Experience

This page provides a detailed overview of my work experience.

To make it simple to search what I have to offer from my experience, I’ve listed my experience under 3 categories: Research experience, Academic Experience, and Administrative & Leadership experience.

Section 01 : Research Experience

  • Research Associate [Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2016]
    Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom

    Temperature sensing from commercial-scale solid oxide fuel cells using the temperature sensing technology that I developed over the course of my PhD research. 
  • Research Associate [Apr. 2014 to Dec. 2014]
    Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom
    This project was focused on advancing the temperature sensing technology that I developed for multi-point temperature measurements. This sensor requires much less number of thermo-elements for multi-point temperature measurement than a set of commercial sensors would require for the same number of measurements. This is a very important feature , particularly, for Fuel Cells.
    The project was successfully completed with further advancements of the technology. The sensor’s operations were advanced to simultaneously collect current from electrochemical devices while measuring the temperature.
  • PhD Research Scholar [Dec. 2011 to Dec. 2016]
    Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, United KingdomMy PhD research is  focused on developing a technology to in-situ diagnose certain temperature driven degradation mechanisms of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. More information are presented under “Phd Reseach“.

Section 02 : Academic Experience

  • University Teacher [Oct. 2012 to Feb. 2015]
    Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom

I conduct tutorial classes to Aeronautical and Automotive undergraduates (B.Eng.)  on following modules. Although this role does not involve lecturing, certain tutorial modules were conducted in a lecture-like manner. Therefore, this placement gave me an indirect exposure to teaching in one of the top universities in the UK.

Mechanics of Materials
Structures & Materials
Dynamics & Vibration
Mechanics of Solids
Structural Design Project (using NX 7.5)

  • Visiting Lecturer  [Dec. 2012 to May 2013]
    Loughborough College, LE11 3BT, United Kingdom

This is another part-time work that I undertook while doing my PhD research.  This was a contract for a limited period. Although I’ve had prior experience on teaching Edexcel BTEC curriculum, this work opportunity helped me to gain a good experience in teaching in the UK.

I fully undertook teaching and assessing of following BETEC level 2 and Level 3 modules.

Level 03 modules:
Unit 04: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Unit 05: Mechanical Principles & Applications
Level 02 modules:
Unit 02: Interpreting and using Engineering Information
Unit 03: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Unit 04: Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering
Unit 18: Engineering Marking out

  • Lecturer  [May. 2007 to Nov. 2011]
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

This is where my academic career formally commenced. University of Moratuwa is one of the top universities in Sri Lanka and the best choice of the majority of the students to study in Engineering.

I was initially recruited on contract basis in May 2007. That is the normal procedure where university monitors the employee for some period prior to absorbing into permanent cadre. In September 2008, I was absorbed to the permanent academic cadre at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. (Although the position is permanent, it is not getting confirmed  until postgraduate and teaching qualifications are completed.)

Apart from teaching, I engaged in various administrative and training activities in the department where, information on some of those are given below. I also have actively engaged in curriculum revisions of the undergraduate program.

Modules taught in undergraduate program
I undertook teaching and assessing of following modules offered mainly to Mechanical Engineering undergraduates, but not limited to them.

Object Oriented Programming using C++
Mechatronics Systems and Engineering
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
Mechanics of Machines
Public Speaking and Negotiation Skills

Academic coordinator – Level 2 (2nd year undergraduates) 

Academic coordinator is the first point of contact for students of that particular level of study regarding any administrative or academic issues. The academic coordinator is responsible for the overall academic progress within each semester that includes, but not limited to, monitoring evenly distribution of student work loads throughout the semester, monitoring and coordinating student enrollment process for subject modules, coordinating with all module leaders to ensure timely submission of marks to the faculty board and presents the results to faculty board for approval.

Lecturer in-charge of Mechatronics & Control systems Laboratory

Lecturer in-charge is the person responsible for the smooth progress of the laboratory and the first point of contact for the technical staff members assigned to the lab. Effective use of the allocated funds for lab development, making the laboratory time table enabling fair allocation of time for all students, etc. are some of the key responsibilities associated with the role.

While I was serving in the role, I started a CPD program in the lab titled “Designing, maintaining, and troubleshooting of automated systems based on PLC”. Over 250 people from Sri Lankan industrial sector participated in the 10 sessions conducted. A couple of million Sri Lankan Rupees was generated after paying salaries and expenses. This money was used to purchase new equipment to the lab as well to facilitate certain student research projects.

Coordinator – CPD program on industrial automation
This the work I mentioned in above paragraph.

In addition to the administrative experience, the teaching experience gained as the key resource person was remarkable. Unlike the composition of an undergraduate class, teaching to a class of about 25 people having completely different exposures and educational backgrounds from person to person was a mammoth challenge. I had to use a variety of teaching strategies simultaneously  to make my delivery effective and interesting to all. The feedback received at the end of each program proved that all my strategies had worked well.

  • Visiting Lecturer [Feb. 2011 to Nov. 2011]
    International College of Business and Technology, Sri Lanka

I was invited to conduct lectures at this institute and I fully undertook teaching and assessing of “Mechatronics Principles” module to Edexcel BTEC level 3 students.
This is my first exposure to Edexcel system for both teaching and accessing. This was a very interesting experience.

  • Visiting Lecturer [Mar. 2007 to Nov. 2011]
    Asian Aviation Centre, Sri Lanka (Affiliated to Kingston University, London, UK)

I was invited to conduct lectures for BEng and HND undergraduates.

The above undergraduate program runs in affiliation with Kingston University, UK. Students study their first and second year in this institute and attend Kingston University for the third year of study. Therefore, the curriculum I worked is exatly the same that Kingston University deliver for their similar programs.

I was the module leader for following modules. The assessments were set by the Kingston University.

Thermofluids
Structural Mechanics & Dynamics
Engineering Science
Mechanical Science

  • Instructor [Jan. 2007  to May 2007]  &  Visiting Instructor [Aug. 2006 – Dec. 2006]
    Department of Mechanical Engineering –  University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

This is where I first landed in the academic territory after leaving the industry. I first joined as a visiting instructor and then turned to a full-time contract.

The primary role of an Instructor is to conduct laboratory practical classes for undergraduates and occasionally tutorial classes if requested. Apart from that, I involved in some administrative works in the department as well.

Section 03 : Administrative & Leadership Experience

  • President [Jul. 2010 to Jun. 2011]
    Toastmasters Club – University of Moratuwa (Affiliated to Toastmasters International, USA)

I was elected as the President to lead the club for the tenure 2010-2011. During my tenure, I could lead the club to achieve the highest rank awarded by Toastmasters International, USA : The President Distinguished Club award. With this  achievement, we could actively contribute to  District 82 (clubs from Sri Lanka and some from India) to become the world’s No.1 district in the period 2010-2011.

Following is an extract from the role description :
The club president is the chief executive officer of the club and is responsible for  fulfilling the mission of the club. The president presides at meetings of this club and the club executive committee; appoints all committees; and has general supervision of the operation of the club. The president shall be an ex office member of all Committees of the club except the club Nominating Committee and shall serve as one of the club’s representatives on the area and district councils. The president shall transmit to this club for its approval or disapproval all ideas and plans proposed by the area and district councils which may affect the club or its individual member; and shall take no action binding upon this club without either specific prior authorization or subsequent ratification by the club.

  • Vice President – Memberships [Jul. 2009 to Jun. 2010]
    Toastmasters Club- University of Moratuwa (Affiliated to Toastmasters International, USA)

I was elected as the Vice President – Membership for the tenure 2009-2010. I was awarded the “Smedly Award” from Toastmasters International for the service rendered as the VP-Membership.

Following is an extract from the role description :
The vice president membership is the third ranking club officer and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing a program that ensures individual member retention and growth in club individual membership. The VP-Membership chairs the membership committee and serve as one of the club’s representatives on the area council and shall take no action binding upon the club without either specific prior authorization or subsequent ratification by the club.

  • Sergeant At Arms [Jul. 2008 to Jun. 2009]
    Toastmasters Club- University of Moratuwa (Affiliated to Toastmasters International, USA)

This is my first leadership role in the club since I joined in 2007. This role is the bottom most layer in the leadership hierarchy. However, that enabled me to sharpen my logistic skills , event organizing skills, etc.

Following is an extract from the role description :
Sergeant at arms is responsible for club property management, meeting room preparation, and hospitality. The sergeant at arms chairs the social and reception committee

  • Mechanical Engineer [Jul. 2005 to Jul. 2006]
    Gamini Engineering Works (pvt.) Limited, Sri Lanka

This is my first job in the industry. I was offered this job even before I fully completing my studies.

The company manufactures tea processing machinery and undertook tea factory automation: serving to the world famous Ceylon Tea.

My role included : Attending to Tea machinery manufacture and repairs, Visiting factories to supervise machinery installation, Tea factory modernisation and Automation, Preparation of estimates, Labour supervision and management.

I left the company to join University of Moratuwa. In fact, the main reason for joining industry was to gain some hands on experience prior to joining academia.

  • In-plant trainee [ Jan. 2004 to May 2004]
    Associate Battery Manufacturers (Ceylon) Limited, Sri Lanka

This is the in-plant training of my undergraduate program.

The company produces automotive batteries and I worked in three departments: Lead processing, Battery Assembly, and Workshop.

In addition to learning by engage in different day-to-day activities, I design, develop, and implemented a new production management system. I develop this system using Visual C++.

After my graduation, this company offered me a job placement. However, I selected Gamini Engineering as it involved in Automation, which is one of my favorites.

  • Trainee Banking Assistant [Feb. 2001 – Jul. 2001]
    People’s Bank PLC, Sri Lanka

This short-term employment contract was offered to district level best performers in GCE Advance Level examination until they start university study.

My first duty was to look after the postal division where I was responsible for the delivery of mails. Then I was assigned the role of the cashier. This was a very interesting and active role where I had the opportunity to deal with variety of customers. Customer care was an integral part of the role.

I concluded this employment when I was about to start my undergraduate studies.