Dr. Shanika Karunasekera wins Australian National Award

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 Australia.

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 achievement.

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.


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