The meeting of Department Industry Consultative Board (DCIB) was held on 24th June at 3.00 pm at the board room of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Industry specialists representing a wide variety of industries including Holcim, Glaxo Smith Kline and Ceylon Tobacco Company participated in the meeting, along with the academic staff members of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.
The objectives of this meeting was to improve the network between university and the industry, and to identify the improvements which can be done in curriculum and educational system so that our graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the industry. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Shantha Walpalage and contained six sessions on curriculum, Quality Assurance Program, industrial training, research projects and university-industry collaboration. Industry specialists made number of suggestions such as case study type assignments, introduce quality assurance as an elective subject and adopting a 360 degree lecturer feedback system. The importance of improving the networking among alumni members was also emphasized.
In a nutshell, DCIB meeting was a fruitful step in the journey towards improving the collaboration between department and the industry, and sharpening the skills and knowledge of our graduates to suit the requirements in the industry.
New equipment to the department under NRC public – private partnership grant scheme
A laboratory scale twin screw extruder was purchased to the Polymer Processing laboratory of the Chemical and Process Engineering department under a public-private partnership grant of National Research Council. This PhD study grant is to develop a natural rubber- polyethylene blend to use as a roofing material to substitute asbestos. The private sector partner is Samson Compounds PLC. The extruder will be used to process thermoplastics compounded with fillers and other chemicals to produce master batches and to prepare thermoplastic elastomers and thermoplastic vulcanizates
the annual musical event of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa, was held on 17th March 2016 at “meda midula” of the department. Members of academic staff and non-academic staff participated along with the students of the department to grace this memorable evening. “The event was organized by the students of 2014 batch with the tremendous support from the academic staff, non-academic staff and the senior students of the department.
The University of Western Australia is in partnership with three Sri Lankan universities namely the University of Moratuwa, the University of Jaffna and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the organization ‘Waste for Life’ and with five other local community recycling groups, to help incubate small-scale community based waste recycling businesses in Sri Lanka. This project is known as the ‘Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships project to develop community based waste recycling businesses’ and is run by the University of Western Australia under a grant awarded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The aim of this project is to develop a unique capacity building educational program that supports development of novel community based waste recycling and product manufacturing businesses, positively contributing to local economies and environmental health, specifically clean air, water and sanitation. A creative learning facility with machineries including a hot compression press, a cold press and an industrial shredder have been already placed in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering of the University of Moratuwa for this purpose.
The Project Manager Prof. Caroline Baillie of the University of Western Australia conducted a workshop on 22nd and 23rd of October 2015 at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering for the core team members of the three local universities in Sri Lanka. The workshop focused on the development of a waste recycling technology and business curriculum for undergraduate or postgraduate or any other feasible course level. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Department of Management of Technology of the University of Moratuwa are expected to collaboratively engage in the future work of this Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships project to develop community based waste recycling businesses.
Sustainable Business Team of MAS Active Trading (Pvt) Ltd visited the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering on 14th October, 2015 and conducted an awareness session themed “Fostering Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Culture at Workplace”. This was organized in line with the National Occupational Safety and Health Week which fell within 12th October to 16th October. The aim of this session was to increase the awareness on occupational health and safety among the Chemical and Process Engineering undergraduates.