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  • 26 Mar 2014 12:15 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL, JIY Competition Promotes Global Competition Through Intel ISEF



    The Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) 2014, for selecting the cream of creative and innovative  among Sri Lankan school children for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  (Intel ISEF)2014 to be held in Los Angeles, USA was conducted at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka on 25th  February 2014. The Intel ISEF is where the best of world’s best young scientists and inventors from over 50 countries come together each year to share their ideas, showcase their cutting edge science and engineering projects and win awards and scholarships.



    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. Every year  20 competitors are selected 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, to compete at the SLSEF to select three of the best among them to participate at an international level in the Intel ISEF held in USA.



    Since beginning to participate in the Intel ISEF, student protégées of Sri Lanka, who has been selected through Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition organized by Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, has done the country proud by managing to win awards and recognition winning the 3rd place grand award in 2009 on their 2nd appearance and clinching the 1st place grand award in Computer Engineering at their 3rd appearance (2010). The latter achievement earned the distinction of a newly discovered planet being named after the winner who was also the Junior Inventor of the Year 2010 nominated to the Intel ISEF competition by the IESL. JIY finalists, were able to won the IEEE Award and Intel Excellence award in computer science in Intel ISEF at 5th  appearance (2012) and also won the 1st  place grand award in category of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Special award from the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation at 6th appearance (2013). The fame and recognition achieved so soon has led to a rapid rise in the popularity of the competition among school children all over the country.

    Welcoming the participants to this year’s SLSEF the Vice President 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 sixth time and that the country has to be proud of the way its school children has 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 2013 at the BMICH.  The top 10 of these finalists have been nominated to the SLSEF 2014 he concluded.



    Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda ,  also pointed out the national achievement, Master Maduranga Karunajeewa, ISEF finalist 2010 had by winning 1st  place under Transport category in the annual Presidential Awards 2011.



    Mrs Anusha Amarasinghe, Director General of the National Science Foundation, in her address stressed the role innovation has to play in the development of mankind and Mr. Indika De Zoysa of Intel® EM Limited-Sri Lanka Liaison Office briefed the way modern technology including the microchip has changed the way we live. Prof. Rizvi Sheriff, the Chairman of the Panel of Judges to the SLSEF pointed out that its simple discoveries like mankind’s early fascination with the circle which led to its increased mobility and other developments.



    Mr. Priyantha Weerabahu, Intel education manager, university academics, senior engineers in the industry, parents, teachers and students participated in the opening ceremony.

  • 25 Jan 2014 9:13 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Eng. Nihal Kularatna won the Engineering Innovator of the Year Award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence (NZEE) Awards 2013 held on 27th November, 2013. The award was in recognition of his work on improving the efficiency of energy storage systems while also improving power quality issues. A product of the University of Peradeniya he is now an academic at the Waikato University in New Zealand with patents pending for two techniques he developed. He is also engaged in finding solutions to a common engineering problem in developing countries: the severe fluctuations in the utility power supply due to overloaded low voltage distribution lines. He also holds a United States patent for his super capacitor technology (high capacity energy storage).He has held a position at the University of Auckland before he joined the Waikato University in 2006.

    The author of many books and technical papers to journals and international conferences, Eng. Kularatna obtained his BSc (Eng.)(Hons) from the University of Peradeniya in 1976. Having worked as an electronics engineer from 1976 to 1985 he joined the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies in 1985 as a research and development engineer and was appointed its CEO in 2000.which position  he held until he moved to New Zealand with his family.

     The New Zealand Engineering Excellence is conducted by The Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) on behalf of a partnership of engineering organisations – Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA), Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ), New Zealand Contractors’ Federation, Water New Zealand and The New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans. It’s the ultimate recognition for the engineering professionals in New Zealand.
  • 17 Jan 2014 10:07 AM | IESL (Administrator)
    Meet The President of IESL Conference organized by the IESL Ruhuna YMS (Young Members Section) was held on Thursday, 9th  January 2014 from  2:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the IS Seminar Room of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna - Hapugala, Galle. Mr. Rajitha Punsara (graduating engineer and former President of Ruhuna YMS) and Mr. Krishantha (third year engineering student and current President of YMS) were the coordinators and key organizers from the student body.

    A large number (around 150-175) of final year passing out engineering students gathered for an informative and energetic exchange of ideas and action items. Members of the academic staff  too were present. This was the first event of its kind organized at the Ruhuna campus.

    The purpose of the program was to discuss about the importance of the IESL, benefits of being a member in it and issues that students and academics face when dealing with the  IESL. Some key issues were related to Membership renewal and subscription payments in the past, poor communication channels and feedback from the IESL Secretariat, and negative experiences from last year’s Sri Lanka Techno participation.

    The event saw around 250 being enrolled as Student Members by paying membership fees then and there! The audience was made aware of the features of the Membership Management System that would eliminate most of the issues related to membership, getting timely information (event registrations, digital SLEN) and getting in touch with the President/ Council directly via the system to provide feedback, suggest or put forward a question, no matter where they are (emails, forums)

    Dean of the Faculty of Eng. (Dr.) P.D.C Perera Chaired the sessions.


    The following participated representing the IESL:

    • President IESL- Eng. Shavindranath Fernando made his presence felt via a recorded video address to the audience 
    • Vice President - Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda 
    • Deputy Executive Secretary - Membership Eng. Badra Jayaweera 
    • Chairman of The Southern (Ruhuna) Chapter IESL - Eng. L S Sooriyabandara 
    • Past Chairman of The Southern Chapter IESL – Eng. Anil Ranjith

    Guest Speaker Eng. Arjuna Manampaeri addressed the audience to elaborate on what the society and the industry expects from passing out engineers and gave a demo on how to post input to Forums. He also highlighted the significant importance of using the special forum - "Job Postings"  (available in the Member section menu) - that is exclusively available to those who have valid registration to access the Membership Management System. He emphasized the importance of marketing the Forum as the premier place for advertising engineering jobs and advertising for member skills / needs for assignments. He stated that it is the responsibility of the IESL Secretariat to promote this critical and useful feature among members and organizations ( using Digital SLEN, news papers, letters to major organizations in all sectors). He emphasized that it will be one of the best benefits to the members. 


    Eng. Meegoda gave an excellent presentation about IESL and why the young engineers should participate its activities with vigor. He also elaborated on CEB's training programs and hiring programs and the information was very useful to the large number of Engineers passing out with Electrical Engineering degrees.  He also took immediate action via phone to address a confusion among the academic staff in connection with aligning students for training purposes at the CEB. 

    Eng. Badra Jayaweera was well organized with slides and made it clear how the membership process works all the way to the Charter.


    IESL staff did a great job collecting information and enrolling audience as student members. 

    Eng. Sooriyabandara and Eng. Anil Ranjith emphasized the need for many such gatherings in the future in affiliation with the IESL Southern Provincial Center. They both suggested that the gains by IESL in the provinces in 2013 must be extended further through active participation of all regional members and organization in collaboration with the Provincial Center.


    A fabulous suggestion came from a student; To Setup an IESL fund for providing small seed capital for experimental projects by students. If IESL could allocate at least half a million to one million every year and fund such projects based on certain criteria both  the IESL and the universities will be able to  show case at least a few items with commercialization potentials to the private sector and the venture capitalist in Sri Lanka This is a need of the hour as the country need such initiatives. This must be targeted to universities.
  • 13 Jan 2014 2:01 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, C.Eng, graduate of the University of Peradeniya Engineering Faculty – 1981 batch, has donated a collection of books recently to the Students’ Chapter of the IESL at the newly established Engineering Faculty, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL), Oluvil.

    The donation included books drawn from a wide range of disciplines in engineering, management and general topics of interest to the engineering students. Dr. S.M.Junaideen, Dean of the faculty of Engineering commending the willingness and interest shown by Eng.Manamperi, through this gesture, to contribute to the development of the new faculty has also stated that“Eng. Arjuna has shown a way to other engineers and well-wishers to help in the development of the emerging faculty.”

    The IESL Students’ Chapter was declared open in October 2013 at the Faculty of Engineering, SEUSL by the immediate past president, Eng. Tilak De Silva.

    Sri Lanka's public universities could use the help of alumni, especially the diaspora members like Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, to boost their library collection with up to date literature. One of the issues for an overseas member would be the cost of shipment to Sri Lanka. There are concessionary rates for used education material via sea mail from various countries that would bring the cost down significantly even though the delivery will be delayed. Another approach is to do a book collection in an overseas region and use bulk rates. Last but not least, each one of the IESL  members local and overseas could bring a book or two to Sri Lanka on their travels and donate to their university or any other. It will be one of the easiest things we could for a place that gave us a lot! 

  • 02 Jan 2014 1:32 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting and Get-Together of the IESL Southern Provincial Centre was held on Friday, 20th December, 2013 at the Samaya Hotel, Matara, Eng. R.W.R. Pemasiri, Secretary, Ministry of Highways, Ports & Shipping graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Eng. Tilak De Silva – Immediate Past President of IESL, Eng.S.B Wijekoon, President-Elect of IESL  and Eng. Arjuna Manamperi were Guests of Honour for the events. Established in 1995 as a provincial arm of the IESL parent body, the centre currently serves more than 400 members who live and work in its three districts of Matara, Galle and Hambantota.

    The province is home to number of  mega projects undertaken by the government like the Hambantota Harbour, Mattala Airport, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium etc. The country’s first expressway which cuts short much of the travel time by road from Colombo to the south is a tremendous infrastructure boost to the province.

    The following members were elected to the Executive Committee for the 2013/2014 Session



    Eng. E.L.Sooriyabandara

    Vice President

    Eng. Keerthi Abeysekara


    Eng. Sunil Jayawardena

    Asst. Secretary

    Eng. Ranasighe


    Eng. Cyril Kariyawasm


    Eng. Kasun Sandasiri

    Committee Members

    Eng. Suranga

    Eng.(Dr.) Sudeera Silva

    Eng. Roshan

    Eng. H.M.D.Rasika Nath

    Eng. Mohan Garusighe

    Eng. Anushka

    Ex President

    Eng. Anil Ranjith

    Co-opted Members

    Eng. Gallage

    Eng. Ganga

    Eng. Edirisinghe

    Eng Sahan


    Representative of 
    Student Chapter


  • 24 Dec 2013 3:17 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Library resources at the IESL Head Office were boosted by a presentation of modern IT equipment worth around US$ 5000/= by the IESL NSW Chapter. 

    A delegation of the IESL NSW Chapter led by its Chair, Eng. Mahinda Karunaratne Officially handed over the items to President of the IESL, Eng. Shavindranath Fernando, at a simple Ceremony held Today at the IESL Head Office in Colombo. 

  • 17 Dec 2013 9:34 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) Sabaragamuwa Centre, held its Annual General Meeting Monday 09th December of 2013 at Sapthapadhi Hotel, Ratnapura in the presence of a large gathering of around 120 of its members, distinguished guests and special invitees. Eng. Tilak De Silva, Immediate Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Eng. S. B. Wijekoon President Elect of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, the parent body of the Centre, were the Chief Guests. Eng. T.M.S.K Tilakaratna, Deputy General Manager, Samanala Complex and Eng. Perera, Chief Engineer of Kukuleganga Power Plant of CEB were the Guest Speakers of the occasion. Progress review of the past year was done by Eng. Sanjaya Kumara. Sripada Lightning Protection System, inauguration of Kegalle District Centre, CPD programs, Awareness programs conducted, Field Visits and Friendly Cricket Match were highlighted.

    Eng. K.D.A. Munasinghe (CEB) was elected as the Chairman and Eng. Tharindu Navodana Kankanamge (CEB) was elected as Hon. Secretary for year 2013/2014. Other office bearers elected at the AGM were  Eng. G.Kariyawasam (PC) as Hon. Treasurer, Eng. Sasanka Weragoda (CEB) as Hon. Deputy Chairman, Eng. S. P. Gamage (WB) as Hon. Editor. Also elected were Eng. C.S Kulasooriyage (CEB) as Hon. Committee Member (1), Eng. Kumara (RDA) as Hon. Committee Member (2), Eng. Lasantha (WB) as Hon. Committee Member (3), Eng. Jayathilaka (SLT) as Hon. Committee Member (4), Eng. Suranga Priyathilaka (PC) as Hon. Committee Member (5), Eng. Gihan Weerakoon (CECB) as Hon. Committee Member (6), Eng. Ratnamali (PC) as Hon. Committee Member (7) and Eng. Kularatna (Jaica Project) as Hon. Committee Member (8).

    Vote of thanks was delivered by Eng. Sanjaya Kumara. Evening occasion was entertained by a classical musical session by famous poet Mr. Ratnathsri Wijesinha. M/s Melwire was the main sponsor and SLT, LECO, Samdam Construction were co-sponsors.
  • 09 Dec 2013 10:02 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting of the Wayamba Provincial Centre of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) was held on Friday, 29th November, 2013 at the Seasons  Hotel, Lake Round, Kurunegala  from 4.30 pm onwards.

    The Annual General Meeting was started at 4.30 pm for 2012/2013. After the formalities, Eng. Samitha N.  Jayasinghe,Executive Engineer, Anamaduwa was elected as Chairman, and Eng.K.B.V.  Indrapala, Chief Engineer, Lower Daduruoya Development Project, Irrigation department, Nikaweratiya was elected as senior secretory for the term 2013/2014.


    The annual sessions commenced at 6.30pm at the same venue where Eng. W.J.L.S Fernando – President of IESL  graced the event as chief guest and Eng. Tilak De Silva – Immediate Past President  of IESL was the Guests of Honor.

    A large number of engineers working/ Living in North western province attended the AGM and annual sessions 2013.

  • 26 Nov 2013 9:20 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting of the Uva Provincial Centre of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) was held on Thursday, 21stNovember, 2013 at the Olympus Plaza Hotel, Haputale from 6.00 pm onwards.

    Following the traditional ceremonies of opening the event a message from  Eng. R.W.R. Pemasiri, Secretary, Ministry of Highways, Ports & Shipping was read out as he was unable to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest .

    Eng. W.J.L.S Fernando – President of IESL and  Eng. Tilak De Silva – Immediate Past President  of IESL were Guests of Honour. A large number of engineers working in the Badulla and Moneragala  Districts attended the meeting.

    Eng. T.K.M Galappaththy  who is Chief Engineer (Badulla District) Road Development Authority (RDA) was elected as Chairman, Executive Committee, 2013/2014 Sessions. He has obtained his BSc. Eng. (Civil ) Degree from the University of Moratuwa in 1991 and the Charter awarded by the IESL in 2006.

     Eng. Galappaththy started his professional career  as an Engineer at State Development & Construction Corporation (SD&CC) in1991 and then joined the RDA in 1992 as an Engineer. He was thereafter appointed as Executive Engineer (Tangalle) in 1996 and Executive Engineer (Bibile) in 1998. He was promoted to his current position of Chief Engineer (Badulla District) RDA in 2005.  He has also  worked as part time resource person at RDA Training Division from 2005 to 2011 and has undergone international  training on Environmental  Impact Assessment  for ODA Project in Japan


    Seated Left to Right: Eng. Thusara Dissanayaka(Asst. Secretary) , Eng. R. I. Kodagada (Secretary), Eng. T. K. M. Galappaththy (Chairman), Eng. Shavindranath Fernando (President IESL), Eng. Tikal De silva (Immediate Past President), Eng. S. N. B. M. Padmasiri (Immadiate Past Chairman Uva), Eng. Hasaranga Vidanapathirana (Teasurer),

    Standing: Eng. D.M.R. Dhanapala , Eng. P.H.D. Heamachandra , Eng. D.P.Kaluarachchi , Eng. A.P. Rubasinghe (vise Chairman), Eng. K. A. M. Priyanga (Editor), Eng. Lasantha Navarathna , Eng. R. J. R. Senadheera ,

  • 15 Nov 2013 10:01 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Northern Province IESL caters to the professional needs of engineers in the five districts of Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullativu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna. Massive development activities are currently taking place in this province and there is a lack of experienced Engineers in these areas. Also the number of Engineers working in this province is much less compared to other provinces. Therefore the IESL activities are very essential for this Province.


    The Annual General Meeting of  the IESL Northern Provincial Centre (IESL- NPC ) was held at the Fort Hammenhiel Resort, Karainakar, on 9th, October 2013 (Wednesday) from 5.30 p.m onwards. Eng. Tilak De Silva, President of IESL for 2012/2013 session was the Chief Guest and Eng.,S.B.Wijekoon, President - Elect of IESL for 2013/2014 session was a special guest.


    More than 70 members including Corporate and Associate Members in the province, attendant this event.  It commenced with welcome dance followed by lighting of traditional oil lamp.


     Eng. Tilak de silva, in his speech indicated the importance of IESL in terms of the development of Northern Province, expediting the commencement of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi and the accreditation of other Engineering educational Institutes by the IESL. He wished Good Luck for the NPC and congratulated it for being one of the best centers out of the 8 Regional Centers.


     Eng. S.B Wijeekoon did the presentation on the topic of ‘Adjudication and Arbitration in Construction Contracts’ .




     Office Bearers of the Northern Province IESL Center, for year 2013/2014










    Vice Chairman






    Assistant Secretary







    Eng.A.Robert Peries














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