Dr. Kandasamy Pirapaharan


Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Head, Senior Lecturer Grade I
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies


B.Sc.Eng. (Peradeniya), M.Eng. (Kindai), PhD (Kindai), C.Eng (UK)
MIEEE, MIET, MIE(SL)


Research interests : Adaptive/Smart Antennas, Analytical Methods on Complex Modes of Propagation (Non uniform Mediums), Scattering from Layered Mediums (Layered medium Green’s function), Microstrip Antennas, Low frequency analysis in Microstrip structures, Computational Electromagnetics


  dean@eng.jfn.ac.lk
 +94-21-206-0160



Dr. K. Pirapaharan has joined department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Jaffna as Senior Lecturer moving from College of Engineering, IESL. He is appointed as the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna from 23rd June 2021. Prior to that he was a Professor of Electrical and Communications Engineering at the University of Technology, Papua New Guinea. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Taylor’s University in Malaysia (2012-2013). His doctoral research was in microwave and millimetre waves from Kindai University, Japan. From 2001 to 2003, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Centre for Computational Electromagnetics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA. From 2004 to 2011, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Electrical and Information Engineering Department at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka where he was the head of the department from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Pirapaharan’s research interests include wave propagation in inhomogeneous media, adaptive antenna techniques and computational electromagnetics.

He is a Member of the IEEE and IET.



Research area:
Adaptive/Smart Antennas, Analytical Methods on Complex Modes of Propagation (Non uniform Mediums), Scattering from Layered Mediums (Layered medium Green’s function), Microstrip Antennas, Low frequency analysis in Microstrip structures, Computational Electromagnetics

Research Projects:

  • Principal investigator of TRCSL research grant (LKR 250,000) for Micro-scale RF energy harvesting studies (October 2011-December 2012)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 20,000) for Micro-scale RF energy harvesting unit (Year 2010/2011)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 25,000) for Application of DTMF signals through 3G Networks to control a Robot (Year 2009/2010)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 25,000) for Brainwave Recognition System (Year 2009/2010)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 25,000) for Detection and Synchronization in CDMA Receiver (Year 2008/2009)
  • Principal investigator of TRCSL research grant (LKR 100,000) for Design and Implementation of a smart antenna for 4 G applications (November 2007-December 2008)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 15,000) for Multi Channel access Zigbee Gateway with Plug and Play Smart Office/Home Device Interface (Year 2007/2008)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 15,000) for Blind Audio Source Separation (Year 2007/2008)
  • Principal investigator of Faculty of Engineering research grant (LKR 15,000) for Implementation and Testing of a Protocol Model of Multi-Access Unique Number Dialing System (Year 2007/2008)
  • Coordinator of CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) RESTORE Project grant (CAN$ 119,850) for the activity of Risk and Disaster Management (October 2006-March 2009)
  • Principal investigator of TRCSL research grant (LKR 45,000) for Analytical Studies of Co-Channel Interference on Telecommunication Networks (January 2006-March 2007)


Complementary /Honorary Appointments:

  • Head, Dept. of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Ruhuna (April 2005 to April 2008)
  • Student counselor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna (August 2005-July2006)
  • Committee Member, International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (ICIIS-2006)
  • Committee Member, International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA-2006)
  • Advisory Committee Member of Information Communication Technology in Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka (April 2006 –March 2007)
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Team of evaluating Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa (October 2006)
  • CIDA RESTORE project coordinator for the activity of Risk and Disaster Management (October 2006-March 2009
  • International programme committee member of IASTED international conference on Antennas, Radar and Wave Propagation (ARP-2007)
  • Faculty coordinator of the Quality Assurance Unit of University of Ruhuna (February 2007 to date)
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Team of evaluating Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Open University of Sri Lanka (July-August 2007)
  • International scientific committee member, International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR-2008)
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Team of evaluating Department of Management of Technology, University of Moratuwa (December 2007)
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Team of evaluating Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Open University of Sri Lanka (July 2008)
  • Chairman of the Quality Assurance Team of evaluating Department of Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya (February 2009)
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Team of evaluating Department of Engineering Mathematics and Philosophy, The Open University of Sri Lanka (February 2010)
  • IEEE Sri Lanka, Executive committee member (2011-2012)
  • International programme committee member of IASTED international conference on Engineering and Applied Science (EAS-2012)
  • Undergraduate Project Coordinator, School of Engineering, Taylor’s University, Malaysia (2012-2013)
  • Member in the following committees at UNITECH, PNG:
      Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (2014-2016)
      Research Committee (2014-2017)
      Quality Assurance Team (2014-2017)
      Academic Appeal Committee (2017)


Awards and Scholarships:

  • Mahapola (merit) higher education scholarship (1987)
  • Ceylon Electricity Board scholarship for the best performance in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the final part II examination (1992)
  • OFIX international friendship scholarship for Japanese language and Masters studies (1995)
  • OFIX international friendship scholarship for doctoral studies (1998)
  • Best presenter award in Engineering, 7th academic session, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (2010)
  • Best paper award in the UNIMAS silver jubilee conference, University of Malaya, Sarawak, Malaysia (2017)


Work Experiences:

  • College of Engineering, IESL, Sri Lanka, Since August 2017
  • Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Papua New Guinea University of Technology (January 2017 to July 2017)
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Papua New Guinea University of Technology (February 2014 to December 2016)
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Taylors University, Malaysia (February 2012 to January 2014)
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (April 2004 to January 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA (July 2001-Sept. 2003)
  • Probationary Lecturer, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (June 1994-March 1995)
  • Temporary Instructor, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (May 1993-May 1994)


Book Chapters
2 results
2013
[2]Electromagnetism and Systems: Telecommunications, Power, Remote Sensing, Biomedical & Environmental Systems (), .
2006
[1]After the Tsunami: Relief and Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka (), .
International Journals
25 results
2017
[25]Polygonal Dipole Placements for Efficient, Rotatable, Single Beam Smart Antennas in 5G Aerospace and Ground Wireless Systems (, , , , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering (JTEC), volume 9, .
[24]A Review of a Single Neuron Weight Optimization Model for Adaptive Beam Forming (, , , , , , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering (JTEC), volume 9, .
[23]Observations on the Electrostatic Discharge Threats to Aircraft Body and to Aerospace Electronics (, , , , , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering (JTEC), volume 9, .
[22]Lightning Protection of Aircraft, Power Systems and Houses Containing IT Network Electronics (, , , , , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering (JTEC), volume 9, .
[21]A Review of Sarawak Off-Grid Renewable Energy Potential and Challenges (, , , , , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering (JTEC), volume 9, .
[20]Pre-Lightning Strikes and Aircraft Electrostatics (, , and ), In MATEC Web of Conferences, volume 87, .
[19]An Electromagnetic Signal Processor for Beam-forming a Wireless Mobile Sensor Station: Strengthening the Desired Signal and Nulling Main Interference (, , , , , , , and ), In International Journal of control Theory and Applications, volume 10, .
[18]Power Transformer Fire and Explosion: Causes and Control (, , , , , , , and ), In International Journal of control Theory and Applications, volume 10, .
[17]Determining Safe Electrical Zones for Placing Aircraft Navigation, Measurement and Microelectronic Systems in Static Thunderstorm Environment (, , , , , , and ), In International Journal of control Theory and Applications, volume 10, .
2016
[16]PNG's Energy Sector and Estimation of Renewable Energy Resources in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea: Solar and Wind Power for New Umi Township (, , , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, volume 8, .
[15]A Robust, 3-Element Triangular, Reflector-less, Single Beam Adaptive Array Antenna for Cognitive Radio Network: Inter-element Distance Dependent Beam (, , , and ), In Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, volume 8, .
[14]Single Perceptron Model for Smart Beamforming in Array Antennas (, and ), In International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE), volume 6, .
2015
[13]Implementation of real time Brainwave Visualization and Characterization (, , and ), In Journal of Engineering Science and Technology (JESTEC), volume , .
[12]Characterisation and Separation of Brainwaves Signals (, , and ), In Journal of Engineering Science and Technology (JESTEC), volume , .
[11]Applying a 3D Dipole Model for Lightning Electrodynamics of Low-Flying Aircraft (, , and ), In IETE Journal of Research, volume 61, .
2014
[10]Harmonic Signal Separation in Domestic Loads through Blind Source Technique (, , and ), In International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research (IJSER), volume 5, .
[9]A New Electric Dipole Model for Lightning-Aircraft Electrodynamics (, , , , and ), In The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (COMPEL), volume 33, .
2013
[8]Aircraft-Lightning Electrodynamics using the Transmission Line Model Part I: Review of the Transmission Line Model (, , , , and ), In Progress In Electromagnetic Research (PIER) M, volume 31, .
[7]Switching of Band Selection for Micro-Scale RF Energy Harvesting (, , , , , , and ), In Asian Journal of Electrical Sciences(AJES), volume 2, .
2012
[6]Study on Load Profiling and Energy management System (, , , and ), In Asian Journal of Electrical Sciences(AJES), volume 1, .
2011
[5]An Electromagnetic Field Based Signal Processor for Mobile Communication Position-Velocity Estimation and Digital Beam-forming: An Overview (, and ), In Journal of the Japan Society of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics, volume 19, .
[4]Electromagnetic Modeling of Lightning Return Stroke Currents: Waveguide and Circuit Models (, and ), In Journal of the Japan Society of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics, volume 19, .
2002
[3]A Multiport Representation of the Step Junction of Two Circular Dielectric Waveguides and Its Application to the Stepwise Approximation of a Circular Conical Dielectric Waveguide ( and ), In IEEJ Transaction on Fundamentals and Materials, volume 122, .
2001
[2]A Multiport Representation of the Step Junction of Two Circular Dielectric Waveguides ( and ), In IEICE Transaction on Electronics, volume E84-C, .
[1]Resonant Modes of a Concentric Spherical Cavity with Conically Stratified Medium ( and ), In IEEE Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techniques, volume 49, .
International Conference and Workshop Papers
1 result
2000
[1]A Multiport Representation of the Step Junction of Two Circular Dielectric Waveguides: Application to a Stepwise Approximation of a Circular Conical Dielectric Waveguide ( and ), In Proc. of OFSET 2000, .