Been attached to the Sri Lanka Utility, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) as a Transmission Planning Engineer (2004-2009), I was engaging providing sustainable network solution for the country’s need. Further I was engaged in research on finding sustainable power generation options which suit for the country. Mean time I was selected to the Sustainable Energy Engineering Worldwide (SEEW) Mater degree program conducted by KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and it helped me to have a better understanding of the sustainable power generation. The knowledge gain thru the program was backed me to do the transmission & generation planning exercises with better understanding. Further it opened a great opportunity for me to have the world best experts’ knowhow on the world best practices in system planning, their knowledge & experience. As a result my vision of having sustainable power options to Sri Lanka system was enhanced more and more. The knowledge & experience gained from the SEEW Mater degree was helped greatly in all other research which I have done so far. Further it influence me to find sustainable solutions for the problems raised in my current working place-Broadlands Hydropower Project in CEB.
Though it is based on the concept of distant learning, I never felt any difference with the aspect of gaining knowledge & experience compared to my other degree programs. As a working mother, the SEEW program made me to manage my work better with all my responsibilities on work and home.
After some years of the program, I am in the process of sharing the knowledge & experience which I gained from the SEEW M.Sc program to the society in several working streams such as in my carrier as an engineer to Sri Lanka utility, as a member of various professional societies related to energy management and engineering, working on publications and social Medias and etc
Finally I would like to thank the personnel who worked hard to make the program a success and who facilitate this kind of program for the Sri Lankan students and would like to bless them to work to be continued in future as well.
Eng. Tharanga Wickramarathna (Ms.)
B.Sc. Eng. (Hons), M.Sc. (UOM), M.Sc. (Sweden), C.Eng. MIE (SL), MSLEMA
Project Engineer (P&M)
Broadlands Hydropower Project
Ceylon Electricity Board