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Dr Charith Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage
STEM Educator (Engineering and IT)
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Dr Charith Rathnayaka is currently a Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  He is also alumni of LAMSES (Laboratory for Advanced Modelling and Simulation in Engineering and Science). Charith conducts his technical research on Computational Mechanics while implementing learning and teaching research on STEM Higher Education. Charith’s research on Computational Mechanics focuses on better understanding the mechanical response of biological cells and tissues under different loading conditions as caused by various natural and man-made circumstances. Charith’s STEM Higher Education research focuses particularly on peer-programs, support-for-learning, student success and retention.

Charith completed his PhD at QUT, having previously completed Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). His PhD, in the field of Computational Mechanics, was awarded in December 2017. In recognition of the excellence of his doctoral research, Charith was awarded the QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (Executive Dean’s Commendation Award). During his PhD, Charith successfully developed the world’s first meshfree computational mechanics-based plant cellular drying model. In doing so, Charith used Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and Coarse-Grained methods to develop advanced computational methods while using High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies to implement those models.  Charith has been capitalising on skills and knowledge he gained during his doctoral research to conduct innovative further research in the area of computational mechanics.

Charith conducts his teaching in mechanical engineering. He has significant teaching experience in multiple sub-fields of Mechanical Engineering such as Mechanical Engineering Design, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. In 2018, Charith was nominated for a Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award based on his highly successful teaching efforts in engineering. Charith’s expertise and excellence in higher education has recently been recognised through the award of a Senior Fellowship of UK Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

(Updated 2020 February)

This information has been contributed by Dr Charith Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage.


Dr Charith Rathnayaka has been actively taking part in the teaching of multiple course units in the following areas

  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer

Some of the specific course units Charith has recently been teaching and his relevant roles are mentioned below

  • Advanced Thermodynamics – EGH422 – 2017- to date – Lecturer and Joint-Unit Coordinator
  • Design and Maintenance of Machinery (ENB317) – 2015 – Lecturer
  • Thermodynamics (EGB322) – 2017 – Lead Tutor
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Design (EGB210) – 2017 – Lead Tutor


This information has been contributed by Dr Charith Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage.


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