In 2010, after sixteen years of service as an Engineer in the Sri Lanka Air Force in aeronautical and mechanical Engineering spheres, I was thinking of switching my career into academia and a way of bridging these two careers was a need then. ‘Energy systems’ as an Engineering discipline has fascinated me right from my undergraduate days and I knew that would be my destination. Owing to the thirst of knowledge and interest for Energy systems I opted to read my MSc studies specializing in the Sustainable Energy Utilization stream under SEEW program at the University of Gavle, Sweden (which was conducted by the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) because the core of the curriculum was focused on finding sustainable energy solutions to the current global issues such as climate change and energy security.
Each component of the SEEW MSc program provided me an in-depth, clear and crisp knowledge on the subject scope. Furthermore, I became quite familiar with various analytical techniques and procedures, specially to determine the behaviour of thermodynamic models through computer based analysis and modeling them by using different software tools.
The post graduate exposure has not only provided me a solid and firm foundation in understanding the concepts in the field of Energy Engineering but also molded me to carry forward the invaluable skills to manage and collaborate with people through different projects that I carried as a part of the course.
I have hardly felt that I was following MSc as a distance based student because of availability of online literature, virtual lectures through live streaming facility and the tremendous support extended by the local facilitator, OUSL. Working on computer software platforms such as Compedu, bilda and centra were invaluable for me to reach enough and more course materials.
Profound reputation of high quality work environment, standards, international recognition and extremely distinguished team members, were experienced throughout my MSc study experience. Furthermore, the same was highly valued by KDU (General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University) during my professional enlistment procedures. I always benchmark my MSc experience to guide my undergraduate students in KDU to inspire them.
Whilst being humbly proud to be a product of SEEW program, with great pleasure, I would wish all the success for the future students of the SELECT program.
Eng. (Ms) Kumudu Amarawardhana
AMIE (Sri Lanka) BSc (Eng)(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Peradeniya), MSc (Eng) in Sustainable Energy systems (Gavle,Sweden)
Squadron Leader (Retd)- Sri Lanka Air Force
Senior Lecturer Grade II
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
General Sir John Kothelawala Defence University