Prof. Kapila Perera assumes duties as the new vice chancellor of the University of Moratuwa (UoM) today, 28th November 2017, taking over the baton from Prof. Ananda Jayawardane.
Prof. Perera has an illustrious academic and professional career. After obtaining his B.Sc. Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, he followed his postgraduate studies at the University of California, Davis being awarded both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from that university in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He initially served in the regular force of the Sri Lanka Navy where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the university in 1995 and rising to a professorship in 2008.
Prof. Perera's research interests include turbulent heat transfer and combustion modeling, energy sources, renewable energy technologies and co-generation. He has authored numerous scholarly papers and presented papers at national and international conferences.
He has served the university in various capacities such as Director – Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa (ITUM), Director – Staff Development Centre, President – UMTA and Head – Department of Mechanical Engineering. At national level, he has served as the Chairman of National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), Director General of Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE), and Vice Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Borad (CEB). His impressive track record bears testimony to Prof. Perera’s extraordinary disposition of intelligence, astuteness, and agility. He is well positioned to propel UoM to its next level over the next three years.