Message from the Head of Department


As the Head of the Department, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for joining the Department of Chemical Process Engineering (DCPE).”
The DCPE at the University of Moratuwa is one of the premier engineering departments in the country. Being operated with a vision to standardize, optimize and scaleup the production processes in a commercially viable manner through sustainable utilization of raw materials, the department has its unique mission to satisfy its objectives.
The department named Chemical Engineering, was first established by gazette notification on 15th February 1972 at Katubedda Campus of the University of Ceylon with eight students. The degree program, originally termed as Chemical Engineering and Fuel Science, was restructured, and renamed as Chemical and Process Engineering in 1998.
The academic staff of the DCPE consists of twenty-two fulltime members including two senior professors, seven professors and six senior lecturers, who are all well-qualified in the field and lead high quality research in a

wide spectrum of areas. In addition, the Department is assisted by a dedicated team of academic support and technical staff. The Department has strong links with the industry and conducts collaborative tasks of research and development. Presently, we have one of the oldest incubators in the University for conducting product and process development for four companies of the DSI Group.
At present, the DCPE accommodates 400 undergraduates (85 in each intake) and postgraduate students. Our students demonstrate excellence not only in academic activities but also in sports and other extracurricular activities, for which the Chemical Engineering Student Society (ChESS) offers a paramount platform where several annual events of a wide variety are organized. In addition, our alumni, around 1200 graduates, have rewarding careers in the chemical and process industries, universities, and research institutes, both locally and internationally. Many of our most dedicated alumni made their way into outstanding leadership roles and continue to support the Department in a variety of ways.
Historically CPE students have shown the excellence in sports and other extra-curricular activities. Chemical Engineering Student Society (ChESS) is the hub for the student activities in the department and numbers of annual events are organized by the CPE students.
Wish you all the best for your future endeavors in the DCPE.
Prof. (Mrs.) Shantha Egodage
Head of the Department