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Prof. R. Shanthini

 
Office Address: 
 

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya
Sri Lanka.

 Email: 
rshanthini@pdn.ac.lk
Telephone: 

+94 81 239 3695( Office);
+94 81 238 9655 (Home);
+94 71 532 6835(Mobile) 

Personal Website: 
www.rshanthini.com
 
 

Educational Qualifications :

  • Ph.D. (Luleå, Sweden)
  • M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Alberta, Canada);
  • B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)
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Appointments (Selected) :

  • Professor in Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada (in 1995)
  • Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (in 1989)
  • Researcher, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (1985-1990)
  • Commonwealth Scholar, University of Alberta, Canada (1983-1985)
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Members & Awards :

  • Won Honourable Mention (First) in the Poetry and Short Story Competition 2008 organized by the English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka for the poetry titled "Thinking of You"
  • Awarded a shield Hoechst (Ceylon) Company Limited at the Annual Research Sessions 1996 for the best the research paper for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • Awarded Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship tenable at the University of Alberta, Canada, in September 1983
  • Awarded Union Carbide Award for the best performance in Chemical Engineering at the B.A.Sc. Part III Examination September 1980, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Awarded Ceylon Tobacco Company Award for the best result in Chemical Engineering at the B.A.Sc. Part II Examination July 1979, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Awarded Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Scholarship for the best result at the B.A.Sc. Part I Examination July 1978, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Awarded Studentship for the best performance at the Bachelor of Applied Science First Examination May 1977, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 

Keynote/Invited Papers /Advisory since 2000:

  • International advisory for the National Conference on Advances in Environmental Engineering (AEE) 2010 Organized by Dept of Chemical Engineering, Pravara Rural Engineering College, Loni, India held at Rural Engineering College, Loni, India on March 10-12, 2010

  • International advisory for the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Energy and Environment (ICETEE) 2010 Organized by Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai, India
    Held at Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai, India on January 7-8, 2010
  • Invited Speaker on Current Trends in Engineering Education in the Public Panel Discussion on The Future of Engineering Education in Sri Lanka
    Organized by the Society of Structural Engineers - Sri Lanka
    Held at the BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka on November 30, 2004

  • Keynote Speaker in the Energy, Environment and Economics session of the First International Conference on Energy and Environment – A World of Challenges and Opportunities (EnerEnv’2003) Held in Changsha, China during October 11-14, 2003

  • Invited Speaker on the topic of Global Warming, How to halt it?
    Organized by the Jaffna Science Association – Section A Pure Sciences (JSA/A)
    Held at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka on April 29, 2003

  • Invited Speaker on the topic of Composter for Kitchen Waste Disposal at the Workshop on Making an Income from Waste Recycling and Converting Kitchen & Garden Waste into Energy and Fertilizer
    Organized by the Industrial Development Board, Katubedda, Sri Lanka
    Held at the Industrial Development Board, Katubedda, Sri Lanka on July 12, 2001

  • Invited Speaker on the topic of Emotional Intelligence and Effective Communication in Technological Aspects at the Inauguration of the Techno Bank - The Science and Technological Information Centre, Sri Lanka
    Held at the Tajsamudra Hotel, Sri Lanka on July 01, 2001

  • Facilitator in the Workshop on Make Yourself Employable, Nov 14, 2009 and July 17, 2004, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
  • Resource person in the Mid-Industrial Training Workshop for the Chemical & Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering Undergraduates on Sharing of the Industrial Training Experience and Learning From It, Oct 11 and 25, 2008, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya (organized by Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya)
  • Chairperson of the committee that successfully conducted a 2-day event on Engineering for Industry 2008 (efi2008) with the theme “Towards an energy efficient Sri Lanka” during which industrialists, engineering professionals, academia and undergraduates of the faculty came together to uncover innovative ways and means to deal with Sri Lanka’s Energy Crisis, 19-20 Sept 2008, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
  • Trainer in the Training Programme on Thermodynamics for AES Kelanitissa Plant Engineers, April 25-26, 2005, AES Kelanitissa (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka
  • Resource person in the Workshop on the Use of Macromedia Flash for 2-D Digital Animation, June 11, 2004, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
  • Facilitator in the End-of-Industrial Training Workshop for the Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering Undergraduates on Sharing of the Industrial Training Experience and Learning From It, Nov 16 and Dec 15, 2003, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya (organized by Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya)

 

Research Intersests :

  • Economical development versus environmental protection and societal wellbeing
  • Statistical modeling of carbon dioxide emissions – economic development nexus
  • Indices for emissions emancipated human development and sustainable development
  • Economic development issues in Sri Lanka
 

Other Broad Interests :

  • Curriculum development for engineering education
  • Students and community counselling
  • Career guidance for women and directing and assisting women in leadership roles
  • Conducting awareness activities at grass root levels on Human Rights
  • Conducting awareness activities at grass root levels on Environmental Pollution and its Control
  • Activities at grass root levels towards preserving nature, caring for small animals, cooking to preserve the naturalness of food, eating for health, and so on
  • Finding homes for homeless dogs and cats
  • Literacy writing
  • Freelance Journalism
  • Amateur graphic designing and creating digital animation Movies
  • Photography; Swimming; Hiking; Trekking, Bicycling
  • Taking walks with our dogs in the University Park
  • Enjoying the company of our cats and dogs and bats and whatnots