Athula Rajapakse
Lab Director

Prof. Athula D. Rajapakse is leading the research at intelligent Power Grid Laboratory (iPGL). He joined the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004, and currently holds a rank of Professor. He has a diverse background in Power and Energy Systems related areas and his current research activities mainly focuses on Power System Protection and Renewable Energy Integration. Prof. Rajapakse is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Registered Professional Engineer in the province of Manitoba, Canada, and a Fellow of Engineers Canada. He is an active member of a number of Cigre and IEEE working groups.

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 1990
M.Eng. in Energy Technology | Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand | 1993
Ph.D. in Quantum Engineering & Systems Science | University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan | 1998

Research Interests:

Power system protection | Wide area monitoring, control and protection systems | Grid integration of distributed and renewable energy systems | AC and DC micro-grids | Protection of HVDC grids | Off-grid renewable energy systems | Application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Power and Energy Systems

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PhD Students

Anand Pariyarath
Research Assistant

Education:
B. Tech in Electrical Engineering | University of Calicut | India
M.Sc in Energy | Asian Institute of Technology | Thailand

Research Interests:
Power system reliability | Distributed Energy Resources | Electric Vehicles | Power Distribution Systems

Collaborations:
Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship | Manitoba Hydro | Winnipeg, Canada

Awards:
Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Completion Scholarship

 

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Roshani Kaluthanthrige
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2016

Research Interests:
Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems | Energy Management | Microgrid Control | Techno-Economic Analysis | Power System Optimization

Collaborations:
NSERC Engage Program | Solar Solutions Pvt. Ltd | Winnipeg, Canada
Research Manitoba Program | Solar Solutions Pvt. Ltd | Winnipeg, Canada
Contract Researcher | Manitoba Hydro International Pvt. Ltd| Winnipeg, Canada

Awards:
NSERC CREATE- Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship
Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship in Engineering

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Jagannath Wijekoon
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka | 2016

Research Interests:
Transmission Line Protection | Fault Type Identification |  Faulted Phase Classification 

Collaborations:
Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship | ERLPhase Power Technologies Ltd. | Winnipeg, Canada
Contract Researcher | Kalki Communication Technologies Ltd | Karnataka, India

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Kalana Dharmapala
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2017
M.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Manitoba, Canada | 2020

Research Interests:
Power System Voltage Stability | Machine Learning | Real-Time System Monitoring | Power System Dynamics

 

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Shan Jayamaha
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2017
M.Phil (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2019

Research Interests:
Renewable Energy Systems | Microgrid control and energy management | DC network protection

Awards:
Engineering class of 1946 scholarship

Kasun Samarawickrama
Power System Studies Engineer | Electranix Corporation, Winnipeg, Canada

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2010
M.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Manitoba, Canada | 2014





 

 

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Sachintha Kariyawasam
Simulation Specialist | RTDS Technologies Inc., Winnipeg, Canada

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2013
M.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Manitoba, Canada | 2016



 

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M.Sc. Students

Erandika Kalubowila
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka | 2018

Research Interests:
Renewable energy systems | Short circuit analysis | Co-simulation

 

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Mo’ath Farraj
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering | Philadelphia University, Jordan | 2019

Research Interests:
Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems | Microgrid Control | Real-Time system testing

Collaborations:
Research Manitoba Program | Solar Solutions Pvt. Ltd | Winnipeg, Canada

 

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Daniel Villegas
Research Assistant

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.) in Electronic Engineering | Universidad Pintificia Bolivariana (Medellín, Colombia) 

Research Interests:
HVDC | DC power systems | Inverter based generation | Microgrids | Simulations and modeling | Machine learning

 

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M.Eng. Students

Gagandeep Singh

Education:
B.Sc (Eng.)  in Electrical and Electronics Engineering | Chandigarh University, India | 2015

Research Interests:
Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems | Optimization and Feasibility of Grid Connected Systems | Power System Protection

 

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Alumni

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Charles Adewole

Doctoral Students

2016-2020

  • Naushath Haleem 
  • Amila Pathirana
  • Tao Chen (Co-Supervised)
  • Dinesh Gurusinghe
  • Gayan Wijeweera (Co-Supervised)

2011-2015

  • Kasun Nanayakkara
  • Francisco Gomez
  • Lidula Nilakshi
  • Nuwan Perera

2006-2010

  • Qun Zhou (Co-Supervised)

M.Sc Students

2016-2020

  • Kalana Dharmapala
  • Yunfei Bai
  • Shan Jayamaha (Co-Supervised)
  • Neethu Raaju
  • Chun Fang
  • Sampath Liyanage (Co-Supervised)
  • Yaojie Cai
  • Sachintha Kariyawasam

2011-2015

  • Achintha Wickramasuriya
  • Saranga Edirisinghe (Co-Supervised)
  • Naushath Haleem
  • Amila Pathirana
  • Jeremy Sneeth
  • Onyinyechi Nzimako
  • Ruben Almiron Bonnin

2006-2010

  • Andrew Issac
  • Kasun Nanayakkara
  • Nuwan Perera
  • Dwayne Aming
  • Gayan Wijeweera (Co-Supervised)