Meet Sri Lankan Researcher — Nadun Dissanayake
What are you currently working on or worked on before?
My field of study is computational and applied mathematics. I’m working on constructing numerical algorithms to solve partial differential equations in Geo-science fields. Also, I’m working on parallel time integrators.
What encouraged you to pursue your research topic?
People always think mathematics as just numbers, but there are numerous fascinating mathematical applications in the world. When I started my graduate studies as a Ph.D. candidate, I got the chance to learn these fantastic applications. That is when I decided to research solving equations that are important in our day-to-day lives. Specifically, I was amazed by the applications of math in geology, so I’m primarily focusing on applications in Geoscience fields.
What is the name of your current institute?
Michigan Technological University
Where do you find your best inspiration for your work?
My supervisor, and fellow mathematicians and their work.
Can you share with us some of your publications?
Yes, You can find it from my website.
What’s one of your biggest personal achievements so far?
Becoming a Mathematician.
What lessons would you share with a budding researcher?
Work hard and be passionate about what you’re doing.
What motivated you to be a researcher?
When I was pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree, I always followed Springer mathematical articles. I was always amazed by the expansion of math knowledge, and I grew up wanting to contribute to it one day. I’m enjoying doing research and proud of contributing to the development of our society.
If there is a chance, will you help build research in Sri Lanka?
According to your opinion, what are the changes that the Sri Lankan education system needs to do, in order to meet the requirement of the international industry and academia?
Our country needs to get out of the exam preparation mentality. We need to adapt and implement new teaching methods that exist in our world today. We need to think about improving engagement and exposing kids to real-life applications. Also, we can use modern technology in our classrooms. For example, I use Mathematica, MatLab software, to show children how maths works visually.