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Guest Lecture on professional development in engineering for Engineering Students at SAITM by Prof. Keerthisena -
Department of Civil and environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna

Guest Lecture on Engineering in Industry by SAITM Alumnus - Mr. Shehan Amaratunga - Mitsubishi Corporation – Sri Lanka

Activity on Effective Data Mining for SAITM Engineering students, conducted by Dr. Thilini Rajakaruna and Dr. Subodha Gunawardena of Department of Mechatronics Engineering - SAITM


Collaborative AIT - SAITM Masters Degree and Postgraduate Diploma programs.

SAITM Engineering faculty is proud to announce the launch of Masters Degree programs in collaboration with prestigious Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. The official ceremony of signing the MoA with AIT was held on 19 October 2016 at SAITM. It was officiated by Dr. Neville Fernando - Chairman of SAITM, Prof. Sisuru Sendanayake - Dean, Faculty of Engineering together with Prof. V. Kachitvichyanukul - Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (AIT), Prof. Matthew Daley - Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs (AIT) and Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe - Director, Fund raising office (AIT). Heads of the Departments, Invitees, Academic and Non-Academic Staff attended the ceremony.
SAITM Faculty of Engineering is renowned for providing engineering degree courses of highest quality in Sri Lanka. The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is the most prestigious United Nations (UN) backed International Postgraduate University in Asia Pacific Region.

The programs will start from January 2017 and will be offered in following disciplines:
-> Energy
-> Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM)
-> Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (FEBT)
-> Urban Water Engineering and Management (UWEM)
-> Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME)
-> Mechatronics (MT)
-> Construction Engineering and Infrastructure Management (CEIM)
-> Information & Communication Technology (ICT) specializes in:
     - Computer Science (CS)
     - Software Engineering (SE)
     - Information Management (IM)
     - Telecommunication (TC)
     - Geo-informatics

Be a proud holder of an Engineering Masters Degree from the prestigious Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and be a recognized leader in the industry!

6th Batch from SAITM Engineering transfers to Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok, Thailand.
Students from the 6th batch attended a religious ceremony prior to their departure, August 18, 2016.

RiScE - Robotics in Science Education for Schools - 5th workshop of RiScE series was held on 14th June 2016 at S.Thomas' College Bandarawela.


SAITM International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancement (IRSEA) is an international conference held annually at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), Malabe. IRSEA is truly an inspiring event organized by the Faculty of Engineering at SAITM in order to foster and build strong partnerships with the industry and academia. This conference facilitates presentations of research in engineering and technological advancement of present and future needs. Furthermore, the symposium also facilitates to present research activities carried out by SAITM engineering undergraduate students. SAITM Faculty of Engineering, successfully held its 6th Annual International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancement (IRSEA 2016) at the SAITM auditorium on 04th June 2016.
IRSEA is known for its well participated forum and as an annual event for enlightening research findings among the professionals engaged in the fields of engineering in Sri Lanka. More than 75 presentations from researchers at different institutions – universities, research institutes, and private organizations, industries, and also professionals from both local and foreign countries are presented at theme-dependent special sessions in this conference.The themetic sessions include a number of emerging fields of engineering such as Structural Engineering and Finite Element Analysis, Highway Construction and Transportation Engineering, Renewable Energy, Consumption and Management, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Communication and Information Engineering, Image and Signal Processing, Quality Control and Management, Robotics, Control and Automation, Bio Systems Engineering with emphasis on Food and Bio Process Engineering and Town Planning and Urban Management. The dialogues and discussions that have taken place in past conferences of IRSEA have stimulated and entrusted researchers for advancement in the knowledge and technologies. It is hoped that the conference in this year would also contribute to the scientific advancement and as well as technological advancements and help bridge existing knowledge gaps and country’s development.
The presentations are compiled and published in a proceeding, which is considered as an esteemed service to the field of engineering and technological fields of the country. The findings presented in the conference unequivocally benefit engineers, engineering students as well as those engaged in the fields of engineering and technologies and related disciplines in Sri Lanka. The proceedings of the past conferences are available for scientists and graduate and undergraduate students and professionals free of charge (www.symposium.saitm.edu.lk).
SAITM is an UGC approved, non-state sector degree awarding higher education institute in Sri Lanka established in year 2009. The Institute consists of four faculties, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of ICT and Media and Faculty of Management and Finance; namely.
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Promoting Robotics Engineering among Sri Lankan youth, SAITM Faculty of Engineering, successfully held its 4th Annual Robotics Challenge (SRC ‘16) at the SAITM auditorium on 29th April 2016. This year’s competition was open to undergraduates from state universities and non-state sector higher educational institutions and the challenge was to develop an autonomous robot that can arrange objects in a grid based arena and return to start position within the shortest possible time.
Event was graced by Dr. Neville Fernando - Chairman, Dr. Sisuru Sendanayake – Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Thilini Rajakaruna - Head of the Department of Mechatronics Engineering together with Heads of the other Departments, Academic and Non-Academic Staff of SAITM and other distinguished invitees.

The Faculty of Engineering, at South Asian Institute of technology and Medicine (SAITM), successfully held the SAITM Robotics Challenge for the fourth consecutive year recently. SAITM Robotics Challenge, SRC is a prominent annual competition in Sri Lanka's technological calendar, with hundreds of students participating with their designs each year. This year's competition took place on the 29 th of April 2016, at SAITM Auditorium in Malabe.
Started in 2013 as an undergraduate level competition, SAITM Robotics Challenge for three consecutive years drew university students representing both state and non-state sector universities from Engineering, Science and Technology disciplines. Since then, SRC continued in each with additional competition for school students in 2014 and 2015 as well.
The theme of the challenge emulates the use of mobile robotics in real world applications, for example in goods handling in a manufacturing facility. Each year groups of students design and build a robot that can follow instructions to navigate through the competition arena and fulfil a task such as arranging objects according to the given instructions. The mission of each robot is to complete the challenge in the shortest possible time, where the winners are decided on the performance of the robot in completing the challenge as well as the time taken. Competition tests the students' ability to work as a team, apply their knowledge from a range of subject areas from Mechanics, Electronics to Computer Systems, and fine tune their design under a time limit.
In organizing SAITM Robotics Challenge, SAITM Faculty of Engineering strives to promote engineering design among Sri Lankan youth and encourage them to come forward with innovative solutions to real life applications. It provides a good platform to identify talented youngsters enabling them to share their knowledge and experience. The competition raises awareness and positive attitude among students towards the challenges and developments in today's technical arena with particular focus given to robotics and Automation.
The SRC ‘13 was the first of its kind to be organized by the Faculty of Engineering, SAITM. Students from Engineering and Science degree programs competed in SRC ‘13 from 11 state and non-state sector universities. In year 2014 the competition was restructured with a school level competition in addition to the competition for undergraduate students. There were teams representing 21 universities in the undergraduate category of the competition, and while 26 local and international schools were represented in the school category, with the total participation reaching about 500 students.
The challenge in SRC ‘15 again featured two main challenges, one for school students to build an autonomous navigating robot and the other for undergraduate students emulating a gaming platform for robots, with a ball shooting area and goal. Many academics and professionals from state universities and industries contributed to SAITM Robotics Challenge in the panel of Judges, where Prof. Nimal Ekanayake, (University of Peradeniya) and Dr. Nalin Ranasinghe (University of Colombo, School of Computing) served as the Chair of the panel of Judges for undergraduate and school categories respectively in 2015 competition.
With close to a hundred of robots, designed and build by students around the country, competing in the event, SRC is promising to be a vibrant event again this year, a celebration of innovation and technical advancements among university students.
In addition to SRC, SAITM Faculty of Engineering also hosts a robotics competition for school students titled ‘RoboSprint' under the SAITM STEM challenge. This year the RoboSprint competition for school students will take place at the end of October, with the applications for the competition accepted in June onwards.
SAITM is an UGC approved, non-state sector degree awarding higher education institute in Sri Lanka established in year 2009. The Institute consists of four faculties, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of ICT and Media and Faculty of Management and Finance; namely.
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The official opening of SAITM Engineering Tissue Culture Laboratory was successfully held on 20 April 2016 at SAITM. It was officiate by Dr. Neville Fernando - Chairman of SAITM, Dr. Sisuru Sendanayake - Dean of the Faculty, Professor Senaratne Ranamukhaarachchi - Professor & Senior Academic Adviser Department of Biosystems Engineering, Dr. Nandika Miguntanna - Head - Department of Bio-Systems Engineering and Heads of the Departments, Invitees, Academic and Non-Academic Staff attended the opening ceremony.
Tissue culture is a method of plant propagation done in a laboratory. Plant tissue culture involves growing plants in an artificial medium under sterile conditions in a jar, flask or test tube. In theory, this process can go on indefinitely, producing many plants over time. Some plant tissue cultures are started from very small sections of plant tissue. The plants produced this way are exact copies, or clones, of one another.

RiScE - Robotics in Science Education for Schools – 4th workshop of RiScE series was successfully held on 10th March 2016 at Taxila Central College, Horana.
Department of Mechatronics, SAITM conducted this out-station workshop with set of educational activities including design, creation, assembly and operation of robots to support and strengthen student's knowledge in Robotics and skills development.
A/L Students from Taxila Central College- Horana, Royal College- Horana and Vidyarathna University College- Horana participated for this workshop.

The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the New Building Complex for the Faculty of Engineering at South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) was held 9th March 2016 at the auspicious time 10.48 a.m.
The Chairman of SAITM Dr. Neville Fernando, Dr. Sisuru Sendanayake - Dean of the Faculty, Heads of the Departments, Invitees, Academic and Non-Academic Staff, Works Engineer, Supervisors and Students were present for this ceremony.
This 5- storey building will be equipped with Geo-technical & Transportation Engineering Laboratory, Hydraulics & Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Industrial Automation & Process Control Laboratory, Faculty Offices, Discussion Rooms, Teaching Labs and Research Labs; This will be a ideal environment to study and do research for SAITM Engineering Students.

SAITM Engineering : Entering the next level of expansion!

SAITM Engineering : Entering the next level of expansion!The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the New Building Complex for the Faculty of Engineering at South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) was held 9th March 2016 at the auspicious time 10.48 a.m. The Chairman of SAITM Dr. Neville Fernando, Dr. Sisuru Sendanayake - Dean of the Faculty, Heads of the Departments, Invitees, Academic and Non-Academic Staff, Works Engineer, Supervisors and Students were present for this ceremony.This 5- storey building will be equipped with Geo-technical & Transportation Engineering Laboratory, Hydraulics & Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Industrial Automation & Process Control Laboratory, Faculty Offices, Discussion Rooms, Teaching Labs and Research Labs; This will be a ideal environment to study and do research for SAITM Engineering Students.

Posted by SAITM Engineering on Friday, March 11, 2016

Newly enrolled Bio Systems Engineering Students had their first laboratory practical experience at SAITM, Faculty of Engineering.

Newly Enrolled Students had their first laboratory experience ...

Newly Enrolled Students had their first laboratory practicals at SAITM Engineering

Posted by SAITM Engineering on Saturday, February 27, 2016

The new students who started the B.Sc Degree in Civil Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering at SAITM Faculty of Engineering were officially welcomed in an inauguration ceremony at the SAITM Auditorium which took place on February 16th, 2016.
Among others, Dr. Neville Fernando - Chairman of SAITM, Dr. Sisuru Sendanayake - Dean Faculty of Engineering SAITM, Dr. Rajeev Mallawaarachchi - Head of Department Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Dr Thilini Rajakaruna - Head of Department Michatronics Engineering were attending the ceremony as well as other lecturers of SAITM Engineering. Also, Scholarships were provided for students with excellent academic achievements for their Advanced Level Examinations.

RiScE - Robotics in Science Education for Schools : 3rd workshop of RiScE series was held on 13th February 2016 at Kuliyapitiya Central College, Kuliyapitiya.

RiScE - Robotics in Science Education for Schools : 2nd workshop of RiScE series was held on 7th January 2016 at St. Mary's College Kegalle. A/L Students of 10 leading schools from Kegalle district participated for this workshop. Event was hosted by ICT Society of St. Mary's College Kegalle.

RiScE - Robotics in Science Education for Schools - 2nd workshop of RiScE series was held on 7th january 2016 @ St. Mary's College Kegalle. A/L Students of 10 leading schools from kegalle district participated for this workshop. Event was hosted by ICT Society of St. Mary's College Kegalle.“Robotics in Science Education (RiScE)”is an Island-wide campaign to inspire and educate Sri Lankan students in the field of Robotics. Department of Mechatronics, SAITM intend to conduct several in-house and out-station workshops with set of educational activities including design, creation, assembly and operation of robots to support and strengthen student’sknowledge in Robotics and skill development.

Posted by SAITM Engineering on Sunday, January 10, 2016

RiScE - Robotics in Science Education for Schools - Inaugural workshop of RiScE series was held on 2nd December at SAITM Engineering Mechatronics Lab. A/L Students from Stafford International School and Lyceum International School - Wattala participated for this workshop.

“Robotics in Science Education (RiScE)” is an Island-wide campaign to inspire and educate Sri Lankan students in the field of Robotics. Department of Mechatronics, SAITM intend to conduct several in-house and out-station workshops with set of educational activities including design, creation, assembly and operation of robots to support and strengthen student’sknowledge in Robotics and skill development.



Four AIT students of Water Engineering and Management (WEM), Ms. Thedini Asali Peiris from Sri Lanka, Mr. Anil Aryal from Nepal, Ms Aye Chan Myint from Myanmar, and Mr. Asim Shoaib from Pakistan, were among the 76 students who participated in the five-day event organized by K-Water.

The event seeks to promote key concepts, methodologies, tools and good practices which are essential for a sustainable water management.

Faculty of Engineering SAITM, welcomes Prof. S.L Ranamukhaarachchias a visiting consultant and Dr. HasithaGamageas a Lecturer in Structural Engineeringto department of Bio-Systems Engineering and department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in 2015 respectively.

Prof. S.L Ranamukhaarachchi has been appointed as a visiting consultant in the Department ofBiosystems Engineering. He has worked in academia for 34 years – as an Associate Professor in Agricultural Systems at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand (2000-2012), and earlier as a Senior Lecturer in Crop Science at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1978-2000). He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy from the Pennsylvania State University, United States of America, completed in 1983 and 1985, respectively. SAITM, Faculty of Engineering extends a very warm welcome to Prof. Ranamukhaarachchi and wishing him to have a wonderful experience at SAITM.

Dr. HasithaGamagehas been appointed as aLecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department ofCivil and Infrastructure Engineering under the faculty of engineeringeffective from 1st of January 2015. Dr. Hasitha received the B.Scin Engineering degree from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka and PhD from Queesnland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.SAITM Faculty of Engineering wishes Dr. HasithaGamage all the very best and success in his efforts to lift the Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering to greater heights.

The Faculty of Engineering of SAITM, which has already made a name for itself for conducting high quality engineering degree programs launches into a new phase offering two 4 year full time B.Sc. Engineering degree programs under the University Grants commission (UGC) approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Sri Lanka. The Gazette notification (1913/14 on 07/05/2015) in this regard was issued on 7th May 2015 thus making SAITM the first non state sector campus to offer government approved engineering degree courses.

The two programs, namely B.Sc. Engineering in Civil Engineering and B.Sc.. Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering will entertain students who have been successful in local or London A/Ls in Mathematics stream (or equivalent) under the guidance and supervision of UGC/MoHE and therefore will present a highly beneficial opportunity to the youth of Sri Lanka. The programs have been molded to confirm to local and international standards by independent expert panels appointed by the MoHE are also developed within the guidelines provided by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) which will help SAITM students to obtain membership in professional bodies upon accreditation.

Though the degree programs are launched this year, conducting highest quality engineering degree programs and producing many highly sought after engineering graduates is nothing new to SAITM faculty of engineering. Established in 2009 SAITM faculty of engineering has been conducting a number of highly successful degree programs in a 2+2 model in collaboration with the prestigious Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. AIT, which is the only UN backed, international inter-governmental non-profit university in the world is renowned for its world class postgraduate programs and research in a multi-cultural setting since 1959.

Collaborating closely, it is a fact that both institutions produced many top notch engineering graduates, some pursuing their Masters and Doctoral studies while the rest are well employed in all sectors of engineering disciplines locally and internationally. Keeping to the stringent international quality standards set by AIT, SAITM faculty of engineering has invested heavily in modern laboratories, libraries and other infrastructure as well as recruiting top academia consisting almost entirely of PhD holders in their respective field of study.

It is opportune time therefore for SAITM FoE to launch these high demand engineering degree programs, i.e. BSc. Engineering in Civil Engineering and BSc. Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering where many highly paid employment opportunities are available locally as well as internationally.

SAITM FoE has also recognized the fact that many students, in keeping with international trends and demands from the industry are actively seeking higher education opportunities at postgraduate level beyond the Bachelors. To cater to this very need, SAITM and AIT have jointly launched the SAITM/AIT International Collaborative Bachelors Masters program where students graduating from SAITM will have direct entry to AIT Masters programs at a special concessionary tuition fee. Students fulfilling the entry requirements will also have Fellowships / Scholarships for exceptional performances and will be housed in AIT hostels within the premises. The students will have opportunity to select from 15 different engineering specializations.

The fields of specialization range from, Civil Engineering Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Management (CEIM) Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering (GTE) Geosystem Exploration and Petroleum GeoEngineering (GEPG) Structural Engineering (STE) Transportation Engineering (TRE) Water Engineering and Management(WEM) Offshore Technology and Management (OTM) Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS) Mechatronics Engineering Mechatronics (MEC) Microelectronics and Embedded Systems (MES) Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Nanotechnology (NT) Computer Science (CS) Information Management (IM) Software Engineering (SE) Telecommunications (TC) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Offshore Technology and Management (OTM) Biosystems Engineering Agri-Business Management Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology Energy Environment Engineering and Management Urban Environmental Management.

It is also heartening to note that both SAITM and AIT being non-profit organizations, the tuition fees are kept at a minimum (SAITM BSc. Approximately Rs. 1.6 million and AIT Masters approximately Rs. 2.4 million) affordable to many thousands of average income parents. SAITM will also provide necessary support for the students to obtain loans from leading financial institutions such Bank of Ceylon in addition to offering scholarships for outstanding performances.

123rd Graduation Ceremony of AIT was held on the 22nd of May 2015 at AIT Conference Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand.

110 Sri Lankan students of the Batch 3 of SAITM – AIT degree program were graduated with flying colors which comprises of; 25- First Classes, 28- Second Class – Upper Divisions , 43- Second Class – LowerDivisions.

It was also a remarkable event for two outstanding students Mr. Jayasingam Adhuran and Mr. Palihawadana Arachchige Rivindu Prabhashwara Perera Jayawardena from Sri Lanka who was awarded with the AIT – Kings Scholarship to persuade their postgraduate studies at AIT.