known as R. H. Paul) with a memorial lecture held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution on Tuesday, 9th February, 2016 from 1715 hours. This year the lecture was delivered by Eng Prof . Manjula Fernando -  Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. It was on the theme ‘The Research Bridge between University and Industry: Condition Monitoring Perspectives’.


    The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late Professor by the President of the IESL, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, preceded the delivery of the memorial LECTURE.


    Welcoming the audience Eng. Wimalasena Gamage stated that the IESL devoutly commemorates birth anniversaries of engineering greats who have passed away after doing yeoman service towards the development of the country and to improve the living standards of fellow countrymen. He stated that Prof. R.H.Paul is known as the Father of Electrical Engineering Education in Sri Lanka, a title which he aptly deserves as he had played a vital role in the history of Development of Engineering Education in the country. The late Professor had been the President of the IESL in 1968, he added.


    The memorial lecture had been organized by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL. Family members of the late Professor and large number of members of the institution attended the commemoration.



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