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  • 29 Jan 2016 11:44 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Director of Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering (GRE) at the University of Wollongong and a world-leading geotechnical expert on road and rail infrastructure, has been promoted to one of the highest echelons of the Australian professoriate structure, the rank of Distinguished Professor, and he becomes the inaugural Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Wollongong, Australia. 


    Recently, he also received three prestigious felicitation honours in geotechnical engineering: 1st Ralph Roscoe Proctor Lecture for Transport Geotechnics and 4th Louis Menard Lecture for Ground Improvement of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and Thomas Telford Premium award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK for his major contributions that have made an impact to industry, both in Australia and internationally. Prof Indraratna was also chosen as the recipient of 2015 Individual Award of Railway Technical Society of Australasia (combined Institutions of Engineers Australia and New Zealand), which he received from the State Minister of Transport at the New South Wales Parliament House in October 2015.

  • 27 Jan 2016 4:43 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    The awards ceremony for the  Engineering Excellence Awards 2015, the premier event in the country for rewarding outstanding achievements  by engineers and engineering enterprises organized by the IESL was held at the Waters Edge on Tuesday, 26th January, 2016 from 7.00 pm onwards. Mr. Kiyoshi Amada, Chief Representative of Japan International  Cooperation Agency (JICA) Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest and Vidya Jyothi Prof. K.K.Y.W. Perera, Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa was the Guest of Honour for the   event. A large gathering comprised of individuals and organizations who vied for the different categories of awards, Council Members and  Past Presidents of the IESL as well as invitees and staff of the IESL Secretariat were present. The presentation of awards were done amidst entertainment provided by the all engineers music group ‘ Music Engineers – IESL’  and the Channa Upuli Performing Arts Foundation dancing troupe. The event concluded with Refreshments and Dinner.

    Award Winners - Engineering Excellence Awards 2015

    Award Category: Eminence in Engineering Award

    Vidya Jyothi, Eng. (Prof.) K.K.Y.W Perera

    Vidya Jyothi, Eng. (Prof.) D.S Wijesekera

    Award Category: Excellence in Engineering Awards for Individuals

    Eng. (Mrs.)Premala Sivaprakasapillai Sivasegaram - Civil Engineering

    Eng. B.R.O. Fernando - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Eng. A.K. Diyabalanage - Mechanical Engineering

    Eng. Kamal Nanayakkara - IT and Communication Engineering

    Award Category: Engineering Entrepreneur Award

    Main Award: Eng. Ranjith Gunathilaka. Merit Award: Eng. Ruwan Edirisinghe

    Award Category: Award for Social Responsibility

    Main Award: Joint awardees - Eng. Ms K.A.P. Chandani + Eng. H.S. Sugathadasa + Eng. M.A.G.P. Fernando. Merit Award: Eng. Lalith De Alwis

    Award Category: Environment Award

    Main Award: Eng. S.M.A. Nelugolla

    Award Category: Outstanding Engineering Education Award

    Main Award: Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. N. Ratnayake

    Award Category: President’s Award - Eng. (Dr.) H.H.J. Keerthisena

    Awards Category: Special Appreciation Awards

    Eng. Shavindranath Fernando

    Eng. (Dr.) S.B.Wijekoon

    Award Category: Excellence in Engineering Awards for Organizations:

    Manufacturing (Large), Main Award: LTL Transformers (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Construction (Large), Main Award: Maga Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd. Merit Award

    1.} Sanken Construction (Pvt.) Ltd. 2.} Access Engineering PLC

    Construction (Medium), Merit Award: Business Promoters and Partners Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd

    Engineering Services (Medium), Main Award: Dialog Axiata PLC. Merit Award Sri Lanka Telecom PLC

    Engineering Services (Small), Merit Award: JLanka Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Engineering Consultancy Services , Merit Award: Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau



    Please find below URL for TV coverage of Engineering Excellence Awards 2015 Ceremony in the Eye Channel  9.00 pm News of Wednesday, 27th January, 2016: (time Slot 22.26 -23.48)

    http://dammika.tulix.tv/iframe/vod.php?s=cds/news_eng/2016-01-27.mp4&c=dvod




  • 21 Jan 2016 5:52 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Uva Chapter organized three religious events to commemorate the 110th year of IESL culminating in the Bhodhipuja ceremony at Badulla Mutiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya on 7th January at 5.30 p.m. and about 30 Engineers of IESL Uva Chapter participated for this event.


    For Event Photos Click Here



    Reported by Eng. D.M.Ravindra Dhanapala 
    Editor IESL Uva Chapter


  • 05 Jan 2016 8:51 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Established  under its colonial era predecessor, Engineering Association of Ceylon, the IESL will soon reach its 110 years of existence since its establishment in 06th January, 1906. An all-night Pirith ceremony held on Sunday, 3rd January, 2016 at its  head office in Colombo and the Alms-giving that followed started off the many religious ceremonies that  would be held, both in  Colombo  and at IESL Chapters in the provinces, to mark the reaching of this important milestone. While a  multi-religious ceremony at 10.00 A.M. at the head office on 06th January, 2016, will mark the exact day of 110th anniversary, in Colombo  other religious ceremonies are to be held  by the IESL Chapters in the provinces.













  • 23 Dec 2015 5:47 PM | IESL (Administrator)


    Members and staff of the IESL together with their families had an enjoyable Christmas Party  Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015 from 5.00 pm onwards  in the pleasant settings of the  institution’s   refurbished Members’ Lounge . The tradition, revived after a lapse of many years, saw enthusiastic demand for participation which was limited to a little above 100 Corporate Members and their families by prior registration on first- come- first-served basis. President of IESL, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage  welcomed the invitees to the party at which the blessings were performed by Parish Priest, Reverend Father  Chandana.  Christmas Carols were sung first by Senior Choir (CML) accompanied by Eng. Dharshana Perera. The Junior Choir accompanied by Mrs. Indramali Fernando sang thereafter ending the carols  with a medley of Christmas songs. Santa Claus entered to their singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and distributed sweets to the children. The rest of the party was enjoyed in fun filled games both for children and adults. Christmas Cakes and the Welcome Drink formed the changeover menu while Hoppers and Kottu were served for dinner. Congratulations go to Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake and the organizing committee for successfully organizing this event and reviving this much enjoyed tradition of the IESL. Appreciations also go to Eng. Kosala Abeysiriwardene, Eng. K.P.I.U. Dharmapala, Eng. Russel de Zilwa, and Eng. Mangala  Silva for their generous donations towards organizing  the event





  • 08 Dec 2015 9:22 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) has awarded its 2015 medal of Excellence in Engineering Education to  Eng. Chandana Wirasinghe. The biannual award honours individuals with noteworthy contributions to the improvement of engineering education and significant educational accomplishments. Eng. Wirasinghe is an Anandian, Peradeniya graduate (1968), and was Hon. senior professor at the University of Moratuwa. A Berkeley PhD (1976), and Fulbright Scholar (1972-76), he became the dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, Canada, in 1994. He held the post until July 2006, and advanced the school to be one of the best in Canada. A  longtime academic director in the Centre for Transportation for the Van Horne Institute, Canada, he continues to be active in APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) and Engineers Canada activities. He is the founder of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (IIIRR), a network that works on disaster mitigation research. He is also a founding Canadian member of the Committee on Disaster Risk Management of the WFEO.



    For More Details    http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2015-12-04


  • 01 Dec 2015 2:25 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The annual Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture for the year 2105 was held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) on Monday, 30th November, 2015.  Mr. Deepal Sooriyaarachchi – Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission delivered this year’s lecture on the topic ‘Shall We Nationalize Innovation' which dealt with how to integrate the culture of innovation in to wider society making innovation relevant not only to business and education but also to life itself.


    The memorial lecture was organized jointly by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and Ray Wjewardene Charitable Trust, a  charitable organization established for the promotion of the vision and ideas of Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene . The lecture was preceeded by the traditional lighting of the Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of Late Dr Ray Wijewardene by the President of  the IESL,  Eng. Wimalasena Gamage. The Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene  Memorial Lecture was  first held in 2011 and this is the 5th lecture of its kind to held. Welcoming the capacity audience that attended  Eng. Wimalasena Gamage described the Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene as a person who excelled in many human endeavors.  Prof. Malik Ranasinghe, Chairman of the Ray Wijewardene Charitable Trust briefed the audience  about  the work that the Trust is involved in in promoting the vision and ideas of Later Dr. Ray Wijewardene



  • 18 Nov 2015 10:37 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The  B.D Rampala Memorial Lecture  marking the 105th birth anniversary of Late Engineer Bamunusinghearachchige Don Rampala popularly called B.D.Rampala was held on Friday, 13th  November, 2015 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL. Eng. (Dr). Tilak Siyambalapitiya , Energy Consultant and former President of the Energy Manager’s Association, delivered the lecture on the theme ‘Electrified Railways: soon to be a Reality’ the synopsis of which follows.


    Synopsis: The Government has finally decided on the electrification and modernization of suburban railways, to serve the growing demand for efficient transportation. The Veyangoda-Panadura sector in the Western Province would be the first sector to be electrified, to operate a dedicated, fast, frequent, comfortable suburban service. The support of international financing agencies has been pledged already. The project is set to serve over half a million passengers per day from year 2020. Reforms in the way Sri Lankans build, manage and use the railway network would be essential to reap the benefits of this mode of transport, widely used for urban and long distance transportation worldwide.


    The IESL piously commemorates the birth anniversaries of engineering greats the country has produced whose names are etched in its rich engineering history. One such individual is B. D. Rampala who became the first native chief mechanical engineer in 1949, of the then Ceylon Government Railways and went on to become the General Manager during the period 1955 - 1970, in what is now Sri Lanka Railways. The improvements he brought about to the country’s railway are enjoyed by the people to this day.


    The Memorial Lecture was organized by the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee for the 2015 / 2016 session of the IESL under the chairmanship of Eng. Arjuna Manamperi. The lecture was preceded by the  lighting of the traditional oil lamp and the customary  garlanding of the portrait of the Late Engineer B.D.Rampala by the President of IESL, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage.  The lecture was richly attended  with Past  Presidents, Council Members, members  of the IESL and family members of the late engineer attending.


    Video of the Lecture : Click

    Lecture Material       : Slides of the lecture



  • 07 Nov 2015 11:38 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Celebration of Success of 30th year of the Techno


    The awards ceremony connected with the recently concluded Techno Sri Lanka 2015 exhibition, the 30th exhibition since the inception of the Techno concept in 1985, was held in all its grandeur on Friday, 6th  November, 2015 at the Hotel Galadari, Colombo, from 7.00 pm onwards. The large gathering that participated comprised of stallholders, sponsors, distinguished guests, Council members, Past Presidents, members of the organizing committee and staff of the IESL Secretariat.


    Eng. (Prof.) Dayantha Wijesekera, Chancellor of UNIVOTEC and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa and the Open University of Sri Lanka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Eng. S.B. Wijekoon – President, IESL for the 2014 / 2015 Sessions delivered the Welcome Address.


    The event was livened up by performances by the ‘Chandana and the dancers’ guild’ troupe to the tune of the music provided by ‘ Music Engineers’, the All-IESL-Engineers band. It was an occasion for revelries associated with receiving of awards for the best displays, demonstrations, winnings in competitions, raffle draws, etc. connected with the exhibition.


    Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President Elect 2014 / 2015 Sessions and Chairman – Techno Sri Lanka 2015 Organizing Committee proposed the Vote of Thanks for the event


    Awards were presented in the following categories:


    Winners of competitions organized by the Young Members Section:


    Hackathon Sytems Design & Development competition for Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunication and IT undergradauates  in which the 1st , 2nd and 3rd places were clinched by Team “Tracker”, Team “Envision” and Team “SAS Ninjas” all  from the University of Moratuwa


    Spaghetty Bridge Design competition for Civil Engineering undergraduates in which 1st and 2nd places were secured by Team “Spartanz” and Team “Spaghetti Compatitors” from the University of Ruhuna while the 3rd place went to the Team “LMN Bridge” from University of Peradeniya


    Cad Eager, Computer Aided Design competition for Mechanical Engineering undergraduates in which 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were all clinched by teams from University of Ruhuna



    The Members Raffle Draw were won by the following;


    1st Prize – Eng. S.M. Madwalagama (Samsung TAB)

    2nd Prize – Eng. Thivanka Gunawardena (Smart Phone)

    3rd Prize – Eng. S.M. Jayasundara (Week-end package for a couple at a star class hotel)



    The awards for the best university stalls were won as follows:


    Gold Award – University of Moratuwa

    Silver Award – University of Ruhuna

    Bronze Award – University of Peradeniya



    Awards for the stalls displaying the Most Innovative Local Product were won by the following:


    Gold Award – A & T Labs Private Ltd.

    Silver Award – FLATORB XEITIEX Private Ltd.



    Awards for the stalls displaying the Products with the Highest Social Impact were won by the following:


    Gold Award – Mobitel Pvt. Ltd

    Silver Award - A & T Labs Pvt. Ltd.

    Bronze Award – Oklan Marketing Services (Pvt.) Ltd. 



    Awards for the stalls with the best display of  Local Products


    Gold Award – Brown & Company PLC.

    Silver Award – Pubudu Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Bronze Award – ACL Cables and Magline Switchboards (Pvt.) Ltd.



    Awards for the stalls with the best display of Imported Products


    Gold Award – Dockyard General Engineering Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Silver Award – J Lanka Technologies

    Bronze Award – Green Engineering Systems (Pvt.) Ltd.



    Awards for the stalls with the best display of Engineering Services were won by the following:


    Gold Award – J Lanka Technologies

    Silver Award – Pubudul Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd. 

    Bronze Award – Coolman Refrigerators (Pvt.) Ltd. and Techmast Automation (Pvt.) Ltd.



    Awards for the Stalls with the Best Demonstration


    Gold Award – Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Silver Award – Dockyard General Engineering Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Bronze Award – Brown & Company PLC



    Awards for the Best Sectional Committee - IESL were won by the following:


    Gold Award – Building Services Engineering Sectional Committee – IESL

    Silver Award – Civil Engineering Sectional Committee – IESL

    Bronze Award – Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee – IESL



    Awards for the         Best Provincial Chapter – IESL were won by the following:


    Gold Award – Uva Chapter – IESL

    Silver Award – Wayamba Chapter – IESL

    Bronze Award – Kandurata Chapter – IESL



    The event also saw tokens of appreciation being presented to sponsors for the Techno Sri Lanka 2015


    Principal Sponsors -  Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel

    Platinum Sponsor – Dockyard General Engineering Services Ltd.

    Gold Sponsor – Brown & Company PLC

    Silver Sponsor – Access Engineering PLC

    Event Sponsor – Siemens Ltd.

    Co-sponsor – Yunica Design Engineers & Consultants

    Official Hotel – Galadari Hotel

    Print Media Sponsor – Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd.

    Electronic Media Sponsor – Derana TV



    Tokens in Special Appreciations of contribution towards Techno Sri Lanka 2015 & for the past several years were presented to Eng. Mangala Silva, Eng. (Ms.) P.M.P. Wijeratne and Eng. Progeeth Pathmendra


    Tokens of Appreciation were also presented to the Panel of Judges.at the Techno Sri Lanka 2015




    Last Updated 9th November 2015
  • 30 Oct 2015 9:41 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The  Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) held its 109th Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 24th October, 2015 at the BMICH. Eng. Wimalasena Gamage who took over the reins of the presidency at the event will step on to the very important milestone of 110th year of existence of the IESL in January this year. His ceremonial induction in to the presidency took place earlier at the  inauguration of the Annual Sessions held, also at the BMICH, on Friday 16th October, 2015.with Hon. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, himself an engineer, gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.


    In his inaugural address Eng. Gamage stressed the importance of engineers merging their knowledge and skills, both within and outside the engineering profession, with the country’s drive towards sustainable development under the concept of people-participatory-good-governance ensuring people’s right to information. Engineering having its impact on every aspect of peoples’ lives,  engineers should make the people aware of the vital role that engineers play in the welfare of the people and win their hearts and mind he stated. The full text of his inaugural speech could be accessed by Clicking Here.


    Eng. Wimalasena Gamage is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. He has had 34 years of service with the Irrigation Department and the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management prior to his retirement as Director of Irrigation (Regional Development and Construction) in 2011. He is currently a free-lance Consultant Engineer.


    Product of Uda Peradeniya  Vidyalaya, Peradeniya  Maha  Vidyalaya  and Kingswood  College Kandy, he obtained his B.Sc Engioneering  degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Hydrology from the International Institute of Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering IHE  DA Delft, The Netherlands and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka.


    He joined the IESL as an Associate Member in 1977, entering the  Corporate class of membership in 1980 and a Fellow of the Institution in 2006.   Eng. Wimalasena Gamage served the Council of the Institution of Engineers , Sri Lanka continuously for the past 15 years representing Members in 1999 and later on served the Council as a Representative of Fellows, as a Vice President and finally as the President Elect.


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