Sri Lankan student powers through electronics PhD

22 June 2012


Bright spark: Kosala Kankanamge is a PhD student in electronics at the University of Waikato.

An ambition to become a research professional in electronics has led Sri Lankan-born Kosala Kankanamge to the University of Waikato.

“I chose New Zealand because it is a safe and stable, peaceful country and an enjoyable place to live due to the wide variety of ethnic communities living side-by-side,” says Kosala.

International standing

“I decided on Waikato University as it’s one of New Zealand’s leading research universities. All the necessary resources required for a PhD in power electronics were available, and all the engineering degrees are well recognised internationally and accredited by professional bodies.”

Kosala is in her third year of her PhD which focuses on analysis on supercapacitor assisted linear regulator (SCALDO) technique. While studying, supportive supervisors and a great laboratory set up have helped her to reach her goals. She plans to complete her studies in several months’ time.

First choice

Electronics was Kosala’s first study choice right from the start. During undergraduate level study, she specialised in electronics and telecommunication engineering at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

“Soon after graduation I worked as a research engineer in microelectronics with Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (ACCIMT); a highly reputed research institute in Sri Lanka.”

Career path

Following this Kosala continued her research career at a further technology institute, then moved to a job at the National Institute of Business Management, Sri Lanka, lecturing electronics-related subjects such as computer technology and computer architecture.

During her time at Waikato, Kosala has published four Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) conference papers, two magazine articles for Power Electronics Technology Magazine (USA), one book chapter for CRC Press, USA and a journal paper for IET Power Electronics Journal. Last November she presented some of her research at the 37th IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference in Australia.

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