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Prof. Manjula Fernando

Professor

Faculty of Engineering | Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Career Summary

  • Professor on Contract, SLIIT, Malabe from May 2024 – todate
  • Chairman and Member, Public Utilities Commission, Sri Lanka (PUCSL), June 2023 - Todate
  • Senior Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sep 2016 – todate
  • Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sep 2016 –  Sep 2022
  • Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sep 2008 – September 2016
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Jan 2000 – September 2008
  • Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, June 1994 – December 1999

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in High Voltage Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, December 1999, Dissertation: Performance of Non-ceramic Insulators in Tropical Environments
  • Lic. Tech. in Electrical Plant Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, May 1997, Thesis: Studies of Polymeric Insulator Performance in Laboratory and Tropical Field Conditions with Special Emphasis on Leakage Current Measurements
  • BSc. Eng. (Hons), First Class in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, May 1993

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Honours

  • Invitee (from Sri Lanka), India Energy Week (IEW), Goa February 2024,
  • Guest Speaker, 15th IEEE ICIIS Conference, IIT Ropar, India, title "Advances in Response Measurements for Condition Assessments of Power Apparatus", November 2020
  • Guest Lecture, 14th IEEE ICIIS Conference, University of Peradeniya, title "Tutorial on Software Techniques for Lightning protection applications – Lightning Protection Basics”, December 2019,
  • Erasmus+ Staff mobility, University of Brescia, Italy, May 2017
  • Guest lecture, Prof. R.H. Paul Memorial Lecture, IESL February 2016  
  • Guest of Honour, International Conference on Computation, Communication Control and Nanotechnology, ICN2010 REC Bhalki, India, October 2010
  • Visiting Scientist, Uppsala University, Sweden, August 2009
  • Commonwealth fellowship for postdoctoral studies, Manchester University, United Kingdom (2006/2007)
  • Visiting scholar, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, January 2006
  • Visiting scholar, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, March 2003
  • Scholar, Sida/SAREC scholarship for doctoral studies at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, December 1994 – May 1997.
  • Scholar, Sida/SAREC scholarship for doctoral studies at Royal Institute of Technology,  Sweden, June 1997 – December 1999.
  • Chief Guest, Wimalasurendra day, Energy Management Branch, CEB, Kandy, November 2014

 

Awards

  • Teir 4* Research Award- 2020, University Research Council, University of Peradeniya, July 2021 based on Google Scholar Citation.
  • NRC Merit award for Scientific Publications in Sri Lanka -2016, Awarded in 2018   
  • IEEE PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award, Awarded in 2016
  • President’s award for Scientific Publications in Sri Lanka -2013, Awarded in 2015 
  • NRC Merit award for Scientific Publications in Sri Lanka -2010, Awarded in 2014.
  • Best research paper award at Vidulka National Energy Symposium 2013 Orgenized by Sustainable Energy Authority, Sri Lanka
  • Commendable papers at University research sessions, University of Peradeniya (three papers)  in 2003
  • Commendable papers at University research sessions, University of Peradeniya in 2000
  • Ceylon Electricity Board Gold Medal and Prize for best performance in Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1993.

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • AI and ML Applications in Power Engineering
  • Imaging Applications in Power Engineering
  • Statistics and Signal Processing Applications in Power Engineering
  • RF and Microwave Engineering Applications
  • Energy related Issues  
  • Power Systems Related Issues
  • Condition Monitoring of Power Apparatus
  • Lightning and Lightning Protection 
  • New alternative Insulation

Memberships

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) and member of IEEE societies of Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation and Power and Energy from May 2010
  • Fellow of Institution of Engineers (Sri Lanka) from April 2014
  •  Chartered engineer Institution of Engineers (Sri Lanka) from August 2008
  • Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), August 2008
  • Life and corporate member, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA) November 2008

Ongoing Research

My Publications

Journal Publications

  • Venkatesh Srinivasan, M.A.R.M. Fernando, Sarath Kumara, Selvaraj Thirumalini, and Vernon Cooray  " Modeling and Assessment of Lightning Hazards to Humans in Heritage Monuments in India and Sri Lanka "  IEEE ACCESS ,  vol. 8,    2020,  pp.228032-228048,      
  • J.R.S.S. Kumara, M.A.R.M. Fernando, G.A.T.N. Aravinda, D.S. Dalagala, M.A.A.P. Bandara, H.P.I.P. Nandasena and G.A. Jayantha  " Condition Assessment of 132/220 kV Oil-Paper Current Transformers in Sri Lanka "  IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine,  vol. 6,  Issue 6,  2020,  pp. 21-30,      
  • J.R.S.S. Kumara and M.A.R.M. Fernando  " Performance of Outdoor Insulators in Tropical Conditions of Sri Lanka "  IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine,  vol. 36,  Issue 4 ,  2020,  pp. 26-35,      
  • W.M.S.C Samarasinghe, J.R.S.S Kumara, M.A.R.M Fernando, and Aruna U.A.W. Gunawardena  " Aging Assessment of Transformer Pressboard Insulation by Micro-strip Ring Resonator at GHz Frequencies "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 24,  Issue 3 ,  2017,  pp. 1923 1930,      
  • A.H.A.D. Abeysekara, J.R.S.S. Kumara, M.A.R.M. Fernando, M.P.B. Eakanayake, G.M.R.I. Godaliyadda and J.V. Wijayakulasooriya  " Remote Leakage Current Detector for Identification of Insulators Discharges "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 24 ,  Issue 4 ,  2017,  pp. 2449-2458,      
  • W.M.S.C. Samarasinghe, J.R.S.S. Kumara, M.A.R.M. Fernando, M.A. Careem, and A. Gunawardena  " Moisture Estimation of Transformer Pressboard by Micro-strip Ring Resonator at GHz Frequencies "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 23,  Issue 4 ,  2016,  pp. 1409 1417 ,      
  • B.S.H.M.S.Y. Matharage, M.A.R.M. Fernando, M.A.A.P. Bandara, G.A. Jayantha and C.S. Kalpage  " Performance of Coconut oil as an Alternative Transformer Liquid Insulation "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 20 ,  Issue 3,  2013,  pp. 887-898,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and G.A. Jayantha  " Condition Assessment of Stator Insulation During Drying, Wetting and Electrical Ageing "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 20 ,  Issue 6 ,  2013,  pp. 2081-2090 ,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and S.M. Gubanski  " Ageing of Silicone Rubber Insulators in Costal and Inland Tropical Environment "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 17 ,  Issue 2 ,  2010,  pp. 326-333 ,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and S.M. Gubanski  " Performance of Nonceramic Insulators under Tropical Field Conditions "  IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery,  vol. 15 ,  Issue 1,  2000,  pp. 355-360,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and S.M. Gubanski  " Leakage Current Patterns on Contaminated Polymeric Surfaces "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 6 ,  Issue 5,  1999,  pp. 688-694,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and S.M. Gubanski  " Leakage Current on Nonceramic Insulators and Materials "  IEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation,  vol. 6 ,  Issue 5,  1999,  pp. 660-665,      
  • Sarath Kumara, Shanika Matharage, Kapila Bandara, Prasanna Wickramasuriya, Fairouz Yousuf, Chandima Ekanayake, Manjula Fernando, Zhongdong Wang, Stanislaw Gubanski  " Frequency Domain Measurements for Diagnosis of Power Transformers: Experiences from Australia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and UK "  Cigre Science and Engineering Journal,      2021,        
  • Selvaraj Thirumalini, Venkatesh Srinivasan, Simona Raneri, M.A.R.M. Fernando, Kunal Kakria, Simon Jayasingh  " Response of organic lime mortars to thermal and electrical shocks due to lightning strikes "  MDPI Sustainability Journal,  vol. 12 ,  Issue 17,  2020,  pp. 7182,      
  • T. Herath, J.R.S.S. Kumara, K. Bandara, J. Wijayaklasooriya, M.A.R.M. Fernando and G.A.Jayantha  " Field verification of a Simple Partial Discharge Method for Generator Applications "  IET Science, Measurements & Technology,      2020,        
  • H.W.K.M. Amarasekara, P.A.G.S. Abeynayake, M.A.R.M. Fernando, A. Atputharajah, D.M.A.R. Uyanwaththa, S.D.G.S.P. Gunawardane, L. Gerdin, M.R. Keijser, M.W. Fhraeus, I.M.K. Fernando, V. Cooray  " A Prefeasibility Study on Ocean Wave Power Generation for the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka: Electrical Feasibility "  International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids,  vol. 10 ,  Issue 2,  2014,  pp. 73-93,      
  • C.M.B. Ekanayake, S.M. Gubanski and M.A.R.M. Fernando  " Application of Dielectric Response for Measurements for Estimating Moisture Content in Power Transformers "  KIEEE on Electrophysics and Applications,  vol. 4-c,  Issue 3,  2004,  pp. 81-90,      
  • B.T. Hemamali, D.G.A.R. Lakmali, H.M.T.M. Kumari, M.A.R.M. Fernando and J.R.S.S. Kumara  " Lightning Effect on Copper and Optical Fiber (FTTN) Access Networks of Telecommunication Systems "  Journal of Institution of Engineers (SL),,  vol. XLIX ,  Issue 1,  2016,  pp. 53-65,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and G.A. Jayantha  " Laboratory and Field Investigation of Generator Stator Insulation "   Journal of Institution of Engineers (SL),  vol. XXXXIV,  Issue 2,  2011,  pp.21-31,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando  " A comprehensive Study of Silicone Rubber Insulators with Different Creapage Distances "  Journal of Institution of Engineers (SL),  vol. XXXXIV,  Issue 01,  2011,  pp.21-31,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando  " Condition Assessment of Power Transformers Using Loss Tangent Measurements "  Journal of Institution of Engineers (SL),  vol. XXXXII,  Issue 03,  2009,  pp.31-41,      
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando  " Recommendations for Insulator-Pollution-Flashovers in Sri Lanka with Special Emphasis on a Study of Composite Insulators "  Journal of Institution of Engineers (SL),  vol. XXXIII,  Issue 2,  2000,  pp. 7-19,      

Conference Proceedings

  • Tharaka Wijethunge, Pawara Tharkana, Amila Wimalaweera, Janaka Wijayakulasooriya, Sarath Kumara, Kapila Bandara, Manjula Fernando   A Machine Learning Approach for FDS Based Power Transformer Moisture Estimation  in CEIDP,  year 2021,      IEEE,    December,  
  • B. S. H. M. S. Y. Matharage, M. A. R. M. Fernando, E. Tuncer, M. A. A. P. Bandara, and C. S. Kalpage   Performance of Coconut Oil as Transformer Liquid Insulation During Ageing and Simulated Thermal and Electrical faults  in CEIDP,  year 2012,    pp.839-842,  IEEE,    October,  
  • C.F. Ten, M.A.R.M. Fernando and Z.D. Wang   Dielectric Properties Measurements of Transformer Oil, Paper and Pressboard with the Effect of Moisture and Ageing  in CEIDP,  year 2007,    pp.227-230,  IEEE,    October,  
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando, J. Lambrecht and S.M. Gubanski   Modeling Non-linear Leakage Currents on Artificially Polluted Polymeric Surface  in CEIDP,  year 1998,    pp.52-55,  IEEE,    October,  
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and S.M. Gubanski   Analysis of Leakage Current Wave Forms for Field-aged and New Composite Insulators  in CEIDP,  year 1997,    pp.350-353,  IEEE,    October,  
  • M.A.R.M. Fernando and S.M. Gubanski   Leakage Current Patterns on Artificially Polluted Composite Insulators  in CEIDP,  year 1996,    pp.394-397,  IEEE,    October,  
  • Swarnasinghe; K. Dissanayake; U. Medagoda; J.V. Wijayakulasooriya S. Kumara, M.A.R.M. Fernando   Prony Algorithm for Noise Filteration in Partial Discharge Signals Captured by High Frequency Current Transducer  in ICD2020,  year 2020,      IEEE,    August,  
  • C. Ekanayake, S.M. Gubanski, K.D. Mularachchi and M.A.R.M. Fernando   Diagnostic of Power Transformers in Sri Lanka: Application of Dielectric Spectroscopy in Frequency Domain  in IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation,  year 2001,    pp.593-596,  IEEE,    October,  
  • A. Mahalingam, A. Azhar, C. Vivekananthan, A. Atputharajah and M.A.R.M. Fernando   Diagnostic of Power Transformers in Sri Lanka: Application of Dielectric Spectroscopy in Frequency Domain  in 2nd IEEE International conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (ICSET10),  year 2010,      IEEE,    December,  
  • Venkatesh Srinivasan, Deepshikha Kumari, M. A. R. M. Fernando   Two Dimensional Cellular Automaton for Lightning Leader Propagation and Prediction in Giant South Indian Heritage Monument    year 2021,      IEEE Innovations in Power and Advanced Computing Technologies (i-PACT),      
  • Venkatesh Srinivasan, Deepshikha Kumari, M. A. R. M. Fernando   An Innovative Framework for Lightning Leader Prediction and Protection of Heritage Mangrove Forests Using Cellular Automata    year 2021,      IEEE Innovations in Power and Advanced Computing Technologies (i-PACT),      
  • I.Z.M. Zumri, M.L.A.S. Mahmood, Bandara S., M.A.R.M. Fernando, G.M.R.I. Godaliyadda, H.M.V.R. Herath, M.P.B. Ekanayake, J.R.S. Kumara and K.M.K.S. Bandara   Spectral Imaging based Condition Assessment of Field Aged Power Transformers    year 2023,    pp.ITh3E.4,  Optica Imaging Congress,    August,  
  • R.M.L.S. Ramanayake, H.M.N.B. Senarath, J.M.V.D.B. Jayasundara, G.W.K. Prabhath, H.M.H.K. Weerasooriya, M.A.R.M. Fernando, S. Kumara, H.M.V.R.Herath, G.M..RI.Godaliyadda, M.P.B .Ekanayake, and S Athukorala   Reflectance Multispectral Imaging for Identification of Algae Contamination in High Voltage Insulators    year 2021,    pp.ITh1B. 6,  Imaging Systems and Applications,    September,  

News Papers

  • S.M. Gubanski and M.A.R.M. Fernando  " Research Findings Comparing Performance of Different Insulator Designs on Distribution Lines in Tropical Environments  on Insulator News and Market Reports (INMR)    Date. November,   1999  

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