International research collaboration and joint research supervision with National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) – Environmental Biotechnology, laboratory, Narbonne, France
MPhil student registered at UOM is currently conducting his experiment under internship offered by INRA. This student is jointly supervised by Dr. Michel Torrijos (Senior Research Engineer-INRA) and Dr. P.G. Rathnasiri from Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. Research title is Improvement of efficiency of dry anaerobic co-digestion process for treatment of organic fraction of Municipal solid wastes. Dr. Rathnasiri visited INRA, Narbonne, France during the period of 26th July- 4th August with the objective of further strengthening research collaboration and evaluation of student’s progress. MOU is to be signed between INRA and UOM for further research collaboration and academic exchange.
Workshop on " Social evaluation techniques for community based projects"
Professor Caroline Baille, Project Manager of “Australian-Sri Lankan University Partnerships to Develop Community-Based Waste Recycling Businesses” and Dr. Lee Patridge have
conducted a workshop on social evaluation techniques for community based projects at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa on 05, 06 and 07th June 2017. The key purpose of Prof. Caroline’s visit was to discuss about the project progress evaluation with the Sri Lankan team and to work on the prospect education and training workshop on “Poverty reducing business solutions through waste based business solutions”.
Prof. NG Wun Jern from Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute visits DCPE
Prof. NG Wun Jern from Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute visited Department of Chemical and Process Engineering on 21 June 2017 to initiate research collaboration and projects related in wastewater/solid waste treatment.
Prof. NG Wun who is the director of NEWRI from Nanyang Technical University of Singapore visited Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, especially to explore the opportunities for future project and research collaboration. At the moment couple of students from DCPE are pursuing PhD at Nanyang Technical University.
“Yaya Padhura”, a musical evening organized by the level 1 undergraduates of the Chemical and Process Engineering Department, was held on the 8th of December 2016. The Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Dr. (Mrs.) S.H.P. Gunawardena graced the occasion along with the academic staff and the undergraduates of the University of Moratuwa.
The event showcased the talents and abilities of the undergraduates as well as the academic staff in a spectacle of song, dance and drama that invoked feelings of nostalgia for all to enjoy.
National Chemical & Process Engineering Conference - COMPASS
The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering of the University of Moratuwa with the partnership of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Sri Lanka and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, successfully conducted the National Chemical and Process Engineering Conference, COMPASS on 25th of November 2016 from 12.30p.m. onwards at the BMICH (Committee Rooms). The conference was held under the theme of “Sustainable Consumption and Production”, with the participation of over 40 eminent speakers.
The conference was aimed at bringing together personnel from Government organizations, Non-governmental organizations and the Corporate Arena and Academia for an intellectual dialogue based on exploring the opportunities available to use Engineering Skills and knowledge, especially those of Chemical & Process Engineering, in the journey towards achieving Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka. Sustainable consumption and production being the main focal point of the conference, the event agenda was structured to include a main session followed by a two-hour period during which four parallel sessions were conducted simultaneously based on 4 selected UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation, SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy and SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure. The sessions included keynote speeches by experts, dynamic panel discussions on relevant topics and real life case studies on sustainability.
The distinguished chief guest at the event was Mr. Ranjith Page, a chemical engineer by profession and the CEO of Cargills Ceylon PLC, one of country’s leading organizations to have enthusiastically incorporated concepts of sustainability into their business agenda. Using his own experience at Cargills, he demonstrated how entire business models could be designed around concepts of sustainability. The plenary session of the event consisted of two keynote speeches and a panel discussion on “Sustainability, Policy and the Chemical Engineering Perspective”. The first keynote speech of the day, on the main theme of the event was delivered by Professor Ajith de Alwis, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering and the Project Director at the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI). The second keynote speech of the day on “Product Designing for Sustainability” was delivered by Mr. Tilak Dissanayake, CEO of Ants Global (Pvt.) Ltd and a former product design engineer at Boeing and Xerox.
The event was attended by over 350 participants comprising of industry delegates, academics, representatives from government and non-government bodies, students and general public with a keen interest towards sustainability. The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering is strongly committed to build on the significant momentum gained through this event and positively contribute toward the sustainability efforts of this country. Therefore, it could very well be stated that the end of the event COMPASS marked the beginning of another challenging journey.