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Professor Rohan Lucas is an Emeritus Professor in Electrical Engineering. Having graduated from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and postgraduate degrees from the prestigious UMIST in Manchester UK, he has 43 years of postdoctoral experience in teaching, research and professional experience, in Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. A researcher in power system analysis, modelling and simulation for over 45 years, has published over 70 papers and co-authored 10 text-books in Electrical Engineering. Has extensive experience in transient simulation and analysis with the current-transformer model developed included as a feature 'Lucas model' in PSCAD.
He has risen to the top rungs of the Electrical Engineering Profession in Sri Lanka. He is a Past Chairman of the Sri Lanka Branch of the prestigiou Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK). He has been bestowed the Research Excellence Award and the Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Moratuwa, and the Engineering Excellence Award by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka in September 2013. Having retired from formal employment on 31st March 2014, he continues to serve society in various academic capacities and as an Electrical Consultant. On 17th October 2017, on his 70th Birthday, he has been honoured by the naming of the new lab as the "Rohan Lucas High Voltage Laboratory". Memories of Students, Friends and Colleagues, numbering over three hundred, have been put on the web, with links to individual memories.
- Power system transient analysis & modelling (PSCAD/EMTDC, Fourier)
- Energy efficient lighting
- "Profile of the Sri Lankan Electrical Engineering Industry", Engineer, Vol.: XLVII, No. 02, April 2014, p9–21 (Co-authors: Buddika Jayasekera, Satish Namasivayam and LankaUdawatta)
- "Modelling of Mini Hydro Plants in Long Term Planning Studies – A Sri Lankan Case Study", Engineer, Vol.: XXXXVI, No. 01, January 2013, p1–10 (Co-authors: N A Mudannayake, and Tilak Siyambalapitiya)
- "Macro Scale Modelling of Wind Plants in Long Term Planning Studies – A Sri Lankan Case Study", Engineer Vol.: XXXXVI, No. 01, January 2013, p11–20 (Co-authors: N A Mudannayake, and Tilak Siyambalapitiya)
- "Use of Load Shedding Scheme to Increase the Capacity Limit on the Single Largest Generator", Engineer Vol.: XXXXVI, No. 01, January 2013, p31–36 (Co-authors: C K S Hapuarachchi, M D M C Gunawardena, D P Haputhanthri, I G C Harshana, J R Lucas and W D A S Wijayapala)
- "Directions for Solving Bad Workman Practices in Power Distribution Line Connections", Engineer, Vol.: XXXXV, No. 03, 2012, p33-44 (Co-authors: AGDP Jayasekara, WDAS Wijayapala)
- "A Basis for a Natural Electricity Tariff - A Case Study of the Domestic sector", (Co-author: N. Wickramarachchi), SLEMA Journal, Vol 15, Nos. 1 and 2, Sept 2012
- "Equal Right to Sri Lanka’s Natural Energy Resources", Vidulka, August 2011, p (Co-author: N. Wickramarachchi) - Presented at National Energy Symposium, BMICH, Colombo
- "Analysis of Surface Flashover of 33kV Pin Type Insulators due to Saline Pollution", Engineer Vol.: XXXXIII, No. 04, October 2010, p11-16 (Co-authors: N.H.C Janaka, D.G.R. Fernando)
- "Inclusion of Small Signal Stability Assessment to Electromagnetic Transient Programs", Proceedings of 4th IASTED International Conference, April 2008, Malaysia, POWER AND ENERGY SYSTEMS (AsiaPES 2008), ISBN CD: 978-0-88986-732-1. (Co-authors : U.D. Annakkage, C.Karawita, D.Muthumuni, R.P. Jayasinghe), p261-265 Paper presented at the 4th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems April 2 4, 2008, Langkawi, Malaysia.
- "Intelligent Lightning Warning System", Proceeding of the 2007 Third International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, Melbourne, Australia, December 2007, pp 19-24. (Co-authors : Geeth Jayendra, Sisil Kumarawadu, Lilantha Neelawala, Chathura Jeevantha, P. Dharmapriya)
- "Determination of One Dimensional Earth Resistivity Profile in Multilayer Soil", Proceeding of 13th Annual Symposium on Research for Industry, Engineering Research Unit, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, October 2007, pp.8-11. (Co-authors : IT Dharmadasa, L Udawatta and WDAS Wijepala)
- "Design and Construction of Constant Voltage Transformer", Proceedings of the First International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, ICIIS 2006, 8 - 11 August 2006, Sri Lanka, p 40-45 (co-authors: N.N.R Mendis, E.M.M.B Yatiyana, K.C. Wijesinghe and R. Perera)
- "Power System Harmonic Effects on Distribution Transformers and New Design Considerations for K Factor Transformers", Transactions IEE Sri Lanka, Colombo, vol 6, No 1, Aug 2005, p 22-30 (co-authors: N.R Jayasinghe, K.B.I.M. Perera)
- Paper presented at the tenth annual conference of the IEE Sri Lanka, September 2003, Hotel Galadari, Colombo.
- "Drying Time for Transformer Core and Winding Assembly", Transactions IEE Sri Lanka, Colombo, vol 6, No 1, Aug 2005, p 40-43 (co-authors: P.D.C. Wijayatunga, Kosala Gunawardhana, Rukshika Pathberiya, N.H.K.L. Sirisena, J.A.Vitharana, K.R.S.Dematagolla, J.A.I.T.Jagoda)
- Paper presented at the tenth annual conference of the IEE Sri Lanka, September 2003, Hotel Galadari, Colombo.
- "Development of a Software Package for Calculating Current Rating of Medium Voltage Power Cables", Transactions of the IEE Sri Lanka, vol 5, No 1, Sep 2003, p50-57. (co-authors: D.G.A.K. Wijeratna, H.J.C. Peiris, H.Y.R.Perera)
- Paper presented at the ninth annual conference of the IEE Sri Lanka, September 2002, Hotel Galadari, Colombo.
- "Coconut Oil Insulated Distribution Transformer", Transactions of the IEE Sri Lanka, vol 4, No 2, Sep 2002, p 1-5 (co-authors: D.C. Abeysundara, C. Weerakoon, K B M I Perera, K C Obadage and K.A.I. Gunatunga)
- Paper presented at the eight annual conference of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre, September 2001, Hotel Galadari, Colombo.
- "Coconut oil as an alternative to transformer oil", ERU - Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Research for Industry, Moratuwa, Nov 2001, p A12-A22, (co-authors: D.C. Abeysundara, C. Weerakoon, K.A.I. Gunatunga and K.C. Obadage)
- "Historical Development of the Transformer", Transactions IEE Sri Lanka, Colombo, April 2002, vol 4, No 1, p 1-15.
- Presented as the IEE Sri Lanka Chairman's Lecture on 14 November 2000, Colombo
- "Software Guided Safe Loading of Transformers", Proceedings, International Conference on Power Transformers, New Delhi, April 2000, p 117-124 (co-author: KBMI Perera)
- "AC-small power DC hybrid transmission for improving power system stability", Electric Power Systems Research, Elsevier, vol 56., 2000, p 9-15 (co-authors: Pahalawaththa, N., Annakkage, U., and Boys, J., )
- "Increasing the power transfer capability of an ac transmission line using a parallel small power dc link", Transactions IEE Sri Lanka, Colombo, vol 3, No 2, April 2001, p 52-55. (co-author: H Jahan C Peiris)
- Paper presented at the fifth annual conference of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre, September 1999, Hotel Galadari, Colombo.
- "Lightning protection of pole mounted transformers and its application in Sri Lanka", Transactions IEE Sri Lanka, Colombo, Vol 3, No 2, April 2001, p 43-51. (co-author: D A J Nanayakkara)
- Paper presented at the fifth annual conference of the IEE Sri Lanka Centre, September 1999, Hotel Galadari, Colombo.
- "Loading of Transformer beyond nameplate rating", Engineer, vol xxx, September 1999, No 03, Colombo, pp 58-65(co-author: KBMI Perera)
- "The co-ordination of directional overcurrent relays based on direct iterative method", AUPEC '98, Tasmania, Australia, Vol. 1, September 1998, p331-336 (co-authors: Dezhi Luo, C.P. Arnold).
- "Estimation of Optimum Transformer Capacity Based on Load Curve", Transactions of the IEE Sri Lanka, Jan 2001, Vol 3, No 1, p 36-40.
- Paper presented as "Optimization of Transformer Design based on Load Curve", IEE Sri Lanka Centre, Annual Sessions '98, September 1998, p 1-6 (co-authors: KBMI Perera et Al)
- "A Feasibility study on the use of alternative energy sources for tea drying", UPEC 1997, UMIST, Manchester, UK, September 1997, p 1-4 (co-authors: Wijayatunga et Al)
- "Cost-benefit analysis for introduction of compact fluorescent lamps - A case study for Sri Lanka (1995)", SLEMA Journal, Vol 9, No 1, April 2000, p 3-5 (co-authors: W J L S Fernando, V B Wijekoon et Al)
- Paper presented at SLEMA Sessions, 1996
- "Some measurements on energy efficient compact fluorescents", Symposium on Research for Industry, University of Moratuwa, 12 July 1996, (sole author)
- "Power Factor and Harmonic distortion in Compact Fluorescent Lamps", Trans IESL, Colombo, 1995, Vol. 1, Part B, p 29-37 (co-author: Wijekoon)
- Discussion on "Power Factor and Harmonic distortion in Compact Fluorescent Lamps", Trans IESL, 1995, vol. II, p 26-28.
- "Energy Efficient Lighting for Households: A Survey", SLEMA Journal, vol. 6, No 1, Apr/May 1995, p 1-9 (co-authors: Perera et Al)
- "Cost Effective Insulation through Proper Co-ordination", Professor R H Paul Commemoration Lecture 1994, Engineer, Colombo, vol. xxiii, No 1, June 1995, p 59-74 (sole author)
- "Efficient Simulation Techniques for some common non-linear elements in Power System Studies", PSCC Conference, vol. 11, France, Aug - Sep 1993, p 1-7, (Co-authors: McLaren et Al)
- "A simulation model for capacitively coupled voltage transformers in relay studies", Proceedings, IPEC Conference, Institution of Engineers, Singapore, March 1993, p 555 - 560 (Co-authors: Keerthipala et Al)
- "Frequency dependant Magnetic core-loss simulation in time domain studies", Trans IESL, Colombo, 1992, Vol. 1, p 238-245 (sole author)
- Discussion on "Frequency dependant Magnetic core-loss simulation in time domain studies", Trans IESL, 1992, vol. II, p 49-50.
- "Inclusion of frequency dependant losses in transformer flux-current excursions", IJEEE, Manchester, Oct 1992, vol. 29, No 4, p 321-328 (sole author)
- "Improved Simulation models for current and voltage transformers in relay studies", IEEE Trans on Power Delivery, Jan 1992, Vol. 7, No 1, p 152-159 (co-authors: McLaren et Al)
- "Generation of Transient flux-current excursions in instrument transformer cores", Trans IESL, Colombo, 1991, Vol. 1, p 96-101 (co-author: McLaren)
- Discussion on "Generation of Transient flux-current excursions in instrument transformer cores", Trans IESL, Colombo, 1991, Vol. II, p 32-34.
- "A computationally efficient MOV model for series compensation studies", IEEE Trans on Power Delivery , Oct 1991, Vol. 6, No 4, p 1491-1498 (co-author: McLaren)
- "B-H loop representation for transient studies", IJEEE, Manchester, July 1991, vol. 28, No 3, p 261-270, (co-author: McLaren)
- "A Framework to Assess the Economics of Wind Power Generation using Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines", Engineer, Colombo, vol. xix, No 02, June 1991, p 46-55 (co-authors: WJLS Fernando et al)
- "Closed-loop relay testing with real time electro-magnetic transients simulation", Canadian Electrical Association Proceedings, Toronto, May 1991, p 1-15, (co-authors: McLaren et Al)
- "A workstation environment for assessing relay performance", Proc of IEEE/Wescanex '91, Regina, May 1991, p 14-19, (co-authors: McLaren, et Al)
- "Energisation of a Transformer feeder", Engineer, Colombo, vol. xix, No 1, March 1991, p 14-24 (sole author)
- "Transient response of capacitive voltage transformers", Engineer, Vol. xviii, No 4, Dec 1990, p 27-32 (co-author: McLaren)
- "Some comparisons of impedance relaying techniques on a long transmission line", Trans IESL, 1990, Vol. 1, p 82-92, (co-authors: McLaren)
- "Simulation of current transformer saturation in power system protection studies", Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ottawa, Sep 1990, Vol. 1, No. 9.5, p 1-4, (co-author: McLaren)
- "A workstation environment for assessing relay performance under transient conditions", Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ottawa, Sep 1990, Vol. 1, No. 9.2, p 1-4, (co-authors: McLaren, Gole,.....)
- "Some problems in relaying series compensated lines", Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ottawa, Sep 1990, Vol. 1, No 1.1, p 1-4, (co-author: McLaren)
- "An MOV model for series compensation in transient studies", Proceedings, vol. II, 33rd Mid-West Symposium on Circuit and Systems, Calgary, Aug 1990, p 633-636, (co-author: McLaren)
- "Simulation of B-H excursions for transient studies", Proceedings, vol. I, 33 rd Mid-West Symposium on Circuit and Systems, Calgary, Aug 1990, p 370-373, (co-author: McLaren)
- "Transient performance of a grid-connected induction generator for small-scale power generation", Engineer, March 1990, vol. xviii, No. 1, p 37-50, (co-authors: Fernando & Karunaratne)
- "Solution of an ill-conditioned fast decoupled load flow problem using acceleration", IJEEE, Jan 1990, vol. 27, No. 1, p 53-61, (sole author)
- "Evaluation of the reliability of Power Systems using the improved dc load flow technique" Engineer, Colombo, June 1989, vol. xvii, No. 2, p 24-36, (co-authors: Induruwa & Malembeka)
- "A solution of the power system load flow problem on the digital computer using the improved dc load flow technique", Engineer, Colombo, March 1989, vol. xvii, No 1, p 14-21 (co-authors: Induruwa & Malembeka)
- "Accelerated solution of the fast decoupled Newton-Raphson load flow algorithm in power system studies", Engineer, Colombo, September/December 1988, vol. xvi, No 3 & 4, p 3-11, (Co-author: Vilathgamuwa)
- "Representation of Magnetisation Curves over a wide region using a non-integer power series", IJEEE, Manchester UP, vol. 25, No 4, October 1988, p 335-340, (Sole author)
- "Transformer equivalent network for switching surge studies", Engineer, Colombo, Jun 1988, vol. xvi, No 2, p33-47 (Sole author)
- "Transient stability study of a simplified Sri Lanka power system", Engineer, Colombo, , March 1988, vol. xvi, No 1, p 24-38, (co-authors: Weerasooriya et Wijayatunga)
- "Power curve representation of transformer magnetisation characteristic", Engineer, Colombo, June 1987, vol. xv, No 2, p 47-52 (Sole author)
- "Optimal load flow study on the 1984 power system of Sri Lanka", Engineer, Colombo, Sep 1987, vol. xv, No 3, p 32-39 (Co-authors: Karunaratne & de Silva)
- "Inclusion of surge diverters in system overvoltage calculations", Proc IEE, vol. 126, No 12, Dec 1979, p1263-1268, (Co-author: Cornick)
- "The dc network analyser: An effective instrument for the teaching of the load flow problem", IJEEE, vol. 15, p 351-359, Manchester UP, 1978 (Co-authors: Karunaratne et Al)
- "A fast decoupled sparsity oriented algorithm for the solution of the load flow problem in electric power systems", Trans IESL, p 36-44, Colombo, 1976, (co-authors: Karunaratne et Al)
- Course Textbooks
- "High Voltage Engineering", 1995, Published by University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 217 pages, (sole author) - course text for UEE403
- "Design of Electrical Installations", 1991, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 175 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for ECD 2223
- "Building Engineering Theory and Design - Block 3", 1988, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, (co-authors: Herath et Al)
- "Protection of Power Systems", 1986/88, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 384 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TED2302
- "Power System Studies", 1986, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 168 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TED2304
- "Generation, Transmission & Distribution", 1984/85, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 410 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TEC233
- "Introduction to Electrical Machines", 1984/85, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 378 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TEC232
- "Electrical Measurements", 1984/85, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 409 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TEC231
- "Principles of Electrical Engineering 2", 1985, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 360 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TEC132
- "Principles of Electrical Engineering 1", 1983/84, Published by Open University of Sri Lanka, 318 pages (co-authors: Sriyananda et Al) - course text for TEC131
Subjects presently taught
- EE1010 - Electrical Engineering. Part of First Year course for 800 engineering undergraduate students
- EE1950 & EE1960 - Engineering Design & Engineering Skill Development - First Year course for 70 electrical engineering undergraduate students
- EE2010 - Theory of Electricity - Second Year course for 270 computer science & eng, electrical and electronics & telecom undergraduate students
- EE2950 & EE2960 - Communication Skills & Presentation Skills - Part of second year course for electrical engineering undergraduate students
- EE4020 - Insulation Co-ordination - Fourth Year course for 70 electrical undergraduates
- EE4270 - High voltage breakdown & Testing - Fourth Year course for 70 electrical undergraduates
Subjects taught previously
- UEE201 - Theory of Electricity. Second Year course for 200 computer science & eng, electrical, electronics & telecom and mechanical undergraduate students
- UEE302 - Power Systems. Part of Third Year course for 48 electrical undergraduates
- EE323 - Electrical Installations - Part of Third Year course for 50 electrical undergraduates
- UEE403 - High Voltage Engineering. Fourth Year course for 48 electrical undergraduates
- EE33 - Electrical Properties of Materials. Part of Third Year course.
- EE35 - Electrical Measurements. Part of Third Year course.
- Fortran Programming. Non examinable course.
Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, from May 1998 to May 2004.
Head, Division of Power System and High Voltage Engineering, from March 1981 to-date.
Member, Senate Research Committee, University of Moratuwa (earlier)
Head, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, December 1988 to July 1989.
Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, July 1983 to June 1984.
Chairman/Co-ordinator, Engineering Research Unit, University of Moratuwa from 1994 to 1997
Elected Representative of Senate on the Council of the University (up to date)
Elected Representative of Senate on the ITUM Board of Management of the University (up to date)
Member, Curriculum & Evaluation Committee, University Senate (earlier)
Member, Higher Degrees Committee, University Senate (up to date)
Member Library Committee, University Senate (up to date)
Chairman, By-Laws Committee, University Senate (up to date)
Chairman, Industrial Training Advisor Board, University Senate (up to date)
Chairman, Calendar Committee, Faculty of Engineering (up to 1997)
Member, Higher Degrees Committee, Faculty of Engineering (up to date)
Member (Past Chairman), Sectoral Committee on Electrical Cables & Conductors, Sri Lanka Standards Institute
Co-ordinator, Electrical Engineering, Sir John Kotalawela Defence Academy
Chairman, Institution of Electrical Engineers, Sri Lanka Centre (2000-01)
Council Member, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (Upto 2000)
Founder Member, Computer Society of Sri Lanka
Fellow - Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
Fellow - Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK)
Member - Sri Lanka Energy Managers Assoication
- Award for Outstanding Teaching Excellence - 2010 by the University of Moratuwa at Awards Ceremony on 25 September 2013
- Award for Excellence in Engineering (Individual) 2013 by the IESL on 24 August 2013
- Award for Outstanding Research Performances - 2003 (for the 3 years 2001, 2002, 2003) - approved by Council 18 January 2006, Award Ceremony 28 September 2006
- Award for Outstanding Research Performances - 2002 (for the 3 years 2000, 2001, 2002) - approved by Council 18 January 2006, Award Ceremony 28 September 2006
- Award for Outstanding Research Performances - 2001 (for the 3 years 1999, 2000, 2001) - approved by Council 18 January 2006, Award Ceremony 28 September 2006
- Award of Excellence - Outstanding Research Performances in the 15 years enfinh 31 December 1999 bestowed by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 16 August 2001.
- The Josephian Honours for Excellence conferred by St. Joseph's College, Colombo 10, 14 February 1997
- Prof. E. O. E. Pereira Award for the Best Paper read at the Annual Conference of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka in 1991/92.
- C D E Award for the Best Paper, by a corporate member of the IESL, published in the Journal "Engineer" during 1990/91.
- Jaycees Top Outstanding Young Persons Award for Academic Achievements in 1987.
- Award for the Best Paper presented at the I E E (Overseas Branch) by a Student or Associate Member - Under 30, in 1975/76.
- Prof. E. O. E. Pereira Award for the Best Paper read at the Annual Conference of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka in 1976.
I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 17th October 1947. From my young days, my parents Dr Anthony Lucas and Mrs Erin Lucas always encouraged me to study well and take part in extra curricular activities. My brother Nimal, and my sisters Marie, Srini and Iromi were always by my side.
I had almost my entire school education at St Joseph's College, Colombo, (except for an year or two spent at the Montessori at St Bridgets Convent, Colombo). I am proud to have risen to be a Josephian Prefect and the Captain of Table Tennis.
I am normally called by my friends and colleagues by my middle name Rohan. I started my engineering education at the Univerity of Ceylon at Peradeniya in October 1966. Based on my performance at the GCE (Advanced Level) examination, I was permitted to skip the first year and complete the four year engineering degree course in August 1969, obtaining First Class honours and Second Class honours (Lower division) respectively in the two examinations, Final Part I and Final Part II, that I sat. I played for the University in Table Tennis; and for my hall of residence, Jayathilaka Hall, in many sports including Table Tennis and Cricket. I will always treasure these memories.
After a short stint as an Temporary Instructor at the Engineering Faculty at Peradeniya soon after graduation, I joined the Ceylon College of Technology at Moratuwa (presently upgraded to the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka) on 13 March 1970, having been instilled by Professor Sam Karunaratne, who was the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering for thirty-three years. In October 1971 I proceeded to the United Kingdom on a UNESCO Fellowship for my postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). In October 1972, I obtained my Master's degree (MSc) having successfully completed the relevant written examinations in Electrical Power Systems Engineering and defended the dissertation on Cross-bonded cables and analysis of non-linearities. In October 1974, I successfully defended the doctoral thesis on Representation of transformers in switching surge studies and obtained my PhD and returned to Moratuwa. I still place in high esteem Dr Keith Cornick who guided me through this period. I am fortunate to have been at St Anselm Hall throughout my studies in Manchester and for being able to Captain the Table Tennis team in my final two years. I was also a member of the Bridge team, and a regular Snooker player in the evenings.
I married Ramala in May 1978, and we have a daughter Roshanthi who was born in May 1980. Ramala who was employed at Hatton National Bank after leaving school gave up working when we got married. In October 1981, I was awarded a Commonwealth Research Fellowship on which I continued my post-doctoral research with Keith Cornick in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UMIST for one year. My next sabbatical was in September 1989, where I accepted a Visiting Professorship for one year at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada and undertook research with Professor Peter McLaren. My visit was funded by the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre. The visit was very fruitful resulting in a large number of journal and conference publications which greatly helped me in reaching my present position. I am extremely grateful to Peter for this opportunity.
In May 1997 I visited the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand on the prestigious Erskine Fellowship and remained there for about eight months and spent my time doing teaching and research. During my time at Canterbury I was associated in my work with Professor Jos Arrillaga, Dr Chris Arnold and Dr Neville Watson. I spent the remaining four months of my sabbatical at the University of Auckland, New Zealand doing teaching and research associated with Dr Nalin Pahalawatta and Dr Udaya Annakkage.
Ramala and Roshanthi have accompanied me on my sabbatical visits. Roshanthi in particular gained a lot from these trips, especially as she was able to attend school in Canada and New Zealand for short periods, although her regular studies were temporarily interrupted. In September 1999, Ramala, Roshanthi and I spent one month visiting some of the Universities in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wollongong in Australia and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. We also spent a one week holiday at the Gold Coast during the visit.
Roshanthi studied at Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya from where she sat for her GCE (Advanced Level) examination in August 1999. She offered Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and was admitted to the University of Moratuwa as an undergraduate student in December 2000. She was selected for the high demand specialisation of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering at the end of the first year. She graduated with First Class Honours on 1 November 2004. Roshanthi also took part in the Drama It runs in a family conducted by the English Literary Association of the University during her first Semester at the Univeristy. She was also an active member of the Rotaract Club of the University and has helped in organising the "Are You Ready programme" for the graduands for 3 years and and ended up as the Community Services Director of the Club during her last year at the University.
She likes to go swimming and also played tennis at the University. Roshanthi was employed as an Engineer at Suntel Ltd in its Corportate Technical Services Division for two years soon after graduation. She still managed to find time to take part in extra-curricular activities including playing badminton and taking part in Drama.
In 2006, I was fortunate to enrol in the Toastmaster's International programme at the University of Moratuwa where I made my ice breaker on How I do things differently which will also give you some additional insight into my life.
I then spent one year of sabbatical leave from October 2006 to October 2007 at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in collaboration with the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, developing a small signal stability module for the well known PSCAD/EMTDC programme. Roughly during this same period, Roshanthi embarked on the prestigious MBA programme at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. She obtained the MBA degree in October 2007, having done the Individual Project at the Global Fund in Switzerland. From mid-December 2007, she was employed at Dialog Telecom. Then she has obtained the position of Strategic Officer at The Global Fund in Geneva, Switzerland and took up the appointment on 1 June 2008.
She got married to Lakshita Gunaratne, a financial analyst, in October 2010. After marriage she worked for a while in Geneva and returned to Sri Lanka to work for LIRNEasia. In 2015, Roshanthi left LIRNEasia to take up a management position at Stax Colombo, a global strategy consulting firm, where she is a Data Analytics Manager to date.
Avisha was born to Roshanthi on 7th February 2017, and within half-an-hour of his birth he was in my arms just wrapped in linen. Today, Baby Avisha is a very cheerful one-and-half year old kid who likes to play any ball game, is a big chatterbox with home folk, and keeps me company every weekday from aroun 5:30 to 8pm. He keeps changing the activity - bouncing the ball, saying nursery rhymes, drawing his favourite "ball", going for a walk in the internal roadway and kicking or throwing the ball and catching it, spinning the ball, looking at pictures and recognising them, counting, playing with his toys in the playpen and so on - so that I will not get bored. He also likes to play hide-and-seek - usually behind my chair, which he calls "Aviiisha, Where are You"
I retired on 31st March 2014 having completed 44 years of teaching at the University of Moratuwa (and its predecessors) on 13th of March 2014. I launched my autobiography in October 2014, and memories received from my Students, Friends and Colleagues are published in the web. I continue to serve society in various capacities, including part time teaching at the University of Moratuwa and the KDU, and as an Electrical Consultant.
The Rohan Lucas High Voltage was ceremonially opened by the Chancellor Vidya Jyothi KKYW Perera, and Eng UD Jayawardana, Chairman LTL Holdings, unveiled the nameplate of the new Laboratory on my Seventieth Birthday on 17th October 2017 in the presence of a distinguished gathering including my family. I am very grateful to the University for bestowing that honour on me.