Leeds Civil Engineering lecturer named among world’s top 100 Asian scientists

One of the newest additions to the School of Civil Engineering has been named one of the world’s top 100 Asian scientists by a leading voice in science and technology. 

Dr Ashani Ranathunga, who joined the University in March 2022 as a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering, was named in the Asian Scientist 100, compiled annually by Asian Scientist Magazine. 

She said: “I am humbled and overjoyed to be included among the top 100 scientists in Asia for 2023. It is an honour to be listed alongside my role models, the very individuals who inspired and guided me on this research journey.  

“This recognition not only validates my efforts, but also shines a light on the potential of early-career researchers from developing countries. I am grateful for this acknowledgment and excited to continue pushing the boundaries of science.” 

To be recognised by the Asian Scientist 100, honourees must have received a national or international prize for research during the preceding year. Alternatively, they must have “made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry”. 

Dr Ranathunga was the recipient of 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for turning industrial and agricultural waste into value-added products and using them as raw materials for eco-friendly construction and development projects. 

Dr Ashani Ranathunga holding her 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award.

Dr Ashani Ranathunga holding her 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award.

Prior to her position within the University, Dr Ranathunga had a four-year tenure as a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, in her native Sri Lanka.  

She now works as a transformative lecturer, playing an active role in teaching and scholarship for Curriculum Redefined. This program aims to reshape the educational experience of students, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their background, acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive and make a positive impact in the world. 

Now into its eighth edition, the Asian Scientist 100 list is compiled annually by Asian Scientist Magazine. It celebrates the success of the region’s best minds, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines. 

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