Best Paper of the Session Won by Ms. Gayani Jayatunga and Prof Padma Amarasinghe
The Technical paper titled “Mathematical Modeling of Drying Kinetics of Black Pepper in a Spouted Bed Dryer with and without Non Porous Draft Tubes” authored by Ms. Gayani Jayatunga and Prof. Padma Amarasinghe of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering was declared as the best paper of the session at the 2nd International Conference on “Trends in Multidisciplinary Business and Economic Research” (TMBER- 2015) held in Bangkok Silom, Thailand from 25th -26th March 2015. This research work and the visit to attend the conference were funded by the Higher Education for Twenty First Century (HETC) project.
Prof. Stefan delivers Lecture on Sustainable Consumption & Production
A lecture on ‘Sustainable consumption and production, multi-scale resource management and the LCA-MIPS approach’ was done by Prof. Stefan Bringezu at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering seminar room on 25th February 2015. Professor Dr. Stefan Bringezu is the Director-RG3 of Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in Germany.
Ishara Wins the Best Presentation Award at the First Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Kelaniya
Ishara, who is a Semester 8 student of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering won the best presentation award at the First Undergraduate Research Symposium on Environment Conservation & Management (URS ENCM) held on the 29th of January, 2015 at the University of Kelaniya. The symposium was organized by the Department of Zoology and Environment Management.
Ishara won this award for her presentation on the paper titled "Importance of environmental regulations in the small and medium enterprise sector of Sri Lanka" under the theme Environmental Policies. This paper was based on a project that she has done during her in-plant training in the Semester 6 at the EML Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd. The project was an environmental audit to monitor compliance with the environmental regulations of small and medium scale enterprises who have received loans under the ‘Small and Medium Enterprise Development Facility (SMEDeF) scheme’ which was funded by the World Bank.
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.