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Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

University of Moratuwa

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.

 

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.