The University of Peradeniya, the oldest and the largest university in Sri Lanka, has eight faculties of study in different specializations and offer bachelor’s, diploma, master’s and doctoral level degree programmes in almost all academic disciplines through its 73 academic departments and two postgraduate institutes. There are about 12000 internal students with about 15% of postgraduate students. There are about 700 senior academic staff on permanent basis and about 500 junior academic staff on temporary/contract basis, and with about 1700 permanent non-academic staff.

The University of Peradeniya has number of water related academic programmes with varying depths in faculties of engineering, agriculture, science and arts, and in the two post-graduate institutes. Some of the postgraduate programmes leading to Masters Degrees include: Environmental & Water Engineering, Engineering Geology & Hydrology,   Water Resources Management, Integrated Water Resources Management, Environmental Science, Environmental and Pollution Control Engineering, GIS & Remote Sensing and Geo-Informatics. The doctoral degrees are research based and research topics are selected in above or relevant areas applied to a specific industry problem.

Laboratory facilities for water related studies are available attached to departments in the faculties of engineering, science and agriculture. These laboratories are of high standard and are equipped with modern equipment for water quality analysis, hydraulics, hydrological investigations and for conducting specialized analysis relevant to advanced research. There are water related courses in the undergraduate programmes where students also conduct laboratory experiments. There are also modern computer software for water resources planning and hydraulic, hydrologic modeling for industrial applications. The university has many international research publications in water related topics every year arising from the research of staff and post-graduate students, collaborations with international partners.

Project participants

image001Prof. S. B. Weerakoon
Senior Professor  in Civil Engineering
coordinator of the project at UoP

  • PhD : University of Tokyo (1990)
  • MEng : University of Tokyo (1987)
  • BScEng (First Class Hons): University of Peradeniya (1982)
  • Fellow, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
  • International Professional Engineer, Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • Member of the Asian Fluid Mechanics Committee
  • Chartered Engineer

Research interests

  • Hydraulic and Water Quality Modeling
  • Hydrological Modeling in Ungauged Basins
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • River Flow Computations
  • Mini Hydropower Development
  • Climate change projections downscaling

image002Prof. K. D. W. Nandalal
Senior Professor  in Civil Engineering

  • PhD : Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands (1995)
  • MEng : Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (1986)
  • BScEng : University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1981)
  • Fellow, the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka
  • Member, the Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • International Professional Engineer (SL)
  • Chartered Engineer

Research interests

  • Water Resources Systems Analysis
  • Flood modeling
  • Application of Soft Computing Techniques in Water Management
  • System Dynamics in Water Management
  • Reservoir Water Quality Modeling

profpathiranaProf. K.P.P. Pathirana

PhD (KUL-Belgium)
Research Interests

  • Wave-structure interaction: Performance of Reef Breakwaters
  • Hydraulic characteristics of Berm Breakwaters
  • Coastal sediment transport
  • Catchment erosion
  • Sediment transport in unsteady flows
  • Transport of non-uniform sediment
  • Reservoir sedimentation
  • Irrigation water management

image003Dr. G.B.B. Herath
Senior Lecturer  in Civil Engineering

  • PhD : University of Tokyo, Japan, (1998) in Environmental Engineering
  • MEng : Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (1994) in Water & Wastewater Engineering
  • BScEng : University of Peradeniya (1991)
  • Stage I of Charted Institute of Management Association Examination (CIMA), UK

Research interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Technologies,
  • Appropriate Sanitation Technologies
  • Solid Waste Management,
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water Quality Monitoring

image004Dr. K.B.S.N. Jinadasa
Senior Lecturer  in Civil Engineering

  • Doctor of Philosophy :Saitama University, Japan.
  • Master of Engineering: National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

Research interests

  • Development of sustainable water and wastewater management technologies
  • Development of biological wastewater treatment methods for industrial wastewaters
  • Development of Innovative methodologies in environmental protection
  • Constructed wetlands for water quality management in tropical regions

image005Dr.(Ms). K.G.N.Nanayakkara
Senior Lecturer  in Civil Engineering

  • Doctor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore (2006- 2010)
  • BScEng with First Class Honors,  University of Peradeniya (2001- 2005)
  • Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Research interests

  • Electrochemical disinfection, oxidation and reduction
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Development and optimization of materials for pollution control
  • Materials behavior in marine and corrosive environments

image006Dr. (Ms.) W.C.T.K. Gunawardana
Senior Lecturer  in Civil Engineering

  • Doctor of Philosophy,Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 2011
  • Post Graduate Diploma, University of Peradeniya, 2008
  • BScEng (Hons) University of Peradeniya. 2006
  • Associate Member: Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), (Since 2006)
  • Professional Engineer (skill level 1): Engineers Australia (Since 2012)

Research interests

  • Pollutant sorption by natural materials and modification of adsorbents.
  • Pre-filter media development for excess pollutant loads.
  • Rainwater harvesting and water quality assessment.
  • Stormwater pollution and best management practices.

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