Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon, Immediate Past President’s Portrait Unveiled

24 Aug 2016 8:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)

The photograph of Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon, Immediate Past President  of IESL   joined the portraits of all the Past Presidents of the IESL along the hallowed walls of the Council Room of the institution when it was ceremonially unveiled on Friday, 5th August, 2016.

 

Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon  became the  109th President of IESL  in October 2014 and his presidency was marked by  consolidation and refinement of achievements of earlier sessions and improving decision making and quality and standard of the activities of the IESL  during  the 2014/2015 sessions. Service Excellence at IESL Secretariat, ICT for Productivity Enhancement of IESL and IESL Outreach Drive were the three special thrust areas he focused on during his tenure.

 

Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon served the Council of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka representing Members in 1989 and later on served the Council as a Representative of Fellows, as a Vice President and the President Elect before becoming the President of the current sessions.

 

(Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon  is a product of Menikdiwela Primary School and  Dharmaraja College Kandy. he obtained his B.Sc  (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya.  He also holds a Masters of Engineering in Construction Management earned from the University of Moratuwa and a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He is also  a Diploma Holder in Commercial Arbitration. He obtained his Doctorate in Technology from the Deakin University, Australia.

 

Upon his graduation, Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon joined the State Development and Construction Corporation as a Site Engineer attached to   its Kothmale Road Development Project and was later promoted as a Project Manager. In 1988, he joined the Road Construction and Development Company as a Civil Engineer to be in charge of Bridges and was subsequently promoted to the posts of Senior Engineering Manager and   Deputy General Manager, Central Zone and Bridges. From December 1995 he worked in Mainroads Western Australia until 1997 when he decided to return to the country to join the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as a Senior Lecturer in charge of Industrial Training. In 2004 he worked as the Team Leader of Project Management Unit of ADB funded Road Network improvement Project of the Road Development Authority and later on took up the position of National Project Director of the JBIC funded Provincial Road Improvement Project of the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils which post he held till October 2006.  During this period he also served as the Chairman of the State Development and Construction Corporation.


In January 2007 he joined Gossnells City Council in Perth Australia as a Project Manager in charge of Major Projects and in July 2007 joined VICROADS in Melbourne Australia as a Project Co- Coordinator for the Monash Freeway Improvement Project. He returned to the country in March 2008 to resume work at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as the Senior Lecturer. He served as   the Chief Resident Engineer of the Provincial Road Improvement Project for eight months in 2009.

 

Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon , Mrs. Wijekoon and their son Malinda Wijekoon were in attendance at the unveiling event which was attended by Past Presidents , Council members and staff of IESL. While Eng. (Dr.) Jagath Peiris, CEO / ES of IESL read out the citation and conducted the event Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President of IESL 2015 / 2016 delivered the special oration. Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon thanked the IESL and its membership for the  trust they had placed on him to be their president and for cooperation extended to him during that session.




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