University of Western Australia donated a machine for waste-to-business project

A core team of staff members headed by Dr. Randika Jayasinghe, who is the Project Coordinator of the Australian – Sri Lankan University Partnerships to develop community-based waste recycling businesses from the University of Western Australia, visited to the Faculty on 20th October 2015. This project is mainly targeted to convert the waste materials into business for the community. As a result a heat and compressing machine was donated to start small scale projects with community interaction with demonstration. Furthermore, this project also included a plan to develop curriculum to include undergraduate courses on waste management and community development. Discussions on curriculum development on waste management were held on 21st and 22nd of October 2015 at the University of Moratuwa. Dr. D. N. Subramanium participated in this workshop representing our Faculty.

This project was initiated on 16th August 2014 by Professor Caroline Baillie and Dr. Randika Jayasinghe. As follow up event, Professor Eric Feinblatt from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering of the University of Western Australia visited to the Faculty and delivered seminar and workshop on 26th to 27th March 2015. After few meetings with the project facilitators, a demonstration machine is donated to the community as well as undergraduates for sharing practically viable solutions. From the Faculty of Engineering, this project was coordinated by Dr. V. Cynthujah.