DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEEERING
UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA
Memories of over 450 Students, Friends and Colleagues
"No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value"
- Bertrand Russell
My Students according to Convocation Year from 2011 onwards
|Do we actually know Professor Lucas? - A feature article by Danuka Bentharavithana - March 01, 2020
Link to Memories of Previous Years
1971 - 2010
| 2011 – Hasala Dharmawardena, Randupama Gunasekera, Darshana Mannapperuma, Diyasha Hapuarachchi, Ruvini Wathsala Jayawickrama, Naleen Hemachandra, Erandi and Nilan Hemachandra
|| 2012 – Sasanka Herath, Sujani Madurapperuma, Lahiru Himal, Malaka Gunasekara, Pawithra Gamage, Ruwinda Herath, Chirath Pathirawasam, Kasun Hettiarachchi, Tharindu de Silva, Prathaj Haputhanthri, Channa Silva
| 2013 – Apeksha Weerasekara, Dilantha Liyanage, Mihiri Madawala, Nadeesha Akarawita, Thilina Rajapaksha, Kaumadee Samarakoon, Chathuraka Samarasekara, Sachintha Kariyawasam, Sajani Thotagamuwa, Sasanka Ranjitha සිංහල, Rangana Punchihewa, Michelle Athukorala, Madhavi Nakandala, Prabuddhi Edirisinghe, Uditha Lenaduwa, Kasun Peiris
|| 2014 – Heshani Fernando, Chathuranga Fernando, Sankha Dissanayaka, Roshan Devinda,Hasini Madhurangi, Isuru Kasthurirathne, Mohasha Isuru Sampath, Nirmal Undugoda, Sandamali Sanchala, Savini Samarasinghe, Mekhala Prabhani, Sameera Madhushanka, Dr Viraj Muthugala
|| 2015 – Dilini Dharmawardhana, Harshani Amanda, Muditha Karunathilake, Manusha Indika Deegala, Mihirani Kethumalika, Udayantha Niraj de Silva, Ashani Muthumala, Thisandu Kahingala, Moditha Karunanayake, Harsha Yashoman Arjuna Weerasinghe, Sapna Sridharani
| 2016 – Punsara Colombage, Guvanthi Abeysinghe, Hasantha Malavipathirana, Jinani Nupehewa , Manuja Gunawardana , Roshani Peiris, Kavindu Amarasinghe, Chapa Sirithunge, Charithri Yapa, Nuwanee Wijethunga, Prasad Manjula Wijesinghe, Lahiru Sasintha Wijesiri සිංහල, Manjitha Geethadhara Gunarathne, Jayashani Ridmika, Eranga Balasuriya, Gunani Jayamaha, Chamali Gamage, Gayan Amaradasa, Thilina Kanchana,
Mihiraj Karunanayake (KDU), Dilini Gunasinghe (KDU)
| 2017 – Kalana Dharmapala, Lemasha Peiris, Yashoda Sewwandi, Lasindu Laknath, Lahiruni Ranasinghe, Bhagya Samarakoon, Jayamini Upeka FernandoPulle, Himali Lakshika, Pramod B Jayaratna, Sampath Ediriweera, Kalpani Madhushika Wijesooriya, Nadeesha Dilrukshi (MSc),
Gayani de Soysa (KDU), Lahiru de Silva (KDU), Yamani Dalpadathu (KDU), Capt Thathsara Nanayakkara and Capt Ramesh Hitinayake (KDU), Flt Lt Sahampathi Pathirathne (KDU)
|2018 –Sandaru Karunasiri, Ishitha Piyawadani Loku Kaluge,Charith Dharmabandu,Dilmi Prabashwari, Nadeesha Chandramali Fernando, Anuththara Karunarathna, Shehani Dilshika de Saram, Harindya Shehani Attanayaka,Hasini De Silva, Sasrika Fernando, Malisha Anurangi Weerasekera, Hiruni Bandara, Yashodini Randunu, Shehan Selaka, Thisara Karunathilaka, Dinusha Madushani,
Surangi Lakmini Wanninayaka (KDU), Supun Lahiru Fernando (KDU), Chrismal Edirisinghe (KDU), Ashini Pothupitiya (KDU)
|2019 –Thilini Wasundara, Gayashani Weliwita , Vimukthi Gamage, Malka Porambage, Sumadhurie Hansika, Asanka Dilrukshi, Udani Chethana, Pawani Rathanayake, Stephan Fernando, Pubudu Eranga, Lochana Ranatunga, Thirasara Gunaruwan,
Devin Aluthge (KDU), Ishanthi Jalthotage (KDU), Narmada Abeyrathna (KDU), Dulakshi Nayanathara (KDU), Thilan Senanayake (KDU), Kaushala Nadeeja (KDU), Senal Perera (KDU), Dinithi Randunu Karunasena (KDU), Amila Wijeratne (KDU), Nisal Bulathsinghala (KDU), Chathushika Ekanayake (KDU)
|2019-20 – Winma Sarini Heenatigala,Chinthani Kumaradasa,Seshenya Weerasinghe, Danuka Bentharavithana, Sachini Somathilaka, Irupa Sithmini, Gevindu Ediriweera, Kalpa Wickramasinghe, Anupa Ekanayaka, Dohitha Yapa, Thushari Chandimalika Wimalarathna, Nirod Punsara Rathnaweera, Nadun Senarathna, Veenavi Wasundara, Dilsha Karunathilaka,
Chamodi Panduwawala (KDU), Omali Devanarayana (KDU), Chathumi Modaragamage (KDU), Hasani Senevirathne (KDU), Aarabi Shanmuganathan (KDU), Yasodara Liyanage (KDU), Nitu Linkha (नितु लिंखा) (KDU), Raweesha Fernando (KDU), Rumedha Charith Fernando (KDU), Panchali Perera (KDU), Senali Boteju (KDU), Yasindu Pravinda Wadanamby (KDU)
|Current 2020-21 – Asini Kodikara, Sandali Jayaweera, Senali Amanda Sahabandu, Ama Ranawaka, Tharaka Siyambalapitiya, Lahiru Sudharaka,
Kithma Vidanapathirana (KDU), Anuji Withana (KDU), Venuri Gunarathne (KDU), Hashini Amarasuriya (KDU), Sharadha Samarakoon (KDU), Indumini Senarathne (KDU), Dineshi Marasinghe (KDU), Eshani Liyanage(KDU), Ganesh Chand गणेश चन्द (KDU), Dilshara Wijeerathne (KDU), Hisuri Dehiwatta (KDU), Tashma Maduhasini (KDU), Hansi Sihara Kumarapeli (KDU), Dulini Amarasinghe (KDU)
|Current 2021-22 – Punsara Samarakkody, Amanda Andrahennadi, Harshi Sandunika Abeygunasekara, Sasindu Prasad Abhayawardhana, Nimesha Amarasinghe, Kasuni Wanninayake,
Dishali Gurusinghe (KDU), Hansika Godage (KDU)
|Current 2022-23 – Savin Seneviratne (KDU)
||Current 2023-24 – Evans Weerawardena(KDU)
Date: Sun, March 01, 2020 06:51 PM
"Do we actually know Professor Lucas?"
I'm not going to mention anything related to his talents in academics, engineering, researching or teaching. No need of explanations for those, because it’s as clear as day; he is the best in the field. Each and every electrical engineer who has passed out from UoM within last 50 years are his students.
Even I didn’t know who Prof. Lucas is, until the end of my final year project, just a few weeks ago. Recently, I had a long conversation with him after completing the final year project. I know this memory is going to be a forever memorable one for me, because I’m witnessing his golden jubilee at University of Moratuwa as one of his Final Year Project students. It’s a great honour for me.
Earlier, most of the time, we had conversations regarding our project and academic work. But this time it was a completely friendly conversation. That was the time I realized how different he is. He is one of the friendliest and most intelligent professors in the university.
Beside his academic excellence, he is one of the finest designers I've seen. I bet most of you won’t believe those were designed by a professor in electrical engineering.
Some edits were very similar to photoshop edits even though he was using software like Corel Photo-Paint and Paint. He had spent more than 100 hours for some designs.
Once I saw a photo edited by him for his daughter's wedding with a lovely quote. Even the photographer has included that photo into the album. It is mesmerizing.
In one he has designed an EE-logo shaped cake to congratulate his students on graduation.
I knew he loved table tennis, captained school team and his siblings were national level TT players, but I never thought that Prof. Lucas had engaged in cricket. He has played a little cricket at his school and even had a full length cricket pitch in his back garden to practice, since healthy outdoor life was his hobby. As a die-hard cricket fan, I’m proud of myself to introduce my FYP supervisor as a voluntary scorer for his school team and did scoring from the scoreboard at “Battle of Saints” for the Josephian side even after he had entered the University at Peradeniya. Besides sports, he used to do a lot of home vegetable growing as a kid (tomatoes, innala, beans, brinjol, ladies fingers etc) in a relatively large scale.
He and his university colleagues had planted paddy in a huge lawn at the university premises back in late 60s. Those were harvested few months later. Professor Lucas himself is a part time planter visiting his estate once a month where he is involved with planting rubber to produce rubber latex and growing tea under a high voltage transmission line.
Some people define professors as pure academicians. But Prof. Lucas is a person who loves hiking and trekking. He is one of the few persons who knew Hantana very well back in undergraduate days at the University of Ceylon, as Hantane started just behind his hall of residence. His passion in hiking has even led him to take risks. While family members were at sleep, he did some hike all alone during holidays in Bandarawela without informing anyone. Sometimes good memories come with higher risks. Doesn't it?
Oh! Just forgot, he is a good chef too 🤩. Once I saw a photo of a meal he had prepared by himself for his friends when he was in New Zealand .
I think there are more that I haven’t mentioned. Not every person is gifted like that.
When electrical undergraduates are organizing extra-curricular activities, Prof. Lucas participates in every event and remain there until it finishes.
I was a team member of the opponent side of Prof. Lucas during a tug of war at “We are with you” which is an event organized by electrical engineering undergraduates annually for hearing impaired children.
I've met many people in my life. Only very few of them are my mentors. Prof. Lucas is one of the biggest reasons for my great desire in power engineering. I think only a few out of thousand engineers get a chance to mention Prof. Lucas as their mentor. I promise myself to keep his trust in me and be one of the finest engineers Prof. Lucas has ever produced.
Not only a great humble teacher and a mentor, he is also a good father to his daughter and a good grandfather to Avisha. Prof. Lucas and Avisha recall the good memories like I had with my grandfather. They have a wonderful grand pa and grandson relationship ❤️.
I wish you good health sir. God bless you. Sir, Thank you very much for guiding me till the end of my undergraduate life. I wish to take your advices to be successful in my career in future time.
Danuka Bentharavithana , [UoM 2015 Intake, Semester 8 EE student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Hasala Dharmawardena "
Date: Fri, May 10, 2013 3:08 pm
When we entered the university in 2006 Professor Lucas was the public face of the electrical engineering department. Such was his charisma that some opted to follow electrical engineering, just to get lectured by the great professor!
I can still remember the first day, when he came to the lecture, connected the speakers to his laptop, and got a recording going mirroring the lecture notes, I wondered how the professor got time to get it edited by a professional...... Believe me only at the end that I understood that he had used Microsoft speech function.... Effectively he introduced us to this technology when it was thought that Professors were the old schools black board users!!!!
I can still remember how he made us visualize lumped modeling of the power system. He asked us the voltage drop when we short a socket outlet, and thereby he explained that the system can be replaced by such an impedance as to derive this voltage drop, ingenious lecturing!
The Professor was so homely and friendly that he would even take the time to stop and give a lift to any of his students he met on the road, I too were a recipient of this honor several times over the years! He was there for the students were it a Sports event or a Speech contest, in sun and in rain. He was an exemplarily person that we all looked up to in awe, and he was always there for us, were it for career advice or a recommendation.
Hasala Dharmawardena , Probationary Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, UoM, Engineer LTL Projects 2011-13, [EE UoM graduate 2011]
Date: Mon, July 15, 2013 10:32 pm
fter graduating 2011 from the University of Moratuwa, I used to work in a private company where I got chance to meet a lot of Engineers working in the industry. When I met them, the first question they asked, knowing my university, "Is Prof. Lucas still teach in our university or I am a student of him". Now I am a grad student of the University of Manitoba in Canada. Even after coming to this university, I was asked so many times those same questions. Which made me realize that how much respect and recognition Prof. Lucas has earned not only in Sri Lanka but also abroad and how lucky I am to be considered as a student of him.
I had the privilege to attend insulation coordination, high voltage break down and testing courses of you. The clear and detailed notes, which are readily available on the web for everyone even today, helped me to remember those whenever I needed for class or research. I personally believe knowledge must be free, shared and cheered. And you Sir is the ambassador from our institution in this context.
I have always found you humble, enthusiastic and a devotee of learning as a teacher either in class or outside the department who was always ready to help the students. Personally my gratitude to you Sir for having a faith on my credibility by giving me a recommendation letter to continue my higher studies which means a lot to me as now I see what I could be.
I wish you a happy and healthy long life. Last but not least, you will always be remembered with honor for the hard work and sacrifice you made for our University.
Randupama Gunasekera, PhD Student, University of Manitoba, Canada [EE UoM Graduate, 2011]
From: "Darshana Mannapperuma"
Date: Sat, August 17, 2019 9:52 PM
Met this wonderful and brilliant mind of all time in Kandy, who was one of my professors and the best.
Recognition and respect, is something that you have earned in your professional carrier as a university professor teaching thousands of students creating so many engineers to the industry. A dinner at Slightly Chilled Lounge and Pub, near your hotel, was the least I could do when I unexpectedly met you in Kandy.
Darshana Mannapperuma, [UoM EE Graduate 2011]
From: "Diyasha Hapuarachchi "
Date: Wed, October 16 3:58 PM
It is a great pleasure and honor to write about such a valuable personality.
I am glad to say Thank You Sir for being an amazing teacher and guider for generations of students, to change their lives and career over more than 40 years. I had heard a lot about Prof. Lucas when I entered to the university in 2006, but got the opportunity of interacting with sir after field selection in second year. It was only then, I have truly understood why he is such an adored and valuable personality. In addition to him being an amazing teacher, he was like an advisor and friend to all of us. He was a professor whom we students could always go and discuss matters. Sir, I hope that your service and contribution done to the students, university and to the country is priceless and will remembered forever.
I am truly honored and lucky to have had the opportunity to have learned from and known you sir. Finally, I wish a healthy and happy long life from the bottom of my heart.
Diyasha Hapuarachchi, Electrical Engineer [UoM EE Graduate, 2011]
: "Wathsala Jayawickrama"
Date: Sat, March 14, 2020 5:12PM
We are much grateful for the immense service you are doing for our country sir!
Congratulations on the 50th milestone!!
Ruvini Wathsala Jayawickrama, [UoM EE Graduate 2011]
From: "Naleen Hemachandra"
Date: Wed, April 8, 2020 9:13AM
Gratitude from the members of the Sparkling Waves Band
Truly I have never seen such descriptive and complete notes as your modules for any subject I learned in the university. High Voltage Breakdown module is one of the most interesting modules of all, for me. Even though I studied Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, and what you taught were all electrical engineering modules, I could achieve A or A+ for all these modules. Thank you very much sir. 🙏🙏🙏🙏
On behalf of Sparkling Waves, I must say that it was a privilege for us to participate and play music to celebrate this very special moment of your life (Golden Jubilee of Teaching at the University of Moratuwa).
We the members of the Sparkling Waves Band have been students of Prof J R Lucas.
Dhanuka Madhushanka (UoM EE 2011) - Bass guitarist, Nadeesha Chandramali Perera (UoM EE 2018) - Vocalist, Nilan Hemachandra (UoM EnTc 2011) - Lead guitarist, Naleen Hemachandra (UoM EnTc 2011) - Vocalist, have studied several subjects, from the basic Electrical Engineering modules to the highly specialised High voltage Engineering modules. Nilan Hemachandra was also fortunate to have studied Lightning Protection and Earthing from him for his MSc/PG Diploma in 2016/17.
Thilina Weththasinghe (UoM EnTc 2011) - Vocalist, has studied Theory of Electricity, and Thanushan Dharshaka Abeywickrama (UoM ChemE 2014) - Keyboardist, has studied the basic module Electrical Engineering, while Asela Eranda (UoP EEE 2009) - Violinist and Vocalist, has referred the online available on Theory of Electricity, Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering for his studies.
Poorna Prathibha Witharana (UoM CE 2015) - Rhythm guitarist and Subodha Chandima (UoP ME 2007) - Tablaist and Percussionist ,have studied the basic Electrical Engineering from the notes of Prof. J. R. Lucas. Nilan Hettiarachchi (IET Katunayaka CE 2005) - Drummer
🙏🙏🙏 Pls accept the heartiest gratitude from us as a set of your students - Poorna Prathibha Witharana, Nilan Hemachandra, Nadeesha Chandramali, Nilan Hettiarachchi, Thilina Weththasinghe, Dee Madusanke, Naleen Hemachandra, Subodha Chandima, Asela Eranda and Thanushan Dharshaka Abeywickrama.
We wish our great teacher a long and healthy life.
Naleen Hemachandra, [UoM EnTc Graduate 2011] on behalf of “Sparkling Waves” Band
From: "Erandi Hemachandra"
Date: Mon, May 25, 2020 0214 AM
It was in the year 2006, that we entered the University of Moratuwa and got to know about the eminent Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. When I was selected to study in the Electrical Engineering Department, I was looking forward to learn “Theory of Electricity” from him. Unfortunately, he was on sabbatical and I missed this opportunity. Nevertheless. his notes on this subject was really helpful in understanding the subject as it was easily explained. On the other hand, my husband got the opportunity to learn “Theory of Electricity” from Professor Lucas in the Second Year.
I finally got the opportunity to learn from the famous Professor Lucas in the Fourth Year. We both learnt High Voltage Engineering from him, and he made this subject interesting and easily understandable. Today as Electrical Engineers of the Ceylon Electricity Board, me and my husband both apply the knowledge gained by these subjects into practice. We still keep a copy of his Theory of Electricity, Power Systems, Transient Analysis and High Voltage notes on our laptops, so we refer them whenever we want to refresh our knowledge.
Later on, we both got the opportunity to learn from Professor Lucas during our postgraduate studies at the University of Moratuwa. He gave many valuable insights during research presentations that helped us develop and expand our research and derive better findings.
He is a very kind and friendly sole, who always greets us with a smile. Even though how busy he is, he is never reluctant to help out students.
We are very lucky for having the opportunity to learn from this legend and wish him a long and healthy life!
Erandi Hemachandra, Electrical Engineer, CEB [UOM EE- Graduate 2011] and Nilan Hemachandra, Electrical Engineer, CEB [UOM EnTc- Graduate 2011]
rom: "Sasanka Herath"
Date: Tue, March 13, 2012 4:49 pm
Congratulations sir, Thank you very much for this. I just started to read it and didn't feel that this is too long until finishing, as it is very interesting.
The service of you for the society during this 42 years is excellent. A very few of the people in the country were fortune enough to get the service of you. I have a little proud to be one of them. Actually sir what I learnt from you during the project is vast. They may be both academic and non-academic. Some times after working with you I personally thought what good characteristics you have. May be I discussed with my friends. Nowadays that qualities I trained from you is very helpful to me for carry out works.
You have a big personality which influence others and make them at the correct path. During this 42 years this is surely may have caused to the university and its development up to now. Still now you are the earliest to come, isn't it ? I personally believe that you are a Pearl for our country. All of the students who were in our batch knew that you are doing the teaching to the best of you.
They say that they can hardly find a teacher like you. How you describe complex things with simpler examples is magnificent. In all the semesters we receive the results for your subjects most earlier. Happy to memorize that I had over A passes for all the subjects done by you.
The child hood of you seems to prove that you are a special person. I think that is why you got the most of the opportunities for education. It is awesome how you did the plantation. Can't believe that a child in a area like that do so. I think it is the specialty of you.
I was shocked with the inconvenience you faced down while come down from Sripada, Which you didn't tell us earlier. In future hikes I would like to accompany with you.
Though you can spend a superior life you live very peacefully. That was clearly observed during our project period. Sometimes you surprised us. We could work in a relaxed mind due to that. Feel very sorry to hear that you are leaving the university. That will be a huge loss to the department as well as University. We wish you could stay there for another 10 years for the betterment of the future undergraduates.
Sasanka Herath, Electrical Engineer, LTL [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
rom: "sujani madurapperuma"
Date: Mon, March 11, 2013 8:31 pm
Sweet memories bring smiles and that story emphasis your great courage and effort. But it is so sad about your retirement. Even you get retire I wish that you serve for the country as previous. Think you are happy and satisfied about the past.
It is my gratitude for your guidance and valuable knowledge given during both Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies. Happy to be your student for more than 4 years. Wish you good luck, happy and healthy long life !!!
Sujani Madurapperuma, Electrical Engineer, CEB [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
From: "Lahiru Himal"
Date: Thu, April 4, 2013 8:40 pm
First of all I should tell you that I am a very lucky person because I was able to learn from you, work with you, listen to you. You are the person who gave me the key to open doors of LTL Kingdom. You are not only a teacher to me, you are not only a mentor to me, you are not only a friend to me; You are a teacher, mentor and friend to me. I can remember that you listen to me and gave suitable opinions when I was in a bad mood.
I can remember the style which you taught us. When we asked a question, you get answer from us by another simple question asked by you. How wonderful. You are the only teacher I met in my life who can give answers by questions. I felt some kind of specialty of you. Now I realize you are very special from the birth . "Perhaps we got independence within 4 months of my birth because I would have refused to live in a country under occupation and given an ultimatum to my neighbour who would have done the needful on my behalf"
I do not feel that you are going to retire. I feel this is a beginning of another era. I am sure you will plan your future successfully.
As a Engineer, I am very proud to say that I AM A STUDENT OF PROF. LUCAS. This is why I say that I am lucky.
I am very happy to read your mail. Finally I wish you a healthy, wealthy and happy future.
Lahiru Himal, Electrical Engineer, LTL Projects, [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
rom: "Malaka Gunasekara"
Date: Wed, March 13, 2013 12:08 am
It's an honour to have been a student of yours.
I read your e mail while traveling from Nebbi to Kampala in Uganda where Mr. Chaminda and me from LTL Projects went to a meeting and site visits related to the project we are doing there.
I really enjoyed the read and I wish that our country will be blessed with great academics like you.
I wish you good health and happiness.
Malaka Gunasekara [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
From: "Pawithra Gamage "
Date: Wed, May 22, 2013 1:17 pm
really happy that I got a chance to express my gratitude to you, Prof. Lucas.
".....About 6 years ago my journey started at University of Moratuwa as a fresh undergraduate. After one year I selected Electrical Engineering as my field of specialization and today I feel really happy about that decision.
We were guided throughout this journey by a well experienced and caring group of teachers and I believe that Prof. Lucas is on top of that group.
I highly appreciate his effort and commitment in creating a young generation of capable Engineers and think that he can be proud of his work. He inspired and challenged us throughout this quest to help us to achieve our goals. I am happy where I am today as a young Engineer and I thank him for being a guiding light for my path.
I wish Prof. Lucas all the very best in his future endeavors and hope he will continue the process of enhancing the younger generation with his knowledge and experience....."
Pawithra Gamage , Electrical Engineer, JW1 International (Pvt) Ltd [UoM EE graduate 2012]
From: "Ruwinda Herath "
Date: Sat, April 27, 2013 7:17 pm
Sir when you asked me to send you a write up of my memories about you for your Autobiography I felt honored and privileged - just as I am to be one of your students. Since then I have been pondering the best way to convey my immense gratitude towards you and your tremendous service to the nation in an appropriate manner. Rather than compiling a conventional write up with numerous adjectives, I decided to focus on four memories that I cherish about you during the period I have known you.
During our third year at the University all of us were confused regarding the number of credits we have to take from other departments in order to fulfill the minimum credit requirement. Hence as a whole batch we got together after a lecture to discuss how we can advance regarding matter. As the batch representative I asked my batch mates to come up with their own solution. Every single person had the same thing in their minds - "Let's go and meet Lucas sir for advice". This shows the immense faith and trust the students have in you sir. It is hard coded in all our systems that you know what's best for us and that you will always guide us in the right direction.
EXMO 2010 exhibition was one of the most challenging scenarios we found ourselves in as a batch. All the other batches were having exams, so it was our responsibility to get most of the work finished for the exhibition. We spent most of our evenings stressed out worrying that we might not be able to finish up in time. During such an evening around 5pm when we were down and out (I was lying on the floor of the exhibition lab) you came in and discussed about the exhibits we were going to present and the problems we had. You visited every single laboratory, motivated us and offered to help us by educating the presenters on how best to explain their exhibits to visitors. On the day of commencement, you came early in the morning to the University and visited each laboratory and asked the presenters to explain their exhibits to you. Then you helped them to correct their mistakes and add more details. This shows your dedication towards the well-being of the students and the immense responsibility you feel for the University and it's students. All the students felt touched and grateful for the guidance you provided.
At a personal level, I feel indebted to you as well. After my graduation I needed to get some advice regarding an interview I was going to face. I had a few doubts which I wanted to get clarified. So I decided to come and meet you with the questions I had expecting a short time to be spent on the meeting. Instead, you met with me for 45mins, conducting a long mock interview teaching me how to present myself during the interview. This really meant a lot to me. You were always willing help out any of your students whenever they are in need. That is one of the most striking facets I have seen in your personality.
My fourth memory consists of the way you send greeting cards and photos to your students. In a way it's quite surprising how you manage to allocate time for them in your busy schedule. You spend so much of your time on them because deep down you are a very fun loving character.
I am afraid to think about the future of Department of Electrical Engineering University of Moratuwa without you. All I can say is that it will never be the same again.
Ruwinda Herath , Electrical Engineer, Ceylon Electricity Board, [UoM EE graduate 2012]
From: "Chirath Pathirawasam"
Date: Tue, September 9, 2014 4:07 pm
I still remember how Prof. Lucas was introduced by our seniors on the first day (Unofficial welcome done by immediate seniors) of our life in the Electrical Engineering Department. They introduced him as an iconic figure of the department. Prof. Lucas proved their claims for the next three years of my university life inside and outside the classroom.
His intention to deliver his message to the students is very admirable. He was fluent in describing any abstract concept, which are very abundant in Electrical Engineering, with a real world analogy. He took a large fraction of his time in lectures to explain more abstract topics as they are very important to the overall understanding of the subject, albeit it was not easy. Not only is Prof. Lucas's presence was enthusiastic in the classroom, but he is also found to be in the front in any department event. I can recall an event; 'We are with you- 2010', where he was present till the end without the presence of any other staff member.
I had the opportunity to associate him more closely after I joined the department as a staff member. Having a conversation with Prof. Lucas 'storms' the brain because, his arguments are always in the context of engineering. It opens another avenue in mind to think in. When he was preparing materials for a TV interview about lightening he went the extra mile by inquiring our experiences on lightening and analyzing the situation rationally to provide valuable information to the public.
I feel privileged to express my gratitude on a great personality like Prof. Lucas. I hope our department will not miss his service even after his retirement as it would be like a cricket team playing without its star player. I wish Prof. Lucas great success in his future endeavours!
Chirath D. Pathirawasam, [UoM EE graduate 2012, UoM EE Temporary Lecurer]
From: "Kasun Hettiarachchi"
Date: Mon, September 22, 2014 5:17 pm
t's a great, great pleasure to add few words regarding you. It's a privilege for me and thanx a lot for giving such an opportunity.
It was in 2007 at JG Hall. At that time, the level one co-ordinator was Mrs Premarathne, and on her first appearance, she has given some tutorials related to the first lecture. This tutorial was prepared by you and Mrs Premarathne didn't forget to mention about you at that lecture. She tagged Prof Lucas as one of the best lectures and she mentioned your capacity in electrical engineering. That's the very first time I heard about you and I was amazed even without seeing you.
Then in 2008 I got into the Electrical Engineering Department and from there onwards Prof Lucas is an often sight for each and every student. But in the first year in the Department of Electrical Eng, most of the students were scared to have a word or two with you including myself. Don't know the exact reason for that, and now I believe that's due to your high esteem personality where we thought we are not strong enough to reach you.
After few semesters we used to meet Prof Lucas frequently and then and there we figured out how soft he is. Every time he welcomed our suggestions and was very keen to listen even on a personal matter. I was lucky enough to work under Prof Lucas in my final year project and the given support and guidance is priceless. I'm sure we may not have been able to finish even one third of the project, if this great personality wasn't there with us throughout the project. My uni and college friends used to call me as Hapaya and I'm privileged that Prof Lucas also sometimes used to call me as Hapaya. One day during our project discussion suddenly Prof Lucas asked "Hapaya, why you are playing "Bad"minton. You should play "Good"minton rather than "Bad"minton?" So like this we worked under Prof Lucas and he never misses to crack some jokes.
Dear Sir, again and again I am thankful for the given courage, guidance and knowledge for thousands of Electrical Engineers including myself. We will miss "THE ICON" of Electrical Engineering Dept badly with your departure and wish you strength and good health to continue your immense service at least for few decades.
Kasun S Hettiarachchi (Hapaya), Electrical Engineer, Dialog [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
From: "Tharindu De Silva"
Date: Wed, January 14, 2015 1:00 pm
Thank You for Everything
It is always an honour and privilege to send a write up about such a legendary teacher like Prof. Lucas. I tried to start this a couple of times, but I couldn't come up with a good beginning to expresses my heartfelt feelings about this iconic character. So I thought of just starting it saying "Thank you for everything." Thank you for being an absolutely amazing teacher and making such a significant impact on generations of students to change their lives over last 40 plus years.
It was way back in 2007, where I heard your name for the first time when Mrs. Janaki Premarathne mentioned about you and thanked you during the lectures at JG Hall. She conducted the first ever subject offered for us from EE department and all the tutorials were prepared by you. But at that time, we never thought that name, "Prof. Rohan Lucas", printed on the tutorials, would do such a change in all of our lives. Instead, we got a feeling like "yet another traditional professor in the traditional field and traditional department building". We were not just wrong. We were absolutely wrong.
can still remember the very first day you came for our lectures at Room 215, Sumanadasa building with your legendary laptop. Once you projected it to the screen, I counted sixteen open windows (not less than 16) but you were quick enough to open up the relevant lecture slides. We came to a conclusion that "This man" is kind of a busy professor who is out of our reach. Again we were not just wrong. We were absolutely wrong.
During the time in EESoc, we were fortunate enough to work under the supervision of you. You were so concerned about the department's reputation and advised us to do every event with zero error. You always tried to come early, in every event, and search about every matter till you got the feeling that proceedings are satisfactorily organized. Once the funny time comes, you blend with students and participate in games and take photographs where you know the exact time to leave the rest of funny time to students without staff.
From "Theory of Electricity" to "High Voltage" along four years, you installed a series of concepts in us, which we are still enjoying in our career. Even if we ask a stupid question, you get the answers out of us while keep questioning about the question we asked. (I can remember one such question I asked: "Nothing will happen if I touch only one 33kV line on bare foot, isn't it sir?" You took it serious and told me that "YES, but only from your domain of knowledge". I was not letdown. Then you asked couple of questions about ground coupling and leakages to explain the answer to me).
When you asked me for a write up about my memories, I couldn't give it to you on time. So I was bit upset when I saw all the other articles in the department website from your students over the past 40 plus years where I couldn't pay my gratitude with at least a couple of words. I was more disappointed when I heard that you are going to publish an autobiography with those articles. (All the students were invited for the launching ceremony). I replied back to you saying that I will definitely participate in that prestigious event where I will get an opportunity to pay my gratitude. But, I was over the moon when I realized that there is some sense of true in the old saying "Good things always come late". I was asked to organize this ceremony by Dr. Narendra from LECO. It was one of the great events that I got opportunity to organize and probably the best ever with much pleasure and hard driven satisfaction.
With having much to say, I thought of concluding this short write up at a point where it started. Dear Sir, Thank you very much for everything. You are a book which we cannot finish reading until we die. Because, you can be seen from a multidimensional view point for us as students where, sometimes as a father, as very good friend and as a very close teacher. So we wish you all the very best in your future endeavours. The University will never ever forget the tall, smiley and tongue in cheek face at Sumanadasa second floor corridor.
Tharindu De Silva, Electrical Engineer, LECO [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
From: "Prathaj Haputhanthri "
Date: Wed, August 30, 2017 11:14 am
Some fond memories of Professor Lucas
I had heard a lot about Professor Lucas, the revered senior professor of electrical engineering during my first year at University. However, it was only during my second year that I got the opportunity of interacting with Rohan Sir, as he would lecture us on Theory of Electricity. It was only then, that I truly understood as to why he is such an adored professor. In addition to him being an extraordinary teacher, he was a friend, a mentor and an advisor to us students. He was a professor whom we students could always go and discuss matters. The relationship Rohan Sir had with his students was such, that we were assured of seeing him actively take part in all student organized/related events, be it the EESoc CSR project, the Annual Electrical Engineering Cricket Match, the EE Fresher's Night, the University Colours Night, the Carols Service and many more. And during my final year, I got the opportunity to closely work with Rohan Sir since he was our Project Supervisor. He always made sure that the issues we brought up were addressed and guided us through to the submission of a successful project.
In addition to the above, Rohan Sir would help me get my first Job at LTL (Pvt) Ltd, and continued to help me with my postgraduate studies abroad. Even during my Masters, Rohan Sir would check up on me, make sure I am on track.
I am truly honored and lucky to have had the opportunity to have learned from and known Rohan Sir, and would like to wish him all the every best as he turns 70 this October.
Prathaj Haputhanthri, Visiting Professional, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden Colorado, USA[UoM EE Graduate 2012]
rom: "Channa Silva "
Date: Sun, October 1, 2017 3:03 pm
The Wonderful Man Inside: Coolest Rohan Sir
First of all, I would like to wish you for your forthcoming 70th Birthday.
I am glad to take this opportunity to thank you for the many support you have given, and also for being an inspirational character to us.
Although I attended relatively few lectures during my academic life in the university, your lectures was one of the interesting academic times I had in my Uni life, though sometimes I didn't understand what you said, in your lecture as I was not regular in following lectures.
During the undergraduate final year project time, my Supervisor was on sabbatical leave and we had virtually no supervisor to guide us at that time. During that time during progress reviews, you along with other lecturers, gave us a very hard time.
Because of that hard time we realised our project weaknesses and your feedbacks put us on the correct track. That pressure, the stress I handled with my group and batch mates taught me a lot. It was like a game changing moment in my career.
- In September 2015, I met you, after I came back to Sri Lanka from Sydney after completing my masters degree. You offered to help me seek opportunities at two of the most reputed Electrical companies LECO and LTL. Although I did not proceed with either, your response made my career during that time stress free, because I felt that you were behind me (as you are always behind your students).
- In January 2016, I was gifted a handmade designer envelope by you to include my wedding gift. It was a really memorable gift that I will always have with me.
- Last, but not the least, I was very fortunate that I was able to help your daughter to fix a Solar Net metering system at your daughter's place under your observation.
Finally, I wish a healthy happy future, from the bottom of my heart.
Channa Silva, Head of Project Management, JLanka Technologies Pvt Ltd [UoM EE Graduate 2012]
From: "Apeksha Weerasekera"
Date: Sun April 28, 2013
2008 Sep - 2009 Jan
It was the first semester at University of Moratuwa for us we all were kind of nervous; Prof. Lucas was one of the lecturers who conducted EE101-Electrical Engineering at JG (James George Hall). After his lectures students talked about the way he drew waveforms, phasor diagrams and other diagrams in free space with hands.
At the end of the lecture series, There was a 'Kuppi' organized by the senior batch conducted by a Level 3 student who was on industrial training (whom we later came to know as DJ Shami). He told us about the reputation, Prof. Lucas holds in the industry. He said many people knew our Department with Prof. Lucas's name. He also advertised about a 'Complicated' yet an 'Interesting' subject called 'Theory of Electricity' taught by Prof. Lucas, which many of us were planning to do in Level 2.
2009 Sep - 2010 Jan
Prof. Lucas came to the lecture hall 215 with his 'Toshiba' Laptop with a few dozens of windows opened. We thought he must be a very busy person because working with so many documents. Then he showed us the 1st lecture slide set of Theory of Electricity, no notes distributed, and we were planning to write down all what was on the slide. The first day lesson was about Electrical Safety, he did the lecture looking only at student faces. He was changing the slides such a way that no one had time to write down all what was in the slide. Later we understood that unlike all other subjects, notes, past papers and even the answers to them were available online.
During the lecture he was asking questions and students were thinking very hard yet at the end always the answers were very simple, most of the time it was 'one', 'zero', 'infinity', 'yes' or 'no'. He has been checking to see whether the students have got the basic idea to mind.
2011 Feb - Aug
It was '08 batch's time to go out to industrial training. After finishing Level 3 exams on a Friday we were assigned to training places and we were to start next Monday onwards. The company which I was planning to go to asked to bring a CV on Monday. I was very eager to get into their industrial training program without delaying a even a day beyond my friends, but I could reach the academic staff only through email and only Prof. Lucas and Prof. Nalin could save day by replying.
During that time even some engineers, who look very old, ask about Prof. Lucas and said "He is looking the same as when we passed out".
2011 Dec - 2013 March
08' EE batch met Prof Lucas two times a week at the Final year room for two compulsory subjects 'Insulation Coordination', 'Fault Study' and once a week on the next semester for the optional subject 'High Voltage Breakdown and Testing'.
After all having done all the great work, he is the first one to smile with the students walking down the EE corridor in Sumanadasa Building. There was a day some crazy and lazy roommates, smiling at their own high heel sounds, were walking down the EE corridor even when we were late to 8.00am lecture of another subject. Prof Lucas suddenly appeared from the EE office and greeted us with a smile and asked us for the reason to laugh. Being two crazy ladies, I and Nadeesha couldn't explain the reason that time, just told him that we were late and ran towards the lecture room.
Prof Lucas remembered most of 08' batch. When he called them by the their names, at first the students got astonished, and started pondering for how long did professor know him or her personally, and worrying about the things they did during his lectures.
He was always a mentor to us, being very close with the students and also holding many positions in the university. Hence whenever we have a problem, which seemed to be rhetorical, we tend to reach him and discuss about the problem. Prof Lucas at all times had answers to complex problems in students' mind. He shows empathy towards them always, and had enough time to discuss with them personally and explain the real situation. As with many of the EE academic staff members, he also was willing to make more effort than is expected at our crisis rather than just counseling. He makes the calls, adjust his schedules for us, even corrected the writing.
When I asked for permission to include him as the referee in my CV, there was a replying email asking, with a friendly gesture, to meet him with the CV. After the meeting only I realize that I haven't prepared a proper CV at all.
2013 March - Present
During this hard time where there's nobody to guide us as before, it is feeling of real safety to have a close friendly mentor.
It is always a pleasure to share interesting facts with a mentor who is the founder of the 'Crazy Gang' which was formed from an innocent group students who went to take advice from him, award gangster sort of names such as 'hockey stick' and 'Curly hair', makes wanted posters using the photo is in the CVs which we submitted and send great New Year cards and poems.
It is indeed an honor for me to get to know this great personality so well.
Apeksha Weerasekara , hockey stick, Electrical Engineer, Dimo Ltd, [UoM EE Graduand 2013]
From: "Dilantha Liyanage"
Date: Tue, April 16, 2013 2:39 pm
How have our lives crossed?
t is a common site to see students knocking at a door adjoining the High Voltage lab in the second floor of the Sumanadasa building and then keeping their ears very close to it to hear the most exciting "Yes, Come in" I've heard during my undergraduate life.The unhappy faces, if he was not in the seat showed how important the discussions would have been to them. He had reached the highest limits of knowledge and education yet he was a simple man. His desk was cluttered yet his life was well organized. He had friends of the highest ranks yet he spent time trying to make friends with all of us. "How have our lives crossed?" is a small write up to show my gratitude to my teacher, mentor and friend.
If I am not mistaken it was at an introductory lecture to Electricity in level onethat I met him. After the lecture he insisted that we should ask questions and we felt he was not going to leave the James George unless. It was one of our maiden lectures and none of us were brave enough to stand. After a long silence a question reaches him in a folded piece of paper. It read if P proportional V2, how come power loss is minimized when transmission voltages are increased? He smiled and wanted to know who asked it. Obviously no one owned it up. Just from the way he answered I felt he was a lecturer who had a real passion in what he taught, and made us feel very comfortable to ask more questions. On another day at his Theory of Electricity lecture at hall 215 his presentation begins with a picture on how to be seated in the hall. That was his unique and interactive way of telling us to come and sit in the front.
Since then I have met him on various occasions and I still believe that it was Gods major plan to make us friends and none of the relating events happened by chance. During our year, the order of selecting a project was decided by a numbering system. Who would've thought that we'll be the 1st out of 17 groups to select a project? It was the obvious choice of many to choose a project that he supervised, and so did we. In that same year I was appointed Secretary of Electrical Engineering Society which paved the way to meet him often and get to know him better. As a patron of EESoc his advice to us were priceless.
He used a pocket diary in which he wrote down all his appointments so when we ask for an appointment he used to refer this diary. I remember him telling me that his diary doesn't have a book mark and how all diaries should have a book mark to make reference easier. One fine morning he comes and hands me over a diary saying "it's a present from me". I liked it very much but to this day I do not know what that present was for.
It was quite difficult for me to understand him in the beginning. Is it only me? or is it because he was quite different from the men of his caliber. It was through a couple of emails I really got to know him. At times I used to wonder whether it was actually him or some other person who writes on his behalf. The writer sounded very young more like one of my batch mates and had the ability to make a joke out of anything I wrote. May be because of the respect I had for him it took me hours to reply as I thought I had to be very careful of how I replied. Now we are two good friends.
I may not know everything about him but I do know certain interesting characteristics of him. He loves to eat sweets. So much love he has for sweets, he chooses only the corner pieces of a cake which has the most icing. He enjoys trying out new technology. He comes back from an assignment in China with so many devices and I still remember how enthusiastic he was in showing me his new Tab and iPhone. I am still wondering how he managed to do so much of work in such a small time. Even if his paper was the last in the semester, he was always the first to put the marks on the notice board. To this day I do not know how he marks super fast. Everyone would definitely remember him for the strict supervision he had at exams. His rule was "Stop writing, when I say Stop writing". He has put zeros to some after getting caught but he never reduced their marks when marking the paper. He was kind like that. Maybe that was his unique way of teaching us to be fair and square.
There is one particular thing that I cannot thank him enough for. I was one of the three whom he recommended for LTL. True it was my dream, job but never would have been possible without him. I was called for an interview even before the final two exam papers, and now I am working for LTL. What he did unknowingly was to make me believe in myself. I still remember how I had to sit in front of him for hours while he took me through my entire CV. He was so concerned about the issues of his students and he truly helped them out. Maybe that is why he was so different from the others and took me time to understand.
You would've probably guessed this character already. Yes, you are right. It's no other but Prof. Joseph Rohan Lucas. Many called him either as Rohan Sir or Lucas Sir. He's not a very difficult person to guess because of his unique personality. Well, those were some of the memories I had with him. So here is what I have got to say,
I am a very lucky person. My dreams of being an engineer came true when I got selected to university of Moratuwa. I selected Electrical Engineering, maybe because I got influenced by teachers like you. Then I got selected to be an electrical engineer at LTL, thanks to you. I am very lucky that I met you. Like they say the rich got richer, the lucky got luckier.
Before I end my thoughts there is another person who wanted to say Thank you to you . I like to thank my batch mates (whose identities are now relieved) who secretly gave you the information about Roshaya. I am glad that you were able to give us valuable advice, wish for our birthdays with e-cards and share your experiences with us. I will treasure them forever.
In life we meet different types of people from different walks of life. And I was fortunate enough to get to know Professor Lucas.He is one humble human being who cares for his students and would go an extra mile to get to know them personally.He always takes extra care and would go out of his way to make his students feel they could turn to him whenever they needed him. Now days when people are so involved with money and materialistic world it is nice to find a Human being who is so involved with people.
And Professor Lucas is one of them. - Roshaya
God uses us in unique ways. In a university where the majority is Buddhist, a person of your caliber setting the example of a Christian has without any doubt spread Gods word among many. Sir, you were a great example of Christian values.
I have a feeling that love is moving away from the society, not only the love for your husband or wife but also the love for your parents. The main reason is competition among us we forget the affection and care for the people who are close to us. We limit our love to be only a duty for the name sake of love. In a society where love is at such a stake you stepping up to be an example is truly admirable.
And finally to end my thoughts,if someone comes to me and asks me who my role model is,I would not hesitate to say it is Prof. J.R. Lucas. Thank you for everything you've done for us, the department and university of Moratuwa. I will always keep in touch with you and wish you all the best for your next chapter in life.
In short I would like to say you are the greatest. A professor who is friendly and funny... how cool is that?
Dilantha Liyanage Electrical Engineer, LTL Projects, [UoM EE Graduand, 2013]
From: "Mihiri Madawala"
Date: Sun, March 17, 2013 9:28 am
rst of all I would like to express my heartiest gratitude for the service you have done to the university and in particular, us. You made Electrical Engineering really interesting to us. I can assure you that you and Prof. N. Wickramarachchi were the reason for me choosing the field of electrical engineering, as you have taught us well in Level 1.
You are not only remarkable teacher but also a good guider. It is only recently that I have got to know you personally, but now whenever I have doubt in anything the first thing that comes to mind is 'I should ask Prof. Lucas. He knows what's best'.
I am personally thankful to you for your recommendation for LTL even though I didn't have the chance to join them. I totally agree with Dr. Narendra of correcting the statement to 'change of working patterns after incomparable service', because we will always consult you for any difficulty in subject matter or otherwise.
We are very much privileged and lucky to be your students, sir. I wish you a very happy future.
Mihiri Madawala, [UoM EE graduating batch 2013]
From: "Nadeesha Akarawita"
Date: Fri, May 10, 2013 10:57 am
Please accept my heartiest congratulations for completing 43 years of successful teaching. And it is sad that our future batches will not get a chance to learn from you (because of your retirement in the end of this year.)
Sir, I came to know you from the mentoring sessions at Level one. You were our mentor. There were ten students in our group. At the very beginning of your mentoring session you asked for a briefing about us. When the chance came to me, I told that my ambition was to become a programmer. But you were not satisfied with the statement. You asked me why did I choose to be a programmer. My answer was that I liked programming. Then you kindly explained that becoming a programmer was not a goal or an ambition. It was the first lesson I learnt from you. If I say it in simple words, that day you taught me to think big and have clear targets. Before that day, I had not thought what my career path should be. But your advice made me to think different. Throughout the mentoring sessions you taught us many things to make our professional lives better.
Sir, you are a great mentor. Some of my groups in our batch were able to meet their mentor only on the first day. But you made sure to allocate whole two hours from your busy schedule, for our mentoring session every week for three months. You did not miss a single session. You considered mentoring as much important as any other academic activity. I think it is because of your passion towards making the others' lives better.
From my personal experience, I know that you helped many students in various problems. I remember one such incident about a boy who was in our mentoring group. He got selected to the University from a very rural area in Hambanthota. His English knowledge was very poor. The mentoring sessions were held in English. On the first day, when it was his chance to talk about himself, he did not talk. Everyone was silent and looking at him, waiting for him to start. We could see he was terrified, like he was caught by a monster. After asking him two or three times in English, you kindly asked him in Sinhala, what the problem was. Then the silent boy answered in Sinhala and said he doesn't know to talk in English. Your response was quite encouraging for him. You told him that many bright students got selected from rural areas to the University but some of them drop out because of the lack of English knowledge and he should not be like that. You encouraged him to study more and practice English. At the end of the mentoring programme, he was able to manage English to express his ideas. He did not drop out from University because of you, Sir.
I am one of the few lucky people to have the opportunity to learn from their parents' teachers. I am happy to say that my father and I were both lucky to be students of a great teacher like you. You did not just teach, you showed the beauty of Electrical Engineering. You aroused our interest about the subject. In any problem or any subject (not essentially electrical related) you see a whole different aspect than us. When we were doing presentations for final year projects, our group always tried to guess what your questions would be and we create answers for those guesses. But you always surprised us. Actually your questions were a blessing for us. When you told one of our group members that you were interested about our project, we were so happy and excited. We knew that if you are interested, that means we have done something worthy. Your advice and direction was a great help to make our final year project a success.
Most of the time when I come across people from the Industry, and when I say I'm from the University of Moratuwa, their next question is "Is Prof. Lucas still working?" That is because you are so close with students. You enjoy the company of students. You always think about students and you always try to help them. When people get into trouble they ask God to help, because they trust God. Sometimes you are like a God to students because they trust you. When a student faces a problem (academic or non academic), I myself have heard a lot of times that his/her friend says "You should ask from Lucas sir. He will give a solution".
Your retirement will be not only a loss of a great teacher to UoM, but future students will lose their guardian and a great friend of their university life. We are lucky to become students of a great lecturer like you.
Sir, I thank you very much for your great service and especially for the knowledge and help you offer us through our University life. I wish you a happy and peaceful retirement life!!!
Nadeesha Akarawita, [UoM EE graduating batch 2013]
From: "Thilina Rajapaksha"
Date: Sat, April 6, 2013 10:27 pm
I met Sir in 2008 during the first semester in my university life, the module being the well-known Electrical Engineering. Somehow with a great deal of pain going through to memorize all the equations, I thought I was done with that person for the rest of my life, after the first year exams.
This belief was there till the day I was selected to the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. During the first few weeks we were given to organize the event "We Are With You" which is a annual CSR project done by EESoc. We being Level 2 had to perform a Drama during the event. Unfortunately in that particular Drama my role was to behave as a lunatic and most dangerous thing was that I had to laugh at somebody from the department during the play. On the day of the event, I laughed at Prof. Lucas, which I thought that I had to repeat exams that were yet to come. To my surprise, the next day when I was climbing the staircase of Sumanadasa building, I met him, and he instead of blaming me, appreciated my role and asked "Did you have previous experience in performing?" Being confused with that question, I answered "no". That was my first personal chat I had with Prof. Lucas.
The chat we had made me more open to Sir and always look for advice when I am in doubt. He helped me a lot organizing the IET YP events in and outside the university. I still have no clue about one thing, that is, whether it's the respect, interestingness or curiosity that lured us to his lecturers all the time.
He was the only lecturer, teacher I met who put the results just few days after the exam, being his papers the hardest to correct. So we among students had various explanations such as he uses a secret way of correcting exam papers. Being inside the friendliest department of the university, I can put him in the front for being approachable, and always ready to listen to the students. His door was always open to students, except as he once mentioned me that after fixing the air conditioner it was always closed.
One sorrow I have is that I couldn't associate him any closer, because it was during the last few months of my life I got to know the person thoroughly Prof. Lucas.
One thing to grumble about him was that he never remembers my name and he used to come to the Computer Lab and asked from the people there for the curly hair guy. I wish Prof. Lucas a wonderful life ahead, and hope he will guide me and many thousands of his other students during their careers.
Other than that he was one of the influential persons in my life that I will respect all the time. God bless him with his future endeavors.
Thilina Rajapaksha [UoM EE graduating batch 2013]
From: "Kaumadee Samarakoon"
Date: Tue, April 23, 2013 10:53 am
To a teacher like a second father
ne of the luckiest things in my life as an undergraduate is being taught by you. Sir, you are such a good and kind teacher. I got the opportunity of learning from the most experienced lecturer in our department from my first year to final year.
It was really interesting to learn high voltage from you. When you teach, the piece of chalk and the duster acts very different roles at our lessons. Once duster becomes a capacitor, then a transformer. You can explain very complex theories using just a half sheet. Your favourite example about the heaviest person of the world and the strength of a chair in our final year room made us understand the concept of optimization of insulation very effectively.
When we select final year projects everybody recommended to takeover projects supervised by Prof. Lucas. Our group was lucky enough to get the project, the automated battery test bench supervised by Prof. Wickramarachchi and you.
Whenever we visit you, you had time to advise us on our project, The Automated Battery Test Bench. Also I can't forget how much trouble you took to correct our project research paper when university is closed. You read word by word and correct our engineering mistakes as well as grammar mistakes also. We couldn't present any presentation prepared by us without severely edited by you. And we always remembered to add your favourite dark blue theme for presentations. We never got stuck at presentations because you were behind us.
When I go to industrial training viva, the advice I got from one of my colleagues is "look at Prof. Lucas's eyes and answer the questions. If they become big your answer is wrong." I answered looking at you even for the questions raised by others and got an 'A' pass.
You never forget " We Are With You " programme. I can remember the joy on your face when you watch how children are playing. You never forget to bring your camera at each function. You can still become a child in mind even after decades of years. I admire that quality.
At last days I realized the artistic side of a professor of electrical engineering. The creative cards, cartoons, result sheets were wonderful. You gave life to the mere black and white result sheet with smilies. I was surprised to see the cartoons and graphics designed by you. I got a chance to see your collection of photos and poems also.
You are a personality who respects rules strictly. I can still remember the way you cut off a part of my answer sheet when I wrote after you said "STOP". We learnt to respect rules from you sir.
You always wear a smile and always eager to help us at any issue.
The light you gave to our department is incomparable. Your experience, knowledge, dedication and presence will be sorely missed. It cannot be easily replaced. But the time has arrived to say good bye to such a great lecturer.
May god grant all the happiness to you and may goodwill be on your side for the years to come. You can put new tires on an old car. That's what you are doing now, 'retiring.' So I wish you a healthy and satisfied retired life.
Enjoy writing this next chapter of your life!
Kaumadee Samarakoon, [UoM EE graduand 2013]
From: "Chathuraka Kaushalya Samarasekara "
Date: Sat, April 27, 2013 7:30 am
irst I wish to express my heartiest gratitude to you for making us valuable people to the country. It is you who taught us the basics of electricity in the module "Theory of Electricity" and also went on to teach advanced aspects in the modules on "High Voltage Engineering". It is thus obvious that it is you "Prof. Rohan Lucas" who made us Electrical Engineers.
Even though you seem like a tough person, you are the friendliest professor that I have ever met. You have been very helpful to us during the 3 years we spent in the electrical engineering department. You gave us your fullest support when we needed it from you, even if it was not related to the academic matters.
Thank you so much for being with us and helping us. Wish you all the best for the next chapter in your life.
"The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful. "
He is one humble human being who cares for his students and would go an extra mile to get to know them personally. He always takes extra care and would go out of his way to make his students feel they could turn to him whenever they needed him.
Chathuraka Samarasekara , Wild life photographer, [EE UoM graduand 2013]
From: "Sachintha Kariyawasam "
Date: Wed, May 1, 2013 11:19 am
My Reminiscences of Professor J.R. Lucas
eldom have you seen a person epitomizing an establishment as Professor Lucas has epitomized the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. I had heard about Professor Lucas before I entered University of Moratuwa and once I did, it wasn't long before me realizing that, for once, the rumors were correct. He taught me from the very first week of my university carrier to the very last.
He teaches with the utmost assurance. I, as many others before me had over the years, have had the supreme confidence in Professor Lucas's unparalleled knowledge of the subject matter. He possesses the great gift of conjuring up analogies whenever he wants to explain things. Questions are never in short supply when Professor Lucas is around and one should do well to answer them, a lesson we learnt the hard way, during our final year at the university.
Electrical Engineering was not the only thing we learnt from Professor Lucas. He cared for and participated in every single event organized by the department. His wisdom guided us through many difficult circumstances. I can recall him personally representing the issues of the students, more than once, during my stay at the university. He has been the ultimate guardian of the Department of Electrical Engineering for the better part of his carrier.
One doesn't find him being late or coming under prepared to a lecture he conducts or, for that matter, any other event he attends. I would struggle to see an individual more punctual or well-organized than him, during the rest of my days. I have not seen Professor Lucas take more than a week and a little to release exam results, nor have I seen a student with a glum face walking away from the notice board having seen them. He is the embodiment of proper conduct; his benevolence and fortitude are common knowledge around the university.
Professor Lucas stands head and shoulders above many, as one of the founders of University of Moratuwa and one of the leading academics the country has ever produced. All of us who were lucky enough to have the privilege of learning from Professor Lucas can rejoice in the knowledge that we had been brought up as Electrical Engineers in the presence of true greatness.
Dear Sir, the history is beckoning; I have little doubt that you would go down in university folklore for all eternity as a legend, a prodigy, a grand servant of Sri Lanka and above all, a great human being. Please do accept my sincerest gratitude.
Sachintha Kariyawasam , [UoM EE graduand 2013]
From: "Sajani Thotagamuwa "
Date: Wed, May 8, 2013 12:38 am
From the first year to the final year of my university life I was able to learn from you and I think it is a great opportunity that I ever got as an undergraduate. I was lucky enough to be the one of the final year final batch who got the opportunity to learn High Voltage Engineering from you sir. Starting with 'Theory of Electricity 'to 'High Voltage Breakdowns & Testing' I was taught by you and the knowledge I gained from you is incomparable.
You were a really good lecturer with good qualities that I appreciate very much. In the lecture room, you were a well experienced lecturer. You did teaching with all your effort for the benefit of students, even not regarding your health. I can remember that there was a period; you conducted lectures while continuing treatment. You always were punctual and well prepared for the lecture. I tried to be in the class in time if it was conducted by you sir. Because we all knew you were there at least ten minutes before the staring of the lecture. Even though High Voltage Engineering subjects were really hard to understand, you tried hard to teach as easy as possible by taking examples.
Not only in academic activities, but also in other programs organized by our department, you played a great role and never missed to take part in those. I can remember that you took part in avurudu games in the Electrical New Year festival and enjoyed with us. Annual charity program 'We are with You' was an event you never missed to participate, and you were with us until the last moment to share the happiness with those children. Your enthusiasm on sports was well displayed In the Electrical cricket festival where we all had unforgettable memories of battle of cricket. I think those events all built up a great bond between you and the 08 electrical batch.
Our final year project group was very lucky to select a project supervised by you, as your support always took us towards success. Your advice before each presentation inspired us to face it confidently. You defend us when we face to problems. I never forget your dedication of your valuable time in correcting our final year project research paper within one day. One thing I understood about your character is your commitment to do anything in the best way. You were a great person with humanity who always helped the students.
As a fellow member of IET Sri Lanka network, you always were behind us in all IET events organized by the IET Young Professionals Chapter - University of Moratuwa. Your speeches, loaded with your experiences, always encouraged active participation of our chapter members. I like to remind the grand occasion of www.ietypuom.org web site launching event which was enlightened by you sir. Your guidance always carried our chapter towards such achievements.
The enlightenment given by you as a senior professor to the department of Electrical Engineering is exceptional. Your incomparable knowledge in electrical engineering, your experiences, and your guidance gave strength to the department and your retirement is a great loss to the department. Finally I like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to you and wish you a healthy, happy retired life.
T. Sajani , [UoM EE Graduand 2013]
From: "Sasanka Ranjitha "
Date: Fri, April 26, 2013 10:04 pm
irst of all I should say that it's a great honour for me that the legend of the field of high voltage engineering in Sri Lanka has stated "I would be pleased if you could send me your beautiful poem."
When I saw that topic the 1st time, my vision got blurred and I re-read it to verify that whether I have read it correctly. Please accept my humble thanks for such a privileged statement.
Whoever told you "You are strict sometimes and very friendly, the rest of the time" has deceived you, saying that. Can I clarify what is "Rest of the time"? In my lifetime I have never seen a so called strict face of your's, neither at lectures nor at any other event. What I have only seen is either face with a childish smile or a face with a question mark (at Final Year Presentations).
So how come "Rest of time"? I'll give you a recent example. In our final semester I had only A- s, A s and A+ s except for the subject "Renewable Energy and Environment". Because of your generosity Wijayapala sir has moderated all the results,in such a way that I have received A-. So in this semester I am in Dean's list, only with the A results for all my subjects, Thanks to you! So it helped me to conclude a 1st class "2nd UPPER".
So who says you are strict and not friendly?
Coming to the subject of the Poem: After the successful project demonstration,our group members took a photo with you after the tea party.
When I received the photo I thought, with this I should practice one of my old hobbies after a long time and put it on facebook. And the results was unexpected and unbelievable. Most friends of mine and students of yours, even from the industry have commented there; and even sent me personal messages saying that the poem was great... since it was rhyming well and included all the GENUINE projections of your's, from the view of a student. (If you invite me to write a poem about you, the outcome would be so different since I'm writing nothing else but only the few lines of praising you. But this is so genuine I must say because I never meant for you to see.)
Here is the original poem ...
අධිසැර විදුලි බලයට සුපතල නිපුණු...
සැමවිට අසන පැණයකි පිළිතුරු නොවුනු...
පිළිතුර නැතත් සැදු ක්රමයට දුන් ලකුණු...
මහැදුරු ඔබයි "ලුකස්" ලොව නම රැඳුනු...
You know sir, it's a very difficult to translate a sinhala poem to English, since the nature of using the words and pattern of idioms are very different from Sinhala to English. The same sinhala poem can have many meanings as the different readers grab the meaning in different ways.
But in literature it doesn't matter since it adds colour for entertaining purposes.
Only the narrator can give the exact meaning about what he intended when he was writing the initial poem. Here is the meaning which I have intended. I don't know whether it is the same meaning that you have grabbed.
It doesn't matter since it depends on the reader...
Line 1: He is a veteran legend in the field of High voltage.
Line 2: He always has a question about anything, for which the answer is very difficult to explain or the answer cannot be given at all.
Line 3: He gives full marks for the answer script which has clearly stated the assumptions and the steps of the method, even when the final answer is not there.
Line 4: You are the senior professor whose name is "Lucas" and whose glory and fame have travelled every nook and corner of the world.
So sir, this is the poem and my meaning. I don't know why, but after typing this I have a guilty feeling for being honest. Sorry sir, my experiences in the final year presentations led me to write the second line and the third line was written because otherwise I wouldn't get A s for your subjects.
Extremely sorry sir, my genuine feelings for you cannot be expressed in 2 or 3 lines as you mentioned when you asked me for my poem. No lies, no exaggerations..I have written what I saw through your character since the very 1st day that I saw you.
As far as I know, I'm the only student in the entire 08 engineering faculty batch, who is a friend of your beloved daughter in facebook. I don't know how it happened but when I sent a friend request through facebook several years back, Roshanthi Akka had accepted my request, even we have never seen each other. From her face book profile, I could see some of your family photos even. The photos of trip to Maskeliya in 2012 were really beautiful.
It's a great honour to me to support you even in this way.. Thank you very much sir!
Sasanka Ranjitha, [UoM EE 2013 graduand]
From: "Rangana Punchihewa "
Date: Thu, May 9, 2013 9:07 pm
For you Dear Prof. Rohan Lucas
Four years and nine months, since the day I stepped to my university life
Met some great people and admired them, but you have been always my top admirer
You were always with us, no matter what the situation was
Guided us through the right path, Million poems are not worth enough to pay you back
Teacher and advisor in academic matters, Counsellor and friend in other matters
Imparter of experience and knowledge, which never has an end, ever
"Prof. JR LUCAS"
A name which is carved into many hearts,
A name which won't be forgotten,
A name which will always be respected,
A name which always be legendary.
Rangana Punchihewa, [UoM EE Graduand 2013]
From: ""Michelle Athukorala"
Date: Sun, May 26, 2013 12:06 pm
This is Adieu and not Goodbye
It is with deep sense of gratitude and love that we, the members of the Catholic Students' Society of University of Moratuwa, recall and go back alongside the memory lane to remember and pay homage to our stalwart lecturer, Prof. Rohan Lucas, the ardent lecturer of Electrical Engineering.
Our close comradeship with this citadel of knowledge made us radically feel that this lecturer whose knowledge in his particular field is also an oasis of wisdom, was not just a lecturer, but also was a man of great filial love whose paternal assistance added colour and meaning to the students of our society. His love for Jesus, aptly legitimated by humble practice of faith, became his true hallmark. It is with saddened hearts, yet with overflowing joy that we say 'good-bye, dear sir' as he reaches his graceful retirement period.
Professor Lucas as a lecturer
More often than not, we hear our colleagues prompting to each other with words of appreciation of the incredible presentations and soul-stirring explanations he imparts to the students entrusted to his care. He was truly a man of distinction when it came to teaching. The merit that he earned as a professor would never be diluted by any future happening, for he was truly of rare calibre. Literally, all his students will endorse and vouch that he was among the best, because he worked with such a great sense of vocation.
Professor Lucas as a Humanitarian
Cheerful as he is, we have never seen him weary and worn out. The explicit character of feeling one with everyone, even with subordinates, is rare and often seldom among the people in our society. He will go down to the shoes of anyone to show his paternal love and never probably regretted the standards being mitigated by such action. The ability to reach out to him to attract his concern was never too little for youngsters who left awhile the family, friends and colleagues.
Professor as a catholic
The diehard quality of being catholic to the maximum capacity, was innumerably exemplary for the youngsters like us to shape our lives after the image and example of Jesus. Not only was he, his whole life was Christian. The quality of never missing Holy Mass and being faithful to the faith he professes was incredibly in high standards. One can appear to be holy, while others can externally show up in practical happenings, but his whole being was an ardent follower of Jesus.
Professor as an Integral Part of Catholic Students' Society
He had so many activities lined up, but he never mixed up his priorities when it came to his contribution to our society. The inherent quality of being a profound stakeholder of our society was never too little for us as his availing himself to be with us in every important moment was like the presence of a mighty giant. It is still fresh in my mind, the way he expressed joy over our society being named after St. Joseph. "That is my patron saint too; mine and my wife's..." were the immediate deliberate words that came. He was an integral part of our life as catholic students. He became so open to us to an extent that we always reached out to him for every required advice and guidance.
God makes saints while people are still living. You are one such person. As you enter into your graceful retirement period, you are also entering into a world of prayer, reflection, meditation and recollection. All our hearts will be extended to you in love, tenderness and amity. We will be with you in spirit always.
May you enjoy a stupendous evening of life with your family and friends. God Bless you!!!
Michelle Athukorala, MAS Intimates - Ratmalana, Secretary Catholic Student's Society 2012 [UoM Textile Graduand 2013]
From: "Madhavi Nakandala"
Date: Tue, September 9, 2014 3:09 pm
The Teacher Prof. Rohan Lucas
Prof. Rohan is far more a teacher than a lecturer to everyone, because it is not only at the academic level; he is there for anyone who wants guidance. From the first day of your lecture for level one, you have been my lecturer in every year. Sir your knowledge is like one of a kind and I'm honoured be your student in my degree as well as in the postgraduate level.
I don't know why, but starting from level one, we (three of us M, N & C. ;-)) were quite afraid of you. If you are coming on the left corridor of the Sumanadasa Building, we'll definitely be using the right one.
Even though things were like that, we all knew that you are a person who thinks about the students. When it comes to exams your paper was kind of like the least stressed-out paper, because what everyone said was "Lucas sir kawadawat lamayeka kapanne ne. :-)" and by my experience I think it's definitely true. You have this enormous knowledge, but when you are grading papers I think you try to squeeze into our little shoes. :-)
I regret not knowing you closely during my 4 years of studies. You are a such a wonderful person to be with, a person with a never ending smile and ability to make a joke on anything , even regarding academic matters. Only after graduating I saw you for who you are; a humble person with a huge knowledge who likes to make "mada" pictures of his students and laugh with them. Every time I get a new mail from you, even before opening it, there is a smile in my face because I know there will be a joke definitely.
I might forget what you taught, but I can assure that I'll never forget you, or the practical Breakdown of Air Gaps. ;-)
So this is the end of my memory of you for your memory wall.
Wish you a happy healthy long life. Wish to see your smiling face and hear your teasing sound at Sumanadasa every day.
Madhavi Nakandala [UoM EE Graduate 2013, UoM PG Student]
rom: "Prabuddhi Edirisinghe"
Date: Tue, October 1, 2013 9:25 pm
First of all congratulations for your achievement of both Engineering Excellence Award and Teaching Excellence Award both of which are well deserved by you with no doubt at all!!
It is again really happy to hear that your day of retirement is also extended by six months, which is definitely good news for our undergraduates.
In your stumbling block [original cartoon created on the path to graduation], I am wondering why you have represented the modules you taught by different types of thugs and finally the academic staff is by a gorgeous lady. Are they carrying any particular reason?? :D
Hope you are doing well sir.
Prabuddhi Edirisinghe , [UoM EE Graduate 2013, Engineer Hayleys]
rom: "Uditha Lenaduwa"
Date: Wed, September 25, 2013 8:13 pm
You are the best teacher, I ever met. Congratulations sir, for Teaching Excellence Award and the Engineering Excellence Awards.
Uditha Lenaduwa, [UoM EE Graduate 2013, Electrical Engineer, Synex International (Pvt) Ltd]
From: "Kasun Peiris"
Date: Sat, October 14, 2017 11:38PM
A truly humble human being apart from an academic giant…
Every time when I hear the name Prof. Rohan Lucas, it always brings happiness knowing that he has been crowned as the friendliest professor in the University of Moratuwa. I never believed that an academic giant like you could ever become a close friend of mine who cares about his students well.
Sir, thank you very much for sharing your incomparable knowledge, technical proficiency and mostly your humbleness with us in order to create a complete student. The learning experience of being taught by an inspirational teacher like you is unmatchable.
I am really proud to say that I'm a student of Emeritus Professor Rohan Lucas, who is a truly humble human being apart from an academic giant.
Wish you all the very best for your future endeavors..
Kasun Peiris, Electrical Engineer, CEB[UoM EE Graduate 2013]
From: "Heshani Fernando"
Date: Tue, June 3, 2014 4:53 pm
When jogging my memory, the first thing coming to my mind about Prof. Lucas is that he is the person who offered me the first A+ in my academic life, which was for Theory of Electricity. Subsequently, I have always got A+s for all his modules.
Until the final year I didn't know that he is not a typical professor but a very fun filled character. I still remember the first day that our FYP group went to meet him for introducing ourselves. We were little bit afraid of talking to him. But after a few days he became a part of our group.
I was delighted that he became our supervisor for the Final Year Project (FYP). It was a pleasure to work with him even under stress, because he was always there to bring us a smile. But of course some times I felt like, "why sir is always asking our report parts every day????? I can't even get a rest." But I knew finally our report and project will be successes if we work hard a bit. We knew he awoke more than us for correcting our report. That's why we are always saying that he is the best supervisor that one can have once in a life time. I'm pleasantly surprised about the coincidence that my Last A+ too came for the FYP module supervised by him.
The most memorable things of him are his nice funny mails that he composes for us and his remarkable photo editing. He is always keen in finding new friends and making new names for them, such as Queen of Orangeheap, Smiling Terrorist, Orange avoiding Robothead etc.
As a member of his last FYP group, I'm proud to say that I was a student of Prof.Lucas and we were perhaps the last luckiest group to have him as our supervisor.
Dear Prof.Lucas Sir, may you always have enough strength and health to serve more to the Engineering field!!!
Heshani Fernando, Engineer, Inova IT Systems, [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2014 (2009 Intake)]
From: "Chathuranga Fernando"
Date: Wed, June 26, 2013 8:25 pm
What we think about Lucas Sir
It's hard for anyone to either assume or absolutely say what kind of thoughts crawl inside an undergraduate's mind, until the day a mind reading device is being invented. Ironically, this implies that the undergraduates mind is filled with thoughts which are not meant to be exposed as most of them would be negative attributes towards the process of learning. Thankfully for us, this wrong perception was changed by a teacher/father/friend, whom we met during in our second semester.
Lucas sir was a very well reputed person, of whom we had heard before we had entered the department. Our first glimpse of the individual was at the welcoming ceremony. Fair, tall and seeming to exist in the department for a long time, made us feel bit scared. All of these perceptions were changed when we started learning "Theory of Electricity" during the course of our second semester. His teaching skills are excellent. It was easy for us to understand most of the theories by listening and observing the slides and what was written on the board. He was humble to stop and clarify any question raised by students and made sure that the student clearly understood by explaining it until he did so. Tests were quite different from most lecturers. His testing style was having a test each week and taking only the 4 or 5 highest from all. This gave us a large benefit as though we missed a class, we were ensured we can cover the missed assignment. Another opportunity the students were given was of meeting sir anytime and clarifying any doubts. Though he was lenient towards the process of learning, he was very strict during the exam. His Policy of start on time, end on time and no copying was kept always. But, unlike most, he was full of heart towards the student during the marking process and gave the maximum possible marks.
Our journey didn't end in the second semester. We again met him in our fourth semester for Power Systems II and in the fifth semester for High Voltage I. Today he has become our supervisor for the final year project as well, which we consider as a blessing. The approach towards us regarding the project can be defined by the word "Empowering". Each aspect of the project is initially brought up from deep within ourselves and then would be amended and guided appropriately. This had created a better understanding about the project and has led in achieving tasks quite easily.
It has been now almost 4 years since we had come on our journey. Now we are in the pinnacle of concluding this journey. Even we pass out from the university and leave to far off places, our hearts will always remember the great man who taught us and his noble qualities which we look upon always.
Thank you Sir!!
Chathuranga Fernando, Heshani Manjula, Sankha Dissanayaka, Roshan Devinda, [Final Year Project Group 2013/2014, 2009 Intake, UoM EE Students]
rom: "Sankha Dissanayaka"
Date: Fri, September 27, 2013 12:47 pm
Engineering Excellence Award Vs Teaching Excellence Award
My congratulations for obtaining the two valuable awards in two consecutive days. It is a rare opportunity anyone can get. I think you are the one and only one who got them both in the engineering history. Because there isn't anyone to compare with you, in either side of "Engineering excellence" or "Teaching Excellence".
Sankha Dissanayaka , [UoM EE Graduand 2014, FYP student, 2009 Intake]
From: "Roshan Devinda"
Date: Sun, April 6, 2014 7:46 pm & Wed, September 4, 2013
Felicitation on Retirement
I don't know how to reply on this email sir, you are a great personal recognized by not even the university but also from the industry as well.
"The Golden Rule" had been justified by you by serving our country. (that's the way I believe). and also by forcing me to the direction of the Wind. We know all giants like you leave our country but amazingly you stayed with students, the quality of rare individual. Wish you healthy and happy future sir.
It's been a pleasure and honor working with you and I am thankful that I had a wonderful opportunity to work with you, the friendly way you treated us makes us feel happy. We are grateful to salute you for your dedication of work.
The postponement news from the penguin is a relief for us because we highly acknowledge your guidance to our project "Power system simulator"
Hope we will be fortunate to continue our alliance.
Roshan Devinda, [UoM EE Graduand 2014, FYP student, 2009 Intake]
From: "Hasini Madhurangi"
Date: Sat, September 6, 2014 11:32 am
Memories of Professor J.R.Lucas (The Teacher)
When thinking about the memories, I have heard about Professor J.R.Lucas as the most senior professor in the university and a very valuable person to the country. But then I saw a very simple and smiling person which was completely different from the imaginary person which I pictured on my mind. I also have heard of you as a very good teacher but I never thought of you as that much pleasant and kind.
You are a teacher with an extraordinary talent to keep the student totally immersed in the subject. I can still remember how you tried to explain subject matters using nice examples and asking questions from the students. You made a pleasant environment for students without letting us to get stressed and all those techniques you used were very effective.
You have that great quality of caring for others. When you talk with me, you never let me feel any difficulty even from a word. You gave me confidence in myself and help me see what I could be. You have helped me (and I know for most of others) in difficult situations to keep us strong. I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.
You were lucky to have a blissful life and you are spending it with a great worth as an exemplary gentleman. I wish you to have a delightful life filled with everything you wish.
Hasini Madhurangi [Engineer, Venora, UoM EE Graduate 2014 (2009 Intake)]
From: "Isuru Kasthurirathne"
Date: Wed, September 10, 2014 9:43 am
Prof. J R Lucas - A Simply Outstanding Person
Universities are busy places and the lecturers are busy people too. So it's not surprising that sometimes we miss out a chance to meet a lecturer for some purpose. But what if I tell you that there are lecturers who can be met even on your way in the corridor? Yes, the best example is the very Prof. Lucas himself.
Prof. J R Lucas is the most exceptional lecturer that I ever met in my life as a student. As a person he made a very friendly impact at the beginning of a lecture and he tried his best to keep us awake by making jokes during the lectures too. Prof. Lucas was well known in the University for his teaching methods and also about the examples that he used to describe theories in the lectures. As I remember, we kept talking about a single example he told for several weeks (eg: Laksith Sirisena and the Kettle).
Prof. Lucas was always the first to issue the marks of a subject after the exam. After my 7th semester High Voltage exam, we got our results prior to the next exam date which was three days later. This is an example of his enthusiasm for teaching. He also helped us in many ways to learn and understand the subject. As I learnt, his teaching goal was about the students understanding the subject. So he gave us all the past papers with answers prior to the exam and also did some paper classes too.
He was very keen to know new things. Every time he walked pass the lab, he normally peeked in and observed what's going on with our projects. I remember the way he asked questions about Muthugala's project of robot head, making various movements from his head. Even in the non-academic stuff, he needed to participate and get experienced. At the 2012 New Year Festival at the University, there was this weird game which I didn't understand, but Prof. Lucas wanted to participate for that game and he really enjoyed it. He loved us organizing various events to get together students and lecturers.
It must be the truth if I say there won't be a Department of Electrical Engineering in UOM without Prof. Lucas in it. But we all have to accept the reality and it is his time to retire from his services. I truly believe that we were blessed to have a teacher like Prof. Lucas who is very smart, simple and kind person who has shown us the best possible way of learning engineering.
I would like to thank him with the bottom of my heart for all the things that he has done for all of us throughout his career. He must be the sole reason for the success for hundreds of Electrical Engineers in Sri Lanka. I feel sorry for the young undergraduates for the missed opportunity of learning from the best. But he has earned his retirement after his unmatchable service. So I wish all the best for him in his future plans.
Isuru Kasthurirathne [UoM EE Graduate 2014]
From: "Mohasha Isuru Sampath"
Date: Wed, September 10, 2014 11:43 am
It is always my pleasure to recall the memories of Prof. J. R. Lucas as a student of Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. As I remember, our first meeting happened four years ago, as you are the lecturer for the "Theory of Electricity" module, which is on the basics of Electrical Engineering at semester II. It was a bit hard module at that time, since we are novices to the field, and due to the large content it covers. But fortunately, your way of explaining made me interested in the subject. Little by little, I understood that although it feels like difficult, it is not that much hard, if I thoroughly understand and follow the basic principles step by step. Later I had the privilege to attend in few other modules which were conducted by you too namely Fault Analysis, High Voltage I and High Voltage II.
You always had a unique way of delivering the lectures, which is clear, rare, interesting and simple to understand. The small incidents in the day to day life were used as examples to explain the complex theories. One such example is the ceiling fan, with the hand being used to visualize the harm of wrong phase sequence for three phase electrical machines.
You are a role model for punctuality, since you always come to the lectures exactly on time, never later and not earlier too. You always try to put others at ease as much as possible. It made us a lot easy to prepare for the exams of the modules conducted by you, since all the clear and detailed lecture notes and the past papers with model answers are available in the department website. You always considered discipline first. You are a simple and humble character, who is easy to understand, in the department.
Since I'm currently working as an instructor in the department, I have interacted a lot with you in various academic activities. You are a person who I see at least once walking along the department corridor, which provides evidence of your availability. The great commitment you provided in the department mentoring sessions, conducted for semester I students, well proves that you consider each and every single duty as equally important.
You are a prominent character in the field, and a giant of the department. Whatever the achievements of the department are always involved with your participation and sacrifice. You were always behind the students in need of academic recommendation or professional advice.
It may be difficult to think about the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa without your presence since you are a symbol of it, through its all milestones. I'm honestly saying that you are still working with a lot of courage that makes me difficult to believe that you are going to retire until the end of your life span.
Sir, I wish you the entire very best in whatever good things you prefer in the future!!!
Mohasha Isuru Sampath [UoM EE Graduate 2014]
From: "Nirmal Undugoda"
Date: Wed, September 10, 2014 6:33 pm
I remember the first time I went through the staff section of department website. I am pretty sure that first time visitors do not forget to click the Lucas sir's "view profile" and I too gazed upon your personal tab: the shared personal life of Prof. Lucas. Your Achievements inspired many; and students like to study under great achievers; being a cause to opt for Electrical Engineering as my life-long career. Yet the personality exhibited by you surpassed the achievements, from the day one to now, being a friendly teacher and a humble advisor to us. I can't imagine any other person to consult in our studies. Besides, you were quite easily accessible. You shared your experience and knowledge, in the easiest way to the students, with a smiling face, encouraging us to pursue more questions. You always help the students to break the ice, with cracking a joke, lowering the gap of the student and the professor. Your room is not a strange place to most of the students as it was always filled with cheerful enjoyment.
Even very old students, always rush to meet you whenever your presence is known, even with their busy schedules. I could see the respect and desire of all your past students, in the very short time I had at LTL.
Sir, the wiki says, "A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people", and you are!!
Sir, we'll always cherish the memories with you in our hearts and the void you make in the department will be never filled. "
U.A.N.B. Undugoda, [UoM EE Graduate 2014]"
From: "Sandamali Sanchala"
Date: Thu, September 11, 2014 9:27 pm
Memories of a humble glorious personality I ever met in my life
After being selected to the Electrical Engineering Department, I came to know that "Professor Lucas' was the well-known and giant character there. All of us believed that there is no Electrical Engineering Department without Professor Lucas. During the four years I spent in University of Moratuwa, I realized why everyone believed in that.
Sir, you were an exemplary and a greatest character a student can ever come across. You always wanted to give the best and largest portion of knowledge to the students from your vast wisdom like an ocean. You always explained the more complex theories with simple examples and encouraged all of us to ask questions with a humble smile on your face. You always grab the attention of all students with interesting jokes during the class. Inside your character, there are unlimited valuable lessons to be taken for our lives. You are such a humble man to spend your precious time to attend to any students matter. We had a belief that you will always look from our side and give us the best solution for any problem. I know that even personally you would be helpful to a needy one. Not only that, if have you engaged in something, you always did the maximum. If you correct something there was nothing to be corrected by someone else. That was one of the most valuable lessons I could learn from your character. Once I got a chance to admire your qualities by writing the poem for you on the plaque given by the 09` batch of students.
Your memories will always be with us and I know that your mark will be never fade from the Electrical Engineering Department, as a person of your kind is so rare in this world.
Memories of You
Will never fade away
Wisdom you shared
Will not walk away
In student heart
Will never be flushed away
With smiling face
Was a father companion
For us all
There are no words
To admire at all
Wish you all the best Sir
Sandamali Sanchala, [UoM EE graduate 2014]
From: "Savini Samarasinghe"
Date: Sun, September 28, 2014 3:02 pm
As my brother (Tharaka) very rightly mentioned in his memories to you on "Prof. Rohan Lucas and the Samarasinghe Family", I was the "lucky" fifth of our family to learn from Prof. Lucas. To me, Professor Lucas always appeared as a legend, having taught my WHOLE family! It has been a great privilege to be taught by an individual with such exceptional talent, knowledge and intelligence. However, what is most striking about him is his character. How he could be so successful in life and remain so modest and humble has always filled me with admiration.
I was first introduced to Professor Lucas at my brother's wedding in 2009, a few days before my entrance to UoM. During the 3rd semester at the university, Prof. Lucas taught us Theory of Electricity. Thanks to the wonderful lectures and impeccable lecture notes, I was naturally quite fond of the subject. The only thing I did not like was of course the weekly continuous assessments (CAs). However, looking back I believe that these CAs did help us comprehend subject matter more effectively.
During the first year at the university, I was unfortunate enough to have my brand new laptop stolen. Thanks to the efforts by the police, the thief was caught. I was later summoned to courts to claim my stolen property. However, the court case was scheduled at the same time Prof. Lucas had scheduled his famous weekly assessment. Being very understanding and flexible, Prof. Lucas put an extra effort to conduct the assessment on time to facilitate my court case. It has been nearly three years now. However, he still does not miss an opportunity to make a witty remark about my missing laptop.
Prof. Lucas, you have and you will always be a true inspiration to us, the whole Samarasinghe family. Please accept our heart-felt gratitude for everything you have done to us. Thank you!
Savini Samarasinghe, [UoM ENTC 2014 Graduate]
From: "Mekhala Prabhani "
Date: Sun, September 24, 2017 7:10 pm
Third Rock from the Sun - Prof Rohan Lucas
Everybody has a favourite teacher; a teacher who has transformed the way you see the world, given you self-belief and whose impact you never really forget. Sometimes it takes years to realize fully what they taught us.
In my life there are two teachers who have made a significant impact; my science and technology teacher in Grade 10 & 11 and the Prof. Rohan Lucas in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
Reminiscing the first memory of Prof. Lucas, it runs back way before I entered into the university. It was during a discussion I had with one of my cousin brothers regarding his university days. I was awaiting university entrance and discussed how it would be like the first year of study in the university. He mentioned that there is a renowned Professor of Electrical Engineering for Theory of Electricity, and I will be meeting him during my first year for electrical engineering theories.
One of my fondest memories with him includes the cartoons he prepared for my friends, and the most adorable things depicted in all those cartoons are that Prof. Lucas's strong power of imagination and his ability to fragmentize a word (be it in English or Sinhala) to give a totally unexpected meaning. There were nine girls in our batch and everybody was given a novel name by Prof. Lucas. They are "Goodminton" (myself as I played Badminton), "Queen of Orangeheap" (Heshani from Dodangoda area), "Smiling Terrorist" (Terashmila was called by the name 'Tera' by us, her colleagues), "Pencil-in-hair" (Maheshi-who used to wear a stick like pin to tie up her long hair), "Clever lady" (Nuwani - because of her name meaning in Sinhala), "Robot-head" (Hasini - because her final year project was on making a Robot head), "Nuclear Lady" (Sanchala did her undergraduate project on a Nuclear Reactor), "Halo 1 and Halo 2"(Uthpala & Erandi who still use the word 'Halo' whenever starting a conversation with anyone and we used to call them "halo doubala").
Not only that, he is also a talented photographer who never fails to take photographs from beginning to end of any wedding he was invited. In addition to being an excellent teacher, he has a great sense of humour too. I was lucky enough to be among those who witnessed the publishing of his self-narrative autobiography at the IESL,, where he described himself as being born to the "Third Rock from the Sun", on the completion of forty four years of his teaching at the UoM and I still have a copy of the book today.
Presently, Prof. Rohan Lucas is supervising my MSc.research, together with Dr.Upuli Jayatunga and Eng.Kusum Shanthi. Another one aspect I have noticed particularly throughout my research is that Lucas sir is very keen on all the aspects of the presentation slides. If I name a few, he notices even the slightest irregularities in the use of slide numbering, Capital/Simple letters etc. and what I admire most is the prompt constructive feedback he gives on presentation slides and my presentation style.
Not to forget, Prof. Rohan Lucas humbly accepted my request of being the witness of my marriage, and he was there well and truly early, and I am ever grateful for that.
I wish Prof. Lucas a happy life journey filled with love, laughter and good health to brighten up the future of many students in many years to come!
Mekhala Prabhani, Electrical Engineer (Design) Distribution Coordination, CEB, [UoM EE Graduate 2014]
From: "Sameera Madhushanka"
Date: 16 October 2017 10:11am
Originally, and by default, I was reverse biased to link with the greatest character of the department, Prof. J. R.Lucas as everyone else, but it was her the Queen of Orange heap who forward biased my p-n junction (connectivity between a Professor and a normal person) to connect with the available largest resource of knowledge, humanity & simplicity.
Since then, there has been a very low impedance path between you & me through which we share knowledge, experience, memories & fun too.
Here I do not consider you as just a Professor in EE, but a priceless lifetime Professional Partner.
Dear Rohan Sir, you are an absolutely genius who explains imaginary things that we can't even imagine & most importantly standing on a zero potential level as a simple & humble character.
Sameera Madhushanka Jayasekera, [UoM EE Graduate 2014]
From: "Viraj Muthugala"
Date: Sun, September 18, 2019 4:48 PM
It is my pleasure to recall the memories of Prof. J. R. Lucas during my undergraduate and postgraduate studentships at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
It is my pleasure to recall the memories of Prof. J. R. Lucas during my undergraduate and postgraduate studentships at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
His teaching style was not conventional, and it had some specialties. One of the things that I most liked during those subjects was the availability of study resources and materials. I am very thankful to Prof. Lucas for keeping the resources, such as lecture notes and books, prepared by him in the department website for free downloading. In addition to that, previous examination papers along with their model answers were also available on the website or sometimes given by Prof. Lucas during the lecturers. These materials were useful to me. The other point which I was fascinated about his teaching style was the way of conducting and marking of in-class assignments: In the very next lecture, we could know our assignment’s marks.
I got to interact much with Prof. Lucas during my doctoral studies. During those interactions, I got to know that Prof. Lucas is a friendly and humble person.
It is a great honor to be one of your students. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Dr. M. A. Viraj J. Muthugala, Research Fellow, Singapore University of Technology and Design [UoM EE PhD 2018, UoM EE Graduate 2014]
From: "Dilini Hansika Dharmawardhana"
Date: Sun, June 23, 2013 5:37 pm
ime drags on... Memories fade away... But some special memories, lingering with our thoughts, dwell deep in our hearts. Dear Lucas sir, you have given us such memories, worth remembering... worth sharing...
Time flashes back to the year 2010, when I was a semester 1 student. While distributing handouts, madam Janaki told us that they were prepared by a senior lecturer called Professor Lucas, not only a giant in the Department of Electrical Engineering, but also the most senior lecturer in the university. She also pointed out that you are a very great person too, which filled me with an immense desire to see you, since Electrical Engineering was the discipline that I was most interested and was dreaming to get selected to.
It's at the seminar room of the Department of Electrical Engineering that I first saw you. I was lucky enough to get selected to the Department of Electrical Engineering and you had visited to welcome us, the green horns. You also gave us advice regarding our group projects. I was astonished to witness your friendliness and humility, which were quite contrary to what I had anticipated. You came to each and every group, had nice chit chats with students here and there, making us all feel at home and warmly welcomed.
So, I started to admire you as a great human being and not a day have you failed me. One particular incident is sacred in my memory, which made me realize how sensitive you are. It was the day of our group presentations and I was the representative of our group. During those days, I was feeding a baby squirrel, since the poor thing had fallen from the roof and was helpless. Each passing minute, I got more and more upset, since I could not go early to feed that little fellow. But, when I told you my problem, you gave me permission to do my presentation first and leave early, without much hesitation. You were so interested about the baby squirrel, that the next day, you wanted to know more about my little pet. Though it's a little incident, it reveals your inner self... your true character... how soft hearted you are...
I consider it a great fortune to be a student of someone like you. No matter how brilliant you are, you always adapted simple, easy to understand examples to teach us complicated subject matters. I will never forget the "water analogy" you taught us under "Fundamentals of Electricity". Due to the interactive way you lecture us, I often felt as if I was back in my school days, under the watchful eye of my dear teachers, which I missed very much at the university. You always considered us as "Children" rather than "Adults" and it made the department a much comfortable place.
Dear Sir, you always gave due consideration to our problems. When we asked you to write on the white board, you did so without any hesitation. When we said that the students at the back could not properly see you, you took all that trouble to keep standing throughout the lecture, which I felt, was not an easy task at your age. When we complained that the lab facilities were not adequate, you at once got involved, so that the next time, we could do our programming assignment in a fine computer lab. Ready support was always given whenever we came to you. Such is your commitment to the university and to us all.
Other than performing the duties entrusted to you wholeheartedly, as a senior lecturer, you were always keen to improve our knowledge and skills. You spent hours of your precious time teaching me "how to write reports" when I said that I didn't know. Actually you could have asked me to refer internet or ask from a senior student, but you personally attended my problem. Showing me various reports you had collected, you gave me valuable advice. Thinking back, I feel ashamed of my ignorance, to bother the most senior professor in the university, regarding a simple matter as such. But you actually admired and encouraged me to ask more and learn more. I am very much obliged to you sir, for the ready support given, every time I visited you. You also encouraged and advised me regarding my individual project, which had a major contribution in making it a great success.
Thinking how forgiving you are, another memory floats back to my mind. It was our Annual General Meeting (2012). I was appointed to usher you. I knew so well that you were invited and I had personally requested you to be present there somehow. But, a senior "akka" had advised me to inquire each and every one, whether they had been invited to the function. I asked the same question from you. At hearing that foolish question, everybody got bewildered... even you did... I was so embarrassed and thought that you might blame me for sure. But to everyone's greatest surprise, you made some witty remark and behaved as if nothing happened. How humble you are... and how understanding you are... you asked me to forget it when I apologized to you. Dear Sir, the kindness you showed me that day will remain forever in my heart, giving more glow to my memories of you...
Sir, you are greatly loved by students for some other reason as well. Every time when there's an event or a function in the department, you are there to help us. You never miss a function, if invited. Moving so well with the students, you add more value to our efforts. Among a million and one other duties, you somehow manage to spend some time with us, empowering us...encouraging us... to do our best... to step from the possible to impossible...
Dear Sir, you are an exceptional lecturer, not only because of the expertise you have gained or due to the subject matters you have mastered, but also because who you are, and how you interact with us. I am more than happy that I could learn under a great human being as you are. I wish you good health and long life, to continue your invalid service to the nation.
Dilini Dharmawardhana, [2010 intake, UoM EE Semester 5 student]
From: "Harshani Amanda"
Date: Mon, June 24, 2013 9:50 pm
irst of all I would like to recall the beginning of my university life, the first semester, because during that time I heard the name Prof. Rohan Lucas for the first time. I still remember well that Mrs. Janaki Premaratne conducted the Electrical Engineering module in our first semester and she told that "I'm referring Prof. Lucas's notes". That was the first time I heard Prof. Lucas's name. It made a curiosity in my mind because Janaki madam was also referring his notes and therefore I wanted to know who that person is.
Then I would like to recall the day that I faced to the Electrical Engineering paper in the semester one end examination. After the examination while talking about the question paper, one of my friends said "Have you seen that Prof. Lucas was in the hall during the examination?" but I didn't see and I still remember that then I was reminding the persons in the examination hall and tried to decide who was Prof. Lucas. After I selected to Electrical Engineering department in the field selection, there was a module called Theory of Electricity in the second semester and Prof. Lucas conducted it. It was the first time I saw him. I felt a big honor as well as I felt a little scared because I got to know that he is a Senior Professor and once he was the head of the Electrical Engineering department.
With time, while learning the module, I was able to talk with Prof. Lucas to clarify subject matters. He explained those things very clearly, kindly and friendly. Then I and my friends used to talk him and clarify our subject matters frequently. He is very humble and he understands student's minds well. We can talk with him any time. Even today, while walking in the department if we meet him he doesn't go without talking to us. I really admire that.
Once my IESL application was missed by that Institution and after they informed me, I told Prof. Lucas of the situation. At that moment he called to that Institution and I didn't need to post my new application again because Prof. Lucas handed it over it to that Institution by himself. I'm really grateful to him forever.
Finally I want to say that Prof. Lucas is a real gentlemen and thank you very much sir and I wish you will teach us at least until our university life ends.
Harshani Amanda, [2010 intake, UoM EE Semester 5 student]
From: "Muditha Karunathilake"
Date: Sat, August 30, 2014 9:08 pm
Memories...... From our birth till the death, we gather millions of memories. Of course, everything we do, do not stay in our memories for a long time. But there are very precious memories that we cherish everyday and the memories of Prof. Lucas are some of them.
Today, we are under the giant pillar of the university called "Prof. Rohan Lucas", within the Department of Electrical Engineering carrying out our final year project. I can still remember the first day I saw Prof. Lucas. It was our orientation program at the seminar room after the field selection. He was tall, pleasant and was looking at us, the new faces of the department. I had heard about Prof. Lucas before as he was the most senior professor in the university. Being the most senior professor, actually I was scared of him. I never thought that I could have such a good bond with him as I have today.
'Professors......... They are very dreadful. If we mess with them, we will have to go back to home without the degree or else, we will have to study in the university forever. We can only talk about the studies with them. If only we have a difficult, serious problem regarding what they teach, we can meet them'. That is how I had thought about professors in the university. But after meeting Prof. Lucas, I understood that I was totally wrong. He is a kind hearted, fun loving professor whom you hardly meet.
We were lucky enough to have him as our final year project supervisor although he is retired from the university. He still comes to the university everyday and is still carrying out his lectures although he is officially retired. That is merely because, he wants to be with the students whom he call as 'Friends'.
When we started the final year project, we had to meet Prof. Lucas very often and it is at that time I first saw the fun loving Prof. Lucas. Of course, at the High Voltage I lecture, he had shown some cartoons, but I never thought that they were designed by him. And later even the first few days that he showed us the cartoons when we went to meet him for the project, I thought that some person had designed and sent them to Prof. Lucas. But finally I had to accept his talent. He always questions us 'Don't you draw cartoons like these? Do it at your leisure time'.
'Compassion'..It was the name given to me by you, dear sir. I'm so proud to be one of your friends and I hope that the friendship between Prof. Loose Screw and Compassion would last forever. You are a giant pillar who shows me the correct path, my mistakes and guide me towards the success. Dear sir, I wish you a happy and long life and I hope you will be able to make another hundreds of friends from the university in the coming years. Although you are officially retired, we all wish to see you in the department every morning.
May Triple Gems Bless You
Muditha Karunathilake, [2010 intake, UoM EE Semester 7 student, FYP student]
From: "Manusha Indika Deegala"
Date: Sat, August 30, 2014 9:08 pm
Most of the people have their leisure time every day. They have different hobbies, which help them to relive stress and forget about everyday work and problems.But professors are hardly finding those. After this story, every one of you will identify Prof. Lucas's strange hobby.
He was a senior student and one of my friend. He showed me a photo and told me that it was sent by Prof. Lucas. It was a congratulation card containing an edited photo of my friend and his girlfriend with a hidden meaning of their pet names. I actually thought it was not an edited one and said "No, it cannot be. You are a liar. Prof. Lucas will not create photos like these. He will have more hobbies than editing photos".
When I started my final year project under the supervision of Prof. Lucas huge tree, I realized that my friend was right. I could not believe myself that Prof. Lucas is a that kind of person having a strange hobby with excellent capability of photo editing. I asked him "How to find time for those thing? How to do those thing with your heavy work schedule, even we cannot find time for playing cricket as students" and he gave me this advice. "No one will have leisure time. You have to find those even if you are the busiest person on the earth".
Manusha Indika Deegala, [2010 Intake, UoM EE Semester 7 student, FYP student]
From: "Mihirani Kethumalika"
Date: Sun, August 31, 2014 12:52 pm
My Memories of Prof.Lucas
When I received your very first email, a few months ago, I was wondering "Is this really from the Genius Professor Lucas ?" Is it possible, for a professor to be this much friendly with the students?"
So you must be very proud of yourself being so friendly :D
Sir, it is very much appreciated that you have given me a chance to express myself about being teased. So about Cone, who was caught by Prof.Lucas with her school friends in the paddy field, there is lot to say. Cone was not expecting anyone to find out about her farming research in the paddy field after she became interested in engineering. So she was not interested in her university friends finding out about it being presented in Sweden. But it was out of her control, so she couldn't even blame the internet which was responsible for this discovery.
After you found out about Sweden, and our winning second place in the international youth competition on water conservation, you boasted to everyone, and the rest of the department also got know about that.. So Cone was thinking to disappear like it's the world ending.. Her friends were asking a grand party for a thing which happened, like 8 years ago; but as a back-effect, she was very happy about the fact that, again she got a chance to sink on those sweet memories which were awesome. So she was thinking "I am already in my final year. Whether I should return again into a farmer instead of struggling with our FYP?"
I must say this. Sir, seeing you appreciating our school-time project and achievement I was really happy. It is true that I felt shy, but to tell the truth your appreciation made me feel like a real achiever...I respect your humbleness and let me tell you about a great quality of a great teacher as Lord Buddha defined. A great teacher introduces his students to the wise, recognises their talents and appreciates them in front of the wise. (ශ්රේෂධ ගුරුවරයා තම සිසුන් නුවණැතියන්ට හදුන්වා දෙයි. සිසුන්ගේ දක්ෂතා ඔවුන් ඉදිරියේ අගය කරයි. වර්ණනා කරයි.) You should be very happy about being very rich of that quality.. To be honest, I must say that Cone is enjoying herself being teased with the others together. I mean with Pearl, Swan and Compassion. Because it is much better to get teased with friends than alone. :D I call it as "Mutual Sharing"
But there is one thing that she enjoyed being teased alone. That is Tennis. She is very much interested in sports so the comments. And as you said, it is really great that she can control her FYP group with her tennis power
Sir, if you can propose names for my group mates too, then our FYP group will be completely under the power of the great supervisor "Prof.Lucas".
Finally, it is really nice and great to have you as our supervisor. It was also a blessing decided naturally when we ended up by getting number 1 in the project lottery. My group mates were so happy and appreciated me because they thought it was my luck. I even got a message from Chamath (a good friend of mine) saying that "You are the luckiest one ". Because they also know that anyone who got first is going to choose you as the supervisor and others are missing the chance.
And I must say that your daughter has a great fortune to have you as her father. She has followed you behind and got success even much more better a daughter can be. I am really happy about the name "Cone" given by you.. I will use it often. May be I should think of a signature :D. It is simply a nice name that I can ever imagine. And my friends also got lovely names from you.. My favorite name is "Pearl" which is given to Ashani; and from the names given to seniors it is "Smiling terrorist" to Terashmila.
Mihirani Kethumalika, [Kethu or C@ne 2010 Intake, UoM EE Semester 7 student, FYP student]
From: "Udayantha Niraj de Silva"
Date: Sun, August 31, 2014 9:38 pm
When I first noticed you at the University delivering a nice presentation during my orientation period, a boast came through from colleague sitting next to me that you are a legendary of electrical engineering. Then I worried why you spend most of the time in the university compromising the time you have for creating the future with new technologies, sciences and philosophies. Since then it took years for me to understand the reason, that you greatly value sharing your knowledge and experience with younger generation in order to create future rather than just doing it by yourself, even though you are way more capable than it required in doing so. I learnt theory of electricity and high voltage engineering from you. I loved the way you made us study and your extraordinary teaching methods perfectly engrave our minds with each tiny bit of the important details of the lessons.
Not only that your cartoon creations, a gifted talent of you made us laugh and felt comfortable in many times. They blessed us with relief from pressure created by academic studies. I believe the future lecturers and students are supposed to take you as an ideal person in their lives to achieve their goals.
We are very luck to work under you especially in final year project as last bunches of your students. Your support and guidance is massive for us. Your kind advices and that true fatherly smile encourage us a lot. Your retirement is not just a big loss to us, but a big loss to the nation.
Your leaving marks the end of an era in the University of Moratuwa.
Udayantha Niraj de Silva, [FYP group student, 2010 Intake, UoM EE Semester 7 student, FYP student]
From: "Ashani Muthumala"
Date: Fri, September 5, 2014 4:19 am
Memories of a Humble Legend
irst of all I'm thankful to you sir, for giving me this great opportunity to write few things about a LEGEND like you.
When I walk backwards in my memory lane, I can recall that I first met Prof. Lucas during my first year when we were studying "Theory of Electricity" in Semester 2. The way you taught that subject was very unique and you were always willing to share the interest of the subject with your students. You always come up with different examples to make our life easier, to make us understand the electrical theories easily. Then again I met you in the "High Voltage I" subject in Semester 5 during the third year. I personally loved that subject and your notes helped us a lot. During this time I actually didn't know much about you sir and even you didn't know much about me either. You were "Prof. Lucas" for me. And we are also waiting to learn "High Voltage II" in semester 8 under your guidance.
And for my curiosity I never thought a professor, a genius, a legend and a huge pillar of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Moratuwa can be so friendly with students. I would say that you are humble at its BEST. You remembered my b'day from a long time and wished me on my b'day which I never expect from someone like you. I'm blessed to get a wish from a legend like you. And I'm really happy that I could get teased by you. I might be one of the few people who likes to get teased from others.
PEARL NECKLACE and PEARL the names you gave me, I loved most. Even though I had my name for about 24 years, I never thought of this sweet name. I also love the names cone and swan given to my friends too. And I would like to say that apart from your great knowledge you are a very creative person.
Finally I would like to say that you are a great pillar for our Electrical Engineering Department and we would like you to be with us forever.
I wish you good health. May the noble triple gem bless you!!!
Yours loving Student,
Ashani Muthumala, [PEARL NECKLACE or PEARL , 2010 Intake, UoM EE Semester 7 student, Secretary | IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group]
From: "Thisandu Kahingala "
Date: Sat, September 16, 2017 3:51 pm
My first memory of Prof. Rohan Lucas goes back to the time when I was in the first semester of my university life. While delivering the first semester Electrical Engineering lectures, Mrs. Janaki Premarathne mentioned to us of this great lecturer who had prepared the course notes. Those well-structured course notes filled with nice analogies gave us a glimpse of the beauty of Electrical Engineering, thus a good reason to select the same discipline.
Once we got selected to the Department of Electrical Engineering, we had the chance to get to know him better. During the second, fifth and the last semesters, we were lucky enough to have him as our lecturer for some modules, namely Theory of Electricity, High voltage Engineering 1 & 2, respectively. Prof. Rohan Lucas certainly is one of the most wonderful teachers I have met so far. It is not an exaggeration to say, I believe, that his teaching is beyond comparison. He always used to teach us through nice analogies. Also, at the end of the semester, he was normally the first lecturer to release our results.
Dear Rohan sir, above all, I truly like you as a person. Your humbleness is the most remarkable quality which came to my mind when I first started writing this short write-up. Your door was always open for students to come and go. You never remained seated among the distinguished guests during any event, but participated in every single bit of the event with much enthusiasm. Most importantly, you were always with students, enjoying their company.
Not everyone gets a specially designed greeting card or a nice web post covering the full event from one of the most renowned professors on their wedding day! Both Dilini and I simply did not have words to express the pleasant surprise we had once we received your nice greeting card and saw your nice post on the web. Moreover, you were amongst the first few guests to arrive at the reception hall and the last few to leave.
After all you had done for us, both as a lecturer and a dear friend, Dilini and I were keenly waiting for a chance to show our gratitude, until you visited University of Wollongong in Australia to deliver a lecture at an event organized by the IEEE PES student branch of the university. We had much pleasure in treating you and showing you around during those couple of days.
Finally, dear Rohan sir, we wish you all the happiness in the world and strength to continue your invaluable service for a long time to come!
Thisandu Kahingala , University of Wollongong PhD student [UoM EE Graduate 2015]
From: "Moditha Karunanayake "
Date: Tues, September 26, 2017 9:41 PM
My first memory of Prof. Rohan Lucas goes back to the time when he conducted a lecture on introduction to Electrical Engineering during the pre-academic semester. Actually during the very first lecture of him, I decided I would choose Electrical Engineering, if I would get enough marks on the first semester in order to select Electrical Engineering.
I was lucky to get selected for Electrical Engineering. During the course of studies we had 3 interesting modules from him in semester 3, 5 and 8 namely Theory of Electricity, High voltage Engineering 1 & High voltage Engineering 2 respectively. During his teachings, I saw a difference in method compared to other teachers I had learned from. He made the lecture so much more interesting using his experience and his unique teaching methods. We felt the 2 hour lecture as 2 minutes, as time flied as the lectures were so much interesting.
Before starting the final year projects in level 4, everyone had been waiting to select a project which is supervised by Rohan sir. So the Electrical batch decided on a draw of lots to select projects. In drawing lots, we were really lucky to get the number one; then without any hesitation we decided to choose one of Rohan sir's projects. The groups who got number 2 and 3 also chose the other 2 projects of Rohan sir. Throughout the final year, he gave us immense guidance and assistance in order to complete the project successfully. We also published research papers for 3 conferences with the guidance of the Rohan sir. Another thing I most admire about Rohan sir is that we can talk with him at any time on anything. He is also a big fan of cricket. During free times, I talked with him about Cricket because criket was my passion. I was really amazed about his knowledge of Cricket. I learned a lot of new things about cricket from Rohan sir. He shared his experience of the days in which cricket scoring were not computerized and done manually. He also never missed a cricket match organized by the Department. He came very early to the ground and did practice sessions with students and he was a really good cricket player as well. Above all, I truly like his great quality of humbleness with the students. Even today when I go to the University, the first thing I do is to check to see if the Rohan sir is there and if he is present, to definitely have a chat with him. He is such a humble and great character to talk. He shares his experience as much as possible with us and we love to talk with him.
Finally, dear Rohan sir, I wish you every success in your future endeavors...!!!
Moditha Karunanayake, Engineer - IDC Infrastructure Operations, Dialog Axiata PLC [UoM EE Graduate 2015, FYP student]
From: "Harsha Weerasinghe "
Date: Mon, September 25, 2017 09:45 am
As I was one of the typical students who joins a lecture and goes back afterwards, I did not have a close connection with Lucas sir until I graduated. I couldn't even take a photo with him after the convocation as my parents had to go back early.
However, I got to know him and talk with him frequently after I joined the electrical engineering department as a temporary instructor. That was the period during which he came to the instructor's room and talked to us. During that time, he needed to upload a video and I'm glad that I could help him to setup a YouTube channel for him too. I also edited some videos for him so that he can upload them. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel by following the link https://goo.gl/b4oFsk .
A photo taken by me during "We Are with You" 2014
I have a memory that one day he showed us an illustration of life of becoming an engineer [I have managed to get a copy of it from him]. I was astonished that he claimed that he designed it and he was really good at doing it.
He also used to design such cartoon style illustrations for students to wish them, to surprise them and to trigger humor too. He used to show me some of his creations before he sends them. Kethu, Ashani and Dilini were among those, who frequently got humorous illustrations.
His friendly nature with his students is something we cannot expect from anybody. It is special to him and that's what is behind his popularity among almost all students including other departments of engineering faculty. His enormous service to academia and Sri Lanka is more than evident. I would like to invite all of you to read his autobiography to see milestones in his life. I would like to wish "Lucas Sir" for the best for being a good teacher, good friend to us and good grandfather to Avisha too. Happy birthday to Lucas Sir!!!
Harsha Yashoman Arjuna Weerasinghe, PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University Singapore [UoM EE Graduate 2015]
From: "Sapna Sridharani"
Date: Sun, October 15, 2017 7:02PM
Dear Rohan Sir, You are a great teacher, mentor and a good friend for us through out Undergraduate period as well as Postgraduate period. Though I knew about you even before entering to the University, I got the opportunity to be your student after selecting to the Electrical Engineering field. The first subject I learnt from you is Theory of Electricity. And after that We have learnt the subjects High Voltage Engineering I and II during the latter part of the University period. You have also taught us Protection Measures of Electrical Installations, Lightning Protection and Earthing in the M.Sc Course. How you describe complicated theories using real world examples is really appreciated. We got a good understanding about complicated theories because of your teaching methods.
Sir, I got to know you better after selecting your final year project. Udayatha, Manusha, Muditha and me were very grateful to have you as our final year project Supervisor. Our project became the best final year project with your supervision and guidance.
Dear Sir, I really appreciate your friendly attitude and kindness towards your students. Celebrating special events of students' lives, helping and motivating them when they are in trouble, has made you a special teacher, mentor and a friend in each and every students' heart.
I wish you and your family happy and healthy future. May you have all the strength to brighten the lives of more and more students.
Sapna Sridharani, Electrical Engineer, State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka [Electrical Engineer, State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka, UoM EE Graduate 2015, FYP student]
From: "Dimuthu Punsara Colambage"
Date: Sat, June 15, 2013 5:50 pm
t is honour and privilege to me that I was given the opportunity to send my short memories to your e-autobiography.
Sincerely happy and proud to have been one of your students in your last batch (before your retirement) of UoM. It is very fortunate to have opportunity to study under a world recognized (most) senior teacher like you who wish to spare your precious time and knowledge for the betterment of your students. If I questioned my senior colleagues by asking their favourite teacher in UoM, no doubt that I would be given the answer as "Prof. Lucas". Wishing that we'll be taught by you in future as an emeritus Professor. looking forward to your kind participation (for the recommended modules) in future.
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors'
Punsara Colambage, [2011 Intake, UoM EE Semester 3 student]
From: "Guvanthi Abeysinghe"
Date: Fri, June 21, 2013 10:21AM
Updated:- Fri, March 13, 2020 10:29PM
Best Wishes for Golden Jubilee in Teaching at UoM
To my teacher & friend Lucas Sir,
It is still March 13th, 2020 here in Canada, so still I'm celebrating your golden jubilee here!!!
Did you know that I didn't have big hopes on entering an engineering faculty? But I did and even then! didn't think I would be able to perform this well, and above all, I never thought I would find a friend in one of the best and coolest professors in our country. Well, I did and as I reminisce the years I've known you since 2012, the ways you've encouraged and guided me for all those years until today, I have no words to express how grateful I am to you!!
Well, well, well; this day is not about me, but about you and what a great teacher you've been. However, considering the five decades you've served to UoM, I just can't imagine even an approximate value for the number of students you've guided and friended just like me. Yes, you've been a brainy kid since your childhood, so skipping undergraduate years and becoming an academic was just meant to be for you!! But that patience and courage to teach for generations is admirable.
During the years I've worked after graduation, I have witnessed how well the people, both young and old, admire you and I was secretly happy, that I'm your friend. I suppose just like me, all your students across the world are so happy and grateful for you today, as you celebrate this important milestone. They all may treasure your friendly guidance just like I do. So, on behalf of all the generations of your students, I would like to congratulate you on your Golden Jubilee and am thankful for all your guidance in my life!!!
It's been a long time since I've written a long mail to a friend. So, my sincere apologies for any language mistakes I've done on the way.
And of course, I'd have written a poem on this behalf, but I'm not that talented like you!!
Also, I'm so sorry that I couldn't wish you in person on this memorable day. I've attached two additional pictures that I have with you, just to celebrate the 8 years I've know you!
I wish you all the strength and good health to continue sharing your friendly wisdom for the world!!!
Updated:- Thu, October 5, 2017 5:24AM
The Strict Professor Vs The Friendliest Teacher ever
My memory of Prof. Lucas runs back to the tail of the year 2010 where I saw his name as the composer of the first semester electrical engineering lecture notes. That's when I heard of him for the first time. I saw him for the first time at our first semester exam while he was being so strict to a student who was still writing answers even when the given time was over. So when he began to teach us the very first subject in the department of electrical engineering, the theory of electricity, I imagined him to be a strict teacher. But was it really him?
Of course not. He is the friendliest teacher I've ever seen. I consider myself lucky to meet the most wonderful teachers on earth, ever since my kindergarten. However Prof. Lucas is a big star in that list. He is a great teacher when it comes to teaching. Yes, he tries to explain the HV theory with the use of the marker pens, ballpoint pens, papers and everything you find inside the classroom relating to daytoday events as examples where you have no idea how all those things finally add into HV. But sooner or later you'll get through his point (at least at the exam 😉). So far he has taught for fve decades.. continuosly, yet there's no retirement in his service to-date. He has such a gratitude to his service as a teacher.
Prof. Lucas is someone you can often find among the students in any big or small event in the university. Instead of sitting among the dignitaries throughout the whole event, there he is among the students clicking selfis. He is a great friend to the students. Students have the freedom to walk into his office with their academic related issues without any second thoughts.
Prof Lucas is a collector of memories. Eversince I knew him, he used to take photographs of anything and everything at various events. He also has this entertaining skill of creating nice cartoon pictures with the photos he took. He even started a blog of his own covering the special events in his life. Then, about three years back a group of my seniors introduced Prof Lucas to the world famous social network, Facebook. He was an amateur to Facebook for a few weeks only, but now despite his matured age, he is a Facebook expert against the young crowd in Facebook. So with Prof. Lucas's skills of photography, reporting and art work, he has become a famous Facebook icon. Not only Prof. Lucas, his baby grand son too is a famous Facebook icon as Prof. Lucas keeps continuos records on the little one, and share those with his friends in Facebook.
Amongst everything else, Prof Lucas is a great mentor as well. He is someone you can consult when you need some guidance in your career/academic life. He may even advise you in organising your professional life balanced with the personal life.
To this nicest person in the world, I do not have to wish for happiness and success anymore. Because being a proud grandfather, he is one of the happiest people on earth and his life truly is successful. So my wish is may as many people as possible get the opportunity to be a friend of Prof. Lucas. Dear Sir, may you have good health and long life to be the greatest friend of all times.
Meanwhile if you are destined to have Prof. Lucas as a supervisor for the university final year project or any other project, there he is popping up in Facebook messenger at late nights threatening whether you have completed the project report or presentation slides. He is eagerly waiting at the other end to go through those and point out each and every minute thing that needs corrections. Thus Facebook became one of his modes of reaching the students.
Original Post: Fri, June 21, 2013 10:21 am
Prof. J.R. Lucas, the man of Electricity in University of Moratuwa...
As a most recent student of Prof. J.R. Lucas, I'm privileged to turn over pages of my memory book and give life to the memories on Prof. J.R. Lucas... I met Prof. Lucas, as the most senior professor in the University of Moratuwa, delivering lectures on 'Theory of Electricity' during my second semester of the University. Personally, I am proud to take lectures from the most senior lecturer of the University.
Have you ever been to Prof. J.R. Lucas's office room recently? Cupboards are sunken with piles of penned documents, few photographs hanging over the walls and at the hands reach, a rack of books and magazines; and his table..., filled with student assignments all over. If not Prof. Lucas is a tall man the one who sits other side of his table can hardly see him. I have no idea how valuable is those penned documents tucked up in the cupboards and I may hardly understand the stuff written in them, but I knew once upon a time they were accredited to be his master pieces of work... I was lucky enough to pop my head into several lab sheets compiled by Prof. Lucas during his time as a university undergraduate. First, I was little bit surprised with the long discussions they carried, but soon came back into my senses, 'he is THE Prof. Rohan Lucas' after all...
Prof. J.R. Lucas can be reckoned as one who is always on the side of the students. During various events held in the University, he was not sitting in the seats reserved for honourable guests; instead he was sitting elsewhere among his students. His professor hood never was an obstacle for his close relationship with the students. Have you ever had a word with Prof. Lucas? You should..., because no need of prior appointments, you can meet him at any time. A word from Prof. Lucas is more than enough to inspire you. Students always preferred his company and they were very enthusiastic from his words.
Ever experienced the efficiency of Prof. Rohan Lucas...? Even at this time of his age, his speed is remarkable... In marking the answer scripts of the students, I have never witnessed such speedy teacher in my life. He is such a quick man...
At the end I should say, I'm honoured to be a student of Prof. J.R. Lucas and find myself so lucky to be his most recent student... He always has been THE Professor Lucas and my personal belief is that he is the man of Electricity in the University of Moratuwa.
Dear Lucas Sir; You made the history..., we being your students are proud to be a part of it... The day you leave the University of Moratuwa, the red giant (Sumanadasa building); making home to the Department of Electrical Engineering will find herself empty..., all the electrical engineering students will miss the company of their inspiring man..., and the whole University will feel the loss of a valuable jewel in possession... But the future will definitely talk about you...
2011 intake, UoM EE Semester 3 student in 2013
Guvanthi Abeysinghe, Electrical Engineer, Ceylex Engineering (formerly LTL Projects)[FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2015]
From: "Hasantha Malavipathirana"
Date: Sun, December 15, 2013 5:05 pm
The tallest Professor .....
He is a tall man, tall not just in appearance but in his qualities. If you have ever talked to him, you would have noticed that it is not very difficult to talk with him, the most senior Professor in the University (and of course the tallest Professor), because he bends to your level. He is such a humble and friendly person, that everybody should talk at least a word with him.
I met Lucas sir in our semester 3 'Theory of Electricity' class. At first I didn't like that subject as well as Professor Lucas because he gave us quizzes every week. One day after a quiz, I was walking towards the canteen with a mind full of hopelessness and frustration, when a gentle voice from the back asked me 'how was the quiz?'. Unexpectedly it was Professor Lucas, but with the mindset I had, I told him a whole lot of grievance just as I'm talking to my school class teacher and without giving any time for him to talk. Only after telling everything I realized that I'm talking to the most senior professor in the University. I felt ashamed and even afraid. Amazingly his words were very mild and soothing and he encouraged me. I'll never forget his inspiring and soothing words. He was there to encourage me, every time when I'm down.
He is not just a teacher, but a 'Dear' teacher in the real sense of the word. He is always at the side of students and his words are inspiring and encouraging. He is an amazingly efficient person. I have never seen a teacher that much quick in marking answer scripts. Also amidst all his big work, he has time to talk with us, reply our mails and even make jokes. Sometimes I feel he is a magician who can do lot of magic. The most powerful magic that I have seen in him is his ability to take the best out from his students. Before I met him I sometimes felt like a dunce and I was very much disappointed. Professor Lucas, as the great magician who rub his magic lamp to summon an angel, summoned the good in me and made me confident and stronger so that I also can do magic. However he jokingly called me an idiot, and I love to hear those words from him.
I have no words to express my gratitude for Lucas sir. Simply I'm blessed and proud to be under the guidance of such a humble happy teacher and a friend. He is such an amazing person, that once you become a friend of him there's no way that you can forget him.
Dear Lucas sir, I wish you all the best for your future endeavors and wish that you will be with us as long as possible.
Hasantha Malavipathirana, [2011 Intake, UoM EnTc Semester 3 field Rep]
From: "Jinani Nupehewa "
Date: Sat, September 16, 2017 5:50 pm
My Memories of the Giant Pillar of the Department of Electrical Engineering, UOM
He is a giant pillar of the Department, not only because of the vast knowledge he possesses, but also because of the great qualities he carries.
First, I'm thankful for giving me this opportunity to recall my memories and write down a few things about you sir.
I heard your name for the first time through Mrs. Janaki Premaratne during my first semester as she was referring to some of your notes. My curiosity started that day. When it comes to the Department of Electrical Engineering, everyone talks about the same Professor; "Prof. Rohan Lucas". I was lucky enough to enter the electrical engineering department where I was privileged to learn under you. First, your lectures were a headache for me as you gave us those continuous assessments. However, later on, I understood that it made me easier to learn and perform well.
To me, you were this great professor who dedicated his life to bring the department where it stands today, until I became one of your Final Year Project (FYP) students. After that, I came to know you better as we had to meet you more often. We were lucky to have you as one of our supervisors. Your kind advice and guidance led us to success. Even though we were stressed out sometimes, you always found something to joke around and made us feel better.
As students, many of us were able to communicate well with you and discuss our issues, including subject matter, because you are a simple and humble teacher who doesn't feel like an elder professor to us but a fellow student who is playing, cartooning, making jokes and updating the news around the university through facebook.
Dear sir, you are a legacy that we will remember until the end of our days. I wish you good health and happiness. May triple gem bless you!
Jinani Nupehewa , Electrical Systems Modelling Engineer, Yarra Trams, Melbourne [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Manuja Gunawardana "
Date: Sun, September 17, 2017 11:24 am
What I saw in Prof. Rohan Lucas?
The friendliest lecturer
: Starting from Theory of Electricity in Semester 2, to High Voltage 1 and 2 towards the end of the BSc Engineering degree program, his lectures were the only ones that I did not fear to sit in the front row! He is friendly with students, brings up very simple analogies to explain difficult theories and he always makes sure the questions he asks during the lecture are easy to answer! The 'famous secret' among EE students sums up it all - "Prof. Lucas would never let his students down!"
The most helpful project supervisor: I might have a few things that I am a hundred percent contented with when I look back, and my final year group project is one of them for sure. I am forever thankful to Rohan Sir and Rasara Madam for being such great supervisors. Several of us in our group being sports captains of UOM in our final year had very small progress in the project during the Inter-University Game season. Our supervisors not only were always very lenient with us, but also were very supportive when we really got down to working. It's with great gratitude I recall how Rohan Sir guided us through the project from understanding a difficult theory, to making a flawless presentation. The success of the project speaks for itself by all group members getting the highest grade and the outcome "High Voltage Discharge Detection" becoming the newest addition to the High Voltage practicals, commencing from our immediate junior batch.
And above all one of the greatest friends I have got: Be it an academic matter, making a career decision, or even when you need some advice on a personal matter, Rohan Sir would give you the best advice with his fair share of humor, lightening up your mood and giving you more than enough confidence to face it. Many a times have I got solutions from him and wiped off my hands on the mere excuse "Because Rohan Sir said to do so"! And it's not an exaggeration to say that in all those occasions the solution he gave was perfect!
Fast forwarding a year and a half from that, to today: Here I am sitting at my desk at the University of Manitoba, putting together this small write up, while chasing my dreams on the field I love, again thanks to you, Rohan Sir. Words are not enough to say how thankful I am to you for brightening up my entire future, just like you have done for hundreds of your students. I wish you long and healthy life and all the very best in all your future endeavors!
Manuja Gunawardana , Postgraduate Student, University of Manitoba, Canada [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Roshani Peiris "
Date: Sun, September 17, 2017 10:25 pm
Refreshing the memory lane as a student of Rohan Sir
Whispers of your greatness reached our ears long before you first appeared in front of us at the "Theory of Electricity" class in semester two. Since that day you have inspired me with your exceptional knowledge, technical expertise and most of all with your friendliness and humbleness.
As an electrical engineering undergraduate, I took three subjects of you. Your superior teaching methods made it very easy to grasp the basics in a jiffy. Your classes were open to questions and by explaining complexity through simplicity, you slow-walked us through the doubts. While helping us to mould the core concepts, you immensely helped us to thrive at exams. Your collection of past papers is something I immensely admire and to my knowledge has come quite handy to hardwire the subjects to our brains. Undoubtedly, you are a blessing for the engineering undergraduates of University of Moratuwa and the "Pillar" in making "High Voltage" an evolutionary heritage in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
As a representative of the batch for all four years, my memories flashes back to so many department events where your continuous support and guidance gleaned over their success. You not only supported the batch in organizing events but also did not hesitate to sneak some time from your busy schedule to come and share a laugh with us. You were always curious about our next move always being a part of our batch and it was evidently shown in the making of batch video. At so many occasions you have guided and counselled me regarding the welfare of the batch and those little pieces of advice helped immensely in forestalling the obstacles we would have barged in to otherwise.
As a friend of yours, I was first caught guilty of plagiarism (my FB name at that time: Roshani Iusaas] for misusing your daughter's (Roshanthi) and your name :D . I could state so many such examples where you amazed me with your artistic mind filled with witticism. You always encouraged me during the inter university games and also have given me so many advices at so many crucial points in my life.
Throughout my undergraduate life, and even now in my postgraduate life, I have met so many distinguished personalities who were once students of Prof. Rohan Lucas. Sir, your fame and greatness has become a fact all around the world and you are well renowned for being a teacher who has taught generations.
Words are not enough to say how grateful I am to be student of yours and I conclude this short write up wishing you all the happiness in the world and a healthy and peaceful retirement life.
Roshani Peiris , Postgraduate Student University of Manitoba, Canada [UoM EE graduate 2016]
From: "Kavindu Amarasinghe "
Date: Mon, September 18, 2017 9:15 pm
Rohan Lucas, the Humble Professor
- Lit up the minds with expertiness
- Touch up the hearts with Kindness
- Fill up the laughs with friendliness
- Kept up the legend with Humbliness
Happy 70th birthday sir...
May you live long to lecture our kids..
Kavindu Amarasinghe , Design Engineer @ Orel Corporation (pvt) Ltd [UoM EE graduate 2016]
From: "Chapa Sirithunge "
Date: Wed, September 21, 2017 11:08 pm
I am very pleased to share my memories with Prof. Lucas.
I first came to know Prof. Lucas as one of our lecturers in the first year at the Department of Electrical Engineering, in UoM. He taught us from the basics to the most complex, but above all he proved that he is a best example for "The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see."
He was always friendly and helpful and he will always be. He always brought up nice examples to show how simple stuff works in electricity! Through his simple strategies of teaching, electrical engineering felt familiar to us.
I still remember how he explained many overwhelming theories simply using the red, blue, green markers in our classroom to supplement his slides. Then, and only then, intricate network of equations and theorems made sense.
Over my years at the university, his contribution to the development of teaching and learning in our department was outstanding.
And at the end, I wish you sincerely very good luck to light up so many lives as you just did before!
Chapa Sirithunge , UoM Postgraduate student, [UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Charithri Yapa "
Date: Sat, September 23, 2017 10:33 pm
The very first day I stepped into the Department of Electrical Engineering, the academic staff was introduced to us by the Head of the Department then, Prof. Karunadasa. Among them was Emeritus Professor Rohan Lucas. To me you became an eminent personality and an inspiration to my life from that day itself, but I never would have expected that this great person would be an extremely close friend in my life.
Dear Rohan Sir, as I proceeded year after year as an undergraduate, I realized you were a great teacher and your knowledge and experience could not be compared with any other expertise in this field. I've always enjoyed your classes since they never became boring or sleepy in the way you deliver the lecture. The sense of humor you provide during the lecture not only keeps the class lively but deep down, the meaning of that is on the other hand a simple way to understand complex theories of Electrical Engineering. This art of delivering the lecture comes to you naturally and it's always amazing to observe how well you organize the facts to be explained in an understandable manner, which in my opinion is the most challenging task for a teacher. I recall that once you gave me an opportunity to take a class in Theory of Electricity for the undergraduates of ENTC and BME, which happened to be my first lecture, which I'm always thankful for. That was the day I realized how challenging it is to become a great teacher, which you have inevitably conquered, and your past students who are living around the world serving in various positions are living proof to that.
As my final year project supervisor, you guided me and my colleagues through the difficult path that was ahead of us to achieve the goal. There were ups and downs during which we were highly disheartened, but you were always there to support us and cherish us. You would resolve the matters which almost always happened to be the perfect solution for the problem at hand.
Prof. Rohan Lucas, you are always an enthusiastic person, a quality which I've always liked of you. The caring nature of you, for your students, will always be in our minds since there a very few in academia who would share such a friendly bond with their students. One other person whom I know that shares such a loving kind bond with the students is Professor Udaya Annakkage; the academic advisor of my Master's thesis, who is also a student of you.
I would proudly speak out to say that I'm a student of Emeritus Professor Rohan Lucas, whom to me is the greatest teacher I've ever met and at the same time a loving, kind, and a caring friend who would never let you down in difficult situations, and, last but not the least the star that guides me to success in my career as an Electrical Engineer.
Charithri Yapa , Postgraduate Student, University of Manitoba 2017 [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Nuwanee Wijethunga "
Date: Tue, September 26, 2017 10:03am
Memories of Prof. Lucas
Today after a year of graduation, I'm sitting here and recalling some of my lifetime memories at UOM semester 2 Theory of Electricity - one of the subjects that I did not like to attend for lectures: Reason is the every day QUIZ...
If sir felt like giving a quiz, we have to answer. So we have to prepare every day for quizes. Not only for that subject, in High voltage too.
Ultimate result of all the quizes is that we have nothing left to study for the finals, although we didn't like those quizes. It is very easy to study for final exams. Not like other subjects, we have nothing to study. We have already done the studying and even past papers.
That'll lead to A++++++s
I was lucky enough to get you as a final year project [FYP] supervisor - Prof.J.R.Lucas
Your advices are the success of our project.
Your door is always open for us.
We enter with several matters of FYP
"we don't have that...
we don't have money...
we can't buy that...
we don't have time to do that and so on..."
(my friends will agree with me)
But you have answers for every small matter..
We have all the sollutions after discussing with you.
Although we enter empty handed, when we are leaving the room, we are rich with everything.
ANYTHING we ask for, you have it in your hand...
Although a very busy person, you have much time to talk with students. Not only subject matters... even about wedding plans.
You have time to prepare beautiful cards with wishes for every single special event.
And also you are the first one to mark the answer scripts..
We fear to see the notice board even in the afternoon of the very same day we had your subjects for exams.
Notice Board may say HIGH VOLTAGE MARKS with happy faces.
You made me Brainy... and gave the name Brainy...
Thank you for inviting me to recall all these interesting memories.
Wish you a long healthy life to lighten up the lives of hundreds of students.
Nuwanee Wijethunga (Brainy), Design and estimation Engineer, Pubudu Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, Homagama [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Prasad Manjula"
Date: Fri, September 29, 2017 10:10 AM
My memories of Prof.Lucas
Thank you for inviting me to recall all these interesting memories after one year of graduation.
There were 100 students in the 2011 Batch of Engineering students to enter the Electrical Engineering Department.
As I think, I was the first student that you came to know in the 2011 Batch, with a sad story. With starting of semester 2, I was suffering with severe economic problems because my father couldn't fully support my expenses since my mother had faced an accident. At that time, I knew about scholarship programme of "University of Moratuwa Alumni Association in Victoria" and I met you for getting your recommendation as the academic mentor to apply for that scholarship. You kindly asked about my problem and contributed for giving me that scholarship.
Not only that you asked me to meet you after every three months and explain about my academic progress. At the end of semester 2, my GPA was 2.9 and you always advised me to work hard for developing academic progress and communicational skills ignoring my economic difficulties. So I am very happy to say that finally I passed out with a second class upper division (3.5 GPA). You always tried to enhance the academic and communicational skills of all students in the batch. Dear sir you never let your students down.
I was lucky to get you as a final year project [FYP] supervisor. We had to research about "Partial Discharge" which was not included in our syllabus. But we weren't afraid because we knew that you were always behind us for facing any theoretical, practical, economical and presentational problems. So we worked hard with your help and we successfully developed PD measuring equipment.
The final result was that all the group members got the highest grade and the outcome "High Voltage Discharge Detection" becoming the newest addition to the High Voltage practicals.
Not only for academic progress you guided me to build my career in Renewable Energy sector with Windforce team.
Dear sir I have not enough words to say my thoughts about you. I have put these memories in to this small write up while wishing you long and healthy life and all the very best in all your future endeavors!
Prasad Manjula Wijesinghe, Electrical Engineer, Windforce(pvt)Ltd.[FYP Student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Lahiru Sasintha Wijesiri"
Date: Fri, September 29, 2017 7:46 PM
1. හමුවුණ සොදුරු මිනිසෙක් මගෙ දිවිමගට
අමතක වෙන්නේ නෑ කවදාවත්ම මට
අරගෙන උතුම් සරසවි දෙවිදුගේ පිහිට
අවසර දෙන්න ලියුමට කවි ඔහු නමට
2. ආවෙමි ලබන්නට ඉහල අධ්යාපනය
නිවහන උනා අපෙ මොරටුව සරසවිය
ගෙවූ සිව් වසර දැන්නම් මට හරි කෙටිය
දුක සිතෙනවා අපි ඔබගෙන් දැන් දුරය
3. දුර සිටියා උනත් ඔබ දුන් මතක පොත
සමගින් ඔබේ සිනහව පිරි සොදුරු වත
තවමත් ඇත අපේ ගැඹුරුම තැනක සිත
නොමැකෙන ලෙසට තෙක් අපෙ අවසන් මොහොත
4. ඈතින් බලන විට ඔබ එක ගුරුතුමෙකි
ලංවූ කලට ඔබ ආදරවන් පියෙකි
ඒ සෙනෙහසට වෙන ගුරු සමකල නොහැකි
ඔබ මුණගැසුම අපි සැම කල පෙර පිනකි
5. රොහාන් සර් සතු වූ ඉගෙනුම් ක්රමය
පැහැදිලි කරන විට කරුණක් හරබරය
සරලව කියා දෙන්නට ඔබ ගෙන විරිය
දුන්නු උදාහරණය හරි පැහැදිලිය
6. දේශනයේදී දෙන විභාග ජයගන්ට
එන්නම වෙනවා බෑ එය කට් කර යන්ට
දේශන මගහරින්නට සිත කීවට
බැහැනේ ඔබේ දෙසුමට නෑවිත් ඉන්ට
7. ඕනෑම විභාගෙක ඔබ ඇවිදින් දුන්න
ලකුණුත් ආව ඊලග දිනයෙම ඔන්න
කාලය ඔබ ලඟදි පරදිනවා වෙන්න
සිදුවෙනවනේ මේ දේ අද පිළිගන්න
8. තිබුනා ඔබ ලගින් තනියට කැමරාවක්
හසුකරගත්තා ඉන් හැම වැදගත්ම දෙයක්
ආවරණය කලා නැතිවම කිසි අඩුවක්
වාර්තා කිරීමෙහි ලා හොද සමතෙක්
9. ඩීපර්ට්මෙන්ට් එකෙන් කරනා පිට්ටනියේ
මැච් එක හිතට ආවා මට හිටිහැටියේ
ඔබ ගැසූ හයේ පහරට ඒ සැණකෙළියේ
ක්රීඩාවයි ඔබයි එක පැත්තක සිටියේ
10. උපන් දිනය දුටුවොත් තම සිසුවෙකුගේ
නොවරදවාම සුබපතනවා සිත ඔබගේ
ඔබ සිටියේම අපි එකපැත්තක වාගේ
එය එක හේතුවක් වන්නට ඔබ අපගේ
11. සිදු උන විටදී යම් වරදක් අපේ අතින්
ඔබ අපි අතර දැම්මේ නෑ වූ තරහින්
වියයුතු දෙයක් පවසා ඔබෙ ගුණ නුවණින්
යහමග පෙන්නුවා සිනහව දුන් ඔවදන්
12. දස්කම් විස්කම් ගුණවත් හා නැණස
මේ වූ හැම සියල්ලම කැටි වූ එකක් ලෙස
රොහාන් සර් වාගේ එක් කෙනෙක් මිස
වෙනකෙකු සොයන්නට බෑ නැත කිසි රහස
13. ඔබ ගැන කියන්නට මේ කවි පෙළ මදිය
මතකය විශාලයි ඔබ ගැන ලත් දිවිය
සදාකාලිකව තුල අප සිත්යාය
ඔබෙ නම රැදෙන්නේ යලි නොමැකෙන ලෙසය
14. සුමනදාස ගොඩනැගිල්ල තුල රැදිලා
ඇත ඔබෙ නාමෙ වෙන්කළ බැරි ලෙස ඇදිලා
සුවහස් සිසුන්ගේ පෙරමග එලිකරලා
දිගුකල් සිටීවා අපෙ ආයුෂ ලැබිලා
Lahiru Sasintha Wijesiri , Electrical Engineer- Castle Power House (pvt) Ltd [UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Manjitha Geethadhara Gunarathne "
Date: Sat, September 30, 2017 6:22 PM
It is an honor to me to have an opportunity to send my memories and wishes for your upcoming 70th birthday.
Before I came to the university, when I heard the word "Professor", the image drawn in my mind is an academic minded person without even a smile. But I understood that my thought is completely wrong after meeting you. I was amazed by seeing the friendly way you interact with your students and how you lead them to success with your life experiences. I never expected that much of bond between university students and their professors.
There is one other thing I need to mention here. When I see the board on the top of the door of your room at Department of Electrical Engineering which says "Professor of Electrical Engineering", I always thinks it should be "The Professor of Electrical Engineering". The reason is you are one of the most esteemed professors in the field of electrical engineering and a teacher of several generations of Electrical Engineers.
I am really happy and proud to be one of your students and most importantly to do the final year project under your supervision. I would like to wish you a very happy birthday and all the best in your future endeavors.
Manjitha Geethadhara Gunarathne, Electrical Engineer, Amithi Power Consultants (Pvt) Ltd [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Jayashani Ridmika "
Date: Sun, October 1, 2017 5:01 PM
Time goes by way too fast, but memories last forever: Prof. J.R. Lucas
y memory of Prof. Lucas is going far back to the first semester at the University of Moratuwa. My first touch in Electrical Engineering in the university was the module "Electrical Engineering" where the lecturer Mrs. Janaki Premaratne told us that Prof. Lucas prepared those well-structured course notes. This made him indirectly introduced to me, although I had never seen him before.
When we were selected to the departments, I was able to be among the 100 undergraduates in EE batch, and I was fortunate enough to learn from Prof. Lucas, and to have a better companionship with him. Sir taught us the subjects, Theory of Electricity, High Voltage Engineering I and High Voltage Engineering II. As he is very passionate about the subjects, he was very clever at presenting the theories by simple examples. He always used to ask students some questions during lectures in order to make an interactive environment in the classroom. I can remember that sometimes we were thinking too seriously to find the answers, but always those questions had very easy answers. For all the subjects taught by Lucas sir, we had to face for in-class quizzes. That was really a good experience for us, as it helped us automatically getting ready for semester end examinations. Lucas sir was very speedy in paper marking. Most of the time, the results were released even before the exam was finished for some other subjects. Here I can remember the words once Lucas sir had told about his speedy paper marking: "I take your answer scripts to a staircase and push down - those who are at the top will get higher grades."
Although he was the most experienced Senior Professor in our department, he was a very humble person who were ready to help his students anytime, sometimes even as a friend. His friendly behavior made everyone getting to know him as a good person. I can remember that he actively participated in every extra-curricular event the department had: "We are with you", "Panel Discussion" and all other events was with his presence and he made sure to feel and be a part of every moment with students as much as it was possible.
In the final year, for our final year project, sir helped us a lot even though he was not our project supervisor. His door was always open for students, and each and every time he made sure to give us a better advice and better solution for any matter we had in academics or any other. He was there in any event Department of Electrical Engineering organized and as a well-known Senior Professor, he had to attend for many events outside the university too. But he always had time for his students. I am even surprised at how a single person is managing time to do this much of work: but Prof. Lucas could and even now he can.
Prior to our convocation held in August, 2016, he had made a nice picture to congratulate our EE batch and on the convocation day, he even covered the moments of graduation for each and every student of the Electrical Engineering batch of 100 by taking photos by himself, seated at the front row of the BMICH main auditorium.
So, after a year of graduation, I could get an opportunity to recap my memories of Prof. Lucas in this way. In a nutshell, he is a great personality with a humble character our country has produced.
Sir, I wish you a healthy and blissful life ahead to serve the country in the future too. Since Lucas sir has been the teacher of thousands of students, I, with all of them, wish you good luck in your future endeavours. I am very lucky to have chance to get to know this great personality in my real life.
Jayashani Ridmika , Project Engineer, J Lanka Technologies (Pvt) Ltd [UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Eranga Anuradha Balasuriya "
Date: Sun, October 1, 2017 10:27 pm
How I see Professor Lucas
I first met Prof. Lucas during Semester one Electrical Exam. He was a friendly examiner who has zero tolerance for cheating at the exams.
Then in Semester Two, Prof. Lucas taught us the Theory of Electricity, which was easy to understand through his methods of teaching. He always took day-to-day examples to explain certain scenarios of the subject. He was one of the few lecturers who gave in class tests which measured our knowledge and made final exams easier through continuous studying.
He has always helped students, always treated everyone equally. During the Final Year Projects, he always encouraged us to do the best. Always asked questions from us during presentations in the areas we never thought of. Pointed out our mistakes such that we could correct them and appreciated our efforts.
I have visited University of Moratuwa a couple of times as an employee of LTL Transformers (Pvt.) Ltd. For Lightning Impulse Tests of Transformers. Professor Lucas always looked after the testing and explained how the tests are done and the usage of the devices for us, trainees and even for the foreign customers without hesitation apart of his busy schedules. Professor Lucas even convinced the university to upgrade the High Voltage Laboratory which enabled us to test at Impulse levels of 500 kV.
Whenever we have a problem in the industry about the field of high voltage engineering, we always seek consultation of Professor Lucas to get his expert advice with tons of experience.
So I could say Professor Lucas is the most kind and the friendliest professor we could meet in both the field of academics and Industry of Electrical Engineering.
Eranga Anuradha Balasuriya, Electrical Engineer, LTL Transformers, Angulana [UoM EE Graduate 2016 ]
From: "Gunani Jayamaha "
Date: Mon, October 2, 2017 11:19 am
The very first time I saw Prof. Lucas was at the Welcome given to us by the Catholic Students Movement of University of Moratuwa. He smiled with every one of us the new comers, stayed for the Holy Mass and left with a similar smile. For the next four and half years I spent at the University, at almost every Mass of any other CSM meetup he was there.
Then I came to know him more as my lecturer in the second semester of the first year, and if I'm not mistaken, it was the very first lecture (at least the very first I attended) that semester. We only had a couple of peaceful weeks, then every Monday early morning there were quizzes. But when it came towards the end of the semester it was the least worrisome subject as we went through each chapter very deeply by getting ready for the quizzes and doing the past papers. As I understood, Lucas Sir wants every student (both type of students who learn in class and who don't) not only to understand the lessons then and there, but to study regularly without piling them till exams to learn by heart in the study week.
During final year project days, we were doing our project in the measurements lab. So whenever Lucas Sir visits the Department office, he'd look through the glass window and smile, which I can still recall. Also, whenever he senses that we are struggling he drops by and gives his suggestions.
There were so many other memories I had, which still brings a smile like he once refused to support me with some official matter I requested from him through an email, just because I addressed him as "Dear Sir", saying "Friends don't call me Sir".
After all dearest Lucas Sir, I am overjoyed for having this opportunity, since I was not your best student but you still requested. I am thankful for all the support I received during my university days and up to now.
May God Bless you with his choicest Blessings!!
Gunani Jayamaha, Management Trainee, Coca Cola [UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Chamali Gamage"
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 23:53
y memory of Prof. Rohan Lucas is going far back to the Semester 1 Electrical Exam. He is a good, equitable examiner and works to rule. Actually, as he was strict on that day, I didn't think that he is a friendly teacher. But now I know him well and know that he is a very friendly teacher and wants all of the students to learn well.
Then I remember the memories in the Semester 2 "Theory of Electricity" module and quizzes. As many of my friends said, those quizzes were a headache to me also. But with time I understood that it was a great help to me for the end semester exam. There was nothing left to study for the end exam afresh. Not only for the Theory of Electricity but also for the High Voltage Engineering modules which he taught in later years. He teaches in the simplest way. Most difficult theories, he explains in a simple and more easy way for us to understand.
He was my Final Year Project supervisor and I was lucky to have a supervisor like him. For the FYP he gives a great help to us and advises us to go for success. Now, when I work at the department, I realize that when he teaches, he wants to go forward with each and every student. It is proven more from the tutorial class he has done.
Prof. Rohan Lucas is a honorable, friendly and famous teacher at the Department of Electrical Engineering, UOM. When someone talks with me about the EE department, he/she surely asks about Prof. Lucas. Finally I would like to mention that my father is also a student of you and I wish you to lighten up hundreds of students also in the future. Also I wish you a long healthy life and all the very best for your future.
Thank you for inviting me to recall the memories of you Sir.
Chamali Gamage, Contract Lecturer, UoM[FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Gayan Amaradasa"
Date: Sun, October 15, 2017 10:39PM
Prof. Rohan Lucas the Legend of Electrical Engineering UOM
Firstly, I heard about Prof. Rohan Lucas during my first semester at University of Moratuwa. Mrs. Janaki Premarathna mentioned his name during her lectures, because he was the lecturer who prepared the course notes for Electrical Engineering subject. But I could not see him until my second semester began.
I first saw him at the Introductory Session to the Department of Electrical Engineering which was held at the Electrical Engineering Seminar room in 2012. He taught “Theory of Electricity” to us during our second semester. While I was sitting at his first lecture, I recognized his special teaching style. He always uses real-world examples which are related to our daily life to explain theoretical concepts. It would be a great help to me to understand the more difficult theories. And he never forgets to ask simple questions from the class.
Dear Rohan sir, you are the friendliest lecturer in Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. At all times you work with students as a close friend of them and enjoying their company. And specially, I like your nice cartoon creations which is in your website. I was introduced to you by Guvanthi in 2015 and I could not get a chance to speak with you until then. It is a very small period, but I am proud to have a great friend like you.
And I would like to thank you for the support and advice which you gave for the final year project. Specially, I can remember that you helped our group to correct the research paper which was published in MERCON 2016. We came to your room at the last minute to ask about the modifications of that paper. I know it is not a good time to do that kind of a thing, but you never rejected us and gave your support as much as you could. Sir, once again I would like to thank you for the advice and guidance which you have given to us for out undergraduate studies.
Rohan sir, I wish you happy and healthy life and all the best for your future endeavors!!
Gayan Amaradasa, Postgraduate Research Student, University of Manitoba [UoM EE Graduate 2016]
From: "Thilina Kanchana "
Date: Mon, 16 October 2017, 3:52pm
It is a great pleasure for me to recall the memory about Prof.J.R.Lucas for your upcoming 70th birthday.
During my undergraduate life I have studied "Theory of Electricity", "High Voltage - Part 1" and "High Voltage - Part 2" from you. You always used good examples to explain deep theories in those subjects. So it was not difficult to understand your theories and get a good pass for the exam paper also. And another important teaching method was weekly quizzes. Due to them we had to study your subject very well before the exam. But ultimately it makes our lives easy during the exam seasons.
Then my memory goes to the final year project season. You were one of my project supervisors and during all ups and downs you were with us and gave us correct guidance to finish our project successfully. I get this opportunity to thank you for that great help that you gave for my project group.
Not only as a teacher, but you worked with as a good friend and always shows a great smile and behave in a friendly manner so that we can tell anything that matters for us in our academic life. Normally it is difficult to find that kind of professor in the whole university.
So dear Lucas Sir thank you very much for being such a great teacher and also a good friend. I am very lucky to be a student of you.
May God Bless You Long and Healthy Life.
Thilini Kanchana, Electrical Engineer, SAW Engineering(Pvt)Ltd [UoM EE Graduate 2016, FYP student]
From: "Chathurka Mihiraj Karunanayake "
Date: Fri, October 6, 2017 7:35 pm
The Professor and a Gentleman "Memories with Prof Rohan Lucas"
What's the lecture now", somebody asks? (The majority of the cadet officers at the KDU were rarely concerned about the timetable and used to ask each other what the next subject was). "It's High Voltage", another replies. "Oh! Prof Lucas is coming." One rushes downstairs to receive you sir. Another finds a hot water glass to place it on your table, and everybody settles down in the class. The Toyota Aqua arrives. A tall person slowly gets down with a heavy bag containing the laptop, and step by step comes near us. With a warm welcome we get your bag and make you relax on the elevator up to the 7TH FLOOR; the classroom for electrical undergraduates. "Silence, sir is coming" another calls.
Sir, you may or may not know it, but this was the pre-preparation in the lecture room for your HV lecture. No other lecture ever took so much of our concern for a lecture. With a fresh mind, you could start the lecture coming so near to us. We remember that you being taller, bends down slowly and comes nearer to us to get answers for your questions in class. May be we answered it right, may be not, but you rush to the board and explained. "The chewing tongue" came every time, whenever you recollected something. The word "ahhh" with surprise was very frequent in your words. We could never notice an angry mood on you in our lectures. We feel happy on it Sir.
End of the class made one of us accompany you again to the car and gave a good bye. On the way to the car, your curiosity was to know much on cadet officers' living pattern and specialties. On our farewell party, what we could give you was a simple souvenir to remember us. Picture shows 6 of us officer cadets posing with you with our souvenir. I am at the extreme right in the photo.
We are away from KDU now, though you are still there. It's just like "අපෙ ගුරුතුමා යයි තාමත් ඉස්කෝලේ"
Mihiraj Karunanayake, Lieutenant in SL Navy, [KDU Intake 29, EE, Graduate 2016]
From: "Dilini Gunasinghe "
Date: Wed, October 9, 2019 07:34AM
My memories.. 🙂 The most humble & amazing Professor I have ever met
’m really happy that I got a chance to express my gratitude to you, dear sir. It’s a great pleasure for me to write my memories with you as a student.
I first met Prof. Lucas at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Electrical Engineering Department during my undergraduate studies when we were studying High Voltage Engineering I in semester 5 and High Voltage Engineering II in semester 8. Actually, we are very much fortunate and blessed to be your students at KDU. When I remind about Prof. Lucas, the first thing coming to my mind is punctuality and teaching style. You never came for lectures late. Came with well-prepared lecture notes at all time. And the way you teach the subject was really amazing sir. Your teaching style was very unique, and had some specialities. You used to explain the subject using simple examples and available resources and materials at the lecture room, to make it easier and understandable for everyone so that we never felt HV Engineering as a difficult subject. Thank you very much sir for being so thoughtful always. Truly we are indebted to you. I have no words to express my gratitude, as you are a role model for us.
When I think about your friendliness, actually it is unimaginable. You always maintained a good relationship with students. Sometimes we didn’t feel you as a Professor. I couldn’t imagine how can a professor, a legend, be so friendly with students in that way. I could say that I haven’t met such a humble professor yet in my life. As I’m doing Post Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, when we met you always welcome with lovely smile and chat wherever the place is. Sincerely I’m very proud of myself being friendly with such a genius.
Dear sir, you are not just a teacher. You are really a brilliant leader, great teacher, simple man and an inspirational character, I met in my university life. Thank you sir for being such a wonderful teacher.
You deserve love and happiness that the world has to offer. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours. May your life be blessed with divine health that leads to happiness forever. Stay blessed sir.
Dilini Gunasinghe, Electrical Engineer, Ceylex Engineering (Pvt) Ltd [KDU Intake 29, Graduate 2016]
From: "Kalana Dharmapala "
Date: Tue, September 19, 2017 9:16 am
Memories about Prof. Lucas
was the first day after we had been selected to the specialized fields: the module name was Theory of Electricity, and we were sitting at the James George (JG) hall waiting for the lecturer.
Suddenly a familiar face appeared through the entrance. We all knew him by the name of Prof. Lucas, since he had done lectures during our first semester. But this time the module is bit different, it is about the practical aspects of electricity which includes calculations too. With his usual smile on his face, he started the lesson.
We were so enthusiastic: but after a little while, I couldn't grasp what he was teaching, as he was talking about water pressure flow rates, pipelines ... etc. which were irrelevant to electricity. I look at my colleague next to me, he shook his head signaling that he couldn't understand it either. So I had given up understanding, but kept on listening.
After a few days, I took the course note to read and understand it by myself. While reading the first few lines, I understood the things which Lucas sir taught to us: they were guidelines to understand the lesson much clearer. He had taken examples from matter instead of energy to make us understand better. That is how it all began.
Sir, you have been our guider throughout our undergraduate life. I'm always grateful to you for being the Northern star and guided us to the shores of professionalism and competence. Finally, I would like to wish you a healthy and joyful life.
Kalana Dharmapala , Temporary Instructor, University of Moratuwa [UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Lemasha Peiris "
Date: Thu, October 5, 2017 09:19
The coolest teacher, lecturer and professor I have ever seen
Yeah sir. It is you. I met you four years back in the 1st semester. You came to teach us Electrical Engineering in the 1st semester. You are very different because you find the coolest way to teach your students. And also I am informed that from my seniors that you have prepared our course notes. Sir, they are very organized course notes and they are very helpful to get good results for Electrical Engineering in the 1st semester. And your lecture series of Electrical Engineering gave us good inspiration and motivation to choose the field of Electrical Engineering. At that time "Electrical Engineering" became my favorite subject and as a result of it I chose Electrical Engineering as my field of study.
In the second semester we have only one Electrical subject and it is done by you; "Theory of Electricity". Every day I attend your lectures and I listen to what u said. After every topic of "Theory of Electricity" there was a quiz. Sometimes I hate these quizzes because every week we had to prepare for a quiz. But sir thanks to your quizzes we got better marks for "Theory of Electricity".
One day I came with my friend to you to find about an entrepreneur. There was a module that I followed named as "Entrepreneurship" and as an assignment we had to organize some interviews with an entrepreneur and to analyse his journey. You introduced your friend, Manjula Perera who is CEO of "Wind Force" to us. We organized some interviews with him and submitted our assignment attractively. We got the highest marks for that assignment and I put an email thanking you. I think, from that moment we became friendlier. I always view your blog and put comments about your achievements. I feel very proud of you sir, and you are the most amazing person I have ever seen.
In semester 5 and semester 8 you came to teach us "High Voltage" and also we have quizzes.
Fortunately you became a member of my final year group project panel. You motivate us to take best results from it and you always asked one particular question during all progress review sessions. On the final session we could give the answer to that question and you had appreciated it.
After my final examination, I hadn't any idea to choose a job related to field of Electrical Engineering or do higher studies. At that time you gave me a good motivation to choose higher studies. Now you always encourage me to do my research project.
Finally thank you very much dear Rohan sir. I wish you long and healthy life and wish you all the best.
Lemasha Peiris, Research Assistant, University of Moratuwa [UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Yashoda Sewwandi"
Date: Mon, October 9, 2017 07:59am
Dear Sir, I'm happy that I'm one of your students. My first memory about you is from the day of our first lecture of Electrical Engineering in Semester 01.
I enjoyed each lesson that you thought us. You inspire us to dream and to work and to reach out. You helped me to fulfill my potential.
I'm thankful for all that you've done.
I admire you each day, and I just want to say,
"Sir, you are the kindest lecturer I have ever seen. You always try to do your maximum for the students. People like you, are hard to find. As a person, as a Lecturer you are the greatest 😀"
Yashoda Sewwandi, Trainee Plant Engineer, Sojitz Kelanitissa (Pvt) Limited [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Lasindu Laknath"
Date: Sun, October 15, 2017 2:52PM
For the first time in the life time, we recognized you as a distinguished and honorable person in the electrical engineering field during our 1st
semester. Engaging to the new university life was somewhat hard those days due to the new style of exams, lectures and technology based educational patterns. If someone asked me to teach "Addition" to a child who just started grade 1 schooling, I can't even imagine how much of patience I would have to accord, and probably he/she would make me angry 😀. We students and lecturers can be really analogous to this incident during our first years, and I saw you as one of the teachers who were kind enough to share your knowledge on subject matters with a great patience, so that we can understand them properly. Later also, we met in the same lecture hall for several electrical modules such as Theory of Electricity, High Voltage Engineering 1 & 2. It was pretty amazing to see a man in his sixties actively participate to those lecture sessions without any hesitation. And also, I should not forget to mention those splendid practical examples you had on your finger tips to explain each and every hard subject matter and undoubtedly it mirrors your adroit knowledge. I haven't seen you giving zero marks to any student even in an in-class assignment and I still remember that your kindness to arrange make up tests was really beneficial to some of my colleagues at that time.
During our time in 3rd semester in 2014, a team of my colleagues and myself represented the Techno exhibition 2014 with a Tesla Coil. As I know it was for the first time in the long history of EE department. At the end we completed it with a great success and I should not forget the invaluable help you provided us during that time. It paved the way to drive us to grab the second place in university category. Even after that, during academic based projects, your advice and guidance helped us to find out our loop holes and make them correct at the end. It's a famous secret that most of the students were afraid to see you in the panel of a presentation knowing your potential to ask questions in any subject related area 😀 😀. In most of the times, students were unable to answer your questions in the presentations and at the end of the day they realize that it was your question that showed them the right direction to become successful. During the four years of my university life I was an active member of IET university chapter and finally ended up being the treasurer for 2016-2017 year. Every time, as the main advisor, you were behind us with your knowledge and experience. That advice really impressed upon our minds to show us the correct path in our future professional life and career.
So dear sir, finally after memorable four years I am going out with a First Class in Electrical Engineering and I honestly think that you also deserve a big part of the credit for that. I wish you all the very best for your future endeavors and may you live long a happy, healthy and prosperous life to share your knowledge with thousands of students and to serve this motherland.
Lasindu Laknath, Trainee Plant Engineer at Sojitz Kelanithissa Thermal Power Station [12' batch UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Lahiruni Ranasinghe"
Date: Sun, October 15, 2017 2:53PM
First of all, I am privileged to share the memories of a great person like u sir. In 2013 I first saw the Prof Lucas as our first semester lecturer and I was lucky enough to join to the Electrical Engineering Department and that’s made me to learn from you again with different modules. Though, I sometimes felt annoyed about quizzes in every week, but when I studied for the end exams that made it really easy since we studied it before.
Luckily Prof Lucas became one of the supervisors of our final year project. Your immense help made us to complete a successful project. And thanks to you and Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe we got good grades as well 😀.
The next memory is of the EEsoc get-together where Prof Lucas and me were in the same group "Team Loku Seen". We were able to play the games and share lots of fun and joy. As a person I really like your simplicity and humbleness. That small talks and jokes were real good examples :D . When I am talking about your service, it is remarkable and there are no words to explain, as everyone in the industry knows who Prof Lucas is. I am really happy that I could meet the giant in the Electrical Engineering field as a teacher but at the end we became friends 😀.
Lastly I wish you a happy 70th birthday with long healthy life. Thank you for being awesome.
Lahiruni Ranasinghe, Graduate Trainee- Capital Maharaja Organization [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Bhagya Samarakoon"
Date: Sun, October 15, 2017 9:37PM
I am very much fortunate to have a teacher like you. I think I am really lucky because you were lecturing to our batch from first semester to eighth semester. Before attending to your first lecture, my roommates said that there is a teacher called Prof Rohan Lucas who teaches in a different style. I was really excited to attend to the lecture, not to learn but to see how you teach and haven't heard a name as Lucas. Therefore I went to the lecture with full excitement. Still I can remember the first day you taught us. The way you take examples and explain theories was brilliant. Actually I thought after attending to your lectures, I will go to electrical department after end of first semester. The material you gave us were really helpful for the module, and I was fortunate to get an A pass for electrical module.
After entering the department, the module theory of electricity was taught by you and there were several in-class assignments which were really an irritating thing for me. Because, before coming to an in-class test we need to study the chapter you have done. But end semester examination was easy to pass the due to the in-class assignments 😀. Finally irritating thing transformed to a fruitful thing 😀. Semester four design project, high voltage modules in semester seven and eight, conducted by you, were really interesting.
You are not just a lecturer but also a very good friend to me. In the final year project also you really helped us to make it a success. The advice you have given to us is more valuable than gold sir. You are a great gift to us given by the god. Wish you all the very best and thank you very much for you kindness.
Bhagya Samarakoon, Research Scholar, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa[FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Jayamini Upeka FernandoPulle "
Date: Sun, October 15, 2017 10:38PM
Memories of Prof. Rohan Lucas
I first met Prof. Rohan Lucas as the one of the lecturers who delivered the Semester 1 module Electrical Engineering. With the choice of specializing in the field of Electrical Engineering, I got the chance to attend the lectures of Theory of Electricity, High Voltage Engineering I & II delivered by Prof. Lucas. Being a very unique person at teaching, Prof. Lucas follows a very interesting method of lecturing, which includes number of quite simple and very understanding examples. But if you lose the track of those examples it will be bit harder to understand what Professor would be explaining. When we talk about Prof. Lucas I think most of his students will remember the numerous in-class assignments that he gives. Sometime we will not know when it will be given and therefore we had to prepare ourselves throughout the entire lecture series. We would revise the theory, follow up the past papers. Eventually we will not need to work very hard for the final exams since we have already covered the syllabus, past papers throughout the semester. I must say that it was most of Prof. Lucas’s modules for which I scored an average beyond 'A-'.
However, I remember the very first days of Prof. Lucas joining social media (Facebook). He was one of the anxious people whom I know who wanted to learn about most of the things/option which we could do using Facebook.
Prof. Lucas has been an inspiration and motivation for all the catholic students in the University. It might be a monthly mass or a special occasion, Professor will not miss any of it.
Prof. Lucas has been an inspiration and motivation for all the catholic students in the University. It might be a monthly mass or a special occasion, Professor will not miss any of it.
Further Prof. Lucas is very famous for teasing his students. Not to make someone uncomfortable, but to have a little bit of fun and laughter for all. Either it will be a joke that he would crack, a Facebook post that he would share, or an amusing card or craft that he would make very creatively.
Further Prof. Lucas is very famous for teasing his students. Not to make someone uncomfortable, but to have a little bit of fun and laughter for all. Either it will be a joke that he would crack, a Facebook post that he would share, or an amusing card or craft that he would make very creatively.
May God Bless you Professor and all your good deeds!!
Jayamini Upeka FernandoPulle, Temporary Instructor in Electrical Engineering, UoM [12' batch UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Himali Lakshika"
Date: Fri, November 24, 2017 11:26AM
Memories with Rohan Lucas sir
never expected, you will be a good friend of me the first time I met you. But now I am proud to be a good friend of yours and to have a friend indeed like you.
I'd like to recall my memories of you, like this. When I rewind my memories, it goes to the NA1 lecture hall, and at there you were teaching us the basic concepts of electrical engineering for the "Electrical Engineering" subject. After your Lecture, I felt that you are performing teaching in a way which I expected to do, if I will become a Lecturer. I was also inspired by how you teach with small examples (funny examples) which are closer to our life. I have also heard from my seniors that you are a flexible lecturer who gives very high priority to check students understanding of the concepts, rather than considering only the final answer or the English, at in-class test or exams. I also used to concentrate on these aspects from my school time. So, I was inspired and I was free to be myself in your lecture without any limitations. Since those times, you became one of my role models in my university life.
Since I was selected to the Electrical Engineering department, I was Lucky enough to attend your lectures for my next three-and-half years also. Then my mind goes to the day on which I talk with you for the first time. That was the day we attended the WE ARE WITH YOU event, which is organized for deaf school students. It was the first WAWY event I attended. At the end of the event, we all started to dance with those students. Then suddenly my friend showed you and he asked me to go to Lucas sir and invite him to dance with those students on behalf of our batch, as he is normally willing do that (I had got caught to a trap from my friend). Then I kindly invited you to join to dance with those students. That was the day I first talked with you. Then we got to know each other from the interview, which we had done on lightning for an EnergyEE article. I can remember the first word you corrected on me is, lightning and lighting, since I had written my whole article using "lighting" for "lightning". After those discussions, we became good friends. The main thing I like to be your friend is the freedom to criticize you and your work openly and being criticized directly. I can remember, we always come to you, when we got a problem with finding some guidance for academic things. You helped us even for our management subject to find some entrepreneurs, because you had a ready solution for our problems, like magic.
Finally, we were also lucky to be selected for your Final year Project group. Your guidance helped us to finish our project with success and building our personality and confidence to face any challenges in the field. I can remember how you gave me advices to face a problem related to our project. From that incident, you wisely guided me and showed me, how to make decisions and deal with others as a professional engineer. At the end of my degree, I needed some career guidance. At that time also, you kindly helped me a lot.
I respect you very much as a great teacher in my life. As students, we are very lucky as you are still giving your kind service to our department, dedicating your free time for students who are learning at the University of Moratuwa. With your name, our University get fame that others cannot get. Its due to your value. Finally, I have to say, I am proud to be a student from University of Moratuwa as well as being your friend and your Student.
"Being a good teacher is hard, but being a beloved teacher is the hardest. You have been a beloved teacher of all of us". God bless you and wish you to live long with good health and wealth.
Himali Lakshika, Postgraduate Research Student, University of Moratuwa [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "pramod jayarathna"
Date: Sat, September 28, 2019 7:59 AM
In recalling my memory about sir, Prof. Rohan Lucas, it goes to the early days I started my university life. I met sir for the first time during a lecture in the first semester. I was really impressed by the way of his teaching, explaining difficult subject matter in the simplest manner that one could have done, in my opinion. The examples taken in the lectures to explain rigorous theories were so current and felicitous that we still don’t forget most of them. The learnings have inspired me a lot, and I’m truly grateful and honoured to be a student of you sir.
Honestly, I was really saddened to hear that he was retiring when he informed us, during a lecture one day in 2014. Even though he retired officially, sir is still visiting the university to conduct High Voltage Engineering lectures and supervise students, dedicating his valuable time and energy. I believe that the
University of Moratuwa as a whole, especially students in the Electrical Engineering department, are lucky enough to have him around them. This allows them to gain a lot of experience, and learn skills from him, to build strong professional careers in the future.
I’m thankful for the guidance and opportunities given during my final year project, which then inspired and motivated me to do my Masters. Your suggestions and opinions were so precious and helped me to achieve success in both. I remember that you spent sometimes hours and hours reviewing my research papers and thesis. There is only a handful of people whom I have seen dedicated and committed to what they do, and obviously Prof. Rohan Lucas is one of them.
Sir, It was a real privilege and honour to get advice and assistance from a person like you. I’m so grateful for your help as a supervisor and as a friend of mine. I wish the triple gems bless you and for you to have a happy and healthy long-life, to share your valuable knowledge in the years to come.
K.L.I.M. Pramod B Jayarathna, Lecturer on Contract, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2017, UoM MSc 2019]
From: "Sampath Ediriweera"
Date: Sun, September 29, 2019 6:24AM
have many great memories of my several lecturers I had growing up in the university because I considered them to have great minds and great talents, to be able to inspire people like myself and others my age. Out of them, I would like to recall my memories of a great lecturer, Prof. Rohan Lucas whose character and teaching had strengthened the foundations of my life.
I didn't even think that he'd be my favorite teacher, since I was not good at remembering the basic concept of electrical engineering, and basic electrical calculations in my A Level studies. But now, things have changed. In the beginning, I always wished to miss the classes in which concepts of electricity were being taught. However, nowadays I can't tolerate a day in my academic life without studying the concepts of electrical engineering, specially in high voltage engineering. Yes, this is the truth.
When I rewind my memories, it goes to the NA1 lecture hall where Lucas sir taught us the basic concept of the electrical engineering. After taking part in a few lectures of him, I understood that his teaching is so powerful and impactful that I can still remember them during day to day academic activities even today. Ever since I selected the Electrical Engineering in my second semester as the foundation of my future career, I was Lucky enough to attend your lectures for nearly three years being an undergraduate.
Many teachers don't concentrate on trying to build a student’s character and don’t take time to work with individual pupils. Lucas sir made me understand that a classroom environment would be greatly increased in effectiveness, as he became more of a friend and mentor rather than just a grouchy teacher. I am fortunate enough to get a final year project in high voltage engineering supervised by Lucas sir and Rasara madam. When we got stuck in front of the reviewing panel of the final year projects without answers, Lucas sir always offered his shoulder at the right times and assurance was given regarding our abilities. Sir had an honest and clear view of our work, as constructive criticism and reality checks were conducted along the way of our day-to-day work. He being a great supervisor always helped prevent our falls.
“Good supervisors can take you to incredible heights. They help you learn to fly, providing the wind beneath you and providing a net for when you fall.”
However, I never expected that the experience and theoretical knowledge gained would be the foundation for my post graduate studies in high voltage engineering, with him to be one of the supervisors. I am so lucky, and it is a great honor to say his name, among the industrial people and my colleagues, as being my Master’s supervisor. After taking part in several research conferences with him, I understood that he is like a rare gem, found in the depth of the earth, as he had a question to ask from each presenter during question and discussion times.
Prof. Rohan Lucas has all the attributes and more of a new method teacher. He is capable of combining all modes of teaching; he is compassionate, passionate, and friendly. He is never quick to anger with his students. From my interactions with him, I can confidently say that he is one of the best teachers around.
W.E.P. Sampath Ediriweera , Lecturer on Contract, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa [FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2017, UoM MSc 2019]
From: "Kalpani Madhushika Wijesooriya"
Date: Thu, January 2, 2020 10:53
The most humble professor I met in my university life: Emeritus Prof. Rohan Lucas
I was lucky to learn from you since the first semester. You taught us about the basics of electrical engineering. Your teaching method was very simple and you explained everything with practical scenarios. As I selected electrical engineering as my major, I was lucky to study under your guidance throughout my university period.
You are not only a good teacher but also a good friend to the students. You never hesitate to talk to your students even after the lectures and always smile with your students whenever you meet us. Sir, you always helped us to score good grades, you never scolded to students, always advised to us. What I mostly appreciate about you is you almost all the time tries to keep in touch with the students. Not only when we were undergraduates but even after that.
Finally, I am very glad to be a student of you.🙂
It was my pleasure to write these few words about you.
May the triple gems bless you and I wish you a long healthy and happy life.
W.M.K.M Wijesooriya , [UOM EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Nadeesha Dilrukshi"
Date: Thu, September 21, 2017 7:07 pm
Pleasant memories of Prof Rohan Lucas
Sir, whether you knew it or not, you taught me more than just a subject in the university. The best kinds of teachers give criticism, advice and compliments that stay with their students for life. Thank you for being one of those teachers to me.
Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember you as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor. A good teacher who can take a zero pay and help students to develop physically, emotionally, socially, is literally an angel.
Sometimes I just need that extra push of confidence or other times for someone to sit me down and be real with me. I appreciate all of the times you gave me constructive criticism, even if it meant hours of extra work to get that good grade. Thank you for being able to be hard on me when you knew it could allow me to do better.
Sometimes project assignments can be painfully boring. But you always created fun and engaging assignments and activities for me that made learning, something I had no interest in, to be fun. Thank you for putting that extra time and effort so that we could all learn something that was required, but also have fun doing it.
Not all teachers can double as a therapist, but you're not all teachers. Thank you for the advice you gave me for my masters' project, a problem I was having, or whatever it may have been.
Not everything comes naturally for everyone. Thank you for being the kind of teacher I felt I could always go to for extra help so that I could work through what I was struggling with.
You are the kind of teacher that has such a joy and passion for teaching that it is contagious to your students and makes us more excited for class. Thank you for letting your passion shine.
I can't imagine how many hours upon hours of your free time were spent grading projects and papers, creating assignments and making lesson plans. Thank you for the time and effort you put into my whole project.
You go above and beyond to be the best teacher that you can be, and it really stuck out to me. It was a privilege to have you as a teacher, I enjoyed your lessons, advice and wanted you to know that when I think of the best teacher I ever had, you immediately come to mind.
Thank you for your patience, your time and helping me with my masters' project. Thank you for setting me homework and staying behind to help me, even when I know there are lots of other places you'd rather be. Thank you for explaining things until I understood and making me do my best. Once again thank you very much for being my best teacher ever.
N.A.A. Nadeesha Dilrukshi, Research Engineer, ACCIMT, [UoM Industrial Automation MSc graduand 2017]
From: "Gayani de Soysa "
Date: Mon, September 11, 2017 7:10 pm
t's a great pleasure for me to recall memories about you sir.
You first came to our class to teach high voltage Engineering at KDU wearing a short sleeve shirt (I think I haven't seen you in a long sleeve shirt yet). That was when I was in 3rd year. Your first day lecture was Greek to me because of your fast accent and I was afraid even to talk to you because you were a Senior Professor from the University of Moratuwa. But when the weeks passed by, I got used to that and I understood your lecturers well. Almost all the time, you used to take the chair as an example to make us understand the theory. Even though I didn't understand your teaching style at first, later on, I got on track. I still remember you saying to me to talk loud when I gave answers, because it will be a problem in future (I am still trying to talk loud). You were always on time to class and very rarely you missed a class.
During the final year, you were helping us a lot to clarify doubts regarding our final year group project. One special quality of you sir, is that you ask a lot of questions when we are looking for help. That's not to make us feel bad, but to make us understand the situation, which in return clears our doubts. Even for presenting the project, you gave us ideas so that we won't be in difficulty during our final viva.
Later, I was fortunate enough to be in the same academic staff at the KDU as an instructor to assist you with your lectures, and the advice and the guidance I received from you was immense. You always found time to clarify our doubts whether it is academic or other matters. You are a true mentor of mine that I hold in respect. Even though you are a Senior Professor, you are very humble and a down to earth person. I rarely remember you getting angry over the years I have known you. You interacted with students in a friendly and caring manner. You are always with a knowing smile and always ready to crack a joke. It made us all more comfortable to work with you. You were always there for us when we needed you the most.
Thank you sir for all the things you have done to us. Working with you is also an unforgettable pleasant experience, because of the background you made us to work with. I will always remember you as a very simple man with a great personality. Your presence in the department is a great honor and a blessing for every one of us in the Department and for the University.
Gayani de Soysa , Temporary Instructor in Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering [KDU Intake 30 Graduate 2017]
From: "Lahiru De Silva"
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 09:38am
My memories about Prof. Lucas
I met Professor Lucas for the first time in 2015 during the first lecture of High Voltage Engineering I. I had heard that Prof. Lucas was one of the most senior professors in the whole country and therefore I was a bit scared that I would not be able to ask him any questions, in case I did not understand anything. Moreover, I believed that High Voltage would be the most difficult subject in the whole degree programme. But little did I know that High Voltage would turn out to be one of the most exciting subject areas of the whole electrical engineering programme. I had to occupy the first row on the very first day at the lecture, since I was a bit late for the lecture. Prof. Lucas started the lecture and it was evident that his lecturing style was different from most others. Instead of going on and on, he started asking questions from us continuously and I had to start answering, since I was in the first row right in front of him (and I am pretty sure I gave the dumbest answers that day). Then he gave all sorts of real life analogies, so that we would figure out electrical engineering using things we already knew. Marker pens, dusters, water bottles and books became his tools of demonstration which was very strange for me but at the same time it was more absorbing. At the end, High Voltage Engineering became one of my favourite subjects because of Prof. Lucas's unique method of guiding us to understand the concepts, rather than just cramming theory.
When doing our final year project, it was him who we first consulted. He asked us a few questions and expressed his views which was really helpful in improving the standard of our project. Even during project reviews his constructive criticism provided us really useful guidance.
It was 18th March 2015 when Sri Lanka played against South Africa in the World Cup quarter final and most students were checking the score periodically during the High Voltage lecture (when Prof. Lucas was not looking at us). At the end of the lecture Prof. Lucas came near us and to our surprise, asked what the score was and how much Sangakkara had scored. To his disappointment, SL had only scored 137 runs and Sanga had missed his 5th consecutive century (SL went on to lose the game afterwards).
Prof. Lucas is one of the best teachers I have met, and is the friendliest professor I have ever met. He is a perfect role model, a true professional and is simply one of the best human beings. It is a privilege to be taught by someone as great as Prof. Lucas and I would like to wish him a happy, healthy, long, prosperous life ahead.
Lahiru De Silva, Temporary Instructor in Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering [KDU Intake 30 EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Yamani Dalpadathu "
Date: Mon, 16 October, 2017 12:09PM
My memories of Prof. Lucas
Dear Sir, I got to know you when I was in my final year. The electrical engineering students had High Voltage Engineering I. As I did ET, it was an elective subject for me. So I decided to attend the lecture the 1st day. I stayed at the very back hoping I could only listen to the lecture. And all the electrical students told me that you were one of the big giants in electrical engineering. I remember you did the lecture and took the “Chair” as the example. And suddenly you asked a question. You wanted students to interact during the lecture. I was so scared because I thought I even don’t know some of the electrical engineering concepts and this is "you" asking questions. I decided to take a module which unfortunately clashed with the high voltage engineering slot. I then went home and told my dad we had this lecture and he started talking about you. He has been one of your students back when he was in UoM. He told me about your car, the Morris minor (I guess) which you used to park near the electrical building and that it was the only car there.
The next thing I remember was, Me, Gayani and two other ET friends so badly wanted to take a picture with you at the Aurudu Uthsawaya 2016. And yeah, we succeeded. And sir, you still remember that day and I was very surprised when you told me about that photo, a year after. So through Gayani I got to know a lot about you. And when I started as an instructor, I got the chance to work with you closer. To my surprise, the first proper lecture of yours that I attended was your guest lecture on "Lightning protection".
You are indeed one of the most humble people I've known and when it comes to helping in matters, you do it the best. I am very grateful that I got the opportunity to work with you. I wish you all the very best sir and thank you so much for being a good friend to me.
C.P.S. Yamani Dalpathadu, Temporary Instructor in Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering [KDU Intake 30 EE Graduate 2017]
From: "Capt NDG Thathsara Nanayakkara and Capt Sadeepa Ramesh Hitinayake"
Date: Fri, November 12, 2020 8:38 PM
Memories of Intake 30 EE Students with our favourite Lecturer Prof J R Lucas
We would like to share some of the memories of Intake 30 EE students, especially those of EE Graduated Officers in tri-forces in pictorial form. You become our favourite teacher because of your teaching method. You always explain difficult theories with examples and the way of you manage your language, it is very pleasant to hear,.....and with your kindnesses you became the special and favourite lecturer among us sir
Photo (L): EE Graduated Officers in the tri-forces, from Intake 30, at the graduation dinner night at Mount Lavinia Hotel in 2017
Photo (R): Intake30 EE Officer Cadets of the KDU, presenting a token of appreciation to Prof JR Lucas at the end of the Last semester of the BSc Engineering course at the KDU in the year 2016. Left to Right: Namal Athukorala, Chathuranga Jayasundara, Sanjaya Gajasinghe, Dissanayaka, Sahampathi Pathirathna, Prof Rohan Lucas, Nipuna Ranwickrama, Ramesh Hitinayaka, Tharaka Basnayaka, Yachithra Nanayakkara .
Photo (L): Memories of last HV lecture to Intake 30, EE Officer Cadets and Day-scholars, conducted at KDU with our favourite Lecturer. Left to Right: Sahampathi Pathirathna, Chathuranga Jayasundara, Gayani De Soysa, Sachintha Rathnayaka, Lahiru De Silva, Dhanushka, Chamal Arthenayake, Prof. Rohan Lucas, Pulasthi Illukkubura, Isuru Madushan Jayawardana, Milantha Wanniarachchi, Chathura Withanasiri, Thathsara Nanayakkara
Photo (R) On the occasion of the Research Paper presentation by EE intake 30 Officers at IET Present Around the World (PATW) Technical Paper Conference 2018 at the University of Moratuwa. Left to Right: Capt Tharaka Basnayaka, Prof Rohan Lucas, Capt Thathsara Nanayakkara and Capt Ramesh Hitinayaka
Capt Thathsara Nanayakkara and Capt Ramesh Hitinayake, [KDU Intake 30, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Graduates 2017]
From: "Flt Lt Sahampathi Pathirathne"
Date: Fri, November 13, 2020 12:23 PM
You were a very special person that I met during my KDU life. There aren’t words to express our gratitude for the efforts taken to enlighten us as a great mentor.
I had the privilege of being next to you at the KDU Convocation dinner at Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Left to Right: Prof Susirith Mendis, 2nd Lt Prabuddha Rajapaksha, Cpt Kumara, Prof Joseph Lucas, Fg Off Sahampathi Pathirathne
Sir, when you and your family members visited the Air Force Museum at Ratmalana, it was a great pleasure for me to accompany you and to dedicate my time to be with you, during a full tour of the Air Force Museum, which is described with a few extracted pictures.
The picture on the left shows you and your grandson Avisha, posing with me, in front of a Bell 207 Jet ranger helicopter which is used for the purpose of helicopter training.
Picture on right shows little Avisha and her mother Roshanthi posing in front of an Avro - 748 aircraft which was used for passenger and cargo transportation.
Picture on left shows Sir carrying little Avisha in front of a MI 24 Helicopter and it's armourment. This is used as an attack helicopter and also played a vital roll in past humanitarian operations.
Picture on right shows your Son-in-law Lakshitha carrying little Avisha and posing in front of a Mikoyan Gurevich MIG 15 UTI aircraft which was used as a fighter interceptor.
I hope you enjoyed a lot by capturing both fixed wing and rotor wing air crafts which were used during the Royal Air Force and up to now. Hope your stay under the wings of Sri Lanka Air Force would have been a remarkable day in your life.
Being a former student, it was a great privilege for me to do such a small favour for a great teacher like you.
Flight Lieutenant Sahampathi Pathirathne, [KDU Intake 30, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Graduate 2017]
From: "Sandaru Karunasiri "
Date: Sun, October 1, 2017 10:30 pm
It was the James George hall, where we had the first lecture of Electrical Engineering as a fresh undergrad in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. Since those were the first few days for us at the university, we were in a mood to be surprised from everything we see and hear. But it needed no reason to be surprised when the professor started his lecture by saying,
"My name is Rohan Lucas, and I've been lecturing here for 44 years, that's probably double your age"
The lecture hall was pouring with one full of "Woah", when I immediately started thinking about the number of electrical circuits these hands have drawn, the number of students who followed his words to become electrical engineers in this country. This being the first time I saw this person in my life, however a brief visual rolled up in front of my eyes of the journey of this person becoming one of the best professors in electrical engineering. With an eager curiosity to talk to him to learn his journey, I always thought he would be not be such an accessible personality.
As a person who keeps giving surprises, he was unbelievably accessible. As a student who is engaging more in extracurricular activities, I found that Prof. Rohan Lucas has more interest in students like myself. He likes students engaging in more dynamic activities, other than just studying and he encourages people to do so.
I remember when I was competing for the Speech Olympiad IX preliminaries in our university, the competition was held at Electrical Engineering Seminar Room. Usual practice is to have the preliminaries in empty audiences only, with the judge panel since it had less importance than the semifinals. So I prepared for an empty audience where I found Prof. Rohan Lucas sitting in the back end of the hall listening to my full speech with keen interest. Also he was kind and humble enough to support me in making me the most popular speaker in this particular competition and also in the inter university speech competitions. I could least expect this support from a lecturer in our university but from a senior professor!, rather from one of the best professors in the university.
There were so many instances I have come across where Prof. Lucas has never failed to exhibit his humbleness. Some of those are at "We Are With You" charity events for the hearing impaired, which are organized by Electrical Engineering Society. Especially when we organized it in 2015 with the superhero theme, Prof. Lucas did not want to be an exception, when he decided to put up a superhero mask of Wolverine to join the crowd. We kept being surprised by his down to earth personality and he agreed to take photographs with all of us.
As one person in the staff not to miss the annual cricket tournament in the department, he makes sure he participates somehow to play with the young boys and girls to make their university memories more colorful. We as a bunch of cricket lovers always have enjoyed professor's presence and it is quite a joy to watch.
Myself coming from a rural school in Hambanthota District, he was interested about how I developed my language skills which must be why Prof. Lucas decided to talk to me about my English education and advised me to read more newspapers and books.
Sometimes it's not easy to talk to him, because he's very keen about words and try to frame us if we make any mistake in colloquial language
However, we have always enjoyed his company because it's always a joy to associate an emeritus professor in the university, who is humble enough for us to talk to with zero hesitation.
Dear sir, thank you for being this simple, humble personality! Thank you for your immense effort to teach us with the best way possible. Thank you for being a real human, the world needs more of them.
Sandaru Karunasiri, [UoM Semester 8 EE student 2017]
From: "Ishitha Piyawadani Loku Kaluge "
Date: Tue, October 3, 2017 5:43 pm
My Memories of Prof. Lucas
My first memory about you is from the day of our first lecture of Electrical Engineering in New Auditorium 2, as a fresh undergrad in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. On that day, I got to know you as one of the best professors in electrical engineering, who has done remarkable service for this university. But I would never ever have thought that this person will become a friend of mine.
And I think, I was the first person who became a friend of yours from 13 batch. It was after the first in class test for Theory of Electricity that you teased me first. You sent me a message telling me that you will have to repeat the students of our batch who had got zero marks for the test. I was so astonished at that moment, but after few days I got to know that it was a joke and that zero was in fact one-zero. I remember you told me once that you also have a daughter who did extra-curricular activities, so that you would like to support a girl like me who does sports rather than focusing only on studies.
You had created this funny karate kid poster for me. From all those little humorous and surprising things, I realized that you are a very humble, generous and innocent person. You are not a just a lecturer to us, but always willing to listen to us and do whatever you can for our future betterment. You are a true friend to me sir.
When I was selected to represent Sri Lanka through the University for the World Karate University Championship 2016 in Braga Portugal, you were there to support me. Within a few days you found sponsorships from your close friends in industry to cover the expenses that my parents couldn't bare on their own. I have no words to thank you for supporting me at that difficult situation; if you were not there, I won't be able to participate for that prestigious event and make it to the 5th place of women's team kata event.
Not only that, when I had to find a training place which would also allow for my Karate practices in the evenings, your guidance directed me to the right placement. Because of that I had successfully completed my training under well-experienced professionals in Amithi Power Consultants (Pvt) ltd.
You always appreciated my achievements and guided me to strike a balance between my academic work and sport life. Like my parents, you were proud of my all achievements and made sure to make an FB post for me and share it in your timeline to congratulate me. You have always strengthened me with your encouraging words, standing by my side like my own parents in every endeavor that I encountered.
After the coming two months, our lives would be changed to different paths, but I would never ever forget what you have done for me Sir. You are the most humble person I have ever met in my life.
Thank you for inviting me to make a memory for you, but these words are not enough to appreciate my thoughts for you sir. I wish you a long healthy and happy life with your grandson and may all your utmost wishes come true.
LokuKaluge Ishitha Piyawadani, Karate Girl [UoM Semester 8 EE student 2017]
From: "Charith Dharmabandu "
Date: Wed, October 4, 2017 01:02 am
Dear Prof. Lucas sir, "Theory of Electricity", the first electrical engineering module which I attended, being an undergraduate of University of Moratuwa, draws me the opportunity to meet you sir. At the very beginning of the first lecture, when your laptop was powering on, I confused myself that you are a foreign lecturer when I saw your profile picture at the welcome screen of your laptop. But you were not. Instead, you were a proud Sri Lankan who contributed to the whole nation as well as to overseas.
When I came to our university, I had no intention of being an electrical engineering undergraduate. But your explanations, beyond the boundaries of the content of the lecture, made me understood the potential we have in serving our country as an electrical engineer, which motivated me in becoming one.
One of the most outstanding qualities of yours which I admired a lot is your willingness to make your students feel that you are not just a teacher, but a good friend of ours. The best example is calling me "Dharmabandu" even though I always introduce myself to you as Charith. By doing that, you always wanted to remind me of the character which I played in the drama dedicated for "We are with you 2015" where I played the character in my own surname, "Dharmabandu" which was hilarious, but meaningful.
Another eminent quality that I remind myself with gratitude is your dedication in supporting extracurricular activities. It's a well-known fact that you act as the patron of IET SL YP UoM as well as the fellow member of IET Sri Lanka network. It should be mentioned that I would not have become a successful chairman of IET SL YP UoM if not for the guidance and support of yours. Even being one of the busiest personnel in the university, you still somehow find time to offer your cooperation in IET activities of the university with passion.
Another memory which I repeat myself is you being the only one to capture the dancing video of the after party of panel discussion 2015. If not for you, we would have missed that chance of having a video of that wonderful dance we performed.
The most remarkable memory which I would like to recall in my memory lane with yours is an incident which displays your endless humbleness. When I was attending industrial internship, I was a given a task to study about the types of lightning conductors and their appropriateness in the Sri Lankan context. Even though I found much information from the internet, it was not reliable to depend on those. I exactly knew that the pioneer person to get rid of my confusions in this regard was you. But as I was unable to reach you at the university, and understanding my situation, you accepted to discuss my matter through an online chat. You would have easily rejected my request while complaining that it is informal to do so. But you were not. You were very humble to help me out.
You always try your best to teach your students what you know, which is unbounded, in order to make them reach beyond what they think they are. You take the finest simple examples for your teachings, so that no one remains without understanding. Thank you for caring enough to gently push and prod me, to do my best and to fulfill my potential peaks. Last, I would like to say that, I am so proud and grateful to become one of your many students as well as a friend of your pool of friends. Even though you have many students and many friends, I hope you will remember me as Dharmabandu as you always did.
I wish the triple gems bless you and lead you to a long live healthy life. Your dearest student,
Updated:- Sat, March 14, 2020
Heartiest congratulations for your successful completion of 50 years of lecturing. The most catching part of your speech was the part you said that you chose not to be rich, but live happily with your family and friends including your students. I also strongly believe that it is the way to live our lives. You would have been the richest in the world if you chose to earn money from your knowledge and talent. But you did not. May good health always stay with you.
Charith Dharmabandu , [2013 batch UoM Semester 8 EE student 2017]
From: "Dilmi Prabhashwari "
Date: Wed, October 4, 2017 7:54 pm
Memories of Prof. Lucas
First I came to know Prof Rohan Lucas Sir in 2014 when I entered the University of Moratuwa as a First year Engineering Undergraduate. You taught us part of the Electrical Engineering module in my first semester. I was very grateful to learn it from one of the most senior lecturers at the University. You had a very unique teaching style, and a well-organized teaching approach, which was so easy to everyone to understand the subjects.
After I got selected to the Department of Electrical Engineering, we were lucky to have Lucas Sir as our lecturer during the second semester (Theory of Electricity), seventh and final semester (High Voltage Engineering 1&2). I remember at the Theory of Electricity lecture, when Prof Lucas came to the lecture hall, we looked at his hands to check whether there is a large yellow Envelope in his hand. If there was an envelope we had quiz that day. However, we have nothing left to study for the end exam, as result of your everyday quiz. At the first year I thought Prof Lucas was very tough lecturer. I was scared to talk to you. But now I realized that you are a very friendly lecturer who likes to spend your time with your students.
High Voltage Engineering is one of my favorite subjects. Although the module content is very difficult for me, Lucas Sir made it easy to understand. Lecture notes are ordered and clear. Lectures are interesting and refreshing and not boring. Lucas sir always tried to teach some theories by using some practical as well as funny examples. Sir never gets late for lectures, never cancel any lectures and well prepared for a lecture. Thank you very much Sir for high quality study material that was made available through your website to all students. Past question papers with answers were also available at your site and it was very useful to study for my exams. Sir you are the first one to mark the answer scripts and release results among all lecturers.
Lucas Sir was really interested in talking with students. When he found us anywhere in the University, Sir did not forget to do some friendly funny chat with us. Lucas Sir participates all the EESoc activities "We are with you" "EESoc get together" "Annual Cricket tournament etc. As a Senior Professor, you never kept a gap between you and the students. You want to be with students.
Sir, Thank you inviting me to recall all these interesting memories. I have not enough words to say my thoughts about you. You are a great teacher to me from the start of my university life. I am very lucky to be a student of you.
Dear Sir I wish you long and healthy life and all the very best in all your future endeavors.
Dilmi Prabhashwari , [2013 Intake, UoM EE Semester 8 Student, 2017]
From: "Nadeesha Chandramali "
Date: Thu, 5 October 2017 6:13 pm
My Memories of Prof.Lucas
Dear sir, I got to know about you in my 1st year at the University of Moratuwa. At that time I knew you as a world famous, respectful, talented person among universities, industries and etc. So, I never thought that we will be able to even talk with you, and I was very afraid to talk. But you were the person who talked with me first. At that time you teased me and said "Are you laughing always?", making me so surprised and I felt a bit shy. But on the other hand, I was very happy and this changed my attitude towards you. Actually you were a humble, kind hearted, and cheerful person. I really respect and appreciate those qualities and I am very proud to be a student as well as a good friend of you. You always try your best to help your students. And also you never forget to appreciate students for their talents and encourage to improve them to do their best.
So, finally I would like to ask you to keep your smile forever (like mine) and please be healthy. I wish you all the best and again thank you very much for being a good friend to me...
K.A.Nadeesha Chandramali Perera, [UoM 2013 Intake, S8 EE student 2017]
From: "Anuththara Karunarathna "
Date: Sat, October 7, 2017 8:27 am
My Memories of Prof.Rohan Lucas
ear Sir, once I started my academic life at the University of Moratuwa, you were the first person I got to know in the Electrical Engineering field, since the first lecture in Electrical Engineering for fresh undergraduates was conducted by you in the auditorium NA2. We got to know that you are one of the greatest professors in the University, who is a very talented, kind hearted and cheerful person.
As I dreamt, I was selected to the Electrical Engineering field where I was again lucky to be a student of yours. "Theory of Electricity", the subject that is considered as the heart of all the Electrical Engineers, was taught by you in Semester 2. The in-class tests given by you were the most irritable thing about the subject at that time. Other than that we were really thrilled to get the results because we knew that definitely the results will be staring at us on the noticeboard not more than two to three days after the test. I still am surprised as to how you give the results to us that fast. I want to tell you that you are the first ever teacher I've ever met who puts out the results that fast. However later we all were realized that the in-class tests was the path to the success in the final examination, as there was almost nothing to study new.
As a final year student, it is a great pleasure for being a part of a Final Year Project supervised by you Sir. All the time we came to meet you with a problem, you were free to listen to them and gave solutions, ideas that motivated us to do the project in a better way. Even when we entered your room with empty minds, when we left we were full of new ideas and concepts. I am really thankful for all the advice and the immense support given to us.
I am very happy to meet a professor who is wearing a smile on his face all the time and wishing you to keep it forever. The service you have done to the entire Engineering students is remarkable. It's a great pleasure to recall my memories of you during my University life and I wish you a happy healthy long life.
I.M. Anuththara Madumadalie Karunarathna, [FYP student, 2013 batch UoM Semester 8 EE student 2017]
From: "Shehani Dilshika de Saram "
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 08:57am
My Memories about Prof. Joseph Rohan Lucas
My very first memory about Prof. Lucas runs back to the time when I was a first year undergraduate, at the University of Moratuwa. Prof. Lucas, as I got to know then, was an Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, and was a highly reputed character in the University of Moratuwa. I am really proud because I was among those very few undergraduates who were lucky enough to attend your lectures right from the first year to the final year. Your lectures were always very interesting and I never get bored listening to them. It is not very rare for someone to become an expert in a particular discipline, but the ones who are skilled at sharing the vast knowledge they have gathered among others in a way they can understand, is a rare kind. You are one of them.
You have been the most humble professor that I have and I shall ever meet in my life. You are amazingly friendly and open to your students, and that is one of the reasons that has made you one of my favorite teachers. I have never felt uncomfortable to come and talk with you during any difficulty related to my academic work, because you always have time for your students, no matter how busy you are. I have been a fan of your blog ever since I got to know that you are interested in blogging. The posts you create, teasing your students, are so funny that it surprises me how a senior professor can be this close to his students. You have lightened up the minds of thousands of students with the vast knowledge that you have gathered, and above all, you have been a friend- in- need to all of them.
Finally, I am thankful to the knowledge you have given me and for being one of the most remarkable friends in my life. I wish you for good health and all the good things in life that keeps you happy. Thank you once again for being a good friend to me because such people are very hard to find. Please continue to be this super friendly professor to your students, because not everyone can win the hearts of students as much as you have. Thank you.
Shehani Dilshika , [2013 batch UoM Semester 8 EE student 2017]
From: "Harindya Shehani Attanayaka "
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 11:42am
My Memories of Prof. Lucas
Dear Lucas sir, when I stepped to the University of Moratuwa as a freshman, you were the very first person I got to know as a professor. Even as a semester 1 student I knew your greatness and remarkable things that you have done both for the university and the Electrical Engineering field.
Once I have selected my path as an Electrical Engineering undergraduate, I was very lucky to be a student of yours. The foundation for all Electrical aspects, “Theory of Electricity” was taught by you for semester 2 students. Once the lecture series started, when you informed us about the in-class tests, we knew that they were inevitable and a little bit burdensome. But we were all thrilled to check the notice board for results. But later on, I realized that the in-class tests you have given, was the very reason for my good grades in the final examination, as you said.
In Semester 5, when we were about to go to Industrial Training, I got to know you as a very cheerful person who likes to help students without any hesitation, because it was you, who introduced me to the Electrical Engineer, Mrs. Hasini Madurangi, of the Venora Group company; It was really helpful for me, for my success in Industrial Training.
Finally, I would like to say that sir; you have always praised us for good ideas and have never criticized us for not giving right answers. Instead of that, you explain the correct answers with very simple examples.
Thank you very much for allowing me to write a memory of you and it gives a great pleasure to reminisce your memories. I wish you all the happiness and a very long healthy life.
Shehani Attanayaka , [UoM 13 batch, EE S8 student 2017]
From: "Hasini De Silva"
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 12:26pm
My memories of Prof. Lucas
Being an Emeritus Professor, your knowledge and expertise on the subject is undoubtedly the best, but as a human you truly are amazing. I've known you from the early days that I got into the department until now, and the help and guidance you have given in academic matter and for the projects are immense. Your doors are always open for students for any matter to be discussed, and your willingness to help us, the students, is just amazing. The way you approach the problems that we question, and help us understand the facts in-depth is really interesting. You put a question back to us, make us think and get the solution to our questions by own selves.
You are an amazing example for humbleness that I have ever met. Not only that! You have inspired us by being a man who is capable of many things (I guess everything!). Your motivation for us to engage in extra-curricular activities and your sense of humour, fun-loving nature reminds us always who a balanced person really is. You have always being a great inspiration to young engineers like us!
You will always be in my heart as the greatest personality that I've met at University of Moratuwa. I will always be a dearest student and a friend to you!
I wish the triple gems bless you and the healthiest, of course the happiest life ahead with your amazing grandson!
Your dearest student,
Hasini De Silva , [[UoM 13 batch, EE S8 student 2017]]
From: "Sasrika Fernando"
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 3:26 pm
Dear Rohan Sir, I feel honoured to write a memory about you. I can still recall the day I first met you as our lecturer. It was the very first day of the subject theory of electricity in our first semester. As first year students, we all were not familiar with the professors. But sir, you were friendly with all the students so I think every student felt relaxed learning from you.
Although I have been learning from you for more than a semester, the "we are with you" event which held in our second semester was the occasion that gave me the opportunity to talk to you, as almost as a friend. In that event, students in our batch were divided into groups and each group were supposed to create an activity so that we can interact with the children from the School for the Deaf, Ratmalana. You had a little chat with us when you came to play the game which was organized by our group. I happened to be captured in the same photograph as you at that moment. After you saw that photograph, you teased me about it. That was how I started to get to know you.
Nowadays when we accidently meet at the department, you always have a little chat with me. And I feel very familiar with you, and I don’t hesitate to talk to you because of that. You are like that with all your friends. And when you are lecturing us, you don't forget to tease your friends. I think those are the reasons for you to be friends with many students.
Finally I would like to thank you for considering me as a friend and for giving me this opportunity to write a memory about you. Thank you very much sir and may you have lots of friends in your healthy life.
Sasrika Fernando, [UoM 2013 batch, S8, EE student 2017]
From: "Malisha Anurangi "
Date: Sun, October 8, 2017 7:45pm
Dear Lucas sir, First of all, I am very much lucky to be your student. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my memories of you. I got to know you in my first semester when I started studying in University of Moratuwa as a student. The first subject I learnt from you is "Theory of Electricity" in semester one. You are one of the humble professors I have met in my life. I like your teaching methods very much because you explain the complex subject maters in a very simple way with such great examples. You are not only a teacher but also a good guider and a friend whom we can talk about anything at any time.
There are no words to express to the service you offered to the students at our university as a lecturer and a friend. You are one of the best teachers that I have met in my life. I wish you a happy and healthy life and thank you very much for being a good friend to me.
Malisha Anurangi Weerasekera, [UoM 2013 batch, EE Semester 8 student 2017]
From: "Hiruni Bandara"
Date: Wed, 11 October 2017, 9:04pm
Memories of Prof. J. R. Lucas
My first memory about Prof. Lucas keeps running back to the time when I was a first year undergraduate student at the University of Moratuwa, after I got selected to the Department of Electrical Engineering. I was lucky enough to have Prof. Lucas as our lecturer for Theory of Electricity in semester 2. Thereafter he was the lecturer for High Voltage Engineering I &II in semester 7 & 8. During all these years of study with Prof. Lucas, he was never late for the lectures and was well prepared for the lecture. I will always remember that he is one of the greatest professors in the University, who is a very talented, kind hearted and cheerful person.
Prof. Lucas always surprised us with his down to earth personality by participating in all the EESoc events, "We are with you", "EESoc get together", "Lightning Cricket tournament”. He always wanted to be with students and never let us to think that there is a vast gap between a Senior Professor and the students. It was a great pleasure for me to meet such a prestigious person and who always wears a smile on his face, wishing you to keep it forever.
I wish the triple gems bless you the healthiest and the happiest life ahead!
Hiruni Bandara, [UoM 2013 batch, EE Semester 8 student 2017]
From: "Yashodini Randunu"
Date: Wed, 11 October 2017, 8:16pm
My Memories of Prof.Rohan Lucas
Dear Sir, When I recall my memories about you, it begins from our first lecture in Electrical Engineering in Semester 1. Since then, you became one of my favorite lecturers and made me believe that there are such people who can fill the huge gap between a university lecturer and undergraduate. I think, me and my colleagues unanimously agree that you have been an amazing and humble friend to all of us during these four years of our university life.
The most amazing memory I have is “Shooting Lucas Sir with my Water Gun” in annual EESoc event “We are with You” in 2015. I was shocked when the photograph appeared on Facebook. But this shocking incident introduced me to one of most honorable friends in my life. Your teasing made me understand my fault of shooting one of our best Emeritus Professors of the university, and we became good friends that day onwards. I think we are privileged to have teacher like you who is humble enough to become a friend of students.
Thank you for being a good lecturer, advisor and a friend to all of us. Sir, wish you happy and healthy years ahead. May god bless you today and always.
Yashodini Randunu, [UoM 2013 batch, EE Semester 8 student 2017]
From: "Shehan Selaka"
Date: Sun, November 24, 2019 9:43PM
My Memories of Prof. Lucas
I first met Prof. Lucas as a lecturer in semester 1 Electrical Engineering lecture. Then I was fortunate enough to learn from him after getting selected to Department of Electrical Engineering where He taught Theory of Electricity in semester 2 and High Voltage Engineering I & II in the final year. As a lecturer he had a unique way of explaining scenarios using equipment found in the class room which can be easily understood by students. I still can remember how he used the computer mouse to demonstrate the operation of a pendulum to explain some concepts in the resonance and damping lesson. Prof. Lucas was punctual and well organized in his lectures and the in-class tests given by him made us to study regularly so that we were well prepared when the end exams arrive, without waiting for last minute studying.
The best thing I like about Prof. Lucas is that he has a strong teacher-student relationship and he is more like a friend to us. I have never met a professor like him who is more humbler and with a down to earth personality. He never missed the events and functions organized by us and as undergraduates we have shared best memories with him in the events such as We are with you, EEsoc family get together, Department cricket match, IET field visits and many more.
Personally, I believe that Prof. Lucas is a gem to our country, specially for our department and the university with his vast knowledge and skills in Electrical Engineering which are unmatchable and known all around the world. The service he has rendered as a Professor in Electrical Engineering is invaluable. Apart from being a lecturer, teaching at the university for thousands of students, he has gifted his knowledge with a lot of published materials. He has made them available through his website for anyone to use for their work. Still I refer to some of his lecture notes when I teach to semester 1 undergraduates, simply because they are well prepared and understandable. I couldn’t find any other better study materials from the internet even.
Finally, I would like to thank Prof. Lucas for giving me this opportunity to share my memories of him in this forum and wish him a happy and healthy life. May he gain more strength and courage to serve in the field of Electrical Engineering for many years to come.
Shehan Selaka, Temporary Instructor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa [UoM 2013 Batch, UoM EE Graduate 2018]
From: "Thisara Karunathilaka"
Date: Mon, February 3, 2020 9:02 PM
When thinking about the 4 years of time in the University and almost all of it in Electrical Engineering department the most cheerful, outstanding and remarkable lecturer I met was you. You were there with us all the time in every event, sometimes we were not able to believe, is this actually you. You played cricket with us, you made jokes that made us laugh even when we were in a huge stress. Outside of the lecture hall you were a friend. You were kind all the time and you made subjects like Theory of Electricity, High Voltage as our favorite. That was the strength, willingness made us strong, all the hard times during our jobs. And it is huge mistake if I did not mention your guidance towards the success of our project. When we were lost, just with a topic you were the one who showed us the path to the success. When there was an issue with the project and a feeling comes to mind "oh god this is a dead-end" the second thing comes to our mind was "Did Lucas sir come to the Uni today?”. Likewise you were the one who came to our mind when we were in trouble. Final year project became an interesting thing instead of a stress because of you and really grateful for that sir. Of all the lecturers in the university you were the one who we still miss.
Finally, I wish you a happy and healthy life and all the courage to make the lives of a young engineers like us a success. I am really glad that you gave me this opportunity to tell what I feel towards you. Thank you very much for everything you have done for us sir, for every smile you brought. Again thank you for making our university life a wonderful one.
K. Thisara Lakshan Karunathilaka, [FYP student, 2013 batch, UoM EE graduate 2018]
From: "Dinusha Madushani"
Date: Thu, September 3, 2020 3:16 PM
Dear sir, Prof. Rohan Lucas, it is a great pleasure for myself to recall memories about you. I met you for the first time during my 1st semester at the University of Moratuwa in 2014. I was very lucky to study under your guidance from the 1st semester to the last semester of my university life.
Being my final year project supervisor, the guidance and support you have provided is immense. You are so creative and passionate about your teaching, subject and how you communicate ideas and unique life lessons with us.
As students many teachers and educators will pass through our lives without any remembrance. Yet a special few will leave a lasting impression. Thank you for being one of the special educators who will live forever in the minds and hearts of students whose lives you have touched.
I wish you a long healthy and happy life sir.
As you always mention, hope you enjoy life more with grand children, rather than just children. You will get a beautiful grand daughter too.
Dinusha Madushani, [FYP Student, 2013 batch UoM EE Graduate 2018]
From: "W.M.S.L Wanninayaka "
Date: Sun, September 17, 2017 7:57 pm
Memories of a wonderful Professor: Rohan Lucas
Sir, by recalling the memories about you, it sprang up to 4 years back, and can be gathered into three memory stages, with the dawn of the 1st year in the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). By the end of the 1st semester, I was selected for Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, but I changed my field to Electrical and Electronics Engineering since I had a keen interest on this field. When we had the 1st lecture on "Theory of Electricity" conducted by you at the 2HD lecture hall, I got a feeling of satisfaction about my decision on selecting Electrical Engineering. I still remember how you magnificently explained the basic theories behind electrical engineering using simple and practical applications. Dear Sir, you have paved a strong path to initiate my studies as an engineering undergraduate.
The second memory stage was during the 5th semester of the university, when we had lectures on "High Voltage Engineering I". The complex theories behind High Voltage Engineering were excellently penetrated to our brain by your exceptional teaching abilities. Sir, you have an excellent capability of teaching us complex concepts using basic and natural phenomena that can be easily understood. Unlike others, you have an efficiently organized method of teaching, where all the students can easily obtain lecture notes and past papers from your website. Sir, the way you collaborate with students was an outstanding qualification of your great character. You have always been there by the side of the students helping them to resolve problems. As an electrical undergraduate, I feel so lucky to be one of your students. Dear Sir, I am very proud to say that you are the backbone of the Electrical Department of our University.
The third stage is the latest memories at LTL Transformers (where I was an Electrical engineering trainee) and of the final year at the university ("High Voltage Engineering II"). During my training period, you had several visits and guided us to gain correct training experience. During the final year, we were expected to select a final year project topic and you directed us precisely. Dear Sir, we are very fortunate to have you as our final year project supervisor. You guide and motivate us by boosting our confidence in project activities. Sir, during this period I have recognized one of the overwhelming quality of you, other than as a brilliant professor in the field of electrical engineering. It is a tremendous feeling of been treated as a friend of you, not just as a student. Dear Sir, I feel very blessed to be your friend. Every student feels very comfortable because of your friendliness. The way you enthusiastically integrate into social events like "Awurudu Uthsavaya" and matches held in the university, reflects the unique qualities of your wonderful character. You also treat everyone equally, giving everyone the same chance disregarding their standards, portraying your big-heartedness. Sir, one of the other remarkable quality of you is having a great sense of humor making things enjoyable.
Dear Professor, "You haven't just taught me the subject, You have opened my eyes to a whole new world."
Finally, I am wishing you the world's best and strength to continue your treasured service to many more generations and sparkle their life with your vision. Thank You.
Surangi Lakmini Wanninayaka, Electrical & Electronic Engineering , [FYP student, KDU Intake 31 Semester 8 student 2017]
From: "Supun Lahiru Fernando "
Date: Sat, October 7, 2017 10:26 pm
I consider it as a great honour to be given a chance to write something about a noble person whom I knew even before meeting face to face.
I first got to know him through an ayya of our school who entered the university when I was doing my ALs. He said about the Catholic Students' Movement of UoM and said that Prof. Lucas attends the Eucharistic Celebrations there. I immediately noticed from the name itself, which was after St. Luke the Evangelist, that he has a Catholic name. Then later on, when I started doing a private course on Electrical Engineering, this same ayya provided me a note-set of this Prof. Lucas which contained all the basic Theories of Electricity, with fine and understandable explanations and which were rich with mathematical proofs. At that time, even without having seen this 'Professor', I had become a student of his. I got to see him attending Eucharistic Celebrations of CSM, when I joined the UoM for TLM, but still had never spoken to him.
In the year 2014, I joined the FoE of KDU having dropped TLM. In the second half of the same year, when I chose to do Electrical Engineering, and sitting in the lecture room for the subject Theory of Electricity II, this 'Professor' entered the lecture room and said "I have been teaching for not long, just 44 years'. This day was the turning point of my life in the field of Electrical Engineering. I immediately went to the very front of the class, which I still do when he is teaching.
To be honest our First semester with 'Theory of Electricity - I' did not go very well. Therefore certain things had to be repeated in the second semester for 'ToE - II' and this was the place where I understood that Sir is a born teacher. Though he has a broad and versatile understanding of the theories, by the look of our faces he notices that we haven't understood anything. More than that, he poses 2 or 3 questions and manages to understand the level which we are in. Then from there on he slowly takes us to the required level. In explaining, he takes day-to-day examples like sitting on a chair, watering the garden using a hose, cleaning the water tank, athletes running in tracks etc to explain the theory. Simultaneously he checks our reactions and if it's not good then he adds "I'll explain to you in a slightly different way" and makes a totally different approach. He would always say "As I have done these things many times, these things are quite obvious to me, but for you, they are not. So if you have anything to ask, stop me at any moment" which is a very encouraging statement to us.
In our third year he taught us 'High Voltage - I'. This year, 2017, is my final year and not only is he currently teaching me 'High Voltage - II', but I have the fortune of having him as my final year project supervisor. He foresees things which we could not comprehend even after dealing with the stuff for a month, and guides us to the correct path within a short time. This kind of thinking ability of him, has tend me to believe that even if I did my PhD, when I could reach this kind of a level. Even then when we see him to discuss about our progress, he would crack a joke and make us laugh. On one such day, when we met him at UoM in his room, I have this life time image of him printed in my mind where he was sitting in the middle of a room filled with books, documents, past papers and answers, photos, teddy-bears, prizes and medals received, some measuring equipment and to put that easy in a room with everything you could possibly think of. Now that he is my project supervisor, I have spoken with him in Sinhala several times. Yet in earlier days the conversations with us were only in English, and as I had not encountered him speaking in Sinhala. Thus I heard him speaking in Sinhala for the first time in a TV programme on lightning. My comment on FB was "Sir it's freaking weird to hear you speaking in Sinhala" to which he replied "I hope you understood it" and to which I replied "yaa yaa why not".
Another quality which I see in him, and which I greatly admire, is that he is a person always with a smile on his face. He would crack related jokes in the middle of the class in order to make us understand the topic and of course to keep the students from sleeping. Though one might think that as he has been teaching for nearly 50 years, he would be an ancient man with old ideas, the reality is that he is actually not. He is in the social media and frequently uses Facebook. He takes photos and selfies of every major event and sometimes beats even students by being the first to post them on FB. Now that he is a grandpa, many of the images he posts are taken with his grandson and even some videos of his Baptism and Birthday, while there are many on day-to-day events and scientific stuff. His post on FB about 'measuring the height of a building using a barometer' is a lifetime example to me about how the mind of an engineer should be. I remember this selfie of him with his Alma-mater St. Joseph's College - Maradana while he was on an inspection of the Lotus Tower currently under construction.
Though I could continue with very many personal examples, I will stop here. In conclusion I would say that he is a Professor not only by his knowledge, but he is a Professor in teaching, a Professor in understanding his students, a Professor moving with the dynamically globalizing world and that he is a Professor in smiling and keeping others smiling.
May the Good Lord bless you abundantly Sir !!!
Supun Lahiru Fernando, Electrical & Electronic Engineering [FYP student, KDU Intake 31 Semester 8 student 2017]
From: "Chrismal Edirisinghee"
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:21PM
Above all, it has been an honour to write about a great character who has enlightened thousands of students.
I first met Professor Lucas in my Theory of Electricity II lecture at KDU. My colleague Supun aiya already knew about him, but I didn’t. I heard lots of praises about Professor Lucas from him. Those compliments push me to sketch, what sort of person that Professor Lucas is. After five years, at the moment of writing this memories, I reflect that I have drawn the correct sketch about him in my mind.
I met Lucas sir again in the High voltage modules I and II. It was quite impressive. Unique teaching pattern of him, well-structured book and questions, made our studies much easier. I was fortunate to have him as my project supervisor in the final year project. The guidance and support provided by him was admirable. At every moment when we were in trouble, we were directed to the correct path by him.
Before I came to the university, I have heard that the Professor-student relationship is quite a large gap. But the character called Professor Lucas has changed that slogan. I greatly admire the smile on his face. He is the most humble teacher I have ever met. In some cases he has become a friend, rather than a teacher. One day when I met my uncle, he asked about my studies. At that moment I mentioned about Professor Lucas as well. He got surprised. “Is Dr. Lucas still teaching at UOM?”, He asked. By his explanation, my esteem on Professor Lucas enhanced. “Sri Lanka is losing their valuable people due to brain drain. Educated people are migrating to developed countries. But special characters, such as Dr. Lucas still remain in Sri Lanka to enlighten future generations.”
Professor, thank you very much for you utmost effort. I wish you a prosperous life with good health.
May God Bless you Sir!!
Chrismal Edirisinghe, Electrical Engineer, Qualitrol [KDU Intake 31, FYP student, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Graduate 2018]
From: "Ashini Pothupitiya"
Date: Mon, February 10, 2020 4:47PM
I'm so thankful for this honourable opportunity extended to me, to write about my memories with a person whom I considered as one of the best lecturers in my university life at Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Intake 31.
I started university in 2014 and I met this great person at the lecture of 'Theory of Electricity' in the second semester of my first year. By then I wasn't showing much interest on the subject 'Electricity', since I could not get my basics right. But having been lucky enough to learn this very subject from a professor like him is a blessing in my life.
Have been sitting in a big lecture hall, I was able to learn the basics of electricity from him in a unique way that made me to learn the subject with delight. He had the great quality of making this very hard-bitten subject interesting and fun filled for anyone learning it for the first time. I was overjoyed when I scored A+, as I was not able to perform well in the Electrical Engineering module during first semester. Starting from this, I further had the privilege of learning the modules High Voltage Engineering I and II from him in the later semesters, where learning was made easy for us with the use of his well-structured lectures, notes and question papers.
I would like to pay my gratitude to this modest & humble professor who led the way for me to secure a second upper in my degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering owing to his ability in inculcating basics in this field.
I have always enjoyed the lectures, especially love all the simple day-to-day examples that he brought to explain the complex theories in a humorous electrifying atmosphere. Sir, your humbleness to everyone is the greatest quality to admire!
Also I like to mention that you had been lecturing my father at the beginning of your career at KDU, where he was an Officer Cadet in Intake 5 (1988). Coincidentally he also completed his degree in Electrical Engineering. I was overwhelmed to know this and to listen to my father admiring the same way on your great attributes going back to three decades. The respect my father shows to you is not second to mine.
I'm forever grateful for the astounding inspiration you have set forth in my university life.
I wish you all the very best and blessings to inspire and electrify the future generations, while keeping your beautiful smile as always. May good health envelop you, Sir!
Ashini Pothupitiya, [KDU Intake 31 (2014-2017), Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Graduate 2018]
From: "Thilini Wasundara "
Date: Tue, September 5, 2017 5:31 pm
Thank you for this great opportunity to share my memories of you at the end of your grateful academic career in Electrical engineering field.
I met Prof.Lucas first as my mentor in pre academic session. We were fortunate to have you as our mentor. Your commitment of that mentoring session is excellent. At that time (as well as now) I was amazed about your superb analytical ability.
Next I met you as our Theory of Electricity lecturer when I was in the second year. You were a very good teacher and you also was well prepared for your lectures. You were a dedicated lecturer who comes on time and was always available at the university. You are one lecturer who released results on time. You are amazing lecturer and I like Your teaching pattern.
I wish you the very best during your retired life.
Thilini Wasundara, Electrical, [2014 intake, UoM Semester 6 EE student 2017, EE Field Representative]
From: "Gayashani Weliwita "
Date: Sat, September 16, 2017 7:42 am
Lucas Sir, the friendliest lecturer
When I entered to Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, I felt that this is a different world. I never thought that I would be able to make friendship with Professors. I met him in my pre academic mentoring sessions, before the 1st year, as our mentor. At first, I had not intended to attend the mentoring sessions, because I thought it is also the same as a lecture. But when I attended the session, it was totally different from others, and a friendly environment was there. He questioned us about our future plans and also motivated us to build our future to a better one.
Again I met Lucas sir in the second semester theory of electricity lecture. On the first day of the lecture he had a chat with me. I was excited, because I never thought lecturers make friendships with their students. But Lucas sir completely changed my opinion. He was the best lecturer I met, because his lectures were understandable and also his lecture slides were very clear. He explained complex theories with simple examples and always encouraged us to ask questions. In the exam paper also he was on the student's side.
Every time I saw him, he was always with a friendly smile. He didn't forget to have a chat with me. I remember that he joined with us for the LTL field visit and he explained the theoretical parts of transformers in a simple way. In the visit he asked me "do you know who is in this picture?" showing a picture of Benjamin Franklin, but I didn't know it, in this situation also sir didn't tease me and explained. Lucas sir participated in every event of electrical department and also enjoyed the event with students. He is the giant character in the electrical department.
I am fortunate to be your student and I hope to learn high voltage subject from you. I wish you a healthy, happy life with your family.
Gayashani Weliwita , [2014 intake, UoM EE Semester 6 student 2017]
From: "Vimukthi Gamage"
Date: Wed August 14, 2019 9:59 AM
Memories with Prof. Lucas
I can still remember the day I first met Prof. Lucas. During that time, I was struggling to make my field selection. Somehow, with his valuable consultation, I ended up in the Electrical Engineering Department. Lucas Sir taught us Theory of Electricity in Semester two and High Voltage Engineering in the last year. Practical examples and analogies, Sir used, helped me to understand the complex concepts with ease. Apart from being a good teacher, his friendly approach towards the students and active participation in other activities in the Department are some admirable traits of Lucas Sir. They were immense support for us students in such occasions.
However, until the final year, I did not get an opportunity to really involve in academic work with Lucas Sir. Lucas Sir helped us a lot in our final year project. Without his guidance, the final year project would not have been a success. He even visited the laboratories to see the progress and advised us on the modifications and improvements to be done. I will never forget how Lucas Sir helped us in validating our project by introducing us to an engineer at Yugadhanavi Power Plant.
If I were to continue describing each and every memory with Lucas Sir, especially during the final year, this would turn into a lengthy essay. Therefore, I will stop here wishing Lucas Sir strength and good health.
Vimukthi Gamage , [UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Malka Porambage"
Date: Sun, August 25, 2019 12:37PM
It’s a great honor to share my memories with you in your website as a student.
I met Prof. Rohan Lucas as our lecturer for Theory of Electricity module in semester 2 and High Voltage Engineering modules in semester 7 and 8. You were a very good lecturer and you were completely different from other lecturers. I’m saying that because of few reasons. You were very friendly with us during lecture sessions, but on the other hand you were very tough during in-class tests. As students, normally we don’t pay much attention to the subject matter until the last moment of the semester. But when it comes to Prof. Lucas, we had to pay total attention, and we had to study frequently to face the in-class tests well. Because of having in-class tests, we didn’t have to worry much about the subject matter at the end of the semester, as we had to study for the in-class tests. So I’m very thankful to you for organizing your lecture sessions so well and never putting so much pressure at the end of the semester.
Other than lectures, you never forgot to participate in every event of the Department of Electrical Engineering. You were always there with us to share the joy and happiness.
Once, when we were having EESoc get together at Lagaan in our final semester, you came to me and asked, “Are you a grade 10 student??”. You never forgot to make jokes with your students.
So I feel glad to have had such a great person as a friendly lecturer in my university life. Dear Sir, I wish you all the joy, happiness and good health for your future.
Malka Porambage , [UoM 2014 Intake, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Sumadhurie Hansika"
Date: Sun, 25 August, 2019 4:51PM
My memories of Prof. Lucas
When I look back into my memory lane, the first thing that comes into my mind about you is you wearing a superhero costume for “We are with you”. Not only for that, you joined with us in every event supporting us. The most surprising thing to me was your humbleness. You engaged in sports with us. You blended with us as a friend. Most importantly, your photographic skills. Prof. Lucas with his camera in hand taking selfies and photographs with everyone was a part of every event.
By the time I entered the university, I got to know about you for the first time, through my seniors, as a world recognized personality, a pillar in power engineering. I saw you for the first time at James George hall, where we had “Theory of Electricity” on every Monday morning. The methods you used to teach was amazing. You used simple examples to explain complex theories. Again, we met in a lecture room for “High Voltage Engineering”. You were always dedicated for us. Recalling past lessons, going through past papers, you drove us towards good results.
After I started my career at RMA, I got to know more about your life, your contribution to the university and power sector through Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya. That enhanced my respect towards you more. It made me realise how lucky I am to be one of your students.
Sir, I wish you a more happy and healthier life to contribute and support more and more to Sri Lanka.
Sumadhurie Hansika, [UoM 2014 Intake, UoM EE graduate 2019]
From: "Asanka Dilrukshi "
Date: Sat, September 14, 2019 8:22 PM
Sir, it's a great pleasure for me to share my memories with you. I first met Prof. Lucas in semester 2 as the lecturer of the module "Theory of Electricity". He was a good lecturer who was different from the others. His teaching style is easy to understand with practical examples. His lectures were very interesting with well prepared lecture slides. He was dedicated to his work and he was one of the lecturers who gives the results on time.
The very special moment I became close to him was that, he was our project supervisor in our final year. He has a vast knowledge in Electrical engineering. Therefore, his teaching and advice leads to the success of our project and have a good result. Also, in our final year, he taught us High Voltage Engineering. His own book on that subject is an interesting book, which is easy to understand and learn more on the module. He is one of the heroes in Department of Electrical Engineering.
He is a participant in almost every occasion in the university and gives advice for the success of the event. I can still remember his memories at "We are with you", " Round table conference", convocation etc.
I am very lucky to be a student of him.
Finally, I wish him a happy and healthy life.
M. L. Asanka Dilrukshi , [UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE graduate 2019 ]
From: "Udani Chethana"
Date: Sun, November 17, 2019 7:14PM
At first, I must say it's a great honor to write about you.
You are such an amazing soul as a great teacher.
First, I have met you in the semester II, when you are lecturing the subject of "Theory of Electricity". From then, up to the "High Voltage" lectures in semester VIII, you were a really great teacher with full knowledge of your subjects.
It’s a pleasure to say that you have a different teaching style which enables to catch the students' minds with live examples and perfect presentations.
I got to know more about you when I was assigned to your project. You were kind and informative supervisor who always guided us on the best path. I remember how we, as your final year project (FYP) group, celebrate your birthday and how you were a friend to us in each and every function at the university.
As an emeritus professor you are an amazing person who works hard to share the wisdom and brighten up students' lives. Thank you so much for every bit of knowledge that you have shared with us.
Finally, I wish you to carry out your good job for more long years. May you always live a happy, healthy life with inner peace.
Just Thank you so much sir !!!
A.J. Udani Chethana, [UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Pawani Rathanayake"
Date: Sun, November 17, 2019 7:26PM
I first met Prof. Lucas in 2015, when I was a first year undergraduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa. Lucas sir was a confident and well experienced lecturer with a vast knowledge, who tried to give his best to his students making us to achieve our best. He always encouraged us to raise questions regarding the subject matter, because he was willing to clarify doubts we had, not only during the two hour lecture period. but especially when it came to the end semester examinations. During our field visits with Lucas sir, he himself came to us asking whether we have got any doubts and gave a complete explanation on the application sharing his valuable knowledge with us all.
But the thing I admire most about our emeritus professor is his humble and friendly manner beyond his role as a lecturer. Though Lucas sir holds a busy schedule, he never misses any events organised by our department, because he knows that his presence becomes a huge courage to event organizers. Not only that, in events like annual cricket tournament and get-together, Lucas sir never gives a second thought to participate in fun games with his students, leaving joyful memories in all our hearts
So, dear sir, I would like to thank you for being a caring lecturer and a sincere friend throughout these years. May you live a long, healthy and happy life with your lovely family.
K.Pawani M.Rathanayake , [UoM 2014 Intake, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Stephan Fernando"
Date: Mon, February 17, 2020 12:41 PM
I was truly fortunate to have known and be guided by a gentle giant in the field of electrical engineering like him. Since the first lecture he could grab the attention of the whole class by his unique way of teaching. Not only that, his modules were well structured but also unparalleled knowledge of the subject matters made the lectures interesting.
I was so lucky to have him as one of my final year project supervisors. Without his guidance, the final year project would not have been a success. His knowledge experience and above all his kind nature rescued us from every obstacle we faced in our path.
Dear sir I am grateful for all your devotion. May you have strength and blessings to touch the lives of the budding engineers in the years to come.
Stephan Fernando , [UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Pubudu Eranga"
Date: Mon, February 17, 2020 12:41 PM
Even though I had met Professor Lucas during the semester two Theory of Electricity Lectures, only during the final year that I got the opportunity to interact with him. His guidance was a blessing to us during the final year project. I can still recollect sweet memories of him guiding us to the success in our project.
So Sir, I want to say one thing, Thank you for being such an amazing Lecturer! We have learned so much because of you. You encouraged us to be the best we could be and we will always be thankful to you for all the hard work and efforts you have put in to make us who we are today.
Finally, I wish you all the very best in years to come. May the Lord give you strength and healthiness to live a long life.
Pubudu Eranga, [[UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2019
rom: "Lochana Ranatunga"
Date: Tue, March 10, 2020 5:19 PM
When I entered the university as a fresher, I was told that there is a world recognized Emeritus Professor in our University. When I entered in the Electrical Engineering Department I have heard about the enormous.contributions you have done for the University, power sector and to Sri Lanka.
One day I met the legend I have told about - Prof Lucas - in the "Theory of Electricity" lecture. You have taughtTtheory of Electricity very clearly with practical examples. Then I have met you as my project supervisor, when we were given our final year project. There I found your humbleness. In your busy schedules you had time to fully understand our ideas and shape them with our experiences. You however managed to go through every word of our presentations, reports prepared and correct the mistakes on your own.
You are an amazing person with a big heart who loves to be with students. I wish you a happy and healthier life. God bless you!!
Lochana Ranatunga, [UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Thirasara Gunaruwan"
Date: Wed, March 11, 2020 12:21AM
In my walk down the memory lane, firstly I see you as our Theory of Electricity lecturer. It was our first semester in EE dept. You were the most senior lecturer in the department. Late comers always had to go take front seats. With your surprise inclass tests and how you rejected papers handed over after the collection time, we thought that you are a very strict character. But with the time the 'strict character' became a wonderful teacher.
You were one of the few lecturers who dedicated their entire life to the university and students. You always welcomed us with your gracious smile. Unlike most of the lecturers, you were there in all the events to motivate students, not by just coming, but actively participating in all the events. I have never seen an 'Electrical Family' event without your presence and also you never miss to add few captures of each event in your Facebook wall.
In my academic life at university, next I met you in our final year. Apart from being our High Voltage lecturer, I must say that we were really lucky to have you as a supervisor with Rasara Madam in our FYP. Without your support and guidance, we could not have gone this far. You were always there behind us, pushing us towards success. I still remember how you followed up the whole project sending reminders on presentations, hardware and research paper preparations. You always had time for us to come and meet you and discuss any issue on our project. You were always ready to correct our writings and the delay was always from our side.
This small writeup is not sufficient to explain your commitments and dedication. I take this as a chance to thank you for all the support and guidance you have given throughout. Finally, I will conclude wishing you a happy and healthier life ahead.
Thirasara Gunaruwan, [UoM 2014 Intake, FYP student, UoM EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Devin Aluthge"
Date: Tue, September 5, 2017 10:50pm
A gentleman walks into the hall and asks us the meaning of the abbreviation MD with respect to Jam. I said, "Marketing Department". He tells us that MD is not anymore 'Marketing Department' but a trade mark.
Likewise, he says, AC has also become a name and that it is perfectly alright to say, 'AC current' and 'DC current'. Then the lecture begins. After the lecture, I go to this gentleman and tell him that I have some doubts that need to be cleared. Starting from there and throughout my industrial training when I have doubts the first person to whom I write is this gentleman. He never says that he is busy, he never says that the questions which are asked are stupid and pointless. Instead he always encourages us to ask questions.
We, as undergraduateslearnt not only High Voltage and Theory of Electricity from Prof. J. R. Lucas but also learned an important quality that a true gentleman should have. That is to respect and to be humble. Professor Lucas' lectures are ever so interesting and he never fails to give a chance to students to tide any queries. He is not only my "Guru" but as time went on he also became my "true friend".
Thank you, sir, for your untiring effort to produce Electrical Engineers of high caliber. I wish you all the very best for your future endeavors. May you always be blessed by the noble triple gem.
Devin Aluthge, [KDU Intake 32, Semester 6, EE Student 2017, FYP student]
From: "Ishanthi Jalthotage "
Date: Sun, October 1, 2017 11:52 pm
Lucas Sir, that is how we call this legend of a personality Prof. J.R Lucas
first met Lucas Sir in our first semester at the KDU in 2015. He never struck me as a strict person because not even one day did he shout at us for chatting in the class without listening to the lecture. He would simply wait for the noise to subsidise.
But one day he gave us an inclass test towards the end of the class. As usual we didn't take it seriously when he asked us to stop writing and hand over the papers. According to my memory he warned us twice or thrice and started collecting our answer papers. By the time he reached the end of the hall where I was sitting, he noticed that some students were still writing the answers without listening to him. He stopped collecting those answer sheets, right next to the row behind me, and returned to his desk. The class was dismissed after that but I can remember that he didn't collect those answer scripts and those students had to plead with him afterwards. That was the only one incident where I saw him getting angry during this 3 year time period, and that taught us the importance of discipline. After that I too was carefull not to make him angry.
I should say I am privileged to be one of his students. Lucas sir is a very humble person and a very friendly character. He would enjoy to confuse me when talking about a simple matter, I will be lost for a few minutes but mostly will not understand anything until he clarifies it. It is a great opportunity to be a student of you sir and a friend, as you always call us...
I wish you a healthy life sir... may you live long with the love of your family, friends and students.
Ishanthi Jalthotage , [KDU Intake 32, Semester 6, EE student 2017, FYP student]
From: "Narmada Abeyratne"
Date: Wed, October 11, 2017 10:34PM
It was 2015, the first semester of the year. You came to our class to conduct the lecture of Theory of Electricity. Since then you broke the view of professors, that we imagined. And you are really friendly with us.
Sir, you were always there in my up and downs. Since I've met you, you never forget to fill up my birthdays with your warm and funny wishes using cartoon characters. I was so surprised to be wished by an amazing professor like you. I am really honored sir.
Your posts with Avisha is lovely. Having a grandfather like you must be really amazing. Sir, can you remember..?? I met your daughter and Avisha at the walking path around the lake near KDU. And sir your statements about Avisha's reactions are wonderful. Your way of thinking is always different and surprising.
Learning from you started to grow a fondness of Electrical field inside me. Being a true idol for me, you showed me the path to walk ahead. Sir, its because of you, I entered to this field. Instead of leading by holding hands, you caringly observed the way we took the path. I don't think that in this world exists another good, friendly and humble professor other than you.
You always taught us to convert our failures to success. You are a silent warrior who made our world a better place. You are kind, humble and strict at the same time. I appreciate every quality in you. I wish you to have a healthy and joyful life ahead... Happy Birthday Sir!!!!
Piumi Abeyratne, [KDU Intake 32, Semester 6 EE student 2017, FYP student]
From: "Dulakshi Nayanathara"
Date: Mon 16 October 2017 1:46pm
Dear sir, My first memory of you runs back to the first lecture of the module 'Electrical Engineering' during the 1st year. At that time, I was kind of confused as a student trying to adapt into the university life. Right before your lecture, people around me were talking about this "big shot" lecturer who was going to do the module and made me even more confused. Yet you walked in very simply; to be honest the first thing I noted was the way you had done your tie 😀. After about two to three lectures the atmosphere was very comfortable, specially with your demonstrations done using the whiteboard markers where you try to fit the microphone into your shirt pocket (and succeed after numerous attempts).
I also remember the incident when you too needed to check the score when you saw few people checking the cricket score during a lecture and so on. Well, among all these fun filled memories I got to mention the tensed in-class tests too 😟. I have followed several lecture modules with you and learnt so much. Along with all those subject matters you were very friendly and humble with your students; it made you very much closer and special for us. In fact, I have been taught how one should be more humble as he achieves more in life and that had been very well brought out by you sir. One day I also intend to achieve good things in life and be very humble just like you. I truly feel very happy and blessed to have had a chance of being one of your students.
May Almighty God shower his blessings on you for a long healthy life to keep on nurturing more and more students.
Dulakshi Nayanathara, [KDU Intake 32, Semester 6 EE student 2017, FYP student]
From: "Thilan Senanayake"
Date: Wed August 14, 2019 9:02 AM
The coolest and most humble Professor I have met!
It is a great honor to be able to share my memories with one of the most eminent and impactful professors in Sri Lanka. Sir, since the day you started teaching me way back in 2015, I noticed a special quality about you. Even though you are a highly admired lecturer, you didn’t make that an excuse to be proud and keep distance from the students. Instead, you treated us like friends; always took the opportunity to sit with us, eat cake with us 😉, and talk about random and interesting topics. You never fail to deliver a joke even at the most serious of times. I remember one incident where me and my colleagues rushed all the way from KDU to meet you at UoM to show you our abstract for our FYP proposal. After handing you the printed paper, you exclaimed “I don’t understand this!”. We were quite confused. Then you showed us the paper. You were holding it upside down 🤦🏽♂️😂. We have so many similar memories of you pranking us.
Apart from these wonderful memories, I cannot miss the opportunity to tell how great a teacher you are. Always using simple real-world examples to help make us understand the complex concepts of electrical engineering. You have been such an inspiration to us Sir, and it has been a blessing to be one of your students.
Thank you for everything you have done to us and this community, and I wish you all the best with good health and happiness. May the triple gems bless you!
Thilan Senanayake , [KDU Intake 32, EE FYP student 2018]
From: "Kaushala Nadeeja"
Date: Wed August 14, 2019 8:52 PM
To the humblest person I have ever met
If someone is to define the word Professor, I would say Lucas Sir. I am honored to be one of your students through out my days in the university. I first met you in 2015 first semester, until then I have heard only the rumors; and after you coming to the class you changed the picture of a lecturer in to a new level. Although I have been a student of you since 2015, I think we got close in the final year which was 2018. As you supervised us in our final year project, I think we got more experience while working with you. It’s not only about the subject that you taught us, your humbleness showed us how to cope up with the problems, and for each problem you had a solution. And Sir, I must say that you are the only lecturer who is a friend of mine in FB.
Finally, I wish you God’s blessings and to guide more youngsters in the following years.
Kaushala Nadeeja, [KDU Intake 32, EE FYP student 2018]
From: "Senal Perera"
Date: Sun, January 12, 2020 7:31 PM
The Professor. Goofy, brilliant and an overall amazing human
To me, that is Professor Lucas, in that specific order. My first memories go to me being a naïve un-attentive first year, taking a picture of a lecturer who was not offered a clip-on microphone who opted to simply use his shirt pocket as a holder. Little did I know how much I would truly learn from this giant. To this day it is baffling how Professor Lucas manages to teach the most basic of concepts in Theory of Electricity and at the same time effortlessly deliver a lecture on High Voltage Engineering.
I was fortunate enough to have Professor Lucas as the supervisor for my Final Year Research Project. Even though he and I both know that my attendance for his lectures was near zero, he still provided his maximum in guiding me throughout the final year (there may or may not have been bribes of cake and marshmallow). I will always remember how he fluently maneuvers through Microsoft word (which I personally think he should lecture on), correcting all the mistakes on the report. Needless to say, most of my Word skills have been derived from him.
Professor Lucas is one of the few people I look forward to meeting. Whenever I am at the KDU or the UoM, it is almost an instinct to peep into his room and say, “Excuse me, have you seen sir Lucas?”. Aside from academics, he is one of the most entertaining people to talk to. His constant jolly attitude is always refreshing, and he always knows how to lighten the entire atmosphere.
My favorite memories of Professor Lucas are with Devin Aluthge as they confuse each other while I inconspicuously feed falsified information to both parties or try to translate. Also, his phone calls always start with “Hello sir”, even when he inexplicably contacts my father instead of me, which ends up with me getting in trouble for “making the professor have to call”. I hope I helped him differentiate the contacts.
I feel extremely lucky to be considered a friend to Professor Lucas, but to me he is also a role model. To reach for the stars and hope to at least get to the moon. His achievements are breathtaking, and his skills are awe-worthy. I was fortunate enough to attend his high voltage lectures again as a graduate. There is always more to learn, not only on the subject matter, but also on lecture delivery. He is the first person I reach out to in search of advice, and he is always ready to help. I have had moments where events simply transpired without my knowledge all thanks to Professor Lucas thinking steps ahead.
I am eternally grateful for having met and to be able to continue to receive knowledge from such a colossus. Even though most of my memories may not be mentioned here (such as the time a certain drink bottle was confiscated), I look forward for many more goofy moments in the coming years.
May God bless you sir, so that more may experience the presence of such brilliance.
Senal Perera, [KDU Intake 32, FYP student, EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Dinithi Randunu Karunasena"
Date: Mon, January 13, 2020 11:23PM
It is a great honour for me to share my memories with one of the greatest professors in Sri Lanka.
You were an inspirational lecturer👌! I met you only during my 1st year of university lectures as I was in the Electronic & Telecommunication stream. In that time, your lectures were tedious & challenging, but the way you taught us to write out and see the process of mathematical equations was very useful🤗.
My memories go back to an unforgettable incident that happened to me during one of your class assignments. In the second semester, we had a class assignment for "Theory of Electricity", and I was so satisfied with my answers to it. But when I received my marks for that assignment, I only had 8 out of 10, but 90% of the students had 10 out of 10, and I was so sad. At the same time, I requested from you to re-check my answers as because I was confident about my answers. You kindly accepted my request and asked me and another student to meet you personally. You had asked us to explain the way we got answers to one particular question individually. I explained how it was sorted and the other student too. Meanwhile I realized as we had duplicate answers in the same way, you've deducted marks from ours. Anyway, you understood that we were innocent and right away you've upgraded our marks by explaining why you did that.
You're that kind of a CHARMING & HUMBLE person to treat others with what they deserve!
You hadn't hesitated to upgrade my marks after understanding the situation. You were very willing to help when we had questions about the theories. You were incredibly open minded and sensitive. Your enthusiasm was infectious.
I am so grateful to you for your valuable lessons.
Wishing you great days ahead of you.
Thank you and May the triple gem bless you.🤗❤️
Dinithi Karunasena, [KDU Intake 32, ET Graduate 2019]
From: "Amila Wijeratne"
Date: Sun, February 9, 2020 11:12PM
The coolest and humblest professor I have ever met!
High Voltage Engineering; the topic itself sounds quite intricate! But to a master of this complex art, like Professor Lucas, it’s all entertainment. Sir, thanks to your style of lecturing, I loved learning high voltage engineering, because you made complex theories feel simple. Let me recall my very first memory of you: It was our first semester at KDU and we were at the lecture hall waiting for our lecturer of Theory of Electricity. I can still remember the cheerful faces when you first entered the room. Everyone knew of you already. You made quite an impression with the first lecture itself, which made me realize all the things I have heard about you were true.
Professor Lucas has a unique teaching style, the methodical techniques he uses to make the students grasp the lesson are unbeatable. He never makes the lectures go out of style. We were never bored at his lectures. Lucas sir never lets a chance to crack a joke in the class, slip. It’s amazing how he manages to lighten the atmosphere with jokes, whilst teaching complex theories.
I was privileged to have him as the project instructor of our final year group project. Hence, I had the opportunity to work with him very closely. I can remember him dedicating whole days to us, to work on our project, although they were holidays. He made untiring efforts to guide us throughout the project. Most importantly, I should say that he played a big role in me been awarded as the best student in the KDU Intake 32 Engineering stream.
His humble nature is one of the qualities I admire most about him. Without a doubt you are the greatest Professor in Sri Lanka for Electrical Engineering. Sir, thank you for making me what I am today.
May the Noble Triple Gem bless you!
Amila Wijeratne , [KDU Intake 32, FYP student, EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Nisal Bulathsinghala"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 6:34 PM
Our own Super Professor
It was in 2015, the 1st Semester at KDU, where I first got to know about you. Devin Aluthge gave me an introduction about you, saying that you were a very serious person. At the first few lectures, to be honest, I didn’t quite understand what you were teaching, and it felt kind of boring to me. This was also the case to a few of my colleagues, so we just sat in the class not having any clue of what you were trying to teach, or at least we didn’t try to understand. But after some time, at one lecture, a thought came to me, “Why don’t I listen to what he’s saying”. Then it hit me; behind all of the cryptic jokes you were making, you slipped in little pieces of information about what you were teaching. It took some time for me to get used to it, but finally I understood your method of teaching. I came to you, and asked for advice on which stream of engineering that I should pursue, and you helped me make the most important decision of my then future, now present career.
I never thought that the person once I thought to be a very serious person, would end up being one of my closest friends. Your guidance and support gave me the energy needed to explore the field I love. You taught us electrical engineering, but advertently you also taught us how to be gentlemen. I am ever grateful that I got the opportunity to learn for true “Super Professor” and even more grateful to have humble kindhearted friend. Thank you, Sir, for all what you have given us, and may you find the strength and courage to inspire more and more students to come, as you did with us. God bless you.
Nisal Bulathsinghala , [KDU Intake 32, FYP student, EE Graduate 2019]
From: "Chathushika Ekanayake"
Date: Wed, March 11, 2020 10:43PM
If anyone was asked to write about Professor Lucas, they would write about what a brilliant intellect you are. They would call you a rare gem in the academic world. Throughout the last five years, since I began my studies as a lowly undergraduate at the Faculty of Engineering, General Sir John Kotelwala Defence university or what is simply called the KDU, I got to interact with you first as a student and then as a staff member at the same department. I am not going to write about how excellent you are in your academics, but what a humane person you are to all your students.
The second time I attended your lectures, was for Theory of Electricity. You were facing the whiteboard explaining nodal and mesh analysis. Behind your back, seated in the very first row, I was laughing at a joke my friend made, without noticing that you noticed us. You walked up to us and asked “Madam is that joke so funny? Why don’t you share it with the class; All of us would love a joke.” To be honest I was horror struck. I thought you would send me out of the class, scold me and much more of out the normal. Instead you said “Ah! Maybe that joke isn’t that funny coz she’s not willing to share it.”
Then comes birthdays. Apart from Mark Zuckerberg, it is Prof. Rohan Lucas who remembers all his student’s birthdays when not even our parents do. The very first birthday I celebrated at KDU, you were probably the second person to wish, not just wish but also post an edited photo on Facebook and say that a piece of cake was mandatory. I remember walking up to the third floor in the Medical Faculty because the lifts decided not to function on that day, to get you your piece of cake. Both me and my friend thought that you would share a piece, but you said its yours and you will not share it. Since that day for all my birthdays, until this day I have given you cake. Sometimes I wonder if getting you cake every time I visit you would give you diabetes. Sorry professor, cake rhymes with you.
You are one of the humblest and coolest people anyone can meet in their academic life, but that change faces when we meet you at a research conference. The Prof. Emeritus Rohan Lucas isn’t the one we know on a daily basis there. He’s scary and, with two questions from him, we are weak in our knees and wishing that we did a good job during our research.
I learnt how to properly edit a CV and make a proper presentation, all thanks to you. In my final years, you didn’t teach me any modules but your door was always open for us to get advice on how to proceed with life. I remember the day you asked me “young miss since KDU have chased you, after you troubling us for 4 years, what are your future plans?” I told you, I wanted to join academics and you said it was a good decision and I must start work now itself. I received the initial encouragement to proceed to the field of academics because you approved my idea with all that years of experience.
In 2019 November I was frustrated because a certain Professor from a foreign university didn’t reply to my inquiry on a PhD opportunity and you said “ They take their own time so that you have to tell them that you are the best and that they must take you.” I thought it was sarcasm but it took me 3 months to understand that what you said was the exact message I must deliver.
You were never the one send us away when we came to you for help. You would sit down with your lunch box and still talk to us and advise us. All that gray hair and that witty sarcasm shows how wise you are, but sir never lose your hand phone again because manually re-typing each contact number takes a lot of time.
Please don’t peak out of that balcony next to your room until they put a railing there.
All that time we had to manually type each contact to your new hand phone. I was wondering that no matter who developed technology, the wise man will always have a worn down blotted book of contacts in his shirt pocket and it will have all the numbers he would ever need. Now I got myself a small pocket notebook with all the important contacts in it too, because like you say “ You can’t trust always technology.”
Avisha Mario is one lucky grandchild to have you for a grandfather and a mentor. For Avisha’s second birthday you got a huge white board and was looking for someone to draw a picture on it and you remembered me. That is when I crawled my way up to the fifth floor and when I entered your cubicle you had all the markers set and was on your way to the departmental meeting. You wanted me to draw a beach, a coconut tree, a small boy and a sand castle. The coconut tree didn’t look majestic but I could manage to draw all that and the next thing was getting the white board into the back seat of your car.
We failed miserably because some of the marker ink came off. So finally, after adding the colors, we could manage to make it sit on the passenger seat and you drove off saying “ I probably won’t be able to drive fast .” The next day I saw the photo uploaded to facebook with a caption saying “Avisha Gunaratne with Birthday gift from Rohan Seeya and Ramala Aachchi. Picture drawn on white board side by Chathushika Ekanayake”.
I missed the chance of taking a photograph with you at our convocation even though u called me for a photograph. So I added a photo you took with my friend.
I think I have said enough, all the very best professor hope you get to teach more and more annoying undergrads like me and make their lives better.
Chathushika Ekanayake, [KDU Intake 33 student, BME Graduate 2020]
From: "Winma Sarini Heenatigala "
Date: Sun, September 10, 2017 7:13pm
Firstly I would like to say it a great honor for me to write this memory on your site.
I still remember the day I firstly met you sir. It was during my first lecture in the module Theory of Electricity in my semester 2. On the very first day I really thought that you (a professor) would be very tough and harsh. My thought was deeply confirmed with an incident that happened during our first in class test. Two of my colleagues were offended as they were talking during the test and their papers were not accepted by you. So I was really frightened, and then decided not to utter even a single word within the class.
But I kept on sitting in the front row and tried to understand the lecture. We had a parallel tutorial class for the same subject which was conducted by another madam. On the very last of that tutorial class for the semester, I was accidently taught by Lucas sir and on that day I asked several questions from you to clear my doubts in the subject matters. S o that, you were very interested and ask for my name, with which I became a close friend of you sir. Then I realized that my first impression about sir is completely false.
Up to now you have helped me a lot in my studies. Sir, you always guide me and help me to fix my problems. Even today, whenever I ask you for some clarifications you make time to reply for them. You are one of the greatest lecturers who is kind hearted and humble.
Finally I would like to thank you for all of your kind considerations. I wish you good luck and May you be happy and healthy sir!
Winma Sarini Heenatigala , Computer Science, [2014 Intake, UoM Semester 4 student 2017]
rom: "Chinthani Kumaradasa "
Date: Fri, October 6, 2017 8:47 am
My Memories of Prof. Rohan Lucas
Well I met Rohan Sir in my third semester Electrical module..... You are a person we all love and respect. When it comes to memories.... I do remember well how you first asked me "Are you Chinthani?" in a bit different way than how my name is pronounced.
Among everything, I think all my colleagues would expect me, being the representative of ENTC 15 batch, to share the following with you.
One of our student's father passed away and we all went there. We had to arrange everything at the funeral. As his home was far away in Gampaha, we could barely come back for the next day's lecture conducted by you. So I phoned you, Sir, with the others' request. You understood the situation, and with no hesitation granted us a leave, and of course made sure that the missed lecture would be covered on a future date. This is one great quality of you that I admire most. It may be a small situation, but you being one of the most senior lecturers in the university that much humbleness we never expected. Thank you.
Chinthani Kumaradasa, Field Representative [UoM 2015 Intake EnTc Semester 4 student, 2017]
rom: "Seshenya Weerasinghe"
Date: Mon, October 9, 2017 10:23am
My memories of Prof.Lucas
I got to know Lucas Sir at the 'Theory of Electricity' lectures in semester 2. A few weeks after the semester started, I met sir again. This time it was at the prize giving ceremony of the Table Tennis tournament 'Mora Smashes' organized by us. Guess who was invited as a guest of honor! Sir had remembered my face as one of his new students. He was so happy to see his students doing extra-curricular activities. That is how I got to know Lucas Sir.
Since that day, sir has been really helpful and encouraging. Lucas sir is known by the university students as a fantastic teacher who is extremely kind and patient. He has already done immense service to our university and my department in particular.
I wish best of luck for the upcoming endeavors to our beloved Lucas Sir!!
W.P.T. Seshenya Weerasinghe, [UoM 2015 Intake, EE Semester 4 student, 2017]
From: "Chamodi Panduwawala "
Date: Wed, September 27, 2017 10:34 AM
got to know Lucas sir closely because of my laugh. 😂 During lectures, I always did something with my mouth and everytime I did it, you caught me and I spontaneously laughed. 😂 I don't know whether sir saw it or not, but that was the reason for my laugh. 😂 Because of my laugh sir noticed me.
One day sir came to our row in the back of the class, when we were all doing something else and not listening to the lecture. Sir came and asked me a simple question, but I couldn't answer it but I laughed and then you left. 😂 😂
Another time I was late to come for your lecture with my friends. You were super damn angry that time and you scolded everyone who came late except us, by telling "Ah my friend is late too" 😂 😂 😂
Another time we had an inclass assignment and some students didn't listen to you when you asked us to stop writing because the time is over. That day also you were super angry and almost ripped a paper in our row which was given very late. But that time too you left while smiling because of what I did. 😂
I am an EXO-L - a devoted fan of the Korean Band EXO. THE BEST THING IS I MADE YOU AN EXO-L.. 😍 😍 I made you listen to EXO songs and made you watch EXO mv in youtube to increase viewers.. 😂 😂 😂 I think I'm the only student who asked you to do those.. 😂 😂 😂 😱 😱 😱 Sir always teased me and I become sir's Korean friend.. 😂 😂 😂 Even though you didn't know about kpop and specially about EXO, I told everything about EXO members and who is my bias and that I'm going to marry the band group member Chen 😂 😂 😂 . I think most of the time I talked about is EXO with you sir.. 😂 😂 😂
Ah when I told you I got A+ for Electrical Engineering that you taught me, you teased me that A+ isn't the best. That A+ stands for "worse than Awful" 😂 😂 😂
Finally I'm saying you are the best lecturer I know, plus you are fun and friendly. Not like others you always talk with us whenever you saw us and never forget to tease me.. 😂 😂 😂 😂
SIR 아자아자 화이팅!(AJA AJA HWAITING)...
Chamodi Panduwawala, Civil Engineering [KDU Intake 33 Semester 4 student 2017]
From: "Omali Devanarayana "
Date: Fri, September 29, 2017 7:36 pm
To start with, I would like to say that Prof. Lucas is one of the most unique and great personalities I've ever met.
I was privileged to study under the guidance of Prof. Lucas for one whole year. During our first semester there were almost 200 students whom he managed well and the way he used to punish those who slept in class was the funny part. It was really unique and sweet. Instead of making the sleepyheads standup and wait, he used to point his phone camera at them while sleeping to make them have cold feet for a while! However, I'm not sure if he actually took any photographs, knowing his love for his students.
He was never rude to the students and always forgave everyone after just a little bit of advice. It was only once that I saw him angry during an in-class assignment, when he ripped a paper in pieces.
He is a very enthusiastic photographer, taking photographs, covering-up events and uploading funky comments on his friends' posts. He would tease and crack jokes at his student friends whenever possible. I've never seen a senior professor who is so humble to do stuff like that.
He is ready to answer any question anytime, even when he is having lunch in his little lunch-box.
Prof. Lucas got to know me during lectures when I was sitting in the front row and he came to ask me some question which I wasn't sure about to answer. But, I did. Apparently, it was right!
One day, since my cousin sister had studied at Moratuwa, I asked him whether he knew of an Ioni who is in Canada. I was surprised at his answer and the closeness with which he knew her. In fact, he also told that Ioni Akka had undertaken her undergraduate project with him and that he had sent her to the "icebox" Manitoba for her higher studies. On a subsequent visit to Manitoba, he had gone and stayed at their place and even knew my aunty very well, which I think cemented our friendship.
Later-on started calling me "omi sira" because my friend had introduced me saying that I was a gangster by that name! At my next birthday he even created a card for me including a gangster's gun with my KDU registration number. And finally ended up being called the princess of the palace!
Prof Lucas has also shown my brother, who is a lecturer at Moratuwa, the depicted picture and asked him if he knew me, for which my brother came home and laughed so hard.
Looking forward to have the best lectures from him in the upcoming semesters, I wish him all the best with super good health and happiness! He can simply be described as a simple, charming human being who is ready to crack jokes any time, the one who always asks me to think positive. He surely is a role model for many, including me.
Update-: Tue, December 17, 2019 5:51PM
Apart from studying under his guidance for 3 semesters, I was also privileged to do my final year research project under his guidance. Giving him loads of trouble every Wednesday or Tuesday was actually part of the project. Sometimes when he had a tight schedule, we even had to ask all our questions at the cafeteria and I'm sure he was hungry which he never really showed. Prof Lucas somehow had a ting in his brain where he had an answer for each and every question we asked. I have no words to express how thankful I am for helping us in every step of the project.
I would also like to recall an incident that happened during my first semester Theory of Electricity lecture. Prof Lucas was walking on the stage explaining some theorem and he suddenly fell. He got back up instantly before anyone else helped him. He stood up and said “Sorry”. Everyone was in shock, but he was acting cool as if it didn’t hurt him at all.
May the triple gem bless you! May you have a happy and healthy life sir!
Omali Chathushka Devanarayana , [KDU Intake 33, Semester 4 EE student 2017, Semester 8 FYP student 2019]
From: "Danuka Yasuranda Bentharavithana "
Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019 6:45 pm
Memories of Rohan Lucas Sir
By the time I was studying for my OL examination, one of my cousins studied at University of Moratuwa. One day I started a chat with him about his university work. Then we started to talk about lecturers at University of Moratuwa. The first name he mentiomed was "Prof. Lucas" - By that time I hadn't heard of your name. He started to talk about your work, your contribution to the University, your knowledge and everything.
I was so amazed 😀. Actually listening to his words made me to work hard for my ALs and enter to University of Moratuwa.
Since the first day I came to the University of Moratuwa, I was very anxious to see you because my cousin said that you are one of the best professors in Sri Lanka.
I was expecting you to teach our first semester Electrical Engineering lecture. But i didn't get that chance. But eventually, even though I could select another field, I selected Electrical Engineering to continue my academics after the first semester examination results.
Then I had my first lecture with you in the second semester Theory of Electricity. And that's the first time I saw you sir. I realized what my cousin told me was totally true. I was amazed by your knowledge and your teaching skills. And most importantly I really respected you for your humbleness and affability sir. You are one of the friendliest professors (teachers) I have met so far. ❤️❤️❤️
Finally I was so lucky to have you as my final year project supervisor. I think it's a one in a million chance to work under your guidance. You were helping us everytime when there was a problem, guiding us through the correct path, teaching things we don't understand.
Actually, words cannot thank for your contribution to this country sir. Personally I don't know how to express my gratitude to you for guiding and mentoring me throughout my undergraduate period. I was really sad when I heard that you won't come to UoM from next year. I'm so proud of myself being a student of yours. I hope one day I can proudly tell my followers that I was a student of yours.
❤️❤️Thank you for everything sir❤️❤️
Wish you all the best for your future sir. I hope you will have a wonderful time with little Avisha. May the triple gem and God bless you sir.
Updated: Fri, October 23, 2020
This is the 3rd memory I'm writing for Prof.Lucas. Now its been nearly one year since i finished my undergraduate studies, and doing a job. Someone might think why I'm writing these, well its a memory!! isn't it? Good memories never end. And it continues. Specially with Prof.Lucas. First of all, I would like to thank him for guiding me even after the graduation. I mean even on yesterday I took some advice from him. That wisdom is ultimate. So each and everytime we get a problem, "Now its time for Prof.Lucas". Well you know what? He helps alot. He has the answers and he helps. Could you expect anything better than that?
The main reason for this memory is that something I couldn't mention on my previous memories. Whoever reads this must know that, Prof. Lucas is not just, what we call "A big Professor", beside that, he is one of the most humble human beings I have ever met. His wisdom would give solutions for your doubts and your frustrations.. Trust me, if you are not taking advice from Prof.Lucas, while he is passing you, I'm sorry. It's your bad luck 😕. Choosing the right path as soon as passing out from the uni is an abstruse task. You need guidance from a professional. For me Prof.Lucas helped alot to build that foundation. Otherwise it would be like walking in a jungle trail without knowing the directions.
Danuka Bentharavithana , [UoM 2015 Intake, Semester 8 EE student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Sachini Somathilaka"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 6:34 PM
My Memories about the Humblest Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, UoM
Dear Lucas Sir,
first heard your name when I got selected to the University of Moratuwa. My father told me that,
“There is a Professor called Prof. Lucas, who is a very kind and humble lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, whom I also got the opportunity to learn from. He is a tall person with a unique accent in speaking. If you get any problems, even in the 1st Semester, do not hesitate to talk to him. He will surely help you with his best.”
With this explanation, I was curious to see you.
I wished that, its’ great if you will teach us in the 1st Semester, so then I can get to know you early. But unfortunately, we did not get the opportunity to learn from you in the 1st Semester. But then, since I was targeting to do Electrical Engineering, even before I came to the University, I knew that, I will get a chance to learn from you for sure.
As I hoped, in the 2nd Semester, you came to teach us the module Theory of Electricity. Truly speaking, it was one of the wonderful lectures we had in the University. You taught us the module by taking very simple examples, which anyone could understand. The module was well structured, so we could grab almost all the sections within the class. So, we don’t need to work hard after the class. Also, the tutorial sessions, which was arranged, helped us a lot, to understand the mathematical approach for the module well.
In the 7th
Semester of the final year, you again taught us, the module High Voltage Engineering I
. Though the module seems to be very hard, you taught it very simply, with real world simple examples. Even now, I can’t believe how you taught that hard module, in such a simple way.
For the most pleasure, in the final year, I also got the opportunity to become one of your Final Year Project (FYP) students. After that, I came to know you better, since we had to meet you more often. We were really lucky to have you as one of our supervisors. You guide us with the project work: you open up new areas which we did not think of, give superb solutions for some problems with the project, teach us the areas which we don’t know and even which we don’t remember with simple examples. You even guide us with the presentation preparations and more importantly, when we were stressed, you always found something to joke around and make us feel better.
You are the best professor whom I have seen ever, who dedicated his life to bring the Department to where it stands today. Even after your retirement, still you are coming to the Department early in the morning and support the Department to your best. Though you are the most senior professor in the Department, your humbleness doesn’t let us feel like you are an elder professor but a good friend who helps, plays, make jokes, guide and mentor us throughout the university career.
I was really lucky to have a loving teacher like you at the university. I never expected the humbleness of you from a senior professor. Though you will not come to the University after this year, hope you will come at least for special events and be with our junior batches even for a short time period.
Thank you for everything you have done to us, to the University and to the World Sir. Not only the University, but even Our Country needs more people like you Sir. Your legacy will be there for a hundred more years at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
May triple gems bless you and wish you good health and happy life.
Sachini Pamuditha Somathilaka , [UoM 2015 Intake Deputy Batch Representative, EE Semester 8 student, FYP student 2019]
From: "Irupa Sithmini"
Date: Wed August 14, 2019 9:58 AM
My Memories of the Most Talented and Friendliest Professor
During my first days in the university, I’ve heard about Prof. Lucas as one of the senior professors. I first met Prof. Rohan Lucas in the 2nd semester of my university life in 2016. I got the chance to learn ‘Theory of Electricity’ module from him at the Old gym at UOM. I was lucky to learn that module from him, I loved that module. Thanks to the wonderful professor, I was able to achieve a higher grade to that module.
In the final year of my university life (2019), I was very lucky to be able do our final year project (FYP) under the supervision of Prof. Lucas. He was very close to us as our project supervisor during the work of our FYP. Under his great guidance, we were able to go through many challenges. He was a good advisor as well as a good friend. We are really thankful to the immense support given to us during the hard times.
Also I learnt the module High Voltage Engineering-I from Prof. Lucas. I was attracted by his lecturing style as well as High Voltage Engineering module too. We were able to learn that hard module easily during the lecture from the simple examples he used. Even if I am afraid of in class tests, I was able to achieve good marks to HV in class tests since I like the module thanks to Prof. Lucas.
I learnt from many teachers during my school and university. Prof. Lucas was one of the best of the best. I think, he is a wonderful, kind, friendly, active and motivating lecturer that I met in my life. As a professor, he is a perfect professional role model. It was my luck of being an Electrical Engineering undergraduate getting to know such a wonderful professor.
It was a great honor for me to share my memories with Prof. Lucas during my university life. I am proud of being one of the students of Sir. Your great service is remarkable among students as well as among the whole Sri Lankans too. Thanks for everything that you have done for us Sir.
May the Triple Gem Bless you and I wish you a long healthy life from the bottom of my heart to you Sir!!
Irupa Sithmini, [UoM 2015 Intake, EE Semester 8 student, FYP student 2019]
From: "Gevindu Ediriweera"
Date: Tue, August 20, 2019 10:30 PM
Sir, please accept my nice memories of you
I first met Prof. Lucas at the James George hall conducting our very first “Theory of electricity” lecture to Electrical and Computer Science students, including me as a first year undergraduate. I believe that your amazing teaching skills and unique teaching style in the module made the foundation to my academics in these three and half years.
As an undergraduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering, I could identify you as a humble and a friendly lecturer. You are always accessible by your students. There is a sweet memory which provides evidences to that.😊
When it was the study leave for the second semester end examinations, I had a small issue in the subject. But it could not get solved by my friends and I was stressed by trying, and I was clueless. So, I chatted with you in facebook messenger asking a clue to solve out the problem. Oh my god! I was addressing a senior professor in my department for a minor issue. 😧I was acting weird, but I could not understand that at the moment. In a moment, this humble professor replied explaining the subject matter in a few sentences. Actually, I was surprised how humble he is, and how he loves to enlighten students. (And also, I understood the stupid thing that I did without thinking much later). So, what else do we need? All the students must be really proud to learn from a lecturer with such qualities like him. It is a great pride that the University of Moratuwa has Prof. Rohan Lucas, a great professor in electrical engineering.
At the same time, I can personally be proud that Prof. Lucas became my final year project supervisor, which can be considered as one of the biggest achievements in my life. Talking about the project supervising, his immense support took us into new areas of learning and knowledge, in order to succeed in our project. And he always has a solution when we got stuck with the difficulty of continuing further. Thank you very much Sir for showing us the path in the project and being with us. It is immeasurable and a great strength to us all the time.
Another thing is his punctuality. If the lecture is at 8.15 a.m., he enters the lecture hall at 8.10 a.m. and waiting for the students to come. He comes to the university sharp at 7.45 in the morning. Sometimes we have faced some difficulties to gather as a group to meet you in the morning to seek the guidance in the project.🤭
It is a sad news that you will not come to the university from next year onwards. 😢 Once again, I’m so proud to have the chance to introduce myself as one of your students. Thank you very much sir for the service for this country. ❤️❤️ Department of Electrical Engineering, UoM will surely miss you!
May the triple gem bless you, Sir!
Gevindu Ediriweera, [UoM 2015 Intake, Semester 8 EE student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Kalpa Wickramasinghe"
Date: Tue, August 27, 2019 12:08PM
My Memories of Electrical Engineering icon Prof. Rohan Lucas
I got to know Prof. Lucas sir when I got selected to the Electrical Engineering Department. Our very first “Theory of electricity” lectures were conducted by the Prof. Lucas sir at the James George hall. His teaching skill set is unique. He always uses real life examples to explain the theoretical parts in Electrical Engineering. He is the humblest and the friendliest Professor I know, who always thinks on the side of the student.
Time passes so quickly. This is my last year being an Electrical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Moratuwa. I am lucky enough to be supervised by Prof. Lucas sir for our Final Year Project (FYP). While doing our project I got to know about his immense knowledge in Electrical Engineering field. His attention to detail and punctuality is remarkable. He is always there to help us when we faced a problem we can’t solve and was always able to give a new perspective to solve it.
Thank Very Much Sir, for your support and guidance. It’s a sad news that you will not come to the university from next year onwards. You will be deeply missed by the Electrical Engineering Department of UoM in the years to come.
I’m proud to say that I am one of your students. sir. Thanks for everything that you have done. May the Triple Gem Bless you and I wish you a long healthy life from the bottom of my heart to you Sir!!
Kalpa Wickramasinghe, [UoM 2015 Intake, EE Semester 8 student, FYP student 2019]
From: "Anupa Ekanayaka"
Date: Wed, September 11, 2019 09:39AM
My memories of the most extraordinary lecturer: Professor Joseph Rohan Lucas
I first met Prof Joseph Rohan Lucas in my second semester in 2016 at the “Theory of Electricity” module. He also taught us the “High Voltage Engineering” in our 4th year. Though both modules were fairly complex modules, he simplified and explained it in a way that anyone was capable of understanding the subject. He often uses real life examples, relating them to the subject matter. All of us were able to score very high on those subjects, thanks to Prof Lucas.
In the final year, I am very lucky to have him as my final year project (FYP) group supervisor. From the beginning of FYP, he was very close with us and constantly provided us with advice and much needed guidance. His insights about the subject matter and the project are unmeasurable. Even though he does not visit University of Moratuwa everyday now, he checks up on our project regularly as much as he can. Whenever we are in a difficult situation, time and again he saves us with a remarkable solution.
Prof Joseph Rohan Lucas is the most experienced and intelligent professor I have met, and despite all this. he is extremely humble and friendly. Always available to students for guidance, he is closer to students than any other lecturer.
University of Moratuwa is lucky to have him, and will surely miss him in the future. I am very proud to say that I have learned from Prof Lucas.
I wish you all the best for your future Sir. May the triple gem and God bless you Sir.
Anupa Ekanayaka , [UoM 2015 Intake, EE Semester 8 student, FYP student 2019]
From: "Dohitha Yapa"
Date: Thu, October 17, 2019 07:45AM
Professor J.R. Lucas: The Humblest Person I've Ever Met
My first memory of Prof. Lucas runs back to 2016, while I was still in the semester 1. He wasn't teaching the module "Electrical Engineering" but we received his well-structured notes.
In semester 2 he taught us the module, "Theory of Electricity". It was the first time I experienced his teaching. He has the extra-ordinary ability of explaining the most complex theories using the simplest of examples. This method was very helpful in “High Voltage Engineering” modules in semester 7 and semester 8. Another quality of Prof. Lucas is his punctuality. He always takes the 8.15 a.m. lecture without any hesitancy and arrives at the lecture hall early; some days even before the lecture hall is opened. He starts the lecture ON TIME if the students are ready and if not, he’s kind enough to wait for another 5-10 minutes.
I got the rare chance to work closely with him, as he became the Supervisor of our final year project. The more we got to work with him, the more we realized how humble he was. He is one of the friendliest lectures in the University (anyone who has worked with him will agree on this). After reading his profile, we were all intimidated by his stature. But he never belittles our ideas (even if they're dumb😅), yet he guides us in the right direction. Prof. Lucas' attention to detail is one of the most notable features in his character. Let it be a course note, a lecture, a discussion on the project or a simple text message, he's always on point and specific. Despite our age gap, he never forgets to bring some humour to our conversations.
He's truly one of the most remarkable persons I've ever met in my life!
Dohitha Yapa, [UoM 2015 Intake EE Semester 8 - FYP Student 2019]
From: "Thushari Chandimalika"
Date: Sun, February 23, 2020 12:49 PM
Sir, thank you very much for your continuous supervision on our final year project. I was lucky to have a supervisor like you. God Bless you sir.🙂🙂🙂
My Memories of Prof.J.R.Lucas
As we were selected for departments, I was among the 100 undergraduates of Electrical Engineering, and I was fortunate to learn from Professor Lucas. Sir has taught us the subject of Electrical Theory, High Voltage Engineering I and High Voltage Engineering II. Because he loved subjects, he was adept at presenting theories with simple examples. He often asks students questions during lectures to create an interactive atmosphere in the classroom. I remember that sometimes we thought we were too serious to find answers, but there were always easy answers to those questions. For all the subjects taught by Lucas sir, we had to face a class questionnaire. It was a good experience for us, because it helped us prepare for the final exams of the semester. Lucas sir was very fast at paper marking. Often, the results are released before the end of the exam for other modules.
He is one of the most experienced senior professors in our department, but he is also very humble. He was ready to help his students at any time. His friendly behavior made him a good person. I remember that he was actively involved in all the extracurricular activities of the department: "We are with you" and all other events with his arrival and he always made sure to feel and be a part of it.
In our final year, Sir helped us a lot, as our project supervisor. His door was always open to the students, and at all times. He made sure to give us better advice and a better solution for academics or anything else. He always encouraged us to do the best. We are often asked questions during presentations in areas we never thought possible, so that we can correct our mistakes and appreciate our efforts. So, I was fortunate to have a supervisor like him.
Lucas sir, I wish you happy and healthy life and all the best for your future!!
Thushari Chandimalika Wimalarathna, [UoM 2015 Intake EE Semester 8 - FYP Student 2019]
rom: "Nirod Punsara Rathnaweera"
Date: Mon, February 24, 2020 7:22 PM
I am proud and happy that I was taught by Professor Lucas during my time at the University of Moratuwa. I am not going to repeat that how great a teacher he is or how well recognizable he is. Whenever I say that I am an electrical undergraduate at UoM, I usually get the question "Did professor Lucas teach to you?" That shows how Electrical Engineering field is attached with Professor Lucas.
Anyways I am most grateful that I was able to do my final year project under the supervision of Prof. Lucas. There I understood that he is very friendly and has a good sense of humor 😀. I think you have made quite a role model to be followed. I wish you will enjoy your retired years as you always do. Wish you good health and happiness ahead sir. Thank you.
Nirod Punsara Rathnaweera, [UoM 2015 Intake EE Semester 8 - FYP Student 2019]
From: "Nadun Senarathna"
Date: Tue, February 25, 2020 08:11PM
My Memories about you
During my 1st year of university life, I met Prof. Lucas as one of the senior lecturers from the department of electrical engineering. I was lucky to learn Theory of Electricity in 2nd semester from him. But, afterwards he disappeared and only met again in semester 7. But, during that time period, I heard the name of Prof. Lucas from the university as well as from the industry.
In semester 7, we got the chance to learn high voltage engineering from him. He is very talented on explaining deep subject matters using really simple examples. Even if the lecture note consists of 20 pages, Prof.Lucas is capable of summarizing them into two or three very simple real world examples. The knowledge and experience that he is having is incredible and unmatchable.
Because of his kind heart and willingness to support, he has become one of our co-supervisors in the final year project. Sometimes, he is a lighthouse for us to guide us to where we should be headed. But, sometimes he is the captain of the ship, who takes us through the disturbances safely.
He is a person who always thinks outside the box. Everytime after having a discussion with Prof. Lucas, always a new path will be opened for us to think. Those new paths have made significant improvements in our project as well as in our lives.
You take anything you want to do. But everytime Prof. Lucas is one step ahead of you. As an example, he is a good cricket player, very good social media user and also a person who enjoys his life even within the thousands of work load he has.
The service he had done to the university and to the industry as same as to Sri Lanka is remakable. Sir, your good name will be there forever.
l'm so lucky to become a student of you and wish you the very best for the future life. Thank you very much for everything sir!
Nadun Senarathna, [UoM 2015 Intake EE Semester 8 - FYP Student 2019]
From: "Veenavi Wasundara"
Date: Wed, March 11, 2020 09:23AM
First of all, it has been an honor for me to write about one of my beloved teachers that I’ve met in my University life. This is just a little note to let you know that you were a huge source of support over these 4 years, not only for me but for all my other colleagues as well.
Running back in the memory lane, I met Prof. Lucas at one of our very first modules that we’ve been taught after we got selected to the field of Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa. I still can remember the way you taught us ‘Theory of Electricity’ at JG Hall, with all the in-class tests and how you collect those papers on time. Again, I met Prof. Lucas during my final year at High Voltage engineering lectures. The unique way of teaching the complex theories by using practical examples, made us understand those without studying them by-heart. Apart from the lectures, as being a panel member of our final year project, you always showed us the correct path that we should follow during our project and encouraged us by looking at our project in different angles. That helped us to discover the areas that we have never thought about. Your compliments always enlightened us, and it led us to bring our project to the higher level. Not only in academics, if there is any event happening in the department, you were always there with the students involving in the activities. You are not just a lecturer for the University, but a valuable asset who enlightened thousands of students lives. Thank you for everything you taught us and for the wisdom that you shared with us.
There is a saying which reminds me of you: “A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” You’re a true entertainer and a great teacher. This is my little way of appreciating you for the great things you have done for all your students. Thanks for being awesome and, thank you very much for being an inspiration.
Veenavi Wasundara Pemachandra , [UoM 2015 Intake, Semester 8, EE Student, 2019]
From: "Dilsha Karunathilaka "
Date: Fri, June 19 8:34 PM
Memories of Rohan Lucas Sir
I first got the chance to learn from Lucas sir in semester 2. Sir taught us "Theory of Electricity", and again sir taught us "High Voltage Engineering" in our final year. I was amazed with his teaching skills. He is capable of teaching very complex subject matter in a simple way that can be easily understood . I always admire him as a good teacher who does his responsibilities in an excellent manner and very humble lecturer who is very helpful to all of his students.
I got a chance to perform a dance with my friends at Prof. Rohan Lucas Felicitation ceremony. I am really happy about that and I am so grateful to Lucas sir as one of his students for his kind support to all of us.
Thank you sir and wish you a long healthy life filled with loads of happiness. May the triple gem bless you sir.
Dilsha Karunathilaka , [UoM 2015 intake, EE graduand 2020]
From: "Chathumi Modaragamage"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 11:02 AM
t is a great honor for the opportunity given to share my memories of Prof. Lucas.
I first met Prof. Lucas in 2016 as the lecturer of the module ‘Electrical Engineering’. He also taught us ‘Theory of Electricity’ and ‘High Voltage Engineering’ modules.
I would like to say that Prof. Lucas is one of the most unique and great personalities I have ever met. I was privileged to study under the teaching of Prof. Lucas for 3 semesters. He has a very unique style of teaching and well organized manner of teaching techniques. He is ready to answer any question at any time, specially with his demonstrations using the white board markers. Also, I must mention his photographic skills, where he never fails to cover all the events.
Sir, we are very lucky to have you as our final year project supervisor. Thank you for motivating and guiding us in project activities.
As an electrical undergraduate, I feel so lucky to be one of your students. Sir, I wish you all the best with good health and happiness.
Chathumi Modaragamage , [KDU Intake 33, Semester 8, EE student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Hasani Senevirathne"
Date: Tue, August 13, 2019 10:39 PM
One wonderful Professor : Prof. JR Lucas
Dear sir, I feel honoured for the opportunity given to share a piece of memory about you.
It was an one fine day in 2016, in the first semester "Electrical Engineering" module, when I first saw Prof. Lucas all strict and firm by the appearance which was well matched with my imagination of a senior professor. In the very first day, Sir delivered the lectures and I listened🙄, you explained the facts using examples and I further listened🤔, and apparently in the end of the day I was totally impressed😇. OMG, "I can understand what he says", I uttered to myself and I was happy. There's the beginning of that small hope, "I can do this".
But still there's this incident that I remember to date, that Prof. Lucas called out some names appearing on answer scripts after an in-class test and asked to raise the hands. As my name was heard, I raised my hand without knowing the reason as it was the first experience during his lecture. And then, he announced that these students handed over the assignment after the given time and he will deduct some marks accordingly😨. But having knowing him even for that little time kept me at ease that he will not anyway😅.
Time passed, Theory of Electricity and High Voltage Engineering modules were covered successfully. Lectures went well with his teaching skills and simple jokes here and there. That was quite a memorable phase in my life.
Even though your lecture sessions were over for us, I'am so lucky to have you as my final year project supervisor. It's a great opportunity to work under your guidance and you are a good mentor. You always help us when there is a problem and guide us through the correct path to success. You completely changed my imagination, that I mentioned earlier, regarding a senior lecturer and showed how friendly and humble one can be while sticking to his principles.
Thank you so much for guiding us and showing us the correct path to success in our final year project. Your support as the supervisor of our FYP, was an immense strength to all of us to proceed with the activities. sometimes like a father, like a friend, you guided us, helped us and stayed with us.
Congratulations on your well deserved success Sir. May the noble triple gems bless you and wish you good health and happy life.
"When one finds the true Guru, one conquers half the world. Thanks for taking me as your disciple!"
Hasani Senevirathne , [KDU Intake 33, Semester 8 EE student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Aarabi Shanmuganathan"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 6:34 PM
irst of all, I would like to thank you sir for giving me a chance to share my memories about you.
It’s a great privilege and fortune to be one of the students of Senior Prof. Rohan Lucas. Sir, it’s a great opportunity to learn under the guidance of such a legendary professor like you. I learnt Theory of Electricity and High Voltage Engineering from you. You made a pleasant environment, without letting us to get stressed. You are the friendliest and the humblest professor I have ever met. Not only that, you are an amazing supervisor who guides and trains students by giving the knowledge on new sophisticated methods. Though you have a busy time schedule, you always give us enough time to talk with you during any difficulty related to the project and academic activities.
I would proudly say that I’m so blessed to be a student of you. There are not enough words to express the valuable service you offered to students Sir. I wish you a happy and healthy life sir.
Shanmuganathan Aarabi , [KDU, Intake 33, Semester 8 student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Yasodara Liyanage"
Date: Sat, August 17, 2019 10:55 AM
ts great pleasure to recall your memories about you sir.
I first met you sir in 2016 as the lecturer of the module “Electrical Engineering” of the first semester, "Theory of Electricity" for the second semester and "High Voltage" for the fifth semester. Also, luckily sir you are our supervisor of the final year project. It gave us the opportunity to spend the final year with you. I would like to say that Prof. Lucas is one of the great personalities I’ve ever met. During our first semester, it was very smart how you handled almost 200 students and the assignment done by you, and after 30 minutes how you collect them very quickly was the best part. Only once I saw you angry during an in-class assignment. Because of not giving answer papers on time, you ripped a paper in pieces. This was the first and last time I saw you angry.
During the lectures sir tries his best to explain with funny examples. Best examples were the glass of water, oil paper and bathing inside a jungle. You are also an ardent photographer who never misses any important incident.
During our industrial training period, for last three months at LTL transformers, sir came there and gave advise which was a big support for us. Sometimes Sir is more concerned in our work than we are. I realized it when we do our final year project with you. Sir you are a gigantic counterpart in our heart, and it is a great pride to me that I studied under a such a big personality - Senior Professor Lucas.
Thank you very much for the guidance for our final year project sir. We felt very lucky when you accept our project and decided to be the supervisor of our group at the project proposal session. Without your guidance, massive help and massive knowledge of it is very difficult to achieve that success and completeness of our project as a girls group. Again thank you very much for every thing sir.
Thank you very much for the support you are giving always, and I wish you all the best. May you always be blessed by the noble triple gem.
Yasodara Liyanage , [KDU Intake 33, Semester 8 EE student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Nitu Linkha (नितु लिंखा)"
Date: Tue, October 22, 2019 9:05PM
It is my sheer luck to get to know Prof. Lucas in person and being one of his students is a total honour.
He has taught me various modules throughout my 4-year engineering degree program at KDU. Besides being a brilliant teacher, he is amazingly friendly and jolly person. He has been co-supervisor for my final year project which gave me an opportunity to know him better. He does not view sharing knowledge simply as his profession, rather it is something which gives him immense joy. This fact has reflected on many occasions, like during a classroom lecture or while giving suggestion on students' project. Moreover, his suggestions and guidance has only made us aim bigger and achieve better.
Prof. Lucas is also a very humble person; he does not step back to praise his students hard work and determination. He has been my motivation in many ways during my university life and I am extremely obliged to him in many ways. I can never thank him enough: I wish him the very best in everything, as he deserves nothing less!
Nitu Linkha (नितु लिंखा), Officer Cadet at Nepalese Army, Kathmandu [KDU, Intake 33, Semester 8 student 2019, FYP student]
rom: "Raweesha Fernando "
Date: Tue, October 29, 2019 11:26AM
Much obliged to you sir for allowing me this chance to express my memories about you.
I first met you in the first semester of my undergraduate life in KDU. Around then I might want to do Biomedical Engineering, but yet the streams were not divided. Thereupon you taught us the basic electrical engineering module, and your teaching style made me like to do Electrical Engineering. Again, I could learn Theory of Electricity and High Voltage modules from you in the second and fifth semesters respectively. Thank you Sir for fun semesters and for your passion and your willingness to share that passion with your students.
I'm glad to have you as our final year project co-supervisor. Thankyou sir for being so encouraging and doing everything you can to keep us motivated and supporting us throughout our project.
You were more than just a senior lecturer.
I wish nothing but the best for you sir.
Raweesha Fernando , [KDU, Intake 33, Semester 8 student 2019, FYP student]
From: "Rumedha Charith Fernando"
Date: Mon, December 16, 2019 11:30PM
was privileged to study under the guidance of Prof. Lucas, who is a great lecturer, supervisor and one of most awesome personalities with a great sense of humor.
The first time I met Prof. Lucas was in my first semester Theory of Electricity lecture. On the first day, I did not understand anything because I was confused and more focused on his teaching method, how he ask/answer questions, how he is being very friendly and so on. They were very different from other lecturers.
Prof. Lucas is one of the few lecturers in KDU who gives clear lecture notes with a lot of examples. He is well prepared for the lecture, he was calm and simple, never angry, always encouraging us to answer questions and his teaching method is very unique. Most of the time he answered/asked questions with practical examples (most of them are very funny).
High Voltage Engineering is one of the best lectures of Prof. Lucas. I was late almost every day, and sir always asks me to sit in the front. Then during the lecture he asks general questions, combined with the lecture, which I usually answer wrong. Sir always tries to communicate with students while lecturing, which is very uncommon among other lecturers.
I am very lucky to do my FYP under the guidance of Prof. Lucas. As from the first day, he helped us to make the project more and more successful. Even though he could not remember the details of each project he supervised very well, each week he gave us new areas and points to follow.
Sir you are kind, funny, simple and the best lecturer I know
I wish you the best of luck for the upcoming endeavors.
Rumedha Charith Fernando, [KDU Intake 33, Semester 8 EE FYP student 2019]
From: "Vampy Panchi (Panchali Perera)"
Date: Fri, January 03, 2020 10:12AM
Sir, No matter how tough university was, it was always. For a little while all that stress went away, for a little while learning about electricity and high voltage was not as hard as it seemed before. Your lectures didn't sting or stun, but we learnt so much: maybe it was taught not by a lecturer but by a friend. I remember you called me by my FB name Vampy because of course I'm truly a vampire. While most people fail to realize that, but you did; so don't worry, you are safe from harm 😅.
Sir, you always caught me by surprise by asking “where are your fangs” out of blues in very serious moments like the final year presentation exhibition. I should say sir that you too have some qualities of a vampire; age seems to be only a number to you because you always try to mess with us. I remember, when we’re going for our Viva voce, we bumped into you and you tried to trick us into believing you were headed home, even though you were going to the Board to question us? Because of these lighthearted moments, you have managed to become one of our favorites in no time because you’re so young at heart.
I should say that I got a little emotional while reading memories of many students of yours in your website sir. If I felt that way, I’m pretty sure that you are high above the clouds right now sir. Look how much respect and love they have for you sir. We all do!! Always ready to pose for a picture, and humorous as well, which made it so much easier to interact with you. When we see you post pictures of Avisha malliya, I sometimes wish I had a cool grandfather like you sir!! hehehe.
Well, an electrifying person taught us this High Voltage subject; it was a pleasure to learn from you Professor Lucas!
May you inspire many students like us to always be humble and to live the life while enjoying it. Thank you for everything sir!
Panchali Perera, [KDU Intake 33, Semester 8 EE student 2019]
From: "Senali Boteju"
Date: Sat, January 18, 2020 8:13PM
Sir, It's a pleasure and honour for giving me this opportunity to share my memories of you.
Since the first year to the final year of my university life, I was able to learn from you and I think it's a great opportunity that I ever got as an undergraduate. Also, I was privileged to be one of your students in the final year project. It was a pleasure to work with you sir, even under stress because you were there to bring us a smile.
Sir, l have never seen you being rude to students and I still remember the way you punish the students who slept in class😂. Instead of making them stand-up and wait, you point your phone camera at them while sleeping😅.
Sir, you are amazingly friendly. I have never seen a Senior Professor who is so kind and humble like you.
Thank you sir for being a great lecturer, advisor and a friend. Sir, I sincerely wish you all the very best in your future endeavours filled with good health and happiness.
May God Bless You and keep you in his loving care always!!
Senali Boteju, [KDU Intake 33, Semester 8 EE FYP student 2019]
From: "Yasindu Pravinda Wadanamby"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 6:34 PM
I am so lucky to be a student of Prof. Lucas where I could gain a lot of knowledge and experience for my future career. Prof. Lucas was a well managed and well organized Professor where he gives his valuable and vast knowledge to his students step by step where anyone could get the base easily.💯
He has a sharp eye 👀 where he can notice each and every student in the classroom. He gives his attention to every student where the whole class is under his voice when he is in the lecture.
He is very funny character😂 where he gives us a lot of jokes in the middle of the lecture which will give us a break.
He is a very humble and active character.
Thank you so much sir for guiding and paving the way for our career.
Yasindu Pravinda Wadanamby, [KDU Intake 33 student, EE Graduate 2020]
Date: Saturday, November 03, 2018 12:42 am
Prof. Rohan Lucas
eeping the present at bay for a while, I would like to start my story by recalling my memories from some years back. I still remember the way numerous rumours on your greatness touched our ears. It was in the year 2015 I first heard about you as a great pillar in the field of Electrical Engineering, from one of my teachers during A/Ls.
Having heard about you even before entering the university as a world recognized, distinguished personality, the picture of you I had in my mind was a strict, austere person. To be honest, I never expected you to be such a friendly and humble person.
Although we didn’t get a chance to learn under you in the first semester, we had to refer to some of your handouts under the module Electrical Engineering. As your name appeared in the handouts, and because of the picture of a strict professor I had about you, I was really scared to face the Electrical Engineering paper. Although we had no idea about the exam papers and the lecturers in the university then, I can recall how we discussed among friends "the paper will be really hard if Professor Lucas is going to make the paper".
It all changed once we got the fortune to learn under you in the semester 2. It's only then I realized who you really are. I was immensely inspired by the exceptional knowledge you had, and above all the sense of humanity you possessed. It didn't take a long time to evaporate the droplets of your picture which was drawn in my mind as a strict person. After leaving the school and entering a completely different learning environment, you are the first ever friendly person I met with whom we could talk about something without any fear.
I used to be a lazy student who usually took my seat at a back row. But, in your second lecture for which we were about 5 minutes late, there was no other option for us than going to the first row, obeying to your words "please come to the front". From that day onwards, it was no more a burden or a torture to take a front seat as you always made sure that students are not embarrassed by having to answer difficult questions. Questions asked were always helpful to build confidence within ourselves. Your magical teaching skills made us grasp the basics very easily. Everything was absorbable and became obvious, and the gratitude completely should be owned by you for your specific teaching style which brought a bunch of simplest examples to take us through the complex concepts.
To be honest, the continuous in-class test series made me feel your first two or three lectures as a headache. But it didn't take much time for me to realize that those tests are gradually and continuously making me prepared to thrive at the exam. I cannot recall of any university exam that I have ever taken with that much preparation. The slides did not appear as a jargon bubbling over the laptop at the last moment when the exam was coming by. It's all because of the continuous assignment series you conducted throughout the semester.
The thing I mostly adore about you is your humbleness. Being a well renowned person, you are so humble to have such a close and a friendly relationship with students. Amidst all the work, you somehow take some time to communicate with us. May be an advice, a subject matter or whatever you always communicate in a very friendly manner, making jokes with your fair sense of humour. You never hesitate to take some time of your busy schedule to come and share your laughter with us at the department events. Your presence was significant in every event which was held so far. The humble smile which you always wear on your face will keep you close to the heart of every student.
No words can express the gratitude I have towards you sir. I feel highly privileged to be under the guidance of such a humble and a renowned lecturer. Dear Sir, you are forever paid off with love for all the effort you are taking in brightening up the lives of your students. I wish to conclude by wishing you good health and long life. May all the happiness you wish come in your way sir!
Asini Kodikara , [UoM 2016 Intake Semester 4 EE student 2018]
From: "Sandali Jayaweera"
Date: Wed, August 28, 2019 10:01AM
There is nothing precious than the perfectly arranged education, a teacher can offer to a student. When recalling my memories of such great teachers, Prof. Rohan Lucas gives my mind flashing memories. I consider this as a blessing moment given to my life, to recollect valuable thoughts about this great personality.
I was lucky to get at least a little intro about him, during my time as a fresh undergraduate in the university. That was in late April in 2017 and I was taking down notes in a rush in an ordinary lecture slot of the Electrical Engineering module. Meanwhile, some handouts were distributed among all of us, synced to the lecture going on. I had a quick glance through the pages and found something inspired me a lot. All the notes were properly structured from simplest to the level of depth needed. It is true that I could not grab all the content directly to my mind. Nevertheless, it had the inspiration, any student needed at this phase of the learning curve. It did not cost me much time to find the name of the author of the handout, written in the footer of the pages. As you all guess, it was Prof. J. Rohan Lucas. He was also an Emeritus Professor in the Electrical Engineering department of the university itself. I never thought that I would be able to get the premium opportunity of learning from him one day.
But that day came a true, after, me being selected to the Department of Electrical Engineering in my second semester of the university pathway. Throughout the seme ster, the module, Theory of Electricity was taught by Prof. Lucas. That particular module was the first influence generator for me in diving deep into the subject. He was on time for every lecture and played the role of a very good teacher by being very close to each and every student without any discrepancies. He was really friendly with all of us, in a short time, which I never thought a lecturer could also be, specially a person like him, who has gained so much in every aspect of his life. I was able to experience a smooth transition, from the second semester to the third one and from third one to the rest of the following semesters, with the basic understanding laid by him on really important topics in the world of Electrical Engineering.
Not only in academics, but also in other important celebrations and occasions, he was there, being a backbone. He never rejected an invitation offered by us, even it was a get-together or a 'Padura', held by the department. It was joyous to see him attending each occasion with such humbleness and having chit-chats with all participants.
On top of everything, he gave guidance for everyone who needed one. He advised us properly and sufficiently, in cases we needed in applying for internship opportunities despite the busy schedule he was having those days. I cannot measure the effort he has put, in adding extra essence to our vanilla-educational life that would be absolutely effective in reaching a higher position in the upcoming career in life.
Even today I suspect, if I would be in this same position I am staying, without the basic layer of understanding in Electrical Engineering spread by him. Words would not be enough anyways to sum up all the contributions he has done for us, to the department, to the university and to the whole community. I would like to wish all the very best in the world to our Sir, in million times as the amount of the wisdom he has been sharing with all his students.
Sandali Jayaweera , [UoM 2016 Intake, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Senali Amanda"
Date: Mon, November 4, 2019 06:33 AM
Professor Lucas is an eminent scholar whose name echoes among prominent personnel from both academia and the industry. A great teacher and an even greater mentor, Professor Lucas has been a role model for countless batches and generations of undergraduates and postgraduates alike.
As our lecturer for “Theory of electricity” he was so concerned whether we grab the lectures, and he continuously encouraged us to clear our doubts. Many of our batchmates had good results with his great lecturing practices. No matter how busy he is, he always greets you with a smile and clarifies whatever doubt you are in, whether it be academic clarifications, potential future opportunities - anything.
I wish Professor Lucas a happy and long life.
Senali Amanda Sahabandu, [UoM 2016 Intake, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Ama Ranawaka"
Date: Mon, December 9, 2019 11:38 AM
I would like to extend my gratitude for giving me the opportunity to share my memories and thoughts.
Can you remember, how people interrogated you about your future ambition, starting from the pre-school? During different eras of my childhood and youth, I wanted to become a lawyer, an astrophysicist, an author, an actress and even the President of Sri Lanka! But I never wanted to become an engineer. Throughout my childhood, I was fascinated by arts and literature, definitely more than by mathematics and physics. However, I decided to choose the Physical Science stream for the advanced level examination, due to unavoidable circumstances, although my heart was never in love with Engineering. Miraculously, my heart took a huge leap in to falling in love with the beauty of mathematics, physics and chemistry. Thus, I managed to obtain fairly good results in the Advanced Level Examination, which opened doors to Engineering. Nevertheless, I still did not want to become an engineer and wanted to study Physics and Chemistry. At that time, my father somehow convinced me that University of Moratuwa is the best university for me to strengthen my future, regardless of the direction I choose for my career. Though he is working in a different field now, he always had an immense gratitude towards University of Moratuwa, since the knowledge and exposure he gained there has been a blessing for him to successfully execute his duties as a member of the parliament.
I first heard about Prof. Lucas from my father. Whenever he tried to convince me of the grandeur of University of Moratuwa, I had to hear about Prof. Lucas. That alone explains the significance of the role Prof. Lucas played in the success story of our university. Before entering the university, even some of my friends wanted to become an undergraduate of University of Moratuwa, simply because "the best professor for Electrical Engineering" is there. Upon learning about the academic qualifications of Prof. Lucas and his prominent contributions towards the academia and the Electrical Engineering industry, it was proved to me that all the praise I heard of him are not exaggerations.
I can remember receiving a printed lecture note which was prepared by Prof. Lucas, during the "Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering" lecture of the first semester. Although he was not the lecturer who conducted the course, it certainly supported me and many other students to comfortably grasp the basic principles in Electrical Engineering. After the first semester examination, I selected Electrical Engineering because of the good impression developed from the "Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering" module of the first semester. For that, I want to pay my gratitude to the lecturers who conducted that course module, including Ms. Janaki Premarathne, Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu and Dr.W.D. Prasad. There was only one module from our department in the second semester, “Theory of Electricity”. I was fortunate to learn that module from Prof. Lucas. Right from the first lecture, he displayed his amicable and humble qualities. He paid attention to every single student and ensured that we gain the maximum benefit from the lecture. The lecture notes were amazingly well structured and were very informative. Those notes encouraged me to self-study the module more thoroughly, since the duration of the lecture was not sufficient to dig deep in to details. Moreover, the lectures conducted by Prof. Lucas were of great guidance and assistance for us to excel in the learning outcomes of the module. Another importance of this lecture series was the in-class tests and the tutorial classes. Prof. Lucas could have merely conduct in-class tests to fulfill the requirement of Continuous Assessment. Nevertheless, he manifested his immense effort and care towards the students by personally conducting tutorial classes, upon the completion of each unit of the module. These classes constructed a productive platform to strengthen the bond between him and students, on top of being a huge catalyst for the academic performance of the students.
What I adore and respect most about Prof. Lucas is his amicable and humble nature. With his prestigious background, he could have been a lecturer who delivers the lecture during two hours and disappear. But he never was that type of a lecturer. My father respects Prof. Lucas immensely because he was very supportive and kind towards students who have stemmed from rural backgrounds, despite his own upbringing in an elite social background. In fact, professor's lecture was the only lecture he gladly attended! I also could witness this fact personally. Prof. Lucas was never cold towards students, he never discriminated students based on their upbringing or language proficiency. He always extended his warm hand in support of the students, who were in need. He was a very socially active character. Despite his hectic schedule, he managed to participate in our events, even presentations and debates. In my opinion, he could not portray the role of a university professor better.
Even after years from his official retirement, he sacrificed his precious time and effort for students of my university. For students like me, who was not deeply in love with engineering, Prof. Lucas was a great encouragement, to grasp the beauty of engineering. Dear Sir, the legacy of Department of Electrical Engineering will never be the same without you. I know these words cannot serve justice to your significant service of more than half a century. However, it was a great pleasure for me to share my thoughts as a student of yours. I wish you a healthy and a prosperous life ahead!
Ama Mandasmitha Ranawaka, [UoM 2016 Intake, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Tharaka Siyambalapitiya"
Date: Wed, March 11, 2020, 14:38
A Great Teacher
It was indeed a pleasure to be have taught by such a wonderful personality. Though our batch ('16 batch) did not get a chance to learn by you a lot, during our small time with you, we surely learnt the module you taught with great enthusiasm.
Your methods of teaching and assessing were really helpful for us, and it really made us feel confident about the exams.
We have heard many pleasant things from the senior batches and surely you have been a favourite lecturer of many students.
I wish you all the very best and a blessed life ahead.
Tharaka Siyambalapitiya, [UoM 2016 Intake, Semester 7 EE student 2020]
From: "Lahiru Sudharaka"
Date: Sat, March 14, 2020 1216PM
Golden Jubilee Celebration of teaching of Prof Rohan Lucas at the University of Moratuwa
This is to give my heartfelt gratitude to our loving professor, Rohan Lucas, on celebrating the golden jubilee of teaching at UoM. Not only you are a wonderful lecturer, but also you are a wonderful role model for all your students. The humble and friendly personality, dedication and commitment towards lecturing and making the lectures more interesting have been a great inspiration to all of us to enhance our lives and become a better citizen to the country. For all the late nights, early mornings and weekends spent grading and preparing for lectures – we thank you for caring so much about your loving students. There are not enough words to thank you for all you’ve done! We are very proud and lucky to be your students too.
I wish you a long life filled with happiness, joy, health and prosperity. May triple gem bless you! ❤❤❤
Lahiru Sudharaka Perera, [UoM EE Semester 7 Student 2020]
From: "Kithma Vidanapathirana"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 11:57 PM
My Memories of Prof. Rohan Lucas
It is a great honour to me to share my memories of Prof. Lucas. I got to know about Prof. Lucas a long time before I entered the university. Sir has taught my father and my brother when they were at the University of Moratuwa. First I got to know about Sir during my childhood from my father, as one of his favorite lecturers in his university life. And, we met at CEBEU Annual Dinners in many years and every time my father used to introduce me to you. Sir, your memories are always bound together with my father's memories.
Sir has taught me Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, Theory of Electricity and High Voltage Engineering in 3 semesters. Other than the subject knowledge. I have learned a lot more things from you. Sir, you are the most humble lecturer I have met in my university life. I am privileged to be one of your students.
Sir, I wish you a long healthy life ahead and may you have the ability to teach many generations to come. May triple gem bless you!
Kithma Vidanapathirana , [KDU Intake 34, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Anuji Withana"
Date: Mon, August 12, 2019 6:34 PM
It's not been very long since I've come to know Professor Rohan Lucas. He has been my lecturer for Theory of Electricity and High Voltage Engineering for three semesters at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. It's been a great study time with him and honestly one of the most humble lecturers I’ve ever met. He knows his students very well, and unlike any other has a good rapport with his students in class or in the field. Professor Lucas has a good understanding of how the little engineering stuff can be projected in the most practical ways to his students - that makes it all easy to grab. His expertise and experience in the field of engineering undoubtedly, has made him one of the most successful lecturers I’ve come across in my life.
Thank you so much sir. This thank you is for the generations that you nurtured and for all generations yet to come! May the triple gem bless you!
Updated:- March 15, 2020 6:02PM
So happy for your 50 years of teaching Sir! Congratulations! Seeing all the felicitation for this long journey, I am so damn proud to be one of your students. A half century of students mean an entire industry with your brilliance and widespread roots.
So lucky to have you as my project supervisor, what more can we expect than having the supreme of all, its motivation to make the impossible happen!
So proud of you sir and all my heartiest wishes!
Anuji Withana, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Venuri Lakna"
Date: Thu, August 22, 2019 7:42 PM
Thank you sir for giving this opportunity to share, my memories of you, as a University undergraduate in Electrical Engineering at the KDU.
I met Professor Lucas for the first time in his lecture on Theory of Electricity in the first semester. When I entered the lecture hall, I saw a senior professor with a simple shirt and trouser, standing in front of the audience with a gentle smile. Before we got to know him, we were scared whether it will be a tough lecture, but surprisingly he conducted his lectures very interestingly and in a friendly manner with his excellent teaching tactics. Marker pens, dusters, rulers and books were his regular demonstration items.
I was wondering whether was it possible for a professor to be this much friendly with students. He had a better understanding about the mentality of student's and was able to interact with students very well.
He is a good teacher who is well prepared for his lectures. Also, he is well organized and methodical. He is humble enough to talk with anyone regardless of the profession. He is the most humble personality I have ever met in my lifetime. Any student could talk with him and clarify subject matters. Starting with Theory of Electricity, up to High Voltage Engineering, we were able to gain lot of knowledge through his commitment.
Thank you very much Sir for everything you have done for us. Your great service may be required further for the future electrical engineering students too.
Venuri Lakna Gunarathne , [KDU intake 34, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
rom: "Hashini Amarasuriya"
Date: Sun, September 29, 2019 6:54PM
I met Lucas sir in my first semester at KDU in 2016. At first sight, I was very scared to be in his lecture because he looked like a very strict senior professor. But he was not like that. I always sat in the first two rows, but I thought of going back because he asks questions from the students. Later on I found out that he doesn't ask serious theory stuff to embarass students. Instead he asks simple questions to explain deep theory stuff. I remember how he took me and my two friends and asked about how our mothers' cook, to explain that there is a difference in their styles. He cracks jokes and interacts with us to make us concentrate on his lecture. He is the best ever lecturer whom I found who is really friendly with his students. I really appreciate that quality of our beloved sir. Normally we don't expect a senior professor to be that much friendly. I am very lucky to be a student of a professor like him and it is a great previledge.
Thank you very much sir. I wish you a healthy life and may you live long.
Hashini Amarasuriya, [KDU Intake 34, Semeseter 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Sharadha Samarakoon"
Date: Mon, November 4, 2019 09:30 AM
Thanks a lot for giving me a chance to write up my memory about u sir😊!
Though I had heard a lot about Senior Professor Rohan Lucas from my senior friends at the university, the first time I met sir was in my first semester class of "Electrical Engineering”. That time I had no idea how sir would be. What I thought was that he would probably be, like a typical very tough professor, like most of senior professors that I’ve usually heard about. But it didn’t take days for that idea to change .Yes !
He was kinda tough, but only for the ones who deserved it . That subject “Electrical Engineering” gradually turned to be my favourite subject, as well Prof Lucas became the best lecturer. His flow of teaching was very unique. His sessions were not like typical lectures at the University, that he always used to interact with the students so often while he was lecturing .
Some thing that I specially noticed in his lectures was that if we could concentrate really well on his lectures, he touches every corner of the note with quite a lot of examples .Every theory was very well explained. His past paper Q&A always guided us for better marks at the examination. He also used to give assignments based on every lesson that he finished and that really helped us to understand the difficult topics in the subject. He made us never wait till the day before the exam, because we had to study for the assignments at the end of each completed topic. Not only as a mentor, but also whenever we needed guidance for anything else too, he never forgot to lend a kind hand.
After the first semester “Electrical Engineering” then again I got the opportunity to learn from Lucas sir in the second semester “Theory of Electricity” and also in the fifth semester “High Voltage Engineering”. I was really glad to be a student of him. I got that proud opportunity to be called one of his students .
It was indeed an honour for me to get to know this great personality. I wish many students to get that valuable chance to be his students and may u live healthier and long sir😊!
Sharadha Samarakoon, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 6 EE student 2019]
From: "Indu Senarathne"
Date: Sat, February 1, 2020 2:31 PM
Not all heroes wear capes. One teaches electricity
Little did I know back in 2017 walking into a class named ‘theory of electricity’ that I’d meet the one of the kindest, brilliant and the coolest humans I’ll ever have the privilege of meeting. Being the introvert I am I always opted the corner seat in this well renowned professor’s class and kept my head down but seldom missed a class. One morning, my very first days at KDU, me and my friend Avishi were waiting for the elevator at the ground floor of faculty building (we were not allowed to use the elevator at that time) and he walked in just before the doors opened. We both were terrified to death and we stepped back thinking of taking the next turn. But when the elevator doors did open, he stepped in and to our utter amazement smiled at us and invited us both in. it’s little things like this that make this giant personality even greater.
And Three years flew away just like that; but things like Prof Lucas saying “let me explain in a slightly different way” and choosing a simple example before trying to explain big theories which often left me thinking “how on this earth does this man know we buggers wouldn’t understand a thing if he explained the theory right away”. His cheeky grin and ability at never failing to crack a joke never changed throughout these years. He never misses a chance to talk to his students, answer their questions and help them in any way he could, sometimes as a lecturer, sometimes even as a friend. Him talking and laughing along with his students has become a very familiar scene in the university. That’s the reason why every now and then we look at him and think “oh man, I want to be like him one day”
His brilliance and expertise in the field of high voltage and electricity is awe worthy. I’m grateful that I got an opportunity to learn from this giant legend (so did my dad back in UoM). Now he has started supervising our final year project and keeps telling me I need to take things less serious. I’m looking forward for many more moments along the memory lane.
May the triple gem bless you sir and keep you healthy to enlighten generations to come with your brilliance and goofy sense of humor.
Indumini Senarathne , [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: " Dineshi Marasinghe"
Date: Mon, February 24, 2020 9:45 PM
My memories of Prof. Rohan Lucas
I’m so happy to be one of the students who had the opportunity to be guided by Prof. Lucas who is the most senior, the generous and kind hearted lecturer at KDU. I met Prof. Lucas during my freshman year at KDU when learning Theory of Electricity. Me and my friends were a bit anxious when we got to know that Prof. Lucas would be our lecturer for that subject. But when we met him in person, we experienced what a humble human being he is. The most admirable traits I see in our dear Professor is being punctual and organized. To this day I can’t remember a day he wasn’t on time or not well prepared for the lecture.
During my 3rd year at the KDU, I again was lucky to learn the subject of High Voltage by Prof. Lucas. For him it is not about just teaching the subject matter, he is very concerned about giving practical knowledge as well to the students. I remember he inquiring about the students who get low marks for his subjects and helping those students whenever he could.
Finally I’m very fortunate to have Prof. Lucas as my final year project supervisor. Every week he is keen to ask about our progress and give valuable advice on how we can improve. He’s the best lecturer and the most supportive supervisor I have ever met.
I wish him good health and strength to enlighten more and more students in the coming years.
Dineshi Marasinghe, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: "Eshani Liyanage"
Date: Tue, March 10, 2020 8:11 AM
If someone asks me who Prof. Lucas is, I will introduce him in this way. He is definitely not that ordinary boring kind of a professor, that you imagine when you hear the words ‘Senior Lecturer’ or ‘Senior Professor’. He is the coolest professor you are ever going to meet. To be honest, I didn’t know him very well until I had the privilege to have Prof. Lucas as my Final Year Research Project Supervisor.
I first saw him in the first week of my first year as our Theory of Electricity lecturer. I still remember I was in a back row and didn’t even see him properly that day. My first memories go to the day in the second semester that I gave my contribution to write an extra paper of an assignment with four other colleagues for a sick friend who was absent for the mandatory Inclass Test series of Professor Lucas. So yeah long story short, we were caught somehow and met him to apologize with shivering legs after the lecture. Even though, we have done an unjustifiable fault, he listened to our confession carefully, he understood the situation and forgave us with a pleasant smile (no motivation for anyone because we were just lucky to survive on that day).
I should say this, when I got to know him well, he always reminds me of Professor Slughorn from Harry Potter, just because how friendly and helpful he is with his students.
So that’s him. The Legendary Professor who always has a joke at the end of his tongue to refresh us with his strange sense of humor. I always believe, not every teacher deserves to be called one. That title is reserved for great ones like you, who dedicate their whole life for the sake of their students. I am tremendously grateful to have met you since it is an incomparable opportunity an Electrical Engineering Undergraduate can ever get. Thank you sir.
May the noble triple gem bless you!
Eshani Liyanage, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: "Ganesh Chand ( गणेश चन्द )"
Date: Tue, March 10, 2020 0100PM
It is my honour to be the student of Prof. Rohan Lucas. He taught me Theory of Electricity and High Voltage Engineering modules during first and fifth semester respectively.
He is one of the best and humble personality in the field of Electrical Engineering. His teaching style is very efficient and effective, which helps to grasp lecture easily. His way of teaching Electrical Engineering stuffs by comparing with real world practical examples is a magnificent quality which reduces the complexity. He is having a habit to leave no stone unturned for the betterment of his students. As a supervisor for my final year project, I got to be one of the lucky students to know him well.
During my internship period, I met some Electrical Engineers who were taught by Prof. Rohan lucas. They claimed the fact that there would be no High Voltage in Sri Lanka, had there been no wisdom of Lucas sir.
Thank you, sir for providing me this opportunity to share my memory with you. I wish you a happy and healthy life ahead.
Ganesh Chand ( गणेश चन्द), Officer Cadet, Nepal Army [KDU, Intake-34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: "Dilshara Wijeerathne"
Date: Tue, March 10, 2020 0100PM
First of all, I would like to thank Prof. Lucas for giving me a chance to share my memories about you. The first time I met Prof. Lucas was in my first semester Fundamental of Electrical Engineering lecture in 2017, and I had no idea how sir would be. Then I met Lucas sir in another two semesters, as the lecturer of Theory of Electricity and High Voltage Engineering. It took a few days to understood that he is not tough as much as the other senior professors. In the real sense of the word he is the kindest and coolest lecturer that I have ever met.
In my final year of KDU I’m so greatly honored to having Prof. Lucas sir as my final year project supervisor. You always motivate us and supporting us on our project. You cheer and lead us to do more.
You are more than Just a Lecturer. There are not enough words to thank you for every single thing that you have done for us. I wish you all the best of luck for your future life and a wish you long healthy life.
May the triple gem bless you sir!
Dilshara Wijeerathne, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP Student 2020]
From: "Hisuri Dehiwatta"
Date: Tue, March 10, 2020 0100PM
I am so happy and honored to be one of the students of Prof. Lucas, who is a Senior Professor with an advance knowledge. On the first day of the Electrical Engineering lecture I was hesitating to learn from him while questioning myself, will I be able to understand what he’s teaching, will I be able to get through this module. But on the first day itself, I understood how easy to learn from him. His teaching skills were very simple. He always took day to day examples to explain scenarios, that actually helped us to understand theories so easily. Also he asked many questions from us, which helped to clear our doubts. He has also taught me Theory of Electricity and High Voltage. In my 4th year, I was a bit upset because the lectures conducted by him was over. But I was lucky enough to have Prof. Lucas as my Final year project supervisor.
Prof. Lucas is a simple and cheerful person. I still remember during one of our lectures in FDSS mini auditorium, you turned around on the stage and took a selfie with the entire class. Nowadays it’s rare to see such humble people with a vast knowledge. He always stays with a genuine smile which makes us to work with him more comfortably.
Prof. Lucas, sir thank you very much for the immense service you have done for everyone. I wish you all the very best with good health and happiness. May the triple gem bless you.
Hisuri Dehiwatta, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: "Tashma Maduhasini "
Date: Sat, March 14, 2020 10:23 AM
Memories with Prof. Lucas
It's a great honor to me for giving this opportunity to share my memories about you.
As a fresh undergraduate in KDU, I first met Prof. Lucas during “Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering” lecture of first semester. From the first module itself I was able to notice his excellent ability in teaching and also how humble this person is irrespective of all the status what he has had by that time. Currently, I am in my 7th semester as an electrical engineering undergraduate and I feel how fortunate I am to learn three modules from this great teacher, including High Voltage Engineering. His lecture notes are well structured including all the necessary facts and figures. I believe that there was no one in the classroom who could not understand the complex concepts that he explained so simply, using perfectly matching analogies.
One day, I went to meet Prof. Lucas since I wanted his recognition for my CV that was required for my upcoming industrial training. Other than just accepting to give his recognition for my CV, what he did was he guided me properly to make a good CV along with my qualifications. I never expected this giant personality to reserve his precious time for me like that. At that moment, I further realized how kind hearted, humble person he is.
The period of 6 months of industrial training at Ceylon Electricity Board and LTL Transformers (Pvt.) Ltd was my first training experience in the electrical engineering profession. Almost all of the electrical engineers and my colleagues I met at both the organizations were students of Prof. Lucas. And none of them forgot to praise or mention his humbleness and excellence in teaching. Advice sir gave me and my friends, once he visited LTL Transformers, was very helpful to achieve maximum benefit out of our industrial training. When I remember of Prof. Lucas, punctuality is the other thing that comes to my mind. His time management strategies are so great that amidst all his responsibilities and busy schedules, he however finds time to talk with students who come to meet him. Whenever we students went with a question that seems to be very hard to handle, it is his way to ask few simple questions and let us ourselves see the solution. Finally, I feel so fortunate and I am so thankful to him that he accepted to be the supervisor of my final year project and guide me and my team for the successful completion of the project.
Thank you so much sir.
I wish you a happy and healthy life ahead!
Tashma Maduhasini , [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: "Hansi Sihara Kumarapeli"
Date: Thu, March 19, 2020 11:16AM
My Memory of You 😊❤️
Prof. Lucas is one of the most memorable lecturers I've learned from, in my life. When I entered to the General Sir John Kotelwala Defence University to pursue my higher studies in the field of engineering, I was so excited (more like terrified) but yet not so motivated. I doubted myself for choosing the field of engineering at the time.
I clearly remember the first day Prof. Lucas lectured us on the subject of ‘Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering' in the first semester. He was the ideal figure that I've drawn my mind as a professor. He came to the class on time with a very pleasant smile. My first impression of the professor is that he is so kind yet so focused and strict. He always made sure whether we have any questions, and if so helped us clear them.
Professor may not know this, but he is half of the reason why I chose my stream as Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His teaching made me confident that I am more interested on Electrical and Electronics Engineering, rather than others. It made me motivated to do my studies and be sure of the path that I chose.
Again, I got the chance to learn from him in the 5th semester (3rd year) on the subject of 'High Voltage Engineering'. Now as a 4th year student I am fortunate to have Prof. Lucas as my Final Year Project Supervisor. Professor is so supportive, and he always guides us to push our limits to reach our fullest potential. What I really value of him is that no matter how talented, renowned and respected he is, professor is always so down to earth. He is the most humble person and also the kindest lecturer. He is so patient and understanding when it comes to working with his students.
Finally, I'd like to thank professor for the guidance, inspiration and the best supervision that he gives out to us.
Wish you all the best and may you have all the blessings for your journey sir. I am so grateful for having the chance to be one of your students. Thank you.
Hansi Kumarapeli , [KDU, Semeste 7, Intake 34 EE FYP student, 2020]
rom: "Dulini Amarasinghe"
Date: Thu, March 19, 2020 09:48AM
Sir, its pleasure and honor to share my memories of you. The first time I met sir was in my first semester lecture of Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. That time I had no idea how sir would be, but Prof lucas is honestly one of the most humble lecturers I’ve ever met. Since the first year to the final year, I was able to learn from you and I think its a great opportunity that I ever got as an undergraduate. Also I was privileged to be one of your final year project students.
I am so happy for you for celebrating the golden jubilee of teaching. Congratulations sir!
Prof. Lucas, sir Thank you very much for the immense service you have done for all the students. Finally I wish you all the very best with good health and happiness. May the triple gem bless you. ❤️❤️❤️
Dulini Amarasinghe, [KDU Intake 34, Semester 7 EE FYP student 2020]
From: "Punsara Samarakkody"
Date: Thu, September 26, 2019 8:43PM
It really is a great pleasure for me to share my memories with u sir😊.
I read many of your memories and I felt very proud to be sharing my memories with u, as all of them were very successful personalities. I feel bad that I have only memories of an year to share with others. It is an honour for me to add some of these memories with the great Professor Lucas.
first met Professor Lucas, exactly an year ago, at the welcome ceremony of the 2017 batch of the Electrical Engineering Department. He stood out among all the other lecturers, even on the first day, as he was a very gentle and friendly lecturer. I was lucky enough to learn Theory of Electricity under him in Semester 2, which is still my favourite subject, out of all that I have learnt until now. He was a great lecturer, who had the ability to simplify any complex knowledge, so that we could comprehend them.
Also, he was very friendly with all the students, which made it easier for us to communicate with him regarding any doubts. Not only he enriched us with his knowledge, but he also participated in every event organized by the students. I can still remember Professor Lucas participating in our get-togethers and also participating for games with us.This is the first photo taken with our batch. Hope u remember🙈
This proved that he is close to our hearts, not only as a lecturer but also as a dear friend. Professor Lucas was always a very bright person who always talks with us with a smiling face. I am so glad to get to know such a great personality as Professor Lucas and I wish him all the happiness, health and prosperity for his future.
Punsara Samarakkody, [UoM 2017 Intake, Semester 4 EE student 2019]
From: "Amanda Andrahennadi"
Date: Sun, September 29, 2019 11:07AM
My memories of Prof. Rohan Lucas
Thank you sir for this great opportunity to share my memories of you. I read a lot of memories on your blog. A year ago I met you as our Theory of Electricity lecturer in Semester two. You did it very interestingly and it became as my favourite subject because of you.
In the meantime, you were assigned to be our group mentor, but you became as our friend. Actually, we came to mentoring not because it is in our timetable.
Sometimes you asked questions from me in the lecture. At first, I was afraid but afterwards I learned it is very good for us. You are simple and amicable.
I have a memory that I remember it like today. We had our Helakamkala event, and we came to your lecture late; you were angry, but you thought on our side and didn't give the quiz that day. We appreciated it a lot. You also participated in every event organized by students, like a student. I hope you could remember your past. You are very close to our hearts. I have learned a lot more things from you.
Sir, I wish you a long healthy life ahead. Thank you very much for the support, you are giving always.
I won't forget your happy smiley face 😊
May you be always blessed by the noble triple gem.
Amanda Andrahennadi, [UoM 2017 intake, Semester 4 EE student 2019]
From: Harshi Sandunika Abeygunasekara
Date: Mon, September 30, 2019 11:18AM
First of all I would like to thank you sir, for giving this chance to share my memories of you as an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering at University of Moratuwa. I met Prof. Rohan Lucas nearly one year ago in semester 2, as the lecturer of Theory of Electricity module. Really he is an expert in this field and it is great to be able to learn from him.
Not only that, Prof.Lucas was our group mentor for the second semester. In that session he was very close to us and friendly with us. It was very comfortable for us to discuss our problems with him. I have learnt a lot of things from him and it has changed the way we look at the perspective of life. He encouraged us in extra curicular activities and helped us to develop our confidence and English speaking ability.
He taught not only the subject matter, but also he participated in every event which were organized by the students just like a student. Always appreciated us and encouraged us with a smiling face.
I am so glad to be a student of you. Thank you very much sir for guiding us and encouraging us. Wish you all the very best and long healthy life ahead. May triple gem bless you!
A.W. Harshi Sandunika Abeygunasekara, [UOM 2017 Intake, Semester 4 EE student 2019]
From: "Sasindu Prasad"
Date: Wednsday, October 2, 2019 1:59PM
I am happy and honoured that I got an opportunity to share my memories with you sir, as one of your students, because it is a rare thing that a student gets.
I first saw you at the welcome ceremony of the 2017 batch in the seminar room. However, I have heard about you, sir, in the first semester when Mrs. Premaratne madam told us that there is a great lecturer who teaches even after he has retired from the electrical department, and she gave us handouts about an author name Prof Rohan Lucas, University of Moratuwa. That is the first memory about you sir.
After that, I saw you in my second semester in 2018 at the “Theory of Electricity” module at JG hall. I have a memory that I remember like today, you saying, “Please come to the front”. It was a common instruction in every lecture. At the continuous assignment time, you walked through the whole class and looked how we answered. You collected papers on time and rejected papers that were given after the collection time. That is the most memorable memory about you sir. We have a picture about you as a strict lecturer. However, you always taught us to do the right thing.
I got chance to meet you personally when you were assigned to be our group mentor. That is the way sir I got to know each other so close. On the very first day, I was afraid before we met you. But, it was a friendly talk, not a conversation between a lecturer and students. You introduced yourself. I remember as if it was today that you told us about your school life, university etc. You asked our Facebook names and became Facebook friends. I have not even met a lecturer who shares his memories and connect with students like that. You asked questions and advised us to do right things to build up a good career.
I have another memory that I remember like today, in the get-together in 2018. Actually, we expected your presence, but to our surprise, you played games with us and took photos with us. We could not forget your smart phone camera. I saw that you got photos with students and collect memories in all events that you took part. Actually, we wondered about you sir, but we understood that you are different from other lecturers and involved in events a as a lecturer, as well as a friend.
I think that is why I am sharing my memory with you sir, and there are so many memories in your memory collection and those are too much to read. I do not think any lecturer have this kind of memory collection. I think those are the wealth that you earned from students, because of your kindness and humbleness as a lecturer.
We respect you sir, for your huge service to our country, to the University of Moratuwa and our Department.
Again, I am so glad to be a student of you sir, and for this great opportunity. Thank you very much sir. I wish you good health and long life. May Triple Gem Bless you Sir!
J.A.M Sasindu Prasad Abhayawardhana, [UOM 2017 Intake, Semester 4 EE Student 2019]
From: "Nimesha Amarasinghe"
Date: Fri, October 11, 2019 10:01PM
Thank you sir for giving me this chance to share my memories of you as your student and also as an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering at University of Moratuwa.
I met you in semester 2, as the lecturer of Theory of Electricity module and also as our mentor. Honestly you are an amazing lecturer I ever met and it is a great opportunity I ever had to learn from you. In mentor sessions, you were very close to us and very friendly with us. Your guidance was very helpful to us and I learnt a lot of things from you. You guided us to be the professionalist who the industry looking for, be the expert and be practical.
Also, I remember that you came to EESoc family get together which was organized by the electrical engineering students, and participated in the games. You never underestimate our work, only appreciation and encouragement was there.
I am so glad to be a student of you. Thank you very much sir for all your support. Wish you all the best and long healthy life ahead. God bless you!
Nimesha Amarasinghe, [UOM 2017 Intake, Semester 4 EE student 2019]
From: "Kasuni Wanninayake"
Date: Thu, March 5, 2020 at 8:50 PM
“Intelligent people are always the best encyclopedia” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Professor Rohan Lucas was one of the best lecturers I’ve ever met in my university life as he was a very enthusiastic yet highly resourceful scholar of all time. He was the lecturer who did Theory of Electricity for our batch in the second semester and I found the subject matter quite interesting owing to his profound skill of teaching complex theories in a very feasible manner. He managed to induce confidence about academics in our minds and thereon guide us through further paths of knowledge.
When it comes to his humane character, I found him as a humble man of genuineness and respect. He taught us not only the subject matter but also a range of discipline for life while enriching us as his own children. In my point of view, Prof. Lucas is a warm-hearted person with much commitment and dedication towards the University of Moratuwa. He was there in every special occasion of the Electrical Engineering Department and I always found him amid students and enjoying the moment. He, being a very modest personality, even played games and got involved with students in different events of the university. Also, I’ve seen him engaging with his family members, especially with his grandson, Avisha, as a very responsible and loving character for everyone there. He’s simply blessed with a smart mind and a delicate heart that are unquestionably rare to be found in the people of the modern-day context.
Sir, you are one of the best examples conveying the message that age or level of education doesn’t matter to retain happiness and fulfillment in mind while spreading love and kindness to the world. I feel very lucky to be one of your students and also to have this opportunity to pen down some of my memories of a great personality.
May you be blessed for a long, healthy and contented life ahead!
Kasuni Wanninayake , [UoM 2017 intake, Semester 5 EE student 2020]
From: "Dishali Gurusinghe"
Date: Wed, December 25, 2019 9:13PM
I think what sets apart Prof.Lucas from other lecturers I've come across is not his superior knowledge,lecturing skills,vast experience or elite position in the social ladder but rather how humble he is despite all that. Very lucky and happy that I got the opportunity to know Prof. Lucas more than just a lecturer, else I would have never realized what a great human being he truly is.
The best memory we have as a batch so far is his birthday in 2018, where ironically we had to face one of his numerous in-class tests. We sang "Happy Birthday" with the intention of softening him up but we are still clueless as to whether it actually worked. Wishing Prof. Lucas a healthy long life filled with happiness.
Hope you had a great Christmas sir. This will be my Christmas gift to you.
With Love from your student Dishali
Dishali Gurusinghe, [KDU Intake 35, Semester 5 EE student 2020]
From: "Hansika Godage"
Date: Wed, January 15, 2020 9:50 PM
My Memories of Professor Joseph Rohan Lucas
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning! Never once thought that this professor, whom on the first day, a majority of us thought to be yet another boring, old fashioned professor who will scribble on the board and keep talking enigmatic theories, by the first sight, to end up embossing his name in our hearts.
The first day of the first semester of the freshman year 2018, ended up being a usual Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering lecture, but made us realize that College life needs commitment, courage and dedication to succeed.
One of the best memories I had about our beloved Professor Lucas is that one fine pictograph designed by himself to inspire us on target coverage. The cartoon image featuring “The Flintstones” (popularly known as Giripura Aththo) depicting the numerous milestones that we would come up during our life, from womb to coffin.
Most importantly, what is epic is to see his everyday desktop wallpaper projected on to the screen, standing in front of the High Voltage Laboratory dedicated to his name, carrying his beloved grandchild in his hands, surrounded by the rest of his family.
My second chapter with Professor Lucas begins when I had to take up the classes for the “Theory of Electricity” in my freshman year second semester. The best part of it was him threating us with all smiles, telling that he would be locking the doors sharp at class commencement time! Man-of-his-words, professor Lucas really was sticking to his words when he was restraining the late comers. But then there was me who was always checking-in late, at least twenty minutes, except for a few times, smiling ear-to-ear at him, and he with open arms welcoming me, seemingly getting the advantage of the soft spot in his heart! Like how a grand pa loves his kids, Prof. Lucas, the beloved grand pa of baby Avisha, being an Emeritus Professor with an ocean of knowledge, loves us the same way, trying to mold us to be the promising engineers in the years coming ahead.
Never would I be able to forget how we, as a class with the motto “United we stand, divided we fall”, tried to negotiate with him in an in-class test, which was held on his birthday (2018), desperately struggling to make him go easy on us with the test, singing “Happy Birthday” intending to melt his heart and get the benefit. All our efforts were in vein when he summoned the instructors to be the invigilators and collected the papers on time without at least giving a split second in addition. Without limiting his love for his students to the class, Professor Lucas generously smiles and greets to his students whenever he meets them, nor forgets to have a word, evoking reminiscences of good old days of him with us.
Last but not least, no award would ever at least come closer to his commitment in covering all the events he takes part, giving the full media coverage like a pro, still with a simple mobile phone camera. Thankyou Professor Lucas sir! Thank you for always being a closer-to-heart, generous, caring, simple yet outstanding and an understanding companion in academics and life to your students. Forever in debt to you.
Wishing you whole heartedly for a longer, healthier, happier and a wealthier life ahead. Thankyou!
With lots of love,
Hansika Godage, Day Scholar – [KDU Intake XXXV [KDU Semester 5 ME student 2020]
From: "Savin Seneviratne"
Date: Mon, March 09, 2020 5:10PM
When it comes to lecturers, the main reason which contrasts Prof.Lucas from other lecturers that I have met, is not the extraodinary knowledge, the experience or the lecturing skills but the level of kindness, compassion and way that he keeps relationships with his former successors and his present students. I met Prof.Lucas as the first lecturer in my life at KDU. The thing is that Prof.Lucas does not consider his student as Students but as his Friends. I am Greatly honoured and very lucky to have met this beautiful loving human being as he truely is.
The best memory that I myself have experienced is that the First time I got late for a lecture and the first thing he did was, he took a photograph of the people that got late and told that he would post it on Facebook(But apparently he didn't). As a matter of fact Prof.Lucas always took me for many examples that he wished to consider. But that's what made his way of lecturing so interesting.
Finally it has been my privilege to be a student of you sir. I would like to wish, on behalf of the batch of Intake 36, Prof.Lucas a healthy long life filled with joy and happiness.
As Prof.Lucas's 50th anniversary of teaching at moratuwa is at hand, I would like to bid you congragulation sir. I hope that this would be my Anniversary gift to you sir.
With love from your student Savin.
Savin Seneviratne, [KDU Intake 36, Semester 3 MC Student 2020]
From: "Evans Weerawardene"
Date: Tue, October 20, 2020 9:43 PM
As still a Freshman in College it is with utmost pleasure that I share a memory with Prof. Lucas. This gigantic personality needs no introduction. The whole engineering community in the country knows him. Even though quite old in the body, he is still young at heart and mind. Every Wednesday morning, he comes to the lecture hall before 8 a.m and never ever have I seen him late to a lecture. Not even a minute. However, from 8:00 – 8:25 am he is more of a photographer. Taking pictures of the Cadets and Day scholars who are late to the lecture. Truth be told, it is a quite funny scene for those of us already there. Anyways, “action speaks louder than words”. By example he shows us the importance of punctuality in our future career as an Engineer and also as a responsible person in the society.
However, his most excellent personality trait is his humility. Whilst being a brilliant Professor who has written over a hundred research papers, he is still willing to accept any of his minor shortcomings in his lecture notes and others with a grateful heart. Furthermore, he is never tired of clarifying our doubts, may it be in the classroom or through long messenger texts. He is one of those rare personalities, whilst coming from a high intellectual class, is still down to earth, even with his students who are still in Freshman’s year.
It is a blessing to be one of his students.
Evans Weerawardene, [KDU Intake 37, Semester 2, MC Student 2020]