The Department of Civil Engineering is one of the strongest department in the Faculty of Engineering, and leadership in pioneering activities of University of Moratuwa has mostly been provided by the Department of Civil Engineering. The launching of the first ever fulltime postgraduate program in Water Resources Engineering and Management is one of them.
Over 35 years ago in 1982, Department of Civil Engineering commenced the first postgraduate programme in the university. Presently there are six (6) groups of research specializations for administrative purposes, namely; Building and Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, and Transportation Engineering with highly qualified and talented staff cadre of 43, out of which 41 are with postgraduate qualification (33 with PhD’s), while 17 are professors. They are involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and training while over and above contributing immensely to the development projects and activities of national interest.
The commencement of the UMCSAWM and its programme have been instrumental in further strengthening infrastructure facilities and capabilities of the Department. The cutting edge, state of the art research facilities under construction will be useful in enhancing postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and research. The recruiting of regional students from SAARC nations, undertaking of industry based projects and organizing of international workshops and conferences by UMCSAWM are helping to strengthen much needed industry and overseas research collaborations benefitting both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
I would like to wish this UMCSAWM Water Conference which is based on students’ research projects an absolute success.
Prof. J.M.S.J. Bandara
Head, Department of Civil Engineering