Queensland-based Sri Lankan professor receives $179 million for his innovations.

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Associate Prof Udantha Abeyratne is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA, and a Member of the Australasian Sleep Disorders Association. His research expertise is in medical instrumentation and signal processing. He leads several research projects in developing algorithms and electronic implementations for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. Among the notable recent success in this area is a pioneering and fully automated technology to diagnose sleep apnea by the analysis of snoring (and breathing) sounds, wearable technology for the quantitative, real-time estimation of daytime sleepiness in work environments, and a unique automated technology for the diagnosis of childhood pneumonia in resource-poor regions of the world.  Associate Prof Abeyratne received the Bachelor’s degree from the University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, the Master’s degree from the University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan, both in electrical and electronic engineering, and a Ph.D.
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SLF Int, USA Outstanding Community Service Award SLF Int, USA Prof. Deepthi Jayasekera For his Excellence as an Infectious Disease Specialist in Covid Guidelines, Vaccines, Therapeutics and Community Service

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Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dr Deepthi Jayasekara attended Ananda College, Colombo from 1970-1982. He was a College Prefect, a member of Ananda orchestra (Ananda Udawa) in vocals and violin, a Boy Scout and a member of English/Sinhalese debating teams. Having graduated in 1982 with highest Advanced level results 4 A’s, he received the prestigious Thomas Amarasuriya academic award and a Mahapola academic scholarship for medical school. Dr Jayasekara graduated from the prestigious Colombo Medical Faculty, University of Colombo with honors in Human Physiology and pharmacology. He played music for the medical students’ band called “Medix” which topped Sri Lankan music charts many times. He subsequently completed his internship at National Hospital of Colombo in General Medicine and Surgery. Dr Jayasekara migrated to USA in 1995 to pursue a post-doc research fellowship in HIV and clinical pharmacology at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco). While conducting research and juggling a
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SLF Int, USA 2022 Outstanding Community Service Award Prof. Dushyantha Jayaweera For his Excellence in Research and Clinical Work in HIV/HCV & Covid-19 Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Work

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Dr. Jayaweera received his M.D. degree from Sri Lanka and trained in medicine in Sri Lanka, Great Britain, and Loyola University of Chicago. In 1992, he came to the University of Miami after serving as senior registrar at Birmingham University in the United Kingdom. He began his work in Miami on HIV and infectious diseases and worked with the inner-city minority population infected with HIV while there and helping others. He believes that “we must place others’ interests above our own,” which makes a better place to live and benefits all. His focus has been on research that is centered on understanding the factors that impact communities of color and minorities, which have been long ignored, and finding solutions to improve their health outcomes. Even his research has pivoted depending upon the needs of the community. He was frequently teaching and speaking about HIV prevention and education in inner-city black
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SLF Int, USA 2022 Rising Star Award Winner Sumudu Herath Mudiyanselage For his Excellence in Civil Engineering, Machine Learning in Homogenization and Design of Technical Textiles for Space Structure

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Sumudu Herath Mudiyansalage is a student of Royal College, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Soon before his school graduation in 2010, he was ranked second in the country for GCE AL examination in physical science stream. After he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, he was awarded a prestigious Cambridge Trust Scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. Further, he bypassed the Master’s degree requirement due to his exceptional performance in Bachelor’s degree. He received the Gold Medal for the Most outstanding graduand in both academic and extra-curricular activities of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. In addition, he was awarded the Gold Medal for the first rank in Civil Engineering where he achieved a record-breaking GPA of 4.12(/4.20) which remains the highest in department history. At the same convocation, he received 11 more awards for all-round excellence. Some of his
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SLF Int, USA Exceptional Achievement Award Winner Dr Hasini Jayatilaka For her Excellence in Cancer Research Discovered a novel mechanism that causes cancer cells to break away from tumours and metastasise.

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Dr Hasini Jayatilaka was born in Australia, and raised in Colombo, attended St Bridget’s Convent in Sri Lanka. Her lawyer mother and engineer father emphasized the importance of education and a well-balanced life to her and her older brother. She came to the United States in 2009 to pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually a PhD at Johns Hopkins University in chemical and bimolecular engineering. During her sophomore year of college, she found herself performing the early stages of her famed work at the Institute for NanoBio Technology under the mentorship of Denis Wirtz, co-founder and core faculty member of the Institute for NanoBio Technology, Johns Hopkins University Vice Provost for Research, and Theophilus Halley Smoot professor of Engineering Science at Johns Hopkins University. Dr Hasini Jayatilaka is postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University focused on elucidating mechanisms that govern relapse in childhood cancers, particularly B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL)
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SLF Int USA, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Dr Yasantha Rajakarunanayaka For his Excellence as a Technologist, Scientist and Innovator

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Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake grew up in Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. He attended Royal College and received the highest marks in the Advance Level Exam with 4A’S in the mathematics stream. After studying at the University of Moratuwa in Electronics Engineering for a few months, he received a Scholarship to attend his dream university, Princeton. This is where he met Jeffrey Bezos, the former President, and CEO of Amazon. Growing up, he had terrible Asthma, and his father had advised him to find a career in an air-conditioned office, so he doesn’t have to breathe dusty air while working. Back in the day, computers (mainframes) were the only things in air-conditioned rooms, and he quite accidentally chose the IT industry for this reason. At that time, we could not have predicted that computers would one day change the world. It was a very fortunate choice. Dr. Yasanth Rajakarunanayake is a senior technologist
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DON’T MISS OUT!!Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade Worldwide Virtual Event Begins in a few more days

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FREE EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Spectacular Cultural Program Virtual Expo will be open to the public from August 10th – August 20th Amazing Virtual Parade Resourceful Presentations Get ready to “Dance Baila” with the Band, “HEAT” Live MC’S from US, Australia and Sri Lanka There are many new features added this time for our worldwide audience. Including new online games to win prizes worth $5000!! REGISTER NOW DON’T MISS OUT!!!! https://www.slfplatform.org/ Sri Lanka-themed virtual Global Celebration will be launched in the United States on the Sri Lanka Foundation International platform introducing to a worldwide audience Sri Lanka’s historical heritage and culture, music, dance forms, and local food and products. All that and more, while being entertained by breath-taking cultural performances, you can enjoy lounging in the comfort of your living room! If that were not enough, a dazzling parade would pass by you, and a glittering fashion show will
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Meet our AccelerateHer Founders Curated By Hatch, Sri Lanka

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The AccelerateHer program provides a platform for women to access the skills needed to sustain a business, such as legal, operational, and financial assistance. This program is devised to enable women entrepreneurs to scale their businesses and become investor-ready. In addition, we will also tackle gender-specific nuances that prevent women from succeeding in business. A selected number of female entrepreneurs and their startups will be placed at Hatch for 3 months throughout this program opening opportunities to collaborate and co-create together with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem while also skilling up their knowledge. Our target audience includes women, ideally from under-represented groups, with a validated tech or tech-enabled product and operational income (with at least 1 paying customer) and those who are focused on scaling up their startups globally. SHENUKA UMAGILIYA FOUNDER – BALAMU GUIDES Founded by Shenuka Umagiliya ,BALAMU is your essential travel Guide in Sri Lanka! Bringing together three
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Roshan Seresinhe, Top 10 Admired Leaders of 2022 By Industry Era!

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“Easy company norms make business easy” Younger Optics preserves its image as a quality lens innovator and that the company is committed to anticipating and addressing the needs of its customers. As Roshan Seresinhe, CFO & COO of Younger Optics says, we work hard to ensure that our products and services are the best in the business and, as determined by our internal and external customers, we are “The Easiest Company to Do Business With.” Along with his formal education in electrical engineering and computer science, Roshan is also well-versed in the field of manufacturing technologies, accounting, financial management, supply chain as well as logistics. Roshan’s skills are considered top-notch; he spends a lot of time learning every industrial function so he can relate to employees on their level. As a better leader, Roshan is shaped by his personal and professional experiences and is known for maintaining a laser-like focus
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SLF Int, USA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Professor Ajit Yoganathan for his excellence in his contributions to Cardiac Surgery and Bio Medical Engineering

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Professor Ajit Prithiviraj Yoganathan was born on December 6, 1951, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Son of Dr. Ponniah and Dr. Mangay (Navaratnam) Yoganathan, he received a Bachelor of Science (First Class) in Chemical Engineering in 1973 from University College, University of London. In 1974 as a graduate student, he became interested in the functioning of natural and replacements of heart valves, and then went on to receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering in 1978 from the California Institute of Technology. He then joined the engineering faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979. Over the subsequent 40+ years, “Dr Y” as he is called by his colleagues, students, staff and friends, has pioneered the field of translational cardiovascular engineering. Through his collaborations with clinicians and basic scientists, he has demonstrated the value of applying basic engineering science to develop and evaluate novel cardiac technologies and devices
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