SAITM Holds International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements

Source: Sunday Times ( Sri Lanka) | Date : 13 May 2012

Continuing in its bold march towards becoming one of the esteemed higher educational institutes in Engineering in the Asian region, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) faculty of Engineering has concluded a highly successful Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements ( SAITM RSEA 2012) recently at SAITM Auditorium, Malabe. Following its ground breaking historical inaugural Research symposium (SAITM RSEA 2011) in May last year, this year’s event signifies the continuation of a very important event to be held annually.

Focused on bringing together the research community in Engineering, Industries, Academics, Engineering professionals and students into a forum which would provide unique opportunity for all stakeholders involved in furthering their knowledge base, not to mention the invaluable exposure the students as young undergraduates would get.

The event, with presentations covering areas of Electrical, Electronics and communications, Mechatronics and Automation, water and Environment, Geotechnical and Soil Mechanics, Computer Science and ICT, Structural and transportation, Town Planning, urban management, Technology based education and project Management consisted of over 40 research papers from Sri Lanka and abroad, all of which were technically reviewed through a panel consisting of prominent academics in Engineering. A significant feature is the substantial number of papers presented by researchers from state universities in Sri Lanka auguring well for the public – private partnership in engineering advancements into the future.

The keynote addresses were made by Prof. Matthew Dailey, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand – a prominent scholar and academic in Robotics and by Prof. ( Mrs.) Chintha Jayasinghe, department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa – a scholar and academic who has been into numerous research projects in Civil Engineering and who is also the Director, Postgraduate studies at University of Moratuwa. The expert panel consisted of three highly acclaimed and well known academics, Prof. P.B.R. Dissanayake (University of Peradeniya), Prof. E.M.N. Ekanayake (University of Peradeniya) and Dr. Cyril Kariyawasam (University of Ruhuna).

An extensive poster presentation was made by the undergraduates of SAITM to showcase the projects and products they were developing at the venue running concurrently with the presentation of proceedings. As an integral part of the programme, a technical tour had been organized where the participants were taken through a guided tour of the Colombo Port Expansion Project where the participants were exposed to the latest development work at South Asia’s premier port courtesy of Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Considering the impact the first research symposium had on the undergraduates of SAITM faculty of Engineering with many embarking on research projects and participating at local and foreign conferences and symposiums, the faculty is taking steps to continue the event at an annual basis which would give a tremendous boost to the students to strengthen their research capabilities, molding themselves into complete engineering professionals.

SAITM RSEA 2012 was sponsored by Maga Construction Ltd, Consultant Engineers and Contractors (CEC) Ltd, in the platinum category, Bank of Ceylon, Nawaloka Constructions in the Gold category.