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  • 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.



  • 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


  • 20 Jan 2016 12:30 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF), the national level competition that select student projects for participation at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) was held on Tuesday, 19th January, 2016 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL. Top ten student projects respectively from the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) Competition conducted by the IESL and the Science Research Project Competition conducted by  the National Science Foundation (NSF) participated in this event


    The ISEF is the global science and engineering competition for pre-college students, grades 9 – 12, where more than 1500 high school students from more than 60 countries, meet each year in the United States to showcase their independent research and win prizes and accolades. The Intel ISEF 2016 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from May 8-13, 2016.


    The Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition was pioneered by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka in 1985 and held annually ever since to promote creativity and ingenuity among school children. Children in the age group 14 to 19 years from schools all over Sri Lanka participate, initially in preliminary competitions held at the provincial level, and proceed to the final JIY competition held at the IESL Headquarters in Colombo. The top ten inventions at this competition together with the ten finalists of the Science Research Project Competition of the NSF then compete at the  Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF), held under the auspices of the Ministry of  Education, and Sri Lanka branch of the Intel Corporation, USA. Winners at the SLSEF have the opportunity to be selected to proceed to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in US in May of each year.


    Welcoming the participants to this year’s SLSEF the President Elect of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda pointed out the significant contributions JIY programme is making to the students and the country providing motivation to be creative and innovative. Also Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda said that the SLSEF is being held for the 8th  time and that the country has to be proud of the way its school children have performed in the face of international competition. He pointed out the exhaustive preliminary selection process undertaken by the IESL in selecting 50 finalists from the nearly 1000 school children projects demonstrated to panel of judges at Colombo and all the provinces. He said that 20 of the finalists were given the opportunity to exhibit their inventions to the industry and the public at the National Engineering Exhibition (TECHNO) in October 2015 at the BMICH. The top 10 of these finalists have been nominated to the SLSEF 2016 he concluded.



  • 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



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