IEEE Sri Lanka Section Student/ Young Professional/ WIE Congress 2015

The dawn of 5th in the chilling month of December wasn’t yet another ordinary day for the IEEE Sri Lanka Section. The day had come for the flagship event of the IEEE Sri Lanka Section, the IEEE Sri Lanka Section SYW Congress 2015, the platform where the professionals meet the newbies in various disciplines of Engineering domain. This year’s congress wasn’t yet another ordinary congress but a reason to brag about, since this year’s congress was held for two consecutive days as the first ever residential congress of IEEE Sri Lanka Section.

Around 150 students and young professionals related to various engineering disciplines gathered to University of Peradeniya to experience this novel idea which took the theme of typical congresses to a new dimension. This year’s theme for the congress was ‘Connecting Nodes’. Under that, several sessions were organized to make the presence of our delegates enormously valuable.

The opening ceremony on Day 01 was graced by many intellectuals representing both IEEE Sri Lanka Section and the industry. The delegates were given an overview to IEEE History, IEEE SL Section by Dr. Ruwan Ranaweera, Chair of IEEE SL Section. Mr. Hasala Dharmawardane, Mr. Subodha Charles, Miss. Nadee Seneviratne and Mr. Tharindu De Silva raised awareness further about IEEE, Student Branches, WIE and Young Professionals. The evening was full of excitement and enthusiasm with the adventurous outbound session. This was mainly focusing towards becoming the bridge to build the network among the participants. The organizers didn’t just want to wind up the proceedings without adding more memories to the diary. Hence the ‘IEEE Paduru Sajje’, a musical enchanter marked the finals notes of the day.

Day two started with the leadership session by Mr. Rohan Pallewatta. Eng. Tilak Dissanayake, Dr. Manoda Gamage and Dr. Sanjeewa Witharana made excellent sessions on innovation, professional grooming and academic path and research. Closing remarks crowned the winners of the events that held over the two days.

Thus, as we promised, we were able to pave ways to connect a lot of nodes. It was a pleasure to see the faces of delegates freshened up with cheering smiles and the feedback from them proved the success of the grand event. Gathering adjourned with the rekindled hope for another congress with a leap ahead in 2016.