Prof. Manjula Fernando received his BScEng degree with first class honours from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1993 and he was awarded the inaugural Ceylon Electricity Board Gold Medal and Prize for the best performance in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He received his Technical Licentiate degree from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and the PhD degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 1997 and 1999 respectively. In May 1993, he started his career as an instructor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya and at present he is working as a Professor. During his career, he was a guest researcher at Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, HTWS, Zitau GERMANY during June/July 1997, a guest researcher in Chalmers University of Technology SWEDEN during July/August 2000 and an academic fellow in the Manchester University UK during September 2006 to February 2007.
He is a senior member of IEEE. He was the founder chair of IEEE Sri Lanka section Power and Energy Society chapter in 2010, the chair of IEEE Sri Lanka Central Region subsection in 2009 and the general chair of Fourth IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (ICIIS2009) in 2009. He is a Charted Electrical Engineer, International Professional Engineer and member of the Institution of Engineers (Sri Lanka).