At an opening ceremony held Friday (8th January), the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University of Moratuwa, inaugurated its new purpose built MEMS/NEMS & Mechatronics Laboratory. The laboratory was declared open by Special Aide to the Chancellor of Ritsumeikan Trust, Japan, Prof. Monte Cassim and Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda. Jayawardena.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. R.A. Attalage and Dean of Faculty of Engineering Prof. U.G.A. Puswewala were also present among the distinguished invitees during the ceremony.
Speaking at the event, chief guest Prof. Monte Cassim, reiterated the importance of creating “open-innovation” partnerships to gain technological, social and environmental advancements. He also spoke of the significance of University of Moratuwa, in Sri Lanka’s efforts to build technological partnerships with Japan.
The newly built MEMS/NEMS & Mechatronics laboratory’s teaching and research will be at the intersections of mechanical, electrical, computer and materials engineering. The laboratory houses state of the art teaching equipment essential to introducing mechatronic concepts to ME undergraduates. The laboratory is one of many initiatives taken by the Department of Mechanical Engineering to create a research based learning culture among its students and to expand its teaching activities.