University of Moratuwa is the only university in Sri Lanka which conducts a Bsc. Engineering degree program in the field of materials engineering. The students who follow this four year program of studies, which is conducted by the “Department of Materials Science and Engineering“, have the opportunity of specializing in the areas of ceramics, metals and/or polymers.
in addition to its main function of producing materials engineers to the industry, the department’s objectives extend to providing assistance to the Sri Lankan industry in the form of technical advice, research, providing testing facilities, and technical training. The qualified staff in the department of materials engineering as well as the other staff members in the university has the expertise to advice on most of the technical problems encountered by the industry.
Long-term industrial problems are generally studied by the students as final year research projects under the supervision of a senior staff member. There is also provision for those who work in the industry to register for a postgraduate study program such as M.Sc. M.Eng. or M.Phil. by research. The research topic may be selected on an industrial problem encountered by the industry and may be carried out under the supervision of department staff utilizing the facilities available in the department and the industry. This is because, in industry the problems encountered are multifaceted and industry-university liaison is very essential to solve such problems.
A wide range of equipments and facilities are available in the department for teaching and research purposes. Some of the equipments available in the department are Scanning Electron microscope, X-ray Deffractometer, thermal analysis unit, optical microscopes, infra-red spectrometer, mechanical testing equipments.
History of “The Department of Materials Science and Engineering”
The Department of Materials Engineering presently the only academic body in Sri Lanka offering undergraduate studies in materials engineering, began as Department of Materials Science, a division of School of Applied Science, which was established in April 1974 with the assistance of British Government when a link-arrangement referred to as Katubedda-Leeds Link, was forged between the University of Moratuwa & University of Leeds.