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
Dr. Olga Gunapala receives Merit Award at the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka Annual Awards Ceremony 2014
Dr Olga Gunapala, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering was honoured with the Merit Award at the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka annual awards ceremony held on 4th July 2014 at the Galadari Hotel Colombo. Dr.Olga received this award in recognition of the significant contribution she has made towards the development and growth of the polymer industry in Sri Lanka.
Presentation on ASPEN HYSYS and its Applications
A presentation on ASPEN HYSYS and its applications were presented at the Chemical and Process Engineering Department seminar room on 11th June 2014 by Mr. Isuru Abeykoon, who is currently a PhD Researcher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Both academic staff and undergraduate students benefited from this program. A comparison of the software ASPEN Plus and HYSYS and an introduction to dynamic simulations with HYSYS were given by carrying out an example simulation on a multi-component distillation column. Applications of those software packages were further elaborated on existing chemical process plants, where such simulations are widely used in predicting the optimum production and efficiency. The presentation was quite an eye opener to the students in the Department where plans are underway to introduce the new petroleum engineering focus area.