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  • 19 Dec 2018 9:52 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Silent night! Holy night! All is calm but IESL. Because it is Christmas time!


    IESL Christmas party was held on Saturday, 15th of December 2018 with delight and fun with IESL members and their families in pleasant settings of the members’ lounge of IESL. Around 150 participants were treated to a variety of fun games and the climax of the event was the arrival of Santa Claus with a bag full of presents. Though there weren’t any reindeers, surely the children loved it.


    The celebration started at around 6.45 pm with the welcome speech by Eng. (Prof) T.M. Pallewatte, President of IESL. The audience was blessed by Rev. Fr. Srian Ranasinghe, Parish Priest of Fatima’s Church, Maradana.


    Christmas carols were sung in both Sinhala and English to celebrate Christmas and prayed for good health and good fortune. The calm mood of the celebration was dissolved with the games for children and competitions for adults. The event was full of energy and enthusiasm. The winners of the games and competitions were generously treated by Santa Claus.


    The celebration concluded with vote of thanks by immediate past president Eng. (Prof) Mrs. Niranjanee Ratnayake.


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  • 18 Dec 2018 4:26 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Farewell Party of the immediate past president Eng. (Prof) Mrs. Niranjanee Ratnayake was held on 14th December 2018 at members’ Lounge, IESL. All staff members of IESL joined parting of a great mentor and gentle leader. Eng. J. Meegoda and vice president Eng. A. Manamperi also joined this small event of felicitation. 


    Eng. N. Abesekara, CEO/ ES of IESL welcomed all the staff members and thanked the past president for her exceptional service not only to raise the standards of IESL, but also engineering profession in SL. Eng. (Prof) Mrs. Niranjanee Ratnayake addressing the staff said she was so pleased and happy to work with the staff and thanked each and every one of them for their contribution and commitment. Further, she requested the staff members to give the same support she was given during her time to the new president.


    All were treated for a delightful meal and warm hugs and handshakes of gratitude were shared with the parting president Eng. (Prof) Mrs. Niranjanee Ratnayake at the end of the gathering.




  • 16 Nov 2018 12:04 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL commemorated the 108th  birth anniversary of the Late Eng. B.D.Rampala at the Wimalasurendra auditorium of its Headquarters on Thursday, 14th November, 2018 in the presence of a large audience comprised of Council members, Past Presidents, family members of Eng. BD Rampala, engineers of Sri Railways and general membership of the IESL.


    The memorial oration for this year was delivered by Eng. M.J.D. Fernando, General Manager, Sri Lanka Railways and was on the theme “Digitalization of Sri Lanka Railways by 2022”


    Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta, President of IESL welcoming the audience said that the Late Eng B. D. Rampala 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, and   through his initiatives revolutionized the country’s railways and the way we live in. The IESL has the honour of having had Eng. B.D. Rapala as its  President  in the year 1958..


    The commemoration was organized by the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee for the 2018 / 2019 session of the IESL under the chairmanship of Eng. Asela Pathirathna who proposed the Vote-of- Thanks ending the event.




  • 16 Nov 2018 10:46 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The first ever Engineering Entrepreneurship BOOT-CAMP (EEB) for training and development of engineering entrepreneurs in the country was held  on 3rd, 4th and 5th  of November, 2018  at the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) Head Quarters, 120 /15, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.


    As the premier professional organization for engineers in Sri Lanka with a membership of over 15,000 qualified engineers representing all the engineering disciplines, the  IESL plays a major role in the career development of Engineers.

    Conceived with the idea of supporting engineering entrepreneurs in the country, Engineering Entrepreneurship BOOT-CAMP (EEB) is intended to provide knowledge and skills for Engineering Entrepreneurship. It will create leaders for tomorrow’s high-tech ventures.


    The 3-day training and development programme  with residential facilities, food and beverages gave far and wide coverage for engineering entrepreneur startups from all over the country. The  EEB programme was comprehensively designed as a boot-camp where teams will get mentoring by experts; develop the entrepreneurial skills and strategies to develop sustainable business models. The knowledge sharing environment within teams created the ecosystem for entrepreneurial activities. Thus, EEB  facilitated the teams to work continuously towards development of the business plans to obtain funds or loans from Enterprise Sri Lanka programme/ investors.


    The Objective of the EEB programme is to provide comprehensive result driven Entrepreneurship curriculum for the Engineers to develop start-up ideas/proposals and goal driven training to pitch their start-up for the investors/ Public-Private-Partnerships and Enterprise Sri Lanka programme facilitated financial institutions.  The EEB is initiated from the Entrepreneurship forum of the Professional Affairs Committee of the IESL.


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  • 08 Nov 2018 1:05 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The presentation of Technical Papers for 112th Annual Sessions was held at the IESL headquarters on 18th Thursday and 19th Friday, October, 2018 from 9.00 am both days. Response to this year’s Call for Papers saw an unprecedented number of abstracts and full papers being submitted, and the 95 papers that were finally accepted were published by the IESL as Technical Paper Transactions (Part B) of the institution and they were presented by the authors in parallel session. As in the previous year, participation in the presentation during the morning sessions of the two days were very strong at the Wimalasurendra auditorium.


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  • 08 Nov 2018 1:01 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Technical Conference of Young Members for the  112th Annual Sessions of the IESL was held on Saturday, 20th  October, 2018 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the institution. The conference provides all young members  of the institution a forum to present their technical papers and discuss engineering related topics with industry professionals. It is also aimed at promoting interaction among the young members of the profession providing a platform for broad basing their knowledge on specific subject matters. All  Associate Members below 35 years of age and all  Student Members are eligible to submit papers. The Panel of Judges for the conference consisted of Eng. B.S. Samarasiri – Chairman, Eng. MDC Perera, Eng.Ananda Sellahewa and and  Eng. Vajira Wijekoon.

     

    Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of IESL for the 2017 / 2018 session presented mementoes to the Panel of Judges as tokens of appreciation. Presenters will receive certificate of presenting papers in due course.


  • 08 Nov 2018 12:36 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The grand finale to the Techno Sri Lanka 2018 exhibition, the ‘Techno Awards’ ceremony, was held on Wednesday, 02nd November 2018, from 7.00 PM onwards at the Galle Face Hotel. Representatives of stallholders and sponsors from among both private and public sector organizations, universities and other higher education institutions, IESL sectional committees and provincial chapters, Past Presidents and  IESL Council members were all in their best attire and spirit adding enthusiasm and colour to the glamorous event.

     

    Eng. Kamal Amaraweera, Director General, Road Development Authority of Sri Lanka  graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Maj. Gen K R P Rovel was the Guest of Honour.

     

    Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake, President of IESL for the Session 2017 / 2018 and Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta, who has taken over the reins of presidency of the IESL for the new Sessions 2018 / 2019 and who is also the chairperson of the organizing committee of the Techno Sri Lanka 2018 combined forces  in doing the formalities

     

    It should be mentioned that, as in the previous years, the loyal following the Techno has built up through the years among the private and public sector stallholders, had all made their unfailing  and much welcome presence displaying and demonstrating their latest technological products, services and best practices at the exhibition. The participation of  the three security forces demonstrating their R & D efforts and achievements in the ‘Defense Pavilion’ was a special attraction to the visitors as it was in the previous year when they made their first entry to this arena.

     

    The winners of the various competitions which have become regular features drawing much enthusiasm among the tech savvy younger generation were among the capacity audience witnessed:


    Awards


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  • 06 Nov 2018 7:22 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Palewatta, President of IESL for Session 2018 /19 took up duties of his presidency Monday, 5th November 2018 with religious  ceremonies to invoke blessings. Participating in the ceremonies were Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake - Immediate Past President, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda - Past President, Eng. Neil Abeysekera - CEO/ES, Eng. Anura Panditharathna - DES and rest of staff at the Secretariat 



  • 02 Nov 2018 3:40 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The annual Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture for the year 2018 was held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) on Monday, 29th October, 2018.  Mr. Kris Canekeratne – Cofounder Chairman / CEO of Vitusa Corporation headquartered in US delivered this year’s lecture on the topic ‘Creating a Culture of 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 preceded 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. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta. The Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene  Memorial Lecture was  first held in 2011 and this is the 8th lecture of its kind to held. Welcoming the capacity audience that attended  Eng. (Prof.) T.M. Pallewatta 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 promoting the vision and ideas of Late Dr. Ray Wijewardene



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  • 02 Nov 2018 2:38 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL commemorated the 99th Birth anniversary of Dr. ANS Kulasinghe on Friday, 26th October , 2018. He is known not only for his contribution to engineering research and development but also for his lifetime commitment towards an indigenous approach to engineering application for national development.


    The memorial oration this year was delivered by Eng. U.S. Karunaratne, CEO of Central Engineering Services (Pvt.) Ltd. which is the construction arm of the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) The oration was on the theme ‘The Exceptional Engineer ’. The oration was preceded by lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late engineer by IESL President, Eng. (Prof.) TM Pallewatta.


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