a little about My Life

Prof. Rajaratnam Shanthini

Dept of Chemical & Process Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Email: rshanthini@pdn.ac.lk

Tel: +94 – (0)81-2393695 (office); +94 – (0)81-389655(home)

Fax: +94 – (0)81-2388158

My Photograph

 

 

For more, visit www.rshanthini.com

A few words about my way of thinking ….

By profession, I am a lecturer in Engineering. As a human, I always care for the well-being of the society at large, and I am very passionate about having a better world. As a way of fusing these two together, upon my return to Sri Lanka after postgraduate studies, I drifted from Fluid Mechanics, which is a hardcore engineering subject, to Environmental Engineering, which is a subject that concerns the well-being of the people and other living things. Working on Environmental Engineering has led me into carryout research on economical development with environmental protection, human development, and sustainable development - all these are indeed crucial for the healthy development of the world.

 

“Always doing my best to promote a world in which each and every life, including every human, animals, insects, trees and other living things, has an equal place and equal justice.”

Education

      Ph.D.

Division of Fluid Mechanics, Lule University of Technology, Sweden

Ph.D. Thesis: Degenerating Orr-Sommerfeld Eigenmodes and Development of three-dimensional perturbations.

 

      M.Sc. (in Chemical Engineering)

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

M.Sc. Thesis: Bifurcation Phenomena of Generalized Newtonian Fluids in Curved Ducts.

 

      Bachelor of Applied Science (in Chemical Engineering)

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Topped the batch in all four years of study

 

 

Professional experience

      Associate Professor (since April 2004) and Senior Lecturer (since January 1991 to April 2004) in Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

- Served 3 terms as the Head of Dept of Chemical & Process Engineering

- Architect of the Postgraduate programme in Environmental Pollution Control Engineering

- Principal Architect of the general elective course units on “Sustainable Development”, “The Engineer in Society”, “Technology and Economic Development”, “Introduction to Digital Art”, and other similar course units which were introduced at the Faculty of Engineering in December 2003

- Student Counsellor

 

      Visiting Professor in Chemical Engineering at University of Alberta, Canada (Sept to Nov 1995)

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

- Carried out mathematical modelling of surface tension dominated flows in relation to viscous breaking of oil droplets in oil sands in the Canadian oil fields

 

      Researcher and Lecturer (Sept 1985 to Dec 1990)

Division of Fluid Mechanics, Lule University of Technology, Sweden

- Successfully completed many courses in Fluid Mechanics and related subjects

- Published 03 articles in peer-reviewed International Journals

- Taught courses on Fluid Mechanics and Perturbation Methods to the final year undergraduates of the Division of Fluid Mechanics, Lule University of Technology, Sweden

 

      Researcher and Commonwealth Scholar (Sept 1983 to Dec 1985)

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

- Successfully completed many courses in Chemical Engineering and related subjects such as Process Control

- Published 01 article in a peer-reviewed International Journal

 

      Assistant Lecturer in Chemical Engineering (Sept 1981 to Dec 1983)

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

- Regular duties and research

 

      Assistant Lecturer in Chemical Engineering - on contract (Sept 1980 to Sept 1981)

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

- Regular duties

 

 

Keynote Presentations and Invited Lectures in 2000s

      Invited Speaker on the topic of 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

 

 

Resource Person/Facilitator/Trainer in Workshops in 2000s

      Trainer in the Training Programme on Thermodynamics for AES Kelanitissa Plant Engineers

Held at the Combined Power Plant, AES Kelanitissa (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka on April 25 and 26, 2005.

 

      Facilitator in the Workshop on Make Yourself Employable

Organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Held at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on July 17, 2004.

 

      Resource person in the Workshop on the Use of Macromedia Flash for 2-D Digital Animation

Organized by the Engineering Education Unit, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Held at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya on June 11, 2004.

 

      Facilitator in the End-of-Industrial Training Workshop for the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates on Sharing of the Industrial Training Experience and Learning From It

Organized by the Industrial Training and Career Guidance Unit and the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Held at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on December 15, 2003.

 

      Facilitator in the Mid-Industrial Training Workshop for the Computer Engineering Undergraduates on Sharing of the Industrial Training Experience with the Teachers

Organized by the Dept. of Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Held at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on November 16, 2003.

 

 

Awards and Merits won

      Awarded a shield by Hoechst (Ceylon) Company Limited at the Annual Research Sessions 1996 for the best the research paper from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

 

      Awarded Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship tenable at the University of Alberta, Canada, in September 1983

 

      Received the Union Carbide Award for the best performance in Chemical Engineering at the B.A.Sc. Part III Examination, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, held in September 1980

 

      Received the Ceylon Tobacco Company Award for the best result in Chemical Engineering at the B.A.Sc. Part II Examination, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, held in July 1979

 

      Awarded the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Scholarship for the best result at the B.A.Sc. Part I Examination, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, held in July 1978

 

      Awarded Studentship for the best performance at the Bachelor of Applied Science First Examination, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, held in May 1977.

 

 

Social and Community work

      Architect of the course unit on “EF511 Social Project” at the undergraduate level at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and serving as a supervisor for many social projects.

 

      Community assistance to set up composting units at homes for kitchen and garden waste disposal, and providing consultation (free-of-charge) for pleasant maintenance of the composting units.

 

      Students and community counselling.

 

      Career guidance for women. 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, such as bio-gardening, cooking to preserve the naturalness of food, and so on.

 

      Finding homes for homeless dogs and cats.

 

 

Interests and Activities

      I serve as the Sri Lankan Correspondent to EcoEng Newsletter, which is a publication of the International Ecological Engineering Society, in which I am a member.

      Writing stories in Tamil and English, which are published via several media.

See, for example, The Story of Maggie

at URL: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2003/06/15/mag06.html

 

      Freelance Journalism. I write articles in the National Newspapers and in International News Media on several pressing issues.

See, for example, Potential Cadres for Baby Brigades

at URL: http://www.island.lk/2002/12/04/featur01.html

and “Water from the Well – Still a Reality?

at URL: http://www.iees.ch/EcoEng061/EcoEng061_Shanthini2.html

 

      Amateur Graphic Designing and creating Digital Animation Movies.

 

      Photography

 

      Swimming

 

      Walking

 

      Taking walks with our dogs in the University Park

 

     Enjoying the company of our pets

Updated on January 01, 2007

Copyright R. Shanthini, Dept. of Chemical & Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Email: rshanthini@pdn.ac.lk; Tel: +94- (0)81-2393695 (office); +94-(0)81-2389655 (home) Fax: +94-(0)81-2388158