Felicitation Dinner & Get-Together 2018

The event of Felicitation Dinner for Prof. Torsten Fransson & Get-Together of fellow members of SEE (Worldwide) alumni Association was successfully held at Diamond Court, Solis Hotel, Pitakotte, Sri Lanka on 15th November 2018. A number of distinguishing invitees and 40 graduates participated in the event.

Get-together 2016

Eng. Thanushka Peiris

As a mechanical engineer in the biggest power generating utility in Sri Lanka – Lakvijaya Power Station, I have tremendous opportunity to serve my country and my nation with a pride. During my tenure, I have to engage numerous activities related to thermal power generation and I have great chance to obtain practical exposure of the power generation. However I felt, I need to get deep exposure of the power sector. At that moment, I had only little exposure from my bachelor studies. Mean time I was selected to the Sustainable Energy Engineering Worldwide (SEEW) master degree program conducted by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and University of Gavle (HIG), Sweden.

During the studies I had to cover wide area of syllabus directly related to my career. As a result of that, I chose sustainable power generation as my specialized field for my MSc. The important thing is, this program gave me high flexibility to learn with my busy schedule in my job. Also my work place is located away from Colombo. If I had to participate to traditional program, I could not continue due to this barrier. But nature of this program as distance learning, it saved me from those obstacles and finally I could completed my studies successfully.

During this program, I had great chance to improve my working capacity, critical thinking and ability to provide creative solutions for real world problems not only limited up to energy topics. The important thing is I obtained hands-on-experience of conducting engineering researches and research writing with academic supervisors with international exposure. Also this program created a platform for students to share their experiences and knowledge without any limit.

Finally I would like to thank for KTH and HIG to offer this great program for Sri Lankan students. Also I appreciate all of my teachers at KTH and Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) for their dedication and support us throughout the program period.

I wish them all to continue this program in future also.

Eng. Thanushka Peiris
B.Sc. Eng. (Hons), C.Eng (SL). MIE (SL), C.Eng (UK). MImechE
Mechanical Engineer
Lakvijaya Power Station
Ceylon Electricity Board

Eng. Kithsiri Gamage

I had primarily dealt with several industry like water treatment & supply, petroleum and cement manufacturing and identified that how energy industry is growing rapidly with development of economy. So I felt it was important to further study related to energy field. Meanwhile I got know about this programme through Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) which was facilitating institute.

MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering Worldwide program provides a mix of courses covering Power generation, Energy utilization, Modelling of energy systems, Energy management, Energy Policy and research based activities which are relevant to energy industry. Instructors range from university professors and lectures from Royal Institute of Technology Sweden, experts from world leading industry and local supervisors in OUSL have offered excellent contributions to success this online based programme in Sri Lanka. This programme was full time tough and consisting of 120 ECTS credits. Distance laboratory, logging into live class room and online assignment facilities brought us into real university environment. Subjects and contents were very modern and, latest technologies and applications were delivered emphasis is placed on real world, hands on experience, not standalone theory.

During the second year of programme, I could join with Ceylon Electricity Board as a project engineer. During the installation and commissioning of new power plant, I could apply the knowledge gain through studies and it was very helpful to execute the works. Now I’m working as maintenance engineer and always facing challenges to provide un-interrupted power. I can always apply knowledge gain through my MSc to overcome such a challenges in sustainable path.

Further I could build very good relationship with my colleagues who are working in leading organizations in the country.

Finally, I would thank to people who were behind this world reputed programme offer in to Sri Lankans, programme facilitators, coordinators, facilitating institute and group members who helped me to success the event.


Eng. U.G.Kithsiri,
B.Sc. Eng. (Hons), M.Sc. (Sweden), C.Eng. MIE (SL)
Mechanical Engineer
Kelaninitissa Combined Cycle Power Station,
Ceylon Electricity Board

A Great Opportunity For MATLAB Lovers

Following mentioned an extraction from an email from MATLAB representative subjected on “Complimentary MATLAB Training for KTH”. This is a grand opportunity for KTH student who wish to work with MATLAB.


My name is XXXXX. I work with MathWorks and I look after KTH.

I would like to inform you that as part of the KTH MATLAB site license, you have access to MATLAB online training at no extra cost. You can learn MATLAB interactively, at you own pace, at the time of your choice. These courses are available to all students and employees at KTH.

Simply register via: MATLAB Academic Online Training

The following courses are available:

MATLAB Fundamentals

“This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the MATLAB® technical computing environment. No prior programming experience or knowledge of MATLAB is assumed. Themes of data analysis, visualization, modeling, and programming are explored throughout the course.”

 MATLAB Programming Techniques

“This course provides hands-on experience using the features in the MATLAB® language to write efficient, robust, and well-organized code. These concepts form the foundation for writing full applications, developing algorithms, and extending built-in MATLAB capabilities. Details of performance optimization, as well as tools for writing, debugging, and profiling code are covered.”

Machine Learning with MATLAB

“This course shows how to use unsupervised learning techniques to discover features in large data sets and supervised learning techniques to build predictive models.”

MATLAB for Data Processing and Visualization

“This course focuses on the details of data management and visualization techniques, from reading arbitrarily formatted text data files to producing customized publication-quality graphics. The course emphasizes how to create scripts that extend the basic features provided by MATLAB®.”

 MATLAB for Financial Applications

“This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the MATLAB® technical computing environment for financial professionals. The course is intended for beginning users and those looking for a review. Themes of data analysis, visualization, modeling, and programming are explored throughout the course, with an emphasis on practical application to finance, such as time-series analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, portfolio management, and analysis.”

Best regards,


Free Webinar: Turbocharge Rotating Machinery Efficiency with Simulation

Time: Oct. 18th, 2016 11:00 AM EST

Resource Persons:

Brad Hutchinson – Global Director, Industry Marketing, Industrial Equipment & Rotating Machinery, ANSYS

Alessandro Arcidiacono – CFD Project Engineer, ENGINSOFT

Moderator: David Walsh – Editor-in-Chief, ASME.org

Rotating machinery users demand increased efficiency, reliability and durability while expecting compliance with regulatory mandates to reduce emissions and noise. Simulation pinpoints solutions and guides trade-offs early in the design process before significant investments have been made. By reducing the need for expensive prototypes and test rigs, simulation delivers better performance at lower cost.

This Webinar will provide insight on:
– Understanding the concept of a virtual prototype and how it reduces development costs while optimizing product performance
– Identifying seven essential features that must be included in a simulation in order to maximize the performance and efficiency
– Learning how ZECO Hydropower used ANSYS simulation tools coupled with high performance computing to develop a new and optimal intake for a Kaplan turbine in half of the usual time. They were able to reduce civil engineering infrastructure costs to ensure they would be competitive in emerging markets.
– Walking through ZECO’s simulation process and results including CFD turbomachinery simulation, parallel computing, parametric modeling, and optimization tools.

For more information& Registration:  http://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=4636820569227025

Online Short Course – The Impact of Technology

In this course you will learn how to use theories and methods to make predictions of the potential impact of new technology – in general, as well as for a specific application. This will prepare you for the changes that we are facing in society, and also help you take advantage of transformations which are driven by technology. The course takes a broad approach, including social and economic factors. You will study historical examples and learn to recognize recurring patterns and cycles. The curriculum includes general innovation theories, foresight methodology, value chain disruption and strategy. The general process is as follows. First you to learn how to draw a map of the potential future business landscape. After that, you get to identify interesting future business roles in emerging value networks. Finally, we find a path from where we are today to a desired end state. You will analyze how an industry or market may change if the technology which is available today is fully implemented in a 10 to 20 year perspective. In addition, you will identify barriers to such a development and make estimates regarding the timing. The course includes a number of assignments to facilitate your learning – some of them compulsory. The largest assignment is about the introduction of self-driving cars (hence the course icon; source and credit to Google). We all know that the future can’t be fully predicted in detail. However, the methods presented in this course will help you identify potential consequences. In this way, you will get a toolbox for decision making in the areas of technology, investments, career path, research & development or portfolio management.  (Extracted from https://www.coursera.org/learn/impact-of-technology)

For more information:  https://www.coursera.org/learn/impact-of-technology

Online Short Course – Sustainable Energy: Design a Renewable Future

A transition to sustainable energy is needed for our climate and welfare. In this engineering course, you will learn how to assess the potential for energy reduction and the potential of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass. You’ll learn how to integrate these sources in an energy system, like an electricity network and take an engineering approach to look for solutions and design a 100% sustainable energy system.

This course is an introduction to the Master Programme Sustainable Energy Technology at TU Delft and is aimed at Bachelor students from science and engineering disciplines. (Extracted from https://prod-edx-mktg-edit.edx.org/course/sustainable-energy-design-renewable-delftx-energyx#!)

For more information: https://prod-edx-mktg-edit.edx.org/course/sustainable-energy-design-renewable-delftx-energyx#!

Eng. Chamila Ranasinghe

SELECT Master program is not just an education certificate, but a lifetime experience with SELECT community coming from diverse cultures, different levels of knowledge and skills in the world. Being a part of SELECT, we gathered an enormous knowledge on “sustainable energy systems for the future” to develop high quality engineering skills in this field including training in business and innovation. The activities such as “SELECT spring seminar” in Krakow Poland, Lisbon Portugal and the “Introductory Crash Course” at ESADE in Barcelona were memorable career experiences.

I am a BSc Eng Mechanical (First Class Honours) graduate of University of Peradeniya with specialization in the stream of power and energy. I was awarded “M.D.J.F JAYAMANNA AWARD-2009” for the Best Undergraduate Project in Mechanical Engineering presented at Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) for “Design and Fabrication of a Power Weeder for Law Land Paddy Fields”. After completing my BSc I worked in the Department of mechanical engineering, University of Peradeniya as a lecturer.

During that time, I was pursuing an opportunity for higher education in the field of “sustainable energy”. Energy and environment is becoming a global problem, so, it inspired me exploring this field, and I chose it as an interesting path for my career. At that moment, I got to know about the SELECT (Environomical pathways for Sustainable energy systems) master program. Among hundreds of applicants all over the world, I was selected for the master program, and I was fortunate to obtain the InnoEnergy scholarship as well. I started my master degree (first year) at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and then successfully completed my second year at Polytechnic di Torino, Italy.

Currently I’m working as an Operation Engineer at ‘Yugadanavi 300MW Combined Cycle Power Plant’, The largest Combined Cycle Power plant in Sri Lanka. I’m using the skills and experiences gained from my MSc program for my profession and the development of energy sector in Sri lanka. Finally I would like to thank all the people supported in SELECT MSc program and wish all the success for the upcoming ‘SELECT’ students.

Chamila Ranasinghe
Mechanical Engineer
Yugadanavi 300MW CCPP
Muthurajawela IZ,
No:90, Handala,
Sri Lanka.

An Achievement From One of Our Alumni

Mrs. Duleeka Gunarathne will present her final presentation and viva on her doctoral studies (PhD Defense) on 27th September, 2016. She is currently doing her research works at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the field of material science and her topic for the doctoral study is “Advanced Gasification of Biomass/Waste for Substitution of Fossil Fuels in Steel Industry Heat Treatment Furnaces

We wish her good luck!

For more information on the event: The event information at KTH website