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  • 15 Feb 2017 11:49 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 113th  birth anniversary of Eng.(Prof.) Robert Haisington Paul, (popularly known as R. H. Paul) was commemorated by IESL with a memorial lecture held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution on Tuesday, 9th February, 2017 from 1715 hours.


    This year’s lecture was on the theme ‘Enabling Power Systems of the Future’ and was delivered by Eng. Prof . Kithsiri M. Liyanage - Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya and currently at SLIIT as a Visiting Professor.


    Welcoming the full-house audience Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, President of IESL stated that considered as father of Electrical Engineering Education in Sri Lanka, Late Professor R. H. Paul, in

    1933, when he joined Ceylon Technical College, Colombo, the only institution offering courses in engineering in the country at that time, as a Lecturer, worked tirelessly to develop higher level electrical engineering courses and establish laboratory facilities at the Ceylon Technical College. His hard work paid-off when the University of London recognized the Ceylon Technical College, in 1942, as an institution to prepare students for its prestigious B.Sc. (Engineering) external degree programs.

     

    When the University of Ceylon established its Faculty of Engineering, Prof. R.H. Paul was one of its founder members and was the natural choice for its first Professor of Electrical Engineering, the position he held until his retirement in 1968. Prof. Paul once again displayed his professionalism as an academic, in developing the courses of study in Electrical Engineering, planning and establishing the laboratory facilities for the programs and training the technical staff for the faculty, both at its temporary facilities in Colombo as well as when it was shifted to the permanent facilities in Peradeniya, later.

     

    The legacy of the spacious and well planned electrical engineering laboratory complex of the Peradeniya Engineering faculty stands as the testimony for his professionalism and futuristic planning, in developing the concept for the same.

     

    The lighting of the traditional oil lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late Professor by the President of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, preceded the delivery of the Memorial Lecture.

     

    The memorial lecture had been organized by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL. Family members of the late Professor, Council Members, Past Presidents and other members of the institution attended in large numbers the commemoration.


    Event Photos Click


  • 15 Feb 2017 8:59 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The gateway to the international arena for creative and innovative talent among Sri Lankan school children, the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) for the year 2017 got underway on Thursday, 9th February at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL.


    The SLSEF is a joint effort where the Ministry of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office and the IESL had joined hands since year 2007 to promote creativity and innovation among the country’s younger generation.


    The cream of student talent sifted from two separate competitions, the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition conducted by the IESL and the Science Research Project Competition (SRPC) conducted by the NSF, compete at the SLSEF with the ultimate goal of winning the chance to participate at an international level in the Intel ISEF held in USA.


    The Intel ISEF is where the best of world’s best young scientists and inventors from over 70 countries come together each year to share their ideas, showcase their cutting edge science and engineering projects and win awards and scholarships.


    Since beginning to compete in the Intel  ISEF 2008 its student protégés have done Sri Lanka proud clinching prestigious awards at the grand ceremonies with one of them even earning the unique distinction of  a newly discovered planet being named after him. Many of them made good on the networking and exposure they received at the Intel ISEF to become successful entrepreneurs.   


    President of IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, welcomed the large audience comprised of competing school children, their parents and teachers as well as members of the panel of judges. Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda   is now in the unique position of simultaneously being the President of IESL and the Acting Chairman of the National Science Foundation, the two bodies which independently promote creativity and innovation among school children to participate in the SLSEF. He has dedicated nearly 16 years of his professional career to the cause, serving first as JIY committee member gradually to take up its chairmanship before he was elected to be the President Elect and finally became the current President of IESL.   He laid out his vision of taking IESL’s commitment to the cause a step further to promote entrepreneurial aspirations among its JIY participants by established the JIY Alumni and also  opening up  an “Entrepreneur Forum “of the IESL to those of them who joined the engineering fraternity by choosing the engineering stream for higher education.


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  • 16 Jan 2017 10:53 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    There was a great demand for the Port City Visit on the 22 November 2015 organized by the Women Engineers’ Forum (WEF), and 70 members participated and had a great opportunity to Visit the largest Civil/Coastal Engineering project in Sri Lanka. This was combined with the Colombo Port Visit. The China Harbor Engineering Corporation (CHEC) confirmed that this  was the first official visit to the Port City Project and thanked the Women Engineers Forum for the  initiative. The visit was hailed as a great experience by the  participants for the on-the-ground-insight it provided  to them of one of the most talked about mega projects in the country. The Chair Person WEF Eng. Mangala Wickramanayake, to whom much of the credit for successfully organizing the visit   said that there will be another visit in May 2016 to the Port City due to the high demand. 




  • 16 Jan 2017 10:10 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Women Engineers’ Forum (WEF) of the IESL held an Alms-Giving Ceremony at Wickramasinghepura, Battaramulla on 10th January, 2016 to mark the 111th  anniversary of the IESL. Lunch was provider for 130 residents and President IESL, two WEF past Presidents and the Executive Committee have got together on organizing the event.




  • 22 Dec 2016 2:08 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Members, spouses and children gathered in their numbers in the pleasant settings of the  Members’ Lounge of the institution to make merry at the IESL Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6.30 pm onwards .


    Revived just the previous year after a lapse of many years, the event saw the participation almost doubled this year with all the more enjoyments with fun and games associated with the tradition.


    President of the IESL, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda  welcomed the invitees to the party at which the blessings were performed by Parish Priest, Reverend Father  Chandana.  Christmas Carols were sung by CML- MTD Choir accompanied by Eng. Dharshana Perera and  Eng. Thusitha Ganegoda.


    Santa Claus, the star attraction of the event,  entered to the delight of the children singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and distributed sweets and presents to the children. Thereafter there was much was much enjoyment with fun and games.. Christmas Cakes and the Welcome Drink formed the changeover menu while Hoppers and Kottu were served for dinner.


    Congratulations for the successful organization of the party goes to the organizing committee comprised of Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake – Chairperson, Eng. K.P.I.U. Dharmapala, Eng. (Mrs.) Shyama Gunawardena, Eng. Kosala Abeysiriwardene, Eng. (Mrs.) Lakmini Nonis, Eng. Mangala  Silva and Eng. (Mrs.) Indramali Fernando and IESL Staff; Mr. Malith Kannangara – Events Manager who was backed by Avril, Deepthini, Dayakanthi, Sanduni, Eshani, Chamara,  Augustus,  Anuradha, etc.


    Special appreciations go to Eng. K.P.I.U. Dharmapala, Eng. Kosala Abeysiriwardene,  Eng. Russel de Zilwa, and Eng. Mangala  Silva for their generous donations towards the successful organizing of the event, Appreciations also go to corporate sponsors M/s CML-MTD and M/s YUNICA DESIGN AND ENGINEERS (Pvt.) LTD for their  generosity.




  • 21 Nov 2016 11:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Title:​IESL MESC holds Eng. B.D. Rampala memorial oration on Modernized Railway

    Date: ​​16/11/2016


    Topic: ​​Modernized Railway- Answer to Sri Lanka’s Transit Needs 

    Presenter: ​Eng./ Plnr. Nihal Somaweera, Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation ( IESL Profile: http://www.iesl.lk/Sys/PublicProfile/9964649/1517689 )

    Participants:  ​​165  

     

    IESL Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee (MESC) organized its annual Eng. B.D. Rampala memorial oration under a timely topic, “Modernized Railway- Answer to Sri Lanka’s Transit Needs”. 




    The presenter was Eng./Plnr. Nihal Somaweera who is currently serving as the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Even on a gloomy, rainy evening, IESL Wimalasurendra auditorium was full with all sectors of the society and it was heartwarming to see many young engineers and some children as they are the ones who should get inspired by role models like Eng. B D Rampala.





    Delivering the welcome speech, President of the IESL Eng. Jayawilal Meegoda  emphasized the reasons for IESL celebrating Eng. Ramapala's service to the nation with an annual memorial lecture and the importance of his charismatic leadership and service to be known among generations to come. Eng. Meegoda further elaborated Eng. Rampala's legendary professional career at then Ceylon Government Railways ( CGR ) as the Chief Mechanical Engineer and at the age of 45 as the General Manager of Railways (GMR), a position he was to hold for 14 years.  He was the first Sri Lankan to hold this nationally important position. 


    Eng./ Plnr Nihal Somaweera, the memorial oration presenter was introduced to the audience by the president. The President said that  Eng. Somaweera is a Fellow of IESL (Profile: http://www.iesl.lk/Sys/PublicProfile/9964649/1517689) and has over 35 years experience in the public sector and is the right speaker on the topic presented since he is the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.  



    At the end of welcome speech of the president, audience were presented with a documentary video created by a group of  engineers from Sri Lanka Railways on Eng. B.D. Rampala's contribution to Sri Lankan railway sector. 





    Eng. Somaweera started his oration by explaining the modernization of suburban railway transport in Rampala era. Dieselization of locomotive fleet, introduction of diesel hydraulic power coaches, establishment of colour light signalling system and introduction of centralized traffic control for suburban areas to highlight a few of his monumental initiatives. Further, Eng. Somaweera explained present status of public transportation in Sri Lanka. Issues related to Trade Union's actions and political influences in recruitment and season ticket discounts were mentions as major drawback in the railway sector according to the presenter's view. Railway electrification, improving tracks, signalling and railway stations as well as introducing multi-model hubs were explained by him as upcoming interventions projects.   




    Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee (MESC) delivered  the vote of thanks speech. He extended his sincere thanks to Rampala family for gracing this occasion. 




    In addition, Eng. Manamperi specifically named and acknowledged those who extended their invaluable support to create the promotional video clip on Eng. B.D. Rampala's contribution to Sri Lankan railway sector, authors who wrote public articles to news papers promoting the event     


    Articles

    English - Eng.Sunil Rajapakshe - Railway

    Tamil translation - Eng.Kokulananthan - Railway
    Tamil edit - Eng. Thivakaran Mahalingam

    Sinhala 01 - Mr. Nilupul Wickramage - Railway
    Sinhala 02 - Eng. Asela Pathirathna - Railway


    IESL Secretariat staff, engineers and other staff in the railway sector, university lecturers, past presidents and council members of IESL, eminent professionals from various fields and number of associate and corporate members of the institution who took part at the memorial lecture to appreciate Eng. B.D. Rampala's engineering service to the nation. 


    Full Lecture Video




    Video team
    Eng. Kasun Wijesundara - Railway
    Eng. Nalin Bandara - Railway
    Eng. Vajira Siriwardhana - Railway
    Eng. Prathapa Ariyasena - Railway

    Video visual
    Eng. P A B Ariyarathna - General Manager Railway
    Eng. M J D Fernando - Chief Engineer ( Motive Power)
    Mr. Ranjith Dissanayake - Author THE GOLDEN ERA OF B.D RAMPALA


    Event photo gallery Click


  • 16 Nov 2016 12:01 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Accreditation Board of the IESL as part of  its obligation to support engineering education programmes in Sri Lanka conducted a full-day workshop on ‘ Designing Active Learning for Engineering Education’  on Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. Academic staff of engineering faculties of all state and private universities participated in the workshop for which Prof. Brian White of Queensland University, Australia was the resource person. While Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, President of IESL opened the workshop with Opening Remarks the event closed with Closing Remarks by Eng. (Prof) B L Tennekoon, Chairman, IESL Accreditation Board.



  • 01 Nov 2016 3:07 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The  Techno Sri Lanka 2016 exhibition which was held during the 7th, 8th and 9th October, 2016 celebrated its success  with the Techno Sri Lanka Awards 2016  Ceremony on Friday, 28th October, 2016 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Galadari. Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy graced the vent as Chief Guest while Eng. B.R.O. Fernando, Past President of IESL was the Guest of Honour. 


    Among the large audience were representatives of stall holders and sponsors from private sector  and public sector organizations, universities and other higher education institutions, sectional committees and provincial chapters of the IESL. There were also winners of the Undergraduate Inventor of the Year  (UIY) and Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competitions,  winners of the Computer Assisted Design (CAD Eager) competition for Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates and Spaghetti Bridge  Design competition for Civil Engineering Undergraduates organized by the Young Members Section of the IESL, Winners of Raffle Draws from among members of the IESL who visited the exhibition.


  • 28 Oct 2016 11:59 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 97th birth anniversary commemoration of Deshabandu Eng. (Dr.) A.N.S. Kulasinghe  by the IESL was held on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 at the Wimalsurendra Auditorium of the IESL 


    Eng. Aravinda Perera, Chairman, Siyapatha Finance Ltd., Former Managing Director Sampath Bank delivered  this year’s memorial lecture which was on “Technology and Innovation In Banking Industry”. The lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the late engineer’s photograph by the President of the IESL preceded the lecture. This time the IESL had joined hands with the Central Engineering Construction Bureau (CECB) in publishing a newspaper supplement  to mark the event. The event was attended by a capacity crowd from many engineering  organizations in addition to Past Presidents and Council  Members of the IESL.


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