1. Introduction by the Chair – Rohitha Silva

I welcome you to the first Newsletter under the IESL NSW Chapter new management committee. The newly elected Committee held its first committee meeting on 19th October 2018 and discussed activities planned for the year. The activity calendar for the year is included in the Newsletter.

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2. Introduction to Chapter Executive Committee 2018/2019

A new committee was elected for the 2018/2019 term during the AGM of the IESL NSW chapter held on 23rd of September 2018.

New committee details 

3. Sri Lankan Friendship Bonding with Australia by Eng. Sarath Wijayapala, Past Chair

Mr. Lal Wickramatunga, Consul General Sri Lanka in Sydney drew the attention of Sri Lankan organisations in Sydney to the on-going drought conditions that was/is prevailing in New South Wales, Australia affecting the farming community and Australian families living in the rural areas of New South Wales.

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4. Challenges and Innovations in Provision of Clean Water

Excerpt of the IESL NSW Chapter Public Lecture delivered on 14th of November 2018 by Professor (Sathaa) Arumugam Sathasivan, BSc Eng(Hons), MEng, PhD. Professor, WSU Water Group, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University.

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5. Voluntary Contribution from Chapter Membership for Term 2018-2019

The IESL NSW Chapter Executive Committee is seeking voluntary contributions from the Chapter members to cover the expenses for planned chapter activities for the calendar year and its administrative costs. This issue had been discussed during the last two Annual General Meetings (AGM). It was approved to collect an Annual voluntary contribution “to cover the expenses for Chapter activities and costs incurred due to administrative expenses”. At AGMs members discussed the amount to be collected should be a minimum of $25.

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6. NSW Premier’s Award Won by Eng. Wije Ariyaratne

Eng. Wije Ariyaratne (Ari) is the current Director Bridges & Structures at the NSW Roads and Maritime Services. He is responsible for managing the technical risk of over 5950 bridges in NSW under RMS jurisdiction with an asset value of over $18.5B and also developing, retaining and transferring engineering capabilities of 100 staff. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney and has worked on a number of research projects with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of Sydney (US) and Western Sydney University (WUS).

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7.  A/Prof Sarath Kodagoda received the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Research Integration

It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform the members that Associate Professor Sarath Kodagoda, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), received the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Research Integration (2018). This is a highly prestigious award given to an academic to recognize the significant contributions made to educational innovations through research.

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8. Eng. Varuni Fernando Elected to Engineers Australia Sydney Division Committee

After graduating from Hornsby Girls’ High School in 2009, Varuni accepted a Co-op Scholarship from the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) to study a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. As part of this scholarship, she had the opportunity to complete several internships at Downer, Sydney Water and Provecta Process Automation.

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9. The Total Worth of Employees – Do the Bosses have any Idea?

It is an established fact that an organisation is only as good as its employees. However, only having the right employees would not transform a good organisation to a great one.  To make it happen, the leader has to use the employees’ wealth of knowledge as a critical and dynamic resource. This effort is termed as the ‘knowledge management’.

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10. Numbers, Data, Hard Hats and Suits

This is how I saw engineering when I was in high school and back then, I could never imagine myself doing this as a career. A few years on, I am making my way through university in the hope of doing just that- becoming an engineer. For most of high school, I was unsure as to what I wanted to do after Year 12. I knew I enjoyed science and loved the opportunity to be creative, but I couldn’t seem to find a degree that sounded right for me.

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11. IESL NSW Chapter Events Calendar for the Term 2018-2019

The IESL NSW Chapter Calendar for the term 2018-2019 is provided below. We would like to request from the membership to note the important dates relevant to your interests in your diary. We will let you know details of each activity in due course. The Calendar is published on IESL NSW Chapter website.

See the event calendar