|03. Saliya De Silva
|04. Sachith Dissanayake
| Assistant Professor (Research)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester NY.
LinkedIn Profile : linkedin.com/in/sachith-dissanayake-3ab9b837Sachith lives in Rochester, USA.
Sachith graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science, Physics Special (First Class) in 2008. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA in 2015 followed by postdoctoral trainings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2015-2018) and Duke University (2018-2021).
Personal Interests: Astronomy, Cricket, Science education
|06. Reshan Fernando
|Senior Research Chemist/Principal Investigator
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.Reshan Fernando lives in Cary, North Carolina, USA.LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reshan-fernando-898b715/
Reshan graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science, (Chemistry Honors) in 1987. He received his Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA in 1994.Reshan has been working at RTI International as a senior scientist/principal investigator for over 25 years and he is specialized in the field of analytical chemistry and has been engaged in development and application of novel analytical techniques to resolve complex problems in health, energy, environment, food, and other research areas.
Personal Interests: Community outreach through various charity organizations, volunteer activities at local environmental and scientific organizations, traveling, and biking.
|07. Wasundara Fernando
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Wasundara Fernando lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.
LinkedIn: Wasundara Fernando
Wasundara (Wasu) graduated with her BSc (Pharmacy) from University of Colombo. She obtained her MSc and PhD in Cancer Biology from Dalhousie University, Canada. Currently she works as a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University, Canada. Wasu’s research is focused on understanding the complex behavior of breast cancer stem cells and the role of aldehyde dehydrogenases in the metabolic plasticity of breast cancer stem cells and metastasis. In addition, her most recent research is focused on targeting the metabolic plasticity of breast cancer stem cells to improve the efficacy of immunotherapy. She also works in the field of Natural Product Chemistry to investigate the pharmacological activities of phytochemicals and their derivatives along with investigations on pharmacokinetics of these novel drug candidates.
Personal Interests: Wasu enjoys drawing, painting and poetry. She sings and plays the violin. She is an amateur astronomer and carries a special interest in the Moon. A lover of travel and likes to share her career experience to mentor the next generation of scientists.
|08. L.C. Goonetilleke
|09. Pujitha Gunaratne
Toyota Motor North America, Pujitha lives in Michigan, USA.
LinkedIn Profile: Pujitha Gunaratne
Pujitha graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Special (First class) in 1992. He received his Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998 and his Ph.D. Degree in 2004 specializing in Computer Vision from the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan.
Pujitha has been working with Toyota Motors as a research scientist for over 17 years and he is specialized in the field of human centric advanced automotive technologies. Pujitha is also a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Board of Governors of Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS).
Personal Interests: Pujitha led the University of Colombo Hockey team and was the Vice President of Amalgamated club in 1992. His interests are traveling, camping, and world history.
|11. Chandrasiri Jayakody
|Director – Research & Development
Porex Technologies Corporation
St. Charles, Michigan.Chandrasiri Jayakody lives in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. LinkedIn Profile: Chandrasiri Jayakody
Chandrasiri Jayakody graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in 1981, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics in 1986 and an M.Phil. Degree in Natural Products Chemistry in 1990 from the University of Colombo. Sri Lanka. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Organic Chemistry from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1994 followed by a postdoctoral training (1995-1999) at the Applied Research Laboratory, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.Chandrasiri has been working with Porex Technologies Corporation (formerly Filtrona/Essentra Porous Technologies) as a Director of R&D for over 8 years and he is specialized in foam technologies for various industrial applications which include, controlled release, wicking, absorbency, nanomaterials, antimicrobials, wound care, medical and cosmetic applications. Prior to joining Porex, he worked as an R&D Scientist at Chestnut Ridge Foam Corporation, Latrobe, Pennsylvania for 11 years developing fire-resistant foams for high-risk cushioning applications. Before moving to the USA, he was a Scientific Officer at the National Science Foundation (formerly NARESA), Sri Lanka.
Personal Interests: Chandrasiri is a founding board member of CUFSAA-NA and is a Joint-Secretary of the Association since its inception. Chandrasiri actively participates in Rotary Club activities. He served in the role of Club President and Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7330. Currently he is a member of Saginaw Valley Rotary Club. Other personal interests include song/poem writing and golf.Chandrasiri serves as a member of the ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and the Committee E05 on Fire Standards. He is also a member of American Chemical Society and the Divisions of Polymers and PMSE.
|12. Neranjaka Jayarathne
|13. Sumedha Jayasena
|14. Sandya Liyanarachchi
Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University.Sandya Liyanarachchi Lives in Columbus, OH, USA.
Web: Research Publications
Sandya graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science, (Mathematics) Special (Honors/first class) Degree in (1985). She received her Master’s degree in Pure Mathematics from the Purdue University, Indiana, USA in 1992 and her Graduate Diploma in Statistics & Operational Research in 1998 from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and her MAS Degree in Applied Statistics from The Ohio State university, OH, USA in 2001.
Sandya has been working with The Ohio State University as a research scientist for over 20 years and she is specialized in the field of cancer genetics. Her current research interests are mainly focused in identifying pre-disposing genes/variants in thyroid cancer with next generation sequencing data.
|15. Lalith Perera
Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling Core
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.Lalith lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Web: https://junction.niehs.nih.gov/divisions/dir/resources/analysis/comp_mole/index.htm
LinkedIn Profile : linkedin.com/in/lalithperera
Lalith graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Honors) Degree in 1983. He received his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from The University of Maine at Orono, ME in 1990 followed by his postdoctoral training at the Department of Chemistry, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.Lalith has been working at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH as the Head of Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling Core for over 10 years and he is specialized in the field of computational chemistry and structural biology.
|16. Unil Perera
|Regents’ Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Unil graduated from the University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) Special (first class honors) in 1981. He received his M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a Postdoctoral fellow and a Research Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh until accepting a faculty position at GSU in 1992. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE and APS. His research (supported by NSF, NASA and DOD) focus is on developing tunable and bias selectable detectors responding from UV to FIR and infrared applications in disease diagnostics. He has 11 US patents, 5 edited books, 11 invited book chapters and over 200 publications to his credit. Unil has received various awards including the First year Science Student Fellowship (1978/79) and the Justin Samarasekara Medal for “The Most Outstanding Science Student of the Year -1981” from the University of Colombo and various GSU faculty awards at junior and senior levels including the Alumni Distinguished Professor award at GSU. He was also awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award- 2012” from the Sri Lanka Foundation in CA, USA. He is also a member of the editorial board for the IEEE Journal of Electron Device Society and an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2020-2022.
|17. Vicumpriya Perera
|Associate Professor of Mathematics
Kent State University – Trumbull Campus
Warren, OH 44483.Vicumpriya Perera lives in Cortland, Ohio, USA.Web: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicumpriya_Perera
Vicumpriya Perera graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics Special (Honors/ First Class) in 1984. He received his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana, USA in 1988 and his Ph.D. Degree in Pure Mathematics from the Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana, USA in 1993.Vicumpriya Perera has been working at Kent State University as an Associate Professor of Mathematics with over 20 years of teaching experience and specializes in the field of Operator Algebras, a branch of Functional Analysis.
Personal Interests: Vicumpriya Perera is a founding board member of CUFSAA and is a Vice-President of the Association since its inception. Maintains CUFSAA (www.cufsaa.com) website and enjoys helping with many aspects of this wonderful organization.
He has an enthusiastic liking to various types of music, especially to various genres of Sinhala music. He is also a Sinhala lyrics composer with over 200 recorded songs and 10 music albums to his credit.
|18. Asoka Pinnaduwage
|Senior Information IT /IS Specialist
Department of National Defence, Canada and lives in Toronto Canada
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asoka-pinnaduwage-4b8b9219
Asoka graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science, (Physics/Math) Degree in 1984.
|20. Oshadha Ranasingha
|Postdoctoral Research Associate
Printed Electronics Research Center (PERC)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854.
Oshadha lives in Boston, Massachusetts USALinkedIn Profile: LinkedIn: Oshadharanasingha
|21. Nalin H. Samarasinha
Planetary Science Institute. Nalin lives in Tucson, Arizona, USA.Web: https://www.psi.edu/about/staffpage/nalin
Nalin graduated from the University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science, Physics Special (First Class Honours) Degree in 1981. He received his Master’s Degree in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, USA in 1985 and his Ph.D. Degree in Astronomy from the same university in 1992 followed by postdoctoral training at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona, USA.Nalin has been working at the Planetary Science Institute as a Senior Scientist for nearly 15 years and he is specialized in the field of Astronomy and Planetary Science with his research focus being Comets and other Small Bodies of the Solar System.
|22. Viranga Tillekeratne
Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606.Viranga Tillekeratne lives in Toledo, Ohio, USA.Web: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/depts/mbc/faculty-vtillekeratne.html
Viranga Tillekeratne graduated from The University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science Special Degree in Chemistry with 1st class Honors in 1969. He received his D.Phil. Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford, UK, in 1975, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.Viranga Tillekeratne has been working with the University of Toledo as a professor for over twenty years and he is specialized in the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry and natural products chemistry.
|23. Gajaka Weerasinghe
|25. Jeeva Witanachchi