Dr. Shanika Karunasekera, a Senior
Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne
was recently awarded a National Carrick Citation in recognition
of her outstanding contributions to university teaching in
The Carrick awards scheme was
initiated by the Australian Government in 2006, to recognize
excellence in university teaching. Prior to receiving this award
Shanika also received a number of teaching awards from the
department and the faculty, including the prestigious Kelvin
Medal for the Best Lecturer in Teaching at Faculty of
Engineering 2006. The major consideration for these awards was
the excellent feedback she consistently receives from students
and peers on the quality of her teaching.
While other winners of this award have
had long teaching careers, Shanika receiving this award within
five years of joining academia. This is a significant
Prior to migrating to Australia and
joining the University of Melbourne in 2003, Shanika was a
Distinguished Engineer at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs
Innovations in USA.
After finishing her primary and
secondary education at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo 4, Shanika
graduated from the University of Moratuwa in 1990 with a first
class Honours in Electornics and Telecommunication Engineering
and received the UNESCO Gold Medal for the Best Engineering
Student. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the
University of Cambridge, UK in 1994.
She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs
Milton Karunasekera of Nugegoda.
Seen in the picture is, Shanika receiving her
Carrick Citation from Professor John Hay Vice Chancellor of the
University of Queensland at a ceremony held in Melbourne,
September this year.