Food for Thought for Future Engineers

15 Jul 2016 4:34 PM | IESL (Administrator)

ACM Student Chapter of the University of Moratuwa organized a discussion with Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, an eminent speaker and a Council Member from The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). The discussion under the topic “How engineering undergraduates can work with IESL for professional development was held on the 16th of June, 2016 at the Seminar Room of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

Eng. Manamperi started the session by reflecting upon his past industrial experiences and the passion he had for Production Engineering. As a fresh graduate from University of Peradeniya, he had joined the state sector for a brief six-month period, before joining Walker Sons & Co. Ltd. where he obtained the IESL Charter. Sharing over three decades of experiences in Sri Lanka and USA, Eng. Manamperi explained the value of taking calculated risks to define his career and the variety of roles he played in  organizations as a transformational leader.

The next part of the session was conducted in an interactive manner where Eng. Manamperi explained about the past heroes of IESL such as Eng. B. D. Rampala, Eng. (Dr) A. N. S. Kulasinghe, and Eng. D.J. Wimalasurendra. He asked for the opinion of students about their future ambitions. Most of the students had the idea of joining the industry. A few had the idea of continuing their career as Academics. He gave a broader career vision and explained the mission critical importance of Solving Sri Lanka's problems and doing value added work delivering products, services, and intellectual properties to global markets earning foreign exchange.” Eng. Manamperi elaborated on the difficult economic challenges Sri Lanka is facing and the duty of young professionals to serve their country. 

Eng. Manamperi explained the benefits of becoming an IESL member and the importance of working with IESL for the betterment of the Engineering profession and our country. During this part of the session, he show cased many of the digital resources ( IESL newspaper SLEN, Engineer Journal, Videos, Public Lecture live streaming, etc.) that are accessible to the public through IESL website (, IESL FaceBook Page and IESL Twitter (@iesllanka and @iesl_mesc) and encouraged the gathering to make the best use of them and promote them within the University community. He was very emphatic about university students contributing to IESL publications, participating in IESL public lecturers, and utilizing IESL physical resources in collaborative efforts that would supplement students’ educational experiences.

The discussion concluded with a brief question and answer session.

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