Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

The Mission of the Department of Civil Engineering is to develop educational programmes that provide educational, research and professional experiences that enable our graduates to become leaders in their professional careers, to pursue excellence in research, and serve the profession, community and nation, and be competitive in the international scene.

The mainstream programmes in Civil Engineering presently accommodate 500 undergraduates and over 80 postgraduate students. The undergraduate honours degree aims at producing Civil Engineers with significant knowledge and skills in design, analysis, synthesis, application techniques and management, who can serve in the Civil Engineering profession both in Sri Lanka and abroad with confidence and distinction. The University of Moratuwa, a leading technological university in the region and its magnificent Department of Civil Engineering welcome you to witness a truly unique experience!

Message from the Head of the department

The Department of Civil Engineering is one of the strongest departments in the Faculty of Engineering, and leadership in pioneering activities of the University of Moratuwa has mostly been provided by the Department of Civil Engineering. The launching of the first ever fulltime postgraduate program in Water Resources Engineering and Management is one of them.

Over 35 years ago in 1982, the Department of Civil Engineering commenced the first postgraduate programme at the university. Presently there are six (6) groups of research specializations for administrative purposes, namely; Building and Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, and Transportation Engineering with highly qualified and talented staff cadre of 43, out of which 41 are with postgraduate qualification (33 with Ph.D.’s), while 17 are professors. They are involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and training while over and above contributing immensely to the development projects and activities of national interest.

The commencement of the UMCSAWM and its programme has been instrumental in further strengthening the infrastructure facilities and capabilities of the Department. The cutting edge, state of the art research facilities under construction will be useful in enhancing postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and research. The recruiting of regional students from SAARC nations, the undertaking industry based projects and the organizing of international workshops and conferences by UMCSAWM are helping to strengthen much needed industry and overseas research collaborations benefitting both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

I would like to wish this UMCSAWM Water Conference which is based on students’ research projects an absolute success.

Prof. J.M.S.J. Bandara

Head, Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering