IEEE WIE student affinity group of University of Moratuwa is the first ever WIE affinity group established in Sri Lanka, and still maintains being one of the most remarkable WIE affinity groups with an excellent vision in Sri Lanka. Our Aim is to inspire, engage, encourage and empower female undergraduates in Faculties of Engineering and Information Technology; not only to be accomplished professionals, but also to be great citizens. We strive for the promotion and betterment of Women Engineers and increase the interest, awareness and involvement of young females in technical disciplines.
Our affinity group has a member base more than 75. Miss Nadee Seneviratne, one of the former Chair Persons of IEEE WIE Affinity Group, is currently engaged in IEEE R10 WIE Supporting Volunteer Committee. And also, our former Chair Person, Miss Sachinthana Pathirana, is currently working as the Sectional Student Representative of IEEE Sri Lanka Section.
The Year 2017 can be considered as one of the most active years in the history of WIE Group of University of Moratuwa. Apart from the Annual Events that are conducted, our branch was able to bring glory to University of Moratuwa by participating and winning competitions at the IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference 2017.
Prof. (Mrs.) Dileeka Dias is the Adviser of the IEEE WIE Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa.
IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit – 2017
The IEEE WIE Student Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa stole the spotlight by being the winner of both the Booth competition and the Wie4W case study competition at the IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit 2017.
The two-day event was held at Hotel Berjaya, Mount-Lavinia, on 7th and 8th October 2017, with the participation of major universities of the country related to the fields of IT, Engineering and Technology. Professionals from and outside the country were invited to deliver the speeches and to conduct other sessions in the Summit.
Among the two competitions held in the Summit, the Booth competition was conducted by voting for the best booth representing each University that participated at the Summit. The WIE Student Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa won by earning the majority of votes for the eye-catching and informative booth designed by the appointed team.
Bfore the summit, a video competition was conducted by the IEEE WIE Sri Lanka Section regarding problems faced by the local female community to which a technology-based solution can be applied. University of Moratuwa emerged among the finalist teams for two videos presenting the problems faced by Women in Kadjugama and Wewaldeniya.
The case study by University of Moratuwa, at the summit, was done based on the video regarding the problems faced by women involved in the cane industry of Wewaldeniya. The Case study team offered a carefully planned web solution and won the first place out of all the participants.
“BUILD A ROBOT” Robotics Workshop & Competition
Robotics has been a developing trend in the 21st century and a remarkable growth of interest for this field is seen around the world. Women In Engineering (WIE), a significant chapter of IEEE decided to enhance the interest and the knowledge on robotics of university students, focusing more on girls.
A Robotics Workshop was organized for the second consecutive time by the IEEE WIE Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa on the 30th of September 2017, with the intention of a follow-up Robotics Competition for Girls. However, the workshop was open to all interested undergraduates within and outside University of Moratuwa, regardless of gender.
The workshop was conducted by Dr. Peshala Jayasekara, a senior Lecturer of department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. The session covered most of the basic concepts of Robotics including demonstrations of sensors and motors, and an explanation of the PID algorithm necessary for Line following and obstacle-avoiding robots.
Robotics Competition: Practice Session
A Practice Session for the Build-A-Robot Robotics Challenge 2017 was held on 28th of October 2017 at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, under the guidance of Dr. Sagara Sumathipala, a distinguished senior lecturer from the Faculty of Information Technology.
The session provided an opportunity for the competitors to have test runs with their robots and to clarify any technical questions related to building the robots for better performance at the competition.
“Build-a-Robot” Robotics Challenge 2017, organized by the IEEE WIE Student Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa was held for the Second consecutive year on the 4th of November 2017, at the University premises. The inter-university competition was open to female undergraduates with the objective of facilitating the entry into and retention of female undergraduates in the Robotics field.
The competition was held under the supervision of a well experienced panel of judges:
Prof. (Mrs.) Dileeka Dias, Dean of Faculty of Graduate Studies of University of Moratuwa,
Dr. Rasara Amarasinghe, Former Chair of IEEE WIE Sri Lanka Section,
Dr. Peshala Jayasekara, Senior Lecturer at Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering,
Dr. Sagara Sumathipala, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Information Technology of University of Moratuwa.
The competition consisted of 2 rounds. The first round provided the opportunity for each team to run their respective robots on the arena provided. Six teams were selected for the final round, in which the competitors had to run their robots on a different arena. Both arenas consisted of a path and a wall which the robots had to follow in order to qualify for the next round.
Out of the 20 teams which participated in the competition, the three best teams were awarded as Champions, first runners-up, and second runners-up. WSO2 was the Platinum Sponsor whereas Persistent Systems was the Bronze Sponsor of the event. The event was a tremendous success and marked the history of WIE Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa.
Chair-Person: Christine Nipuni Bhagya
Secretary: Gayathree Kaluarachchi
Treasurer: Sahani Goonathilake
Vice Chair-Person: Ramesha Karunasena
Co-organizing directors:Ayodhya Kinkini Somiruwan, Pawani Madara Rathnayake, Kavindie Hansika and Dilrukshi Wijesuriya