Biography
 

I was born in Colombo. My father is Mr. Rosmand Senaratne. He is the Adviser to the President on Buddhist and Cultural Affairs. He was the former Chairman of ITN television channel, Sri Lanka, and was the former General Manager/News Director of Swarnavahini television channel, EAP Networks (Pvt.) Ltd. My mother is Dr. Lakshmi Senaratne. She is an Ayurvedic doctor and was the Assistant Director at Bandaranayake Memorial Ayurvedic Research Institute, Sri Lanka. My sister is Ms. Randika Geewathmuni, and she works as a manager in Jones Lang LaSalle, Sydney.

     I attended Nalanda College, Colombo. I involved in a number of extra-curricular activities such as volunteering as the treasurer of the science society, and participating in a number of general knowledge quiz competitions. I also won a silver medal from a Japanese art competetion. I passed G.C.E. O/L's with eight distinctions, and received a scholarship from People's Bank for becoming the seventh in the western province. I passed G.C.E. A/L's with three A's and one B (district ranking: 37; island ranking: 104), and received the Mahapola higher education scholarship on merit basis. After leaving school, I followed a one-year course 'Diploma in computer systems design' at the National Institute of Business Management, Colombo 7. Then I entered University of Moratuwa to follow my undergraduate studies. During my undergraduate studies, I performed (singing) in several musical events. I passed my B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering with first class honours, in 2002. I achieved the 4th position from the entire batch in the final year examination, and my group's final-year project was placed as the 2nd best electrical project. Soon, I followed a one-year Master of Engineering course in Electronics and Telecommunication in the same University. Meantime, I also worked as the lab instructor in-charge for the subject 'applied electronics'.

     Once I completed my M.Eng. degree in February 2004, I moved to Australia and joined the University of Melbourne to pursue my Ph.D. studies. I was fortunate to be awarded a full scholarship (IPRS and MIRS) for my Ph.D. studies. I was attached to the Dynamic Systems and Control Research Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering. My doctorate included research work in the areas of computer vision, image/signal processing, pattern recognition, and the application of artificial intelligence and optimisation. During my Ph.D. candidature, I co-supervised three undergraduate final-year project groups. I worked as an assistant to the program chair of the first international conference on information and automation 2005, Colombo. I also got involved in a number of other activities: When Melbourne University Buddhist Studies Society had been inactive and been disaffiliated from the student union, with the support from a few friends, I took the initiative to re-establish it by organising the inaugural general meeting in May, 2006. I was elected as the president for the 2006/07 period. I also volunteered as the treasurer of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Postgraduate Society 2005/06, and a member of the meat-pie seminar committee 2005/06 (committee that organised the departmental presentation series of postgraduates). During my Ph.D. candidature, I had the opportunity to present four research papers in four International conferences in Melbourne, Colombo, Southampton, and Nanjing. I completed my Ph.D. degree in 2008. I was invited to deliver a keynote speech in the 7th International conference of mechatronics engineering (automation and technology 5), Monterrey, Mexico, March 2009. This trip was fully funded by the conference organisers.

     I have been working as an electrical engineer since 2008. My work involves power transmission and distribution, especially substation design. I moved from Melbourne to Brisbane in 2009. I became an Australian citizen in 2013. I get involved in many Buddhist and community activities. I participated four times in the annual Vesak 'Bhakthi Gee' in Sri Lanka Buddhist Monastery, Ellen Grove. I coordinated the annual Olcott commemoration alms-giving in Brisbane twice. I am a member of Nalanda Old Boys Association of Queensland. I have volunteered and assisted them organise their events. In 2014, I moved to New Zealand for a new job.

 



Moratuwa University electrical engineering graduates