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Prof. Rahula Attalage

Professor / Dean - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research | Graduate Studies & Research

Career Summary

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Moratuwa, 2012- 2017
  • Senior Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 2011 to 2019
  • Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 2003 to 2011
  • Head Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 2002-2005
  • Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 1993 to 2003
  • Director, Local Technical Secretariat (LTS) of the University of Moratuwa for the World Bank IRQUE project, under the Ministry of Higher Education, 2006-2010
  • Director, Postgraduate Studies Division, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 2008-2012
  • Director, Operational Technical Secretariat (OTS) of the University of Moratuwa for the World Bank HETC project, under the Ministry of Higher Education, 2011-2012
  • Chairman National Institute of Fisheries & Nautical Engineering, Sri Lanka, 2004-2005
  • Director, Board of Directors Sri Lanka Transports Board, 2006
  • Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, 2009 to 2019
  • Visiting Professor, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, 2006-2008
  • Visiting Faculty Energy Program Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1998-1999

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in Energy Engineering, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, France, 1992
  • Degree of Profound Studies (D.E.A), Energy Engineering, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, 1988
  • Degree of Master of Engineering in Energy Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1986
  • Bachelor of the Science of Engineering (Hons), Mechanical Engineering Specialization, Univ of Moratuwa, 1982

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • DAAD Scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Asian Institute of Technology, 1985
  • French Government Scholarship for Doctoral studies in France, 1986
  • Outstanding Research Award, University of Moratuwa 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications for the years 2014, 2015 & 2017
  • Honorary Distinction of "Order of the Academic Palms" award by the Government of France 2018

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Solar Thermal
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Building Energy
  • Green Buildings

Memberships

  • Member of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2009
  • Corporate Member, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association, 1993
  • Past President, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association, 2015-2016
  • Member, Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science, 2005
  • Member, American Society of Heating Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Engineers, 2010
  • Fellow, Lanka Association of Building Services Engineers, 2011
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Sri Lanka, 2017

Ongoing Research

  • Solar pond based thermal energy utilization for desalination of water
  • Performance-based approach for evaluating  naturally ventilated buildings
  • Optimization methodologies for Building Performance
  • Multi-objective Optimization in designing standalone hybrid energy systems
  • Microalgae based biofuels and value-added products

My Publications

Journal Publications

  • A multi criterion analysis for renewable energy integration process of a standalone hybrid energy system with internal combustion generator, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 7 (4), 043128, 2015  " "        2015,        
  • A model for analyzing the thermal performance of roof configurations with flat inclined surfaces, Energy and Buildings 116, 122-132, 2016  " "        2016,        
  • Comparative assessment on the extraction of carotenoids from microalgal sources: Astaxanthin from H. pluvialis and ?-carotene from D. salina, Food Chemistry, 2019  " "        2019,        
  • Development of an artificial neural network model to simulate the growth of microalga Chlorella vulgaris incorporating the effect of micronutrients, Journal of Biotechnology, S0168-1656 (20) 30226-1, 2020  " "        2020,        
  • Comparing Fuel Consumption and Emission Levels of Hybrid Powertrain Configurations and a Conventional Powertrain in Varied Drive Cycles and Degree of Hybridization, Science & Technique 19(1):20-33  " "        2020,        

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