The Origin of the Department of Civil Engineering at Moratuwa can be traced back to the

year 1966 even before the birth of the University.

The origin of the Department of Civil Engineering at Moratuwa can be traced back to year 1966 with the establishment of CeylonCollage of Technology (CCT) at the present premises of the University. The CCT was converted to Katubedda Campus of University ofSri Lanka in 1972 and the Department of Civil Engineering commenced its first degree program leading to Bachelor of the Science ofEngineering in the same year. From the very beginning of the establishment of the Katubedda Campus, the Department of CivilEngineering has been the largest academic Department in the campus with respect to student and staff numbers. With the commitment and enthusiasm of academics qualified in diverse areas of study and with the assistance of UNESCO, the Department was able tocommence postgraduate programs as early as in 1976.

The Katubedda Campus was converted to the University of Moratuwa in 1978 making it an independent autonomous University andsince then the Department grew rapidly to its present state. Due to its large size and expertise in diverse areas, the Department operates under six divisions, namely, Building and Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering,

Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Transportation Engineering. At present all six divisions conduct postgraduate taughtprograms and research programs including PhD. The quantum of teaching, research and consultancy activities handled by theDepartment, makes it perhaps the most active Department in the University.

From 1985 the Department is housed in its own building complex at a picturesque site bordering the North-Eastern boundary of theUniversity, fringed by the Bolgoda Lake. The Civil Engineering building complex has many features of Civil Engineering design andconstruction and consists of a total built area of 7980 square meters.

The current academic staff strength of 3 Senior Professors, 12 Professors, 1 Associate Professors, 16 Senior Lecturers and 2 Lecturersmakes it one of the strongest academic Departments in international standard.

The Department is also privileged to be associated with several senior local and expatriate academics as well as senior practitioners fromthe industry who serve as visiting lecturers/ Professor on invitation. 3 Emeritus Professors who made significant contributions to thedevelopment of the Department in the past continue to support the department in numerous ways.