Academic Staff - Department of Civil Engineering - USJ

Dr. Sameera Samarasekara

B.Sc.Eng. (Hons) (Moratuwa), M.Sc. (Moratuwa),M.Sc. (Utokyo) Ph.D.(Utokyo)

Senior Lecturer (Department of Civil Engineering)

  • samarasekara@sjp.ac.lk
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Dr Samarasekara completed his B.Sc. (Engineering) degree with first class honors and M.Sc. in the field of civil engineering at the University of Moratuwa. He obtained another Masters’ degree in the field of Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo. He completed his  PhD in the field of coastal engineering and management at the University of Tokyo. He is well acquainted with both natural and social sciences. His proficiency is field experiments and numerical simulation for climate change analysis and natural hazards. His research interest is on the state-of-the-art surveying techniques for water resources engineering. He considers himself as a self-motivated, prominent team player with an ability to integrate interdisciplinary tools and provide innovative solutions to the sustainability-related problems.

  • R. S. M. Samarasekara, J. Sasaki, R. Jayaratne, T. Suzuki, R. A. S. Ranawaka, and S. D. Pathmasiri, On the status and mechanisms of coastal erosion in Marawila Beach, Sri Lanka, Natural Hazards. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04034-4
  • V.P.B. Valenzuela, R.S.M. Samarasekara, A.S. Kularathna, G.C.C. Perez, F. Norikazu, R.N. Crichton, M. Quiroz, R. Yavar, I. Izumi, R. Aranguiz, O. Motoharu, M. Esteban, Comparative Analysis of Tsunami Recovery Strategies in Small Communities in Japan and Chile. Geosciences (2019), 9, 26. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9010026
  • R. S. M. Samarasekara, J. Sasaki, R. Jayaratne, T. Suzuki, R. A. S. Ranawaka, and S. D. Pathmasiri, Historical changes in the shoreline and management of Marawila Beach, Sri Lanka, from 1980 to 2017, Ocean and Coastal Management. vol. 165, pp. 370–384, (2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.09.012
  • R.S.M. Samarasekara, J. Sasaki, M. Esteban, H. Matsuda, Assessment of the Co-Benefits of Structures in Coastal Areas for Tsunami Mitigation and Improving Community Resilience in Sri Lanka, Int. J. Disaster Risk Reduct. (2017). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.04.011
  • R.S.M. Samarasekara, J. Sasaki, M. Esteban, H. Matsuda, Willingness to Pay for Upgrading Tsunami Co-Beneficial Structures: Example from A Railway Embankment and A Revetment in Sri Lanka, The 9th International Conference on Asia and Pacific Coasts 2017 (APAC 2017) SMX Convention Centre, pp 139-149, Pasay City, Philippines, 19th – 21st October 2017, https://doi.org/10.1142/9789813233812_0014
  • Poster award for a very significant contribution in the field of sustainability science, at GPSS-GLI progress review secession, April 2019
  • Recipient of Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Academic Research Grant Program 2018. Granted amount 200,000 JPY (May 2018)
  • Excellent Presentation Award, targeted for researchers below 36 years old, at the annual symposium of Japanese Association for Coastal Zone Studies, held in July 2016, in Kochi, Japan
  • MEXT scholarship was awarded by the Government of Japan to read Doctoral Course at the University of Tokyo, October 2016
  • MEXT scholarship was awarded by the Government of Japan to read Masters Course at the University of Tokyo, October 2014
  • Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship was awarded by the Government of Sri Lanka due to outstanding performance in G.C.E (A/L) examination, Sri Lanka in 2007

Undergraduate Research Supervision

  1. Co-benefit assessment of coastal structures for tsunami risk reduction 
  2. Assessment of 40 years of beach accumulation and erosion in Kalpitiya peninsula
  3. Assessment of wave climate change and its’ impact on littoral drift along the Marawila Beach
  4. Identification of historical changes and management of in Kalu river estuary (Kalido Beach) and Gin river estuary 
  5. Estimation of efficiency of coastal protection structures in Sri Lanka 

Email:samarasekara@sjp.ac.lk