The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – Sri Lanka Network is working to engineer a better world. The IET, (formerly known as the Institution of Electrical Engineers – IEE), is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. Having established in way back as 1871, IET is one of the oldest engineering institutions in the world.
Today, our mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovations to meet the needs of society. It is also the most multidisciplinary Institute – reflecting the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century, and I am proud to address you as the IET Sri Lanka Network Chairman 2020/2021 session. On behalf of the committee and membership at large, I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to, our former Chairmen, for their immense contribution to the IET, its membership, and in particular, leading the committee successfully over many decades. To continue with the successful events and programs organized by the IET Sri Lanka Network in the past, this year too our committee has focused on delivering high-quality, professional and stimulating events for all our members, which will enhance the Engineering knowledge and provide a networking platform for all engineering professions across Sri Lanka. I invite you to be present at these events and benefit from the knowledge and expertise in getting yourselves updated. We sincerely hope you will find the scheduled activities interesting, informative and productive.
As selected by the IET Global network, our main focus areas currently would be the Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain Technology. IET Sri Lanka Network is very active in organizing evening forums every month on timely topics related to engineering and technology. Industry specialists and relevant resource personnel are invited to these forums. We are planning to conduct evening forums on “3D Technology – 4th Industrial Revolution”, “Colombo Port City”, “Vessel Management System project”, “Public Safety Communications Research”, “Awareness on International Professional Registration with EC UK”, and “IET Wiring Regulations”, with expected turn out of 50-75.
The IET Young Professionals (YP) chapter is very active in the Universities of Peradeniya, Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Jaffna and SLIIT/Malabe as a continuation of IET support for professional development for undergraduate students. IET is committed to providing a lifelong relationship to support their professional careers. At every stage, workshops, presentations and career guidance activities are organized to help their professional development.
Last year, as a follow up of National IoT Strategic Roadmap developed by IET Sri Lanka Network which was eventually got endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers and officially launched with the patronage of Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 2019 August, the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology formed the National IoT Council where all seven members of the Editorial Board who developed the Strategic Roadmap have been included. Being the principal stakeholder of the Strategic Roadmap, IET has the responsibility of driving the National IoT Council action plan. There are a number of pilot IoT projects being identified in the action plan representing all sectors which contribute to the economy of the country. Other than that, steps have been taken to formulate an IoT club to educate, encourage and assist young engineers and entrepreneurs towards the new era of IoT with the preliminary introduction and hands-on experience of making connected devices. We also hope to organize similar workshops for the school students to encourage them to use IoT tools.
This year too, discussions are on going to have our flagship event, the International conference under the theme of “Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain Technology applications in Financial Sector”. In addition, we will conduct the 27th Annual Technical Conference (ATC) inviting papers from the industry and academia to make a forum for them to present their ongoing research.
If you are not a member of the IET, I encourage you to obtain the membership of IET and be a part of the world’s most eminent knowledge sharing network for professionals in engineering and technology. Further, I would like to request all of you to connect with us in the upcoming events, technical forums and conferences organized by IET Sri Lanka Network, to make the Sri Lanka Network a success.
Dr. (Eng.) Lalith Liyanage
PhD(Northumbria/UK), MBA(Moratuwa/SL), MSc(Essex/UK),
PG Dip(IIPM/India), MSc(Donetsk/USSR), BSc(Donetsk/USSR),
CEng, FIET, MIESL, MBCS, MCSSL, CMISMM, ASMD(IOC)
IET Sri Lanka Network Chairman – 2020/21