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Dr Ominda Nanayakkara joined the Department of Civil Engineering at XJTLU as a lecturer in 2011 after obtaining PhD from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer at Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (CEng, MICE), an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (AMIESL), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He was the Deputy Head of Civil Engineering, Programme Director of BEng Civil Engineering, Chair of the Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee, and now serving as the Head of Civil Engineering.His research interests are the durability of reinforced concrete, material properties of fresh and hardened concrete, cement chemistry, geopolyment concrete and mortar, sustainable construction materials, and non-destructive testing of concrete structures. He has received NSFC, China, International Young Scientists Fund in 2016.Ominda has contributed to teaching several courses at XJTLU: Introduction to the Built Environment, Design and Practice, Design for Engineers, Introduction to Materials, Engineering Structures, Construction Materials, Capstone Design, Building Services Engineerins, Final Year Project, and Master Dissertation. Prior to joining XJTLU, he has taught Structural Mechanics, Steel Design, Prestressed Concrete Design, Geotechnical Engineering, Geology, and Surveying.

Research interests

Patch Repairing and Strengthening of Structural Members

Geopolymer Alkali Activated Cementitious Materials

Use of Recycled Materials in Concrete and Investigation of its Properties

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) on Reinforced Concrete

Durability Properties of Concrete

Electrochemical Techniques to Evaluate Reinforcement Corrosion and Modelling of Corrosion in Concrete


Head, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU, China - 2023-now

Deputy Head, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU, China - 2020-2023

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU,China - 2018 to Present

Chair, Departmental Learning and Teaching Commitee, XJTLU, China - 2018-2020

Programme Director, BEng Civil Engineering, XJTLU, China - 2015-2018

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU,China - 2011 to 2018

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka - 2004 to 2004

Temporary Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka - 2003 to 2004

Trainee Structural Engineer, Stems Consultants (Pvt) Ltd. Sri Lanka - 2002 to 2002


BNV001 Introduction to the Built Environment

CEN001 Design and Practice

CEN101 Design for Engineers

CEN106 Introduction to Materials

CEN203 Engineering Structures

CEN207 Construction Materials

CEN222 Building Services Engineering

CEN208 Capstone Design 1

CEN311 Final Year Project

CEN406 Master Dissertation

CEN408 Advanced Structural Design

Awards and honours

2018 Outsanding Teacher (Highly Commended), Learning and Teaching Awards, XJTLU

2017 Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier

2017 2nd Prize, First Sino-Foreign Corporation in Running Schools Teaching Innovation Award, China Education Association for International Exchange

2009 Scholarship for postgraduate studies, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

2004 Full Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, Japanese Government

2000 Best Undergraduate in Building and Structural Engineering, 2000, University of Moratuwa

1998 Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies, Sri Lankan Government

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

CEng, MICE, Chartered Civil Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers UK - 2018

Certificate in Professional Studies, University of Liverpool, UK - 2017

Ph.D. , The University of Tokyo, Japan - 2011

MEng , The University of Tokyo, Japan - 2006

BSc .Eng , University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka - 2003

External positions

Academic Qualifications Panel, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

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