Anura Rathnayake has been appointed assistant professor of agricultural engineering for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture.
In addition to instructing programs in energy and equipment and agricultural manufacturing methods, Rathnayake is tasked with difficult UAPB agriculture majors to design, develop and enhance the following era of agricultural tools, equipment and mechanics, building tools, energy trains and hydraulics, in response to a information launch.
He might be anticipated to take part in curriculum growth, pupil advisement, internship supervision, business collaboration, pupil recruitment, evaluation and the event and supply of business coaching packages. Additionally, he’ll search for grant alternatives and take part in campus governance and group engagement alternatives.
Apart from common tutorial actions, Rathnayake will interact in analysis and Extension programming in agricultural expertise, particularly for small and minority farms within the southern area.
Rathnayake joins UAPB with 18 years of expertise in instructing and analysis within the fields of agricultural, mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Most lately, he labored as a analysis affiliate on the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center at Washington State University at Prosser, Wash. In 2016, he began working on the identical institute as a visiting Fulbright scholar and adjunct college member, in response to the discharge.
His analysis at Washington State University centered on precision agriculture tasks, together with spraying methods integration and analysis, variable charge spray expertise, various pest administration approaches, pesticide spray drift measurements and mitigation applied sciences.
From 2016 to 2017, he was a visiting analysis fellow on the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering in Brisbane, Australia, the place he labored on digital picture correlation strategies for thermo-elastic stress evaluation of composite supplies. He labored for greater than 10 years as a senior lecturer within the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering on the University of Ruhuna in Galle, Sri Lanka, serving as the pinnacle of the division for greater than 4 years.
Rathnayake earned a bachelor’s diploma in mechanical/industrial engineering from the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In 2007, he earned a doctoral diploma in optical sensing from Saitama University in Saitama, Japan. His doctoral analysis centered on the appliance of a novel optical sensing approach (statistical interferometry) for monitoring real-time plant progress dynamics in nanoscale.
He has authored a number of journal articles, print and on-line publications and shows. His honors embrace the Fulbright Advanced Research and Lecturing Award by the U.S. Department of State, the Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Department of Education and Training in Australia, IMechE Educational Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers within the United Kingdom and the Presidential Research Award for Scientific Publications by the Presidential Secretariat and National Research Council of Sri Lanka. He additionally acquired a scholarship from the Japanese authorities for his doctoral research and a scholarship from the Asian Development Bank for his graduate research.
Rathnayake was licensed as a chartered mechanical engineer by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers within the United Kingdom and by the Institution of Engineers in Sri Lanka. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.