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  • 28 Oct 2015 1:21 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual Deshabandu Vidya Jyothi Eng. A.N.S. Kulasinghe Memorial Lecture organized by the IESL was held on Friday, 23rd October, 2015 at the Wimalsurendra Auditorium of the institution. Born on October 26, 1919, Late Eng. (Dr.) A.N.S Kulasinghe is one of the greatest engineers that Sri Lanka has produced. He was a strong advocate of the use of indigenous human resources for the country's developments and firmly believed that Sri Lankan engineers are second to none in their talents and capabilities to undertake projects of any complexity. He himself had trail blazed the use of many new technologies in the many projects he had to his credit.

    The IESL as the apex body for the engineering profession piously commemorates the birth anniversaries of engineering greats the country has produced and whose names are etched in its rich engineering history. This year’s lecture was delivered by Eng. Malith Mendis – Chairman, Mendis Cobain Consultants and the subject was on ‘Dispute Boards and their Dispute Avoidance Role’.

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    Video strip of the event telecast on MTV NEWS

  • 21 Oct 2015 3:36 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Music Engineers of IESL Performed at TECHNO  2015 - 30th Anniversary

    For the first time in the history of IESL and TECHNO, the music band formed with only Engineers who are members of IESL, performed at the TECHNO exhibition premises on 10th and 11th of October 2015 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There were about 20 items comprising instrumentals, Sinhala, Hindi, English classicals and Baila session towards the end as well. It was a real entertainment for the audience who rated the event as one of the best. Most who watched the event till end said that ‘the performance was no second to any professional band’.

    It was noted that all band players brought their own instruments for the practice sessions at IESL. Specially Eng Dharshana more than acting as a band leader brought his own keyboard, amplifiers, speakers and Eng Ganegoda his own set of bongo and Eng Chandana, Eng Dhanuka, Eng Suresh brought their own guitars, microphones, mini amplifiers etc. Eng Iranga travelled all the way from Kandy for the practice sessions. Their dedication and commitment in this endeavor was highly appreciated by IESL President, all council members and many others. Eng. Darshana Perera, Eng Prabodha Jinasena,  Eng Surendra Perea, Eng Shantha Fernando, Eng Neil Jayasekara, Eng Thushani Shashikala, Eng Keerthi Gunawardhana, Eng Sarathchandra kumara, Eng. Chandana Dalugoda, Eng. Suresh Gunasekara, Eng. Ranga Kumarasinghe contributed in singing and Eng Tharindu Weerasighe, Eng Gayathri Alahakoon, Eng Athula Kumara and Eng Sajeevi Pumika contributed in announcing.

    The IESL music band was formed with the concept of Eng Prabodha Jinasena, Chairman- Civil Engineering Sectional Committee of IESL and all coordination work of the Music Band was done by Eng Champika Ranasinghe of CESC.

    Band composition is:

    •     Eng. Darshana Perera (Band Leader) – keyboard
    •     Eng. Chandana Dalugoda - Rhythm Guitar
    •     Eng. Suresh Gunasekara – Lead Guitar
    •     Eng. Dhanuka Madushanka – Bass Guitar
    •     Eng. Iranga Fonseka - Drums
    •     Eng. Thusitha Ganegoda – Bongo
    •     Eng. Harsha Wickramasinghe - Bass Guitar
    •     Eng. Kalindu Wijesundara – Rhythm Guitar
    •     Eng. Ranga Kumarasinghe – Lead Guitar

  • 19 Oct 2015 11:55 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Technical Paper Presentations in connection with the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL were held at the IESL head office with a strong show of participation by its members who had submitted abstracts and full papers in record numbers so that 68 papers were presented during the two days of presentation beginning, Monday, 19th October and continued to the next day. This was followed on Wednesday, 21st October, 2015 by the Presentations for the Young Members Conference.

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  • 19 Oct 2015 11:52 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual Seminar organized by the IESL in connection with the inauguration of its 109th Annual Sessions was held on Saturday, 17th October, 2015 from 9.00AM onwards at the Mihilaka Medura, BMICH. The  theme this year was “ Sustainable Infrastructure Construction in Developing Countries” and the keynote address was delivered Eng. Ranjith Gunatileke – Managing Director, Sankaen Lanka. Pvt Ltd.

    Other presentations made were as follows:

    Country presentation on “Sustainable Infrastructure Construction in Pakistan and Developing Countries” by Eng.Sohail Bashir – Chairman International Affairs Committee of the Institution of Engineers, Pakistan

    Country presentation on “Build Back Nepal(Presentation prepared in context of the Disastrous Earthquake in 2015)” by Eng.Bindu Shrestha – Treasurer of Nepal Engineers ‘Association (NEA)

    Country presentation on  Road Pavement construction in Bangladesh – Using of brick as alternative to aggregate base by Eng.Anil  Perea – Team Leader I Roads Project RDA (Southern Province).

    Presentation on “Adaptation of sustainable construction in Sri Lanka" by Eng.(Prof.)Ranjith Dissanayake - Head of Civil Engineering, the University of Pereadeniya

    Presentation on Sustainable Construction inside out.”  By Eng.U.S.Karunarathe -Additional General Manager (EPC Works) CECB

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  • 18 Oct 2015 3:31 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    School children who won Gold Medals under various categories of the Junior Inventor of the Year 2015 competition were presented their awards at the inauguration of the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL held at the BMICH on Friday, 16th October, 2015. They received their gold medals, certificates and cash prizes from the Chief Guest, Hon. Minister of Metropolis and Western Development, Eng. Patali Champika Ranawaka.and President of the IESL, Eng. (Dr.) S.B.Wijekoon

    Master T.D. Chamindu Jayashanka from Rajasinghe Central College, Hanwella won in the Efficiency Improvements category for his invention: Modified Crutches. Master Abishek S Gomas of Belvior College International, Colombo won for his invention: Glove for Hand Signs in the category; Appliances that help work simpler and efficient  while Master L.N.Kavishka Silva of De Mazanod College, Kandana won for his invention Multitask Screenless Computer in the same category.

    Miss Sanju Subodha Sewwandi from Bomiriya  Central College received her awards amidst grand ovation for having won a Grand Award in the Engineering Mechanics category at the Grand Award Ceremony, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in USA last May for her unique project titled ‘Supporting Rod To Climb Stair Case’. The opportunity to participate in the international competition arose when she won the Gold Award at the ‘Junior Inventor of the Year-2014’ (JIY-2014) competition, conducted by the IESL. The teacher in-charge at Bomiriya Central College, Mr. Yaswardana Saman Kumara was also felicitated for grooming this star student inventor from the college.

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  • 18 Oct 2015 10:43 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL was ceremonially inaugurated on  Friday 16th October, 2015 at the BMICH from 9.00 AM onwards in the presence of a capacity crowd consisted of Council Members, Past Presidents, Corporate Members,  spouses, awardees, special invitees and guests. Hon. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Eng. Patali Champika Ranawaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Senior Professor and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. Malik Ranasinghe was the Guest of Honour. The Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Srikantha Herath, Academic Director - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University. Guests from professional bodies from India, Pakistan and Nepal also attended

    The event also saw the ceremonial induction of Eng. Wimalsena Gamage as the President of the IESL for the 2015 / 2016 Session which will begin when the incumbent President, Eng. (Dr.) S.B.Wijekoon will officially handover the mantle of presidency to his successor.

    It was also an occasion for presentation of awards and certificates to Honorary Life Members, those inducted as Fellows and International Professional Engineers, winners of Water Resources Development Competitions sponsored by the International Water Management Institute and St. Anthony’s Group, E.O.E. Pereira Award for the Best Paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2014, IESL Award for the best Paper by a Corporate Member published in the “Engineer” Journal during the Sessions 2014 / 2015 and the SD & CC Award for the best Paper by an Associate Member published in the “Engineer” Journal during the Sessions 2014 / 2015.

    The event saw long serving staff of the IESL also being awarded in appreciation and recognition of dedicated service of over 25 years at the IESL. The inauguration ceremonies concluded around 12.00 noon.

    The IESL Council members, foreign guests and Secretariat staff therafter attended a special dinner party held at the recently refurbished Members Lounge at the IESL for fellowship and socializing. They were entertained by music provided by their very own ‘ Music Engineers ‘ formed by a group of musically talented engineers.

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    “My long term vision is to transform Sri Lanka into a ‘smart, soft and super country” -  Minister of Metropolis & Western Development at inauguration of 109th IESL Annual Sessions.

    Speaking at the  inauguration of the 109th Annual Sessions of the IESL held on Friday, 16th October, 2015 at the BMICH, Minister of Metropolis & Western Development, Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka who was the Chief Guest stated that his long term vision is for transforming Sri Lanka into a “smart, soft and super" country. In realization of that dream we need to build smart systems, soft people and super infrastructure for our future generations to live happily, peacefully and prosperously, he added.

    He also stated that arrangements are underway to establish the “Engineering Council” to regulate the professional practice of engineering in Sri Lanka and that approval for the Final Draft Bill is being sought from the cabinet and that  the  Final Draft Bill will soon thereafter be presented to the Parliament for its approval.

    For full text of the speech Click Here

    Minister's Speech telecast on MTV NEWS Click Here

    Full Text of speech delivered by Prof. Malik Ranasinghe, Guest of Honour  Click Here

  • 18 Oct 2015 9:30 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The national engineering and technology exhibition Techno Sri Lanka 2015, organized by the IESL successfully for the 30th consecutive year was held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre on 09th, 10th and 11th October, 2015. It was declared open on the first day by Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, Mr P.G. Kumarasingha while State Minister of University Education – Hon. Mohan Lal Grero and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence – Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi did the honours on the second and third days respectively of the exhibition.

    The exhibition has the farthest reach, both locally and internationally, into and among the industry, policy makers, planners & designers, research & development as much as general public and has the reputation as the best forum for showcasing cutting edge technology from around the world through the more than 200 stalls taken up by international trade giants, their local agents, engineering institutions this year.


    Sectional Committees of the IESL representing the different disciplines of engineering and IESL Chapters from the provinces operated stalls demonstrating engineering features unique to them and of  special interest to the public. Engineering Faculties of all state universities and other higher education institutions that offered engineering education operated stalls demonstrating technical acumen of engineering undergraduates and students. .


    Special features that have become unique to this exhibition like the Building Clinic which offers free advice to those engaged in building a house of their own  and daily seminars on topics of relevance to the public were ever so popular this time too. The novel feature that got added this time was the Car Clinic where your hybrid or electric car can be tested, all three days adjacent to the ticket gate.


    Competitions organized by the Young Members Section like the Sphagetti Bridge, Hackathon and Cad Eager competitions had very enthusiastic participation from under graduates adding fun to the event giving encouragement for creativity among the student generation the top 20 inventions at the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) 2015 competition, conducted by the IESL for school children from schools all  over the island were given the opportunity to exhibit their inventions at the event.

  • 11 Aug 2015 2:37 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The portrait of its Immediate Past President, Eng. Shavindranath Fenando, joined the portraits of all the past presidents adorning the hallowed walls of IESL Council Room when it was unveiled at a simple ceremony held at the IESL on Friday, 7th August, 2015. Past Presidents of the present era and Council members attended the event with. Eng.Shavindranath Fernando himself being present.

    Eng. Shavindranath  Fernando obtained his B Sc. Hon. (Eng.) from the University of Moratuwa in 1978 and his M. Eng.(Energy Technology) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1982.

    He joined IESL in May 1998 and became a Fellow of the IESL in Nov. 1999 and have served in the IESL Council ever since becoming Vice President in the 2010/ 2011 Session, President-Elect in the 2012/2013 Sessions and finally becoming the president in the 2013 / 2014 Sessions.

    He has served as General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board and has previously held the positions of  Additional General Manager - Projects, Project Director – Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project, Deputy General Manager – Generation Planning and Deputy General Manager – Thermal Complex at the CEB.

    The theme of his presidency of the IESL was ‘Year of Professional Excellence’  and he used it as the platform in the pursuit of the  goals and objectives of  the activities he undertook in taking the institution towards its vision.

    It was during his presidency that the IESL finally attained the signatory status of the Washington Accord, a journey that was begun in the year 2003. The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) the umbrella organization that governs seven such international agreements for mutual recognition of engineering education and professional competencies simultaneously renewed the membership of the IESL in the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA) that it first attained in 2007

    Other highlights of his presidency include the  establishment of overseas chapters in Western Australia, New Zealand and Qatar, the establishment of additional District Centers in    Nuwara Eliya and Puttalam districts, etc.

    He also mooted the concept of Planning Circles, especially for our engineers in the provinces, as a forum to discuss issues related to their profession in informal gathering to find solutions among themselves. IESL’s advice was also sought during that session by state institutions such as the University Grants Commission, Public Utilities Commission, etc. in the formulation of policies to face new challenges. During his presidency the IESL also engaged with professional bodies belonging to other professions in safeguarding well being of professionals in general from attempts to establish policies potentially detrimental to their well being.

  • 23 Jun 2015 3:18 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The world’s largest high school science & engineering competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2015, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top winners in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

    Miss Sanju Subodha Sewwandi from Bomiriya  Central College won a grand award in the Engineering Mechanics category at the Grand Award Ceremony, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for her unique project titled ‘Supporting Rod To Climb Stair Case’.

    The opportunity to participate in the international competition arose when she won the Gold Award at the ‘Junior Inventor of the Year-2014’ (JIY-2014) competition, conducted by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL). The Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition promotes creativity and ingenuity among school children from schools all over Sri Lanka participate, initially in awareness programmes & preliminary competitions held at the provincial level with the IESL provincial Chapters, and proceed to the final JIY competition held at the IESL Headquarters in Colombo. Their projects are evaluated by engineers who have experience more than 25 years of engineering & research.

    The Intel ISEF provides a forum for over 1700 high school students from over 70 countries, to showcase their inventions. It is the premier science competition in the globe, exclusively for students in grades 9 to 12.

    Eng Jayavilal Meegoda, Vice President, IESL said, “I am proud to say that JIY winners are capable of competing and winning at any world stage. IESL has been organizing the Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition for the last three decades, mentoring many students to win at an international level. IESL is very happy to be a part in this cultural change that drives the next generation of Sri Lankan students to be innovative”. This is the 16th occasion JIY winners have won recognition at an international levelduring last 08 years.

    Sanju Subodha Sewwandi, who was the runner up at the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF), was part of the Sri Lankan contingent at the Intel ISEF which included Mahendiran Sivatharshan from Hartley College, Jaffna, and Tharindu Pasan, Janith Ishanka & Buddhi Pramodya  from Gnanodaya Central College, Kaluthara.

    Every year winners of the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF), a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, the National Science Foundation and Intel are sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair which honors some of the world’s most promising, innovative students, innovators and scientists. ISEF finalists are selected annually from hundreds of affiliated fairs. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,200 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

    You can also participate in the Intel ISEF competition and bring honour to mother Sri Lanka by becoming a JIY winner. JIY 2015 preliminary competitions will be held in the months of June, July & August at the provincial level. Register today your inventions by visiting the website

    For more details, Please contact organizing committee of Junior Inventor of the Year Competition. (Eng Dayan – 071 8735338, Mr Maduranga – 071 3535329)

    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda

    Vice Presdent

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.

  • 22 Jun 2015 5:05 PM | IESL (Administrator)
    The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, NSW Chapter (IESL NSW Chapter), Engineers’ Night was held on 13 June 2015, in grand style at Castle Grande, Castle Hill.  President of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka Eng (Dr) S B Wijekoon, President of Engineers Australia Sydney Division, Bruce Howard, National President Engineers Australia 2013 Dr. Marlene Kanga, and the IESL NSW Chapter Chair Waruna Kaluarachchi graced this occasion. The key note address was delivered by Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, SMaRT Centre University of New South Wales.

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