The Best Young Researcher of the Faculty of Science 2016

The prestigious award for the Best Young Researcher of the Faculty of Science was won by the Dr. Thashika Rupasinghe of the Department of Industrial Management for the year 2016.  She obtained her B.Sc. (Hons) in Industrial Management from the Department of Industrial Management , University of Kelaniya with a first class honours and winning the gold medal for the best student in the special degree programme. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Systems Engineering from Clemson University in USA. She has taught Industrial Systems Engineering courses to undergraduate of the Clemson University and won several awards for her exceptional teaching skills including the Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the year 2008, 2009, and 2010 voted by the students and winning the Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the year 2009 voted by the faculty. She has set the record at the Clemson University, Department of Industrial Engineering for winning the most number of awards for teaching undergraduates. She was the lead researcher of the team to work on two National Science Foundation funded grants to support Aviation and Automotive Technical Education using Virtual Reality technology. She has won the award for the best research at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA in the Advanced Learning and Computation category at the Grand Challenges Conference in the year 2009. Along with that she won the best research award of Clemson Industrial Engineering in year 2009. After completing her graduate studies, she joined the SYSCO Corporation, USA the world’s largest food distributor, as a Senior Supply Chain Analyst and later promoted as a manager, where she was the only Asian Ph.D holder to lead a multi-disciplinary advanced analytics team. She has published more than 50 publications in prestigious indexed journals and international conferences including Journal of Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Engineering Education, and International Journal of Supply Chain Management and have presented her work at Winter Simulation, INFORMS, and IERC conferences. She is a consultant to leading Sri Lankan companies including MAS Holdings, Cargills Ceylon PLC, and RENUKA group and a few USA-based companies. She won the Outstanding Alumni Challenge Trophy of the Year from her alma mater Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya in Year 2016.