I, Thanushka Peiris, am a PhD candidate of the second year at the Queensland University of Technology. I started to practice as a mechanical engineer since my graduation 2009 from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, in several industries on the heavy steel fabrication and the thermal power generation. During the initial years of my career, I contributed my professional input into two main projects; design, manufacture, installing and commissioning of steel hydraulic gates across the main river in my country and design, fabrication and installing a steel roof structure at a cargo building of one of the newly constructed airport. After that, I joined a thermal coal power plant(3X300MW). I engaged in power plant operations and maintenance, power plant construction project, especially on a steam turbine plant. During this time, I obtained my Master’s of Science degree in Energy Systems from the University of Gävle, Sweden.
After ten years in the industry, I needed to broaden my limits into the research in my interesting topic of turbines. My PhD research focuses on the determination of life prediction of gas turbines under transient operating conditions. My project is an industrial collaboration project keen to find a practical solution for a current issue. It is a great honour to be a mentee of the IMNIS mentoring program 2020/21 program, and I look forward to making a professional network among other colleagues who have the same professional interests.
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