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University of Moratuwa

Chemical and Process Engineering Department and Telemark University College agree to expand educational opportunities through student exchange programme

A team from the Telemark University College, Norway and the members of the Department of Chemical Engineering met on 28.11.2014 at the University of Moratuwa to promote corporation between the two institutions in relation to the student exchange programme. Some key issues discussed at this meeting were student’s tuition fees, exchange duration and academic status of the student. Both parties are looking forward to have the agreement effective for five years from the date of its signing.


Presentation on Process Safety

Dr. Deshai Botheju, a Safety Design Engineer consulting for the Norwegian offshore petroleum industry, gave a presentation on ‘Process Safety’ in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department on 19th December 2014. This presentation was aimed at providing the new chemical engineering undergraduates of the Department with a brief outlook into the fundamental philosophies associated with Process Safety. In the background of historical case examples, it has been explained that “major accidents” remain to be a real threat in the chemical process industry, despite significant advances made during the last few decades. The importance of properly trained and well skilled process design and safety engineers and how they can make a difference between safe and productive plant operations, and catastrophic failures leading to total devastation were highlighted in Dr. Botheju’s presentation.


Lecture by Professor Mark Taylor

Professor Mark Taylor, Professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering, and the Director of New Zealand Product Accelerator Programme, at the University of Auckland in New Zealand along with the officials from Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) visited the University of Moratuwa on 15th December 2014. Professor Taylor delivered an informative lecture on “A model for innovation in an SME dominated landscape” at the Chemical and Process Engineering Department. The event was open to both academics and students. Professor Taylor studied Chemical and Materials Engineering at the Auckland University, New Zealand and obtained his PhD from the same university. He has spent 20 years in technology development and line management in heavy industries, primarily in aluminium production and related businesses.


Dr.Marliya Ismail and her team receive E O E Pereira Award

Dr. Marliya Ismail of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering and her research team including, S Walliwala, N Gamage, S Premalal, S Dissanayake and Dr T R Chinniah (formerly attached to Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo) won the E O E Pereira Award for the best paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2013 for their paper title “The application potential of bacterial cellulose as a biomaterial in the Sri Lankan context”. They were honoured with this award during the 108th Annual Sessions Inauguration Ceremony held at BMICH Colombo on 10th October 2014.




Askar Inan Wins the Migara Ratnatunga Trust Award for Chemical and Process Engineering Category

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) awarded Mr. Askar Inan of Chemical and Process Engineering Department the Migara Ratnatunga Trust Award given to the University Engineering Undergraduate having the best industrial training undergraduate project – 2013 in the category of Chemical and Process Engineering. For this Mr. Inan competed with other engineering undergraduates from Universities of Moratuwa, Peradeniya, Ruhuna and the Open University of Sri Lanka. Mr. Inan underwent his industrial training at the Ceylon Electricity Board power stations located in Norochcholei and Kelanitissa. The cash award and certificate were presented to Mr. Inan at the IESL Induction and Graduation Ceremony held in BMICH on 22 August 2014