Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake is a Senior Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Peradeniya. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), and holds membership from several other prestigious institutions. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the USA, Endeavour Fellow in Australia, and JASSO Research Fellow in Japan. He was awarded the Young Scientist Award in 2007 for Excellence in Scientific Research by the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) of Sri Lanka. He received the Overseas Prize of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the UK in 2007 and the Australia Alumni Excellence Award in 2012. He has published over 150 papers in reputed journals. He has also chaired more than ten international conferences. He is the President of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), Chairman of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL), and Vice President of the Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI). He is also the former Secretary to the State Ministry of Rural Roads and the State Ministry of Urban Development. He is the founder of gap HQ, the base of operation of several companies, including Lego International (Pvt.) Ltd, ICB (Pvt.) Ltd, Lanka AAC (Pvt) Ltd, GAP (Pvt) Ltd, and Wrangler Solutions (Pvt) Ltd.
Prof Chaminda S. Bandara is a Professor in Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, a Chartered Civil Engineer, and an Accredited Professional of the Green Building Council Sri Lanka. He has around 23 years of professional experience as a practicing civil and structural engineer, a researcher, and an academic. His research interests include damage assessment of structures, structural health monitoring, disaster resilience of structures, green buildings, and sustainability aspects of structures. He has been involved in curriculum and policy development activities at the university and currently serving the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya as the Coordinator of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell. He has vast experience in managing large-scale civil engineering construction projects as a designer and a manager. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, 2 books, 15 book chapters, and more than 50 conference papers.
Mr. Lahiru Dissanayake is a Ph.D. Candidate in Advanced Steel Structures at Imperial College London and currently works as a Research Assistant at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya. He graduated with a First-Class BSc Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya in 2021.
Throughout his academic journey, Lahiru has consistently received recognition for his exceptional achievements. He was honoured with the prestigious Mahinda Ellepola Gold Award for being the best student in academics at Trinity College Kandy, Sri Lanka. His outstanding performance in the G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations in 2015 earned him the Dialog Merit Scholarship Program. Additionally, he showcased his prowess in Physics by earning the Bronze Medal in the Sri Lanka Physics Olympiad Competition organized by the Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka.
As a researcher, Lahiru’s interests span a diverse range of topics, including Finite Element Formulation, Structural Dynamics, Advanced Mechanics, Forensic Engineering, Advanced Steel Structures, and Sustainable Built Environment.
Beyond his academic pursuits, Lahiru actively engages in various extracurricular activities and community service initiatives. He has held the position of Joint Director for Community Service in Rotaract District 3220 Sri Lanka & Maldives. He is also a Charter Member of the Leo Club of University of Peradeniya and has served as the President of the Rotaract Club of University of Peradeniya. His leadership qualities have made a positive impact on these organizations, fostering community engagement and positive change.
In addition to his community service involvement, Lahiru’s passion for sports has led him to take on the role of former University Vice-Captain of the Men’s tennis team at the University of Peradeniya.
Completed B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Agriculture from the Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, specializing in Agricultural Economics.
Worked as a Research Assistant in a research project on agro-based SME sector development at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Also gained extensive research and survey experiences at the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Sri Lanka by working on the research project titled, An Economic Assessment of Damages Caused by the MV X-Press Ship Incident. The winner of the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant for 2022 awarded by the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka. Working as the G17 University Ambassador (2022/2023), advocating the 17th goal: Partnerships for the Goals, representing the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka in a Global Fellowship for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Founder of the ‘SPRIG’ Educational Awareness project series advocating the UN SDG and promoting discussion sessions with collaborative partnerships with several government institutions.
A certified Green Associate Professional of the Green Building Council, Sri Lanka, and a member of the Council of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS). Former University Vice-Captain of the women’s tennis team, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.