Dilukshan Karunatilaka

Close-knit research community

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Engineering (expected completion 2016)

Awards and scholarships:

Monash University Malaysia Entrance Scholarship

Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Honor List

Monash University Malaysia Higher Degree by Research Scholarship

1. Full name / age / nationality.

Dilukshan Karunatilaka / 27 / Sri Lanka

2. Describe your current major, or the current focus of your research thesis.

I’m currently with the Department of Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering. The focus of my research is in Visible Light Communication, under the Intelligent Lighting Group.

3. Why did you choose Monash Malaysia?

It was a chance to get a high quality education and degree closer to home, at lower cost.

4. While at Monash, what type of opportunities did you participate in?

I’m part of the Monash University Postgraduate Association (2014, 2015), in the Executive Committee.

5. How has your postgraduate experience been at Monash?

The postgraduate experience has been immense. I was able to build a network of colleagues in various areas of research. The facilities here continuously evolve based on student feedback, staff are very much welcoming to student concerns and requirements, which is excellent.

6. Why did you choose to do a postgraduate degree? What were the benefits and challenges that came with studying in a postgraduate course?

A postgraduate degree gives a greater edge in the job market while refining your skills over a specific area of interest. Completing a postgraduate degree in research will train you to step out of your comfort zone and seek wider goals.

7. What do you love most about your student life at Monash? 

Students are well respected and are part of the overall research community. Even though it’s a small one, the HDR community itself is quite close knit. Various activities organised by MUPA allows people of various backgrounds to interact.

8. If you are an international student, how did you adapt to life in Monash Malaysia and Malaysia in general? Are there any particular pleasant experiences or challenges?

Adapting to life was quite easy, with Malaysia itself being a multicultural society. Building friendships among colleagues aided the process. The food culture here is extremely vibrant, from dim sum to nasi lemak to banana leaf, there is almost nothing here you can’t have.

9. As an international student, how do you find the support networks here? Would you have some tips for other international students, especially from your country, intending to study in Monash Malaysia?

The support network at the time of my arrival as an undergraduate was great. The buddy programs and the MUISS activities helped a great deal. However, I feel that fresh postgraduates who have never studied in Malaysia before may have problems adapting, as most support networks for international students are catered for undergraduates.

10. What is your goal in life, where are you headed to in the future?

To be a well renowned researcher in my field of research. I intend to go elsewhere to find a job after I finish.

11. What is your advice to current Monash Malaysia students?

Finishing any degree is no easy task - concentration and commitment is vital. In doing so, don’t forget to have fun!