Vice Chancellor's Awards 2019




Dr. Thashika Rupasinghe, a senior lecturer of the department of Industrial Management won the Vice Chancellor’s awards 19’ for the third consecutive year under the categories of Outstanding Early Career Researcher award and the researcher with the highest number of publications from university internal research grants in the year 2018. She is the founding director for the Centre of Excellence for Strategic Brand Identity Development (CESBID), University of Kelaniya. She obtained her B.Sc. (Hons) in Industrial Management from the University of Kelaniya with a first class honours and winning the gold medal for the best student in the special degree programme and received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Systems Engineering from Clemson University in USA. She has taught undergraduates of the Clemson University and won several awards for her exceptional teaching and scholarly work including the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award consecutively for 4 years, Best research at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA in the Advanced Learning and Computation category, and the Best research award of Clemson Industrial Engineering in year 2009. She has set the record at the Clemson University, Department of Industrial Engineering for winning the most number of awards for teaching undergraduates. Upon completing her doctorate, she joined the SYSCO Corporation, USA the world’s largest food distributor, as a Supply chain manager overseeing the optimization and analytics. At the prestigious Vice Chancellor's awards in 2017, she won the award for the Outstanding researcher who published the highest number of research publications out of internal research grants within in the entire university and won another award for the outstanding and selfless dedication and service in the successful execution of centre of excellence for strategic brand identity development activities. She was the recipient of the prestigious Vice Chancellor's Award for the Young researcher of the year in the faculty of Science 2016 and won the outstanding Alumni Challenge Trophy of 2016 from her alma mater Sirimavo Bandaranaike girls’ school in year 2016. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and has published over 65 international journals and conference publications and presented at over 50 international conferences and symposia in the areas of Industrial Engineering and Supply Chain Optimization. She is an Industrial Systems Engineering consultant for leading Sri Lankan and USA-based companies and at present she is heading the Industrial Engineering division for Silueta; a sister company of MAS Holdings.

This information has been contributed by Dr. Thashika Rupasinghe.