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  • 06 Oct 2016 1:37 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Date: ​28th September 2016; 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

    Topic: ​ ENGINEERS - You Can Do Research - LEARN HOW

    Venue: IESL Wimalasurendra Auditorium.

    Presenters: ​

    1.    Prof. Priyan Dias. CEng, FIE(SL), MIStructE, PhD, BSc(Eng)(Hons.) , DIC

    2.    Dr. Sanjeewa Maithripala. BSc. Eng., MPhil., MSc., Ph.D.

    3.    Dr. S. A. H. A. Suraweera. B.Sc.Eng. (First Class Honours), PhD.

    4.    Dr. Ranjith W. Pallegama. BDS[Hons.], PhD.

    Attendant: 150 participants (All IESL members)

    Proceeding to the Member announcement to register for the program, this was oversubscribed within two days with 150 registrations. Therefore the organizers sent an announcement two days prior to the Program asking registrants to Deregister if they do not wish to participate; letting others in the queue to register. This program had a full house in IESL Wimalasurendra Auditorium with over 150 participants, indicating there is a pent-up need within members on the topic. MESC is planning to have a survey within IESL members as a next step to this training; to cater into more specific requirements of the member.

    During this session following items were discussed

    • What is research and why do research?                   
    • The Scientific Method
    • Finding a good research theme/ research Question (RQ)
    • Characteristics of a good theme/ research Question (RQ)
    • Use of case studies
    • Formulation of the hypothesis and objectives from the RQ
    • Research Process & generalization
    • Writing a good Research Proposal      
    • Panel Discussion

    As the opening presenter Eng. (Dr). D H S Maithripala spoke about the role of Innovation in research. He highlighted how Sri Lanka can refocus on research even at the leading local university levels; to elevate our national position in research in the global context. At the moment Sri Lanka has come further down in Global Innovation Index from 85th rank in 2015 to 96th in 2016. He highlighted how innovation has helped organizations to succeed with examples such as Elon Musk in Tesla & SpaceX. He briefed the forum about basics of scientific method and how good observation of a Physical Behavior ends up in mathematical concept. He also highlighted how his research has been successful with collaboration of private investors.

    Professor Priyan Dias shared his experience under the topic of “Research in Practice”. He explained how imagination and suspicion of an observation becomes grounds for research and how Artificial Neural Networks [ANN] is used in research to identify input and output patterns. Mistakes in research and making use of it, top down reasoning and engaging literature were among his other areas of presentation. Overall he covered how the formation of hypothesis and objectives of research question.

    Dr. Ranjith Pallegama, as the next presenter spoke on the topic “Research Process & Generalization”. He shared his view on how inductive and deductive thinking works in research, importance of Measurement System Analysis [MSA] and sampling.

    Then Dr. Suraweera explained “How to write a good research proposal” with his experience in doing more than 100 research papers. He mainly highlighted what are the main funding agencies in global and national point of view and explained how to write proposals for their requirements. Review criterion of different agencies and how to ensure compliance to them was also explained in his presentation.

    Question & answer session was followed after the presentation. This lecture was most appreciated by the participants as some of them were very keen to know how to do research.

    This session was organized within 2-week time. It was rather fast execution from MESC and IESL staff. Everyone thanked the organizers, who worked fast for execution of the plan. Special thank also goes to sponsors, who made it possible to offer the training with-no-cost to the members participated.

  • 27 Sep 2016 11:03 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The 142nd  birth anniversary of Late Eng. D J Wimalasurendra was commemorated at the IESL on 15th September 2016 with a memorial lecture on “Future Role of Hydro Power and O&M Challenge” delivered by Eng. T M Sarath K Tilakaratna, Deputy General Manager (Mahaweli Hydro Power Complex), CEB. The lecture was preceded by the lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late professor by the President of IESL. . Family members of the late professor were also present at the event which was attended by Past Presidents and members of the IESL. 

  • 27 Sep 2016 11:00 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL commemorated the 109th birth anniversary of Late Prof. E O E Pereira, considered as the  Father of Engineering Education in Sri Lanka, on 13th September 2016 with a memorial lecture on ‘Seismic Status and Macro Seismic Hazard Zonation’ delivered by Eng. (Prof.) H.N. Seneviratne , , Senior Professor in Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering,  University of Peradeniya. The lecture was preceded by the lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the late professor by the President of IESL. Family members of the late professor were also present at the event which was attended by Past Presidents and members of the IESL. 

  • 20 Sep 2016 3:17 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka  held its annual Induction and Graduation Ceremony for the year, 2016 on Wednesday, 14th October, 2016 at the Main Hall of the BMICH from 3.00 pm onwards. Vidyajyothi (Prof.) Rezvi Sheriff, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and Former Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.  Eng. Newton Wickremasuriya Director / Chief Executive O­fficer, Central  Industries PLC, Past President , Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka was the Guest of Honour at the event.

    The induction of 400 Associate Members of the IESL in to the corporate membership as Chartered Engineers was the largest in a year since the incorporation of the IESL in 1968 as the professional body to award Chartered Engineer status in Sri Lanka. The event also saw 82 students of the IESL Engineering Course receiving their certificates having successfully completed the course.

    Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) Competition – 2015 Scholarship Winners also received their scholarships at the event. Pioneered by the IESL  with the purpose of inculcating creativity and invention among school  children, many of the JIY winners have gone on to win at the national level competition ‘Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair’ and therafter  proved their ability to compete  and win event at the Intel international Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition held annually in the USA.  Winners of  Special Memorial Awards  too received their awards

  • 29 Aug 2016 3:32 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL held its 3rd  National Engineering Conference on Friday, 19th August, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. onwards at the Waters Edge. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Hon. Minister for Special Assignments graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

    This year’s theme for the event was “National Policies - Voice of Engineers”.

    Welcoming the capacity audience to the conference Eng. Wimalsena Gamage,  President of IESL , emphasized the appropriateness and relevance of this year’s theme to the current times and trends in the country’s development

    The Chief Guest, Hon.  Minister, Dr. Amunugama in his speech stressed on the need for engineers

    During the sessions the presentation on “ Megapolis Development “ by Eng. Patalee Champika  Ranwaka, the Hon. Minister  of Megapolis and Western Region Development was the star attraction.

    The other high profile presenters and the titles of their presentations at the conference were as follows:

    Mr. Gamini Gunawardena, Managing Director ,Saga Management Consultant
     -  “Engineers Role in National Policy Making”

    Mr. Sunil Wijesinghe, Chairman, United Motors, Lanka PLC and Watawala Plantations PLC

     - “A National Policy for Productivity Improvement: The role of the Engineer “

    Mr. Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman & Managing Director,Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC

     -  “ Future Growth Opportunities in Sri Lanka “

    Eng. (Prof.) Amal Kumarage, Senior Professor at University of Moratuwa,

    -  “ Developing a Culture of Policy led Development Practices in Sri Lanka: Intervention in the Transport Sector “

    Eng. Mangala Yapa, Managing Director (designate), Agency for Development Strategy under The Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade

     -  “ Economic Development Strategies”

    Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda Jayawardane,   and the well-known Energy Consultant , Eng. (Dr.) Tilak Siyambalapitiya performed the  difficult but well done task of moderators for the panel discussions during the morning and afternoon sessions.

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  • 24 Aug 2016 8:12 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    The photograph of Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon, Immediate Past President  of IESL   joined the portraits of all the Past Presidents of the IESL along the hallowed walls of the Council Room of the institution when it was ceremonially unveiled on Friday, 5th August, 2016.


    Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon  became the  109th President of IESL  in October 2014 and his presidency was marked by  consolidation and refinement of achievements of earlier sessions and improving decision making and quality and standard of the activities of the IESL  during  the 2014/2015 sessions. Service Excellence at IESL Secretariat, ICT for Productivity Enhancement of IESL and IESL Outreach Drive were the three special thrust areas he focused on during his tenure.


    Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon served the Council of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka representing Members in 1989 and later on served the Council as a Representative of Fellows, as a Vice President and the President Elect before becoming the President of the current sessions.


    (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon  is a product of Menikdiwela Primary School and  Dharmaraja College Kandy. he obtained his B.Sc  (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya.  He also holds a Masters of Engineering in Construction Management earned from the University of Moratuwa and a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He is also  a Diploma Holder in Commercial Arbitration. He obtained his Doctorate in Technology from the Deakin University, Australia.


    Upon his graduation, Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon joined the State Development and Construction Corporation as a Site Engineer attached to   its Kothmale Road Development Project and was later promoted as a Project Manager. In 1988, he joined the Road Construction and Development Company as a Civil Engineer to be in charge of Bridges and was subsequently promoted to the posts of Senior Engineering Manager and   Deputy General Manager, Central Zone and Bridges. From December 1995 he worked in Mainroads Western Australia until 1997 when he decided to return to the country to join the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as a Senior Lecturer in charge of Industrial Training. In 2004 he worked as the Team Leader of Project Management Unit of ADB funded Road Network improvement Project of the Road Development Authority and later on took up the position of National Project Director of the JBIC funded Provincial Road Improvement Project of the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils which post he held till October 2006.  During this period he also served as the Chairman of the State Development and Construction Corporation.

    In January 2007 he joined Gossnells City Council in Perth Australia as a Project Manager in charge of Major Projects and in July 2007 joined VICROADS in Melbourne Australia as a Project Co- Coordinator for the Monash Freeway Improvement Project. He returned to the country in March 2008 to resume work at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as the Senior Lecturer. He served as   the Chief Resident Engineer of the Provincial Road Improvement Project for eight months in 2009.


    Eng. (Dr.) S.B. Wijekoon , Mrs. Wijekoon and their son Malinda Wijekoon were in attendance at the unveiling event which was attended by Past Presidents , Council members and staff of IESL. While Eng. (Dr.) Jagath Peiris, CEO / ES of IESL read out the citation and conducted the event Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, President of IESL 2015 / 2016 delivered the special oration. Eng. (Dr.) Wijekoon thanked the IESL and its membership for the  trust they had placed on him to be their president and for cooperation extended to him during that session.

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:40 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Generation Options For a Reliable and an Economic Power Supply 

    20th June, 2016

     Seminar Proceedings 


  • 15 Jul 2016 4:34 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    ACM Student Chapter of the University of Moratuwa organized a discussion with Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, an eminent speaker and a Council Member from The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). The discussion under the topic “How engineering undergraduates can work with IESL for professional development was held on the 16th of June, 2016 at the Seminar Room of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

    Eng. Manamperi started the session by reflecting upon his past industrial experiences and the passion he had for Production Engineering. As a fresh graduate from University of Peradeniya, he had joined the state sector for a brief six-month period, before joining Walker Sons & Co. Ltd. where he obtained the IESL Charter. Sharing over three decades of experiences in Sri Lanka and USA, Eng. Manamperi explained the value of taking calculated risks to define his career and the variety of roles he played in  organizations as a transformational leader.

    The next part of the session was conducted in an interactive manner where Eng. Manamperi explained about the past heroes of IESL such as Eng. B. D. Rampala, Eng. (Dr) A. N. S. Kulasinghe, and Eng. D.J. Wimalasurendra. He asked for the opinion of students about their future ambitions. Most of the students had the idea of joining the industry. A few had the idea of continuing their career as Academics. He gave a broader career vision and explained the mission critical importance of Solving Sri Lanka's problems and doing value added work delivering products, services, and intellectual properties to global markets earning foreign exchange.” Eng. Manamperi elaborated on the difficult economic challenges Sri Lanka is facing and the duty of young professionals to serve their country. 

    Eng. Manamperi explained the benefits of becoming an IESL member and the importance of working with IESL for the betterment of the Engineering profession and our country. During this part of the session, he show cased many of the digital resources ( IESL newspaper SLEN, Engineer Journal, Videos, Public Lecture live streaming, etc.) that are accessible to the public through IESL website (, IESL FaceBook Page and IESL Twitter (@iesllanka and @iesl_mesc) and encouraged the gathering to make the best use of them and promote them within the University community. He was very emphatic about university students contributing to IESL publications, participating in IESL public lecturers, and utilizing IESL physical resources in collaborative efforts that would supplement students’ educational experiences.

    The discussion concluded with a brief question and answer session.

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