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Dr. Ruchira Yapa

Lecturer in Electronics and Robotics engineering.

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM132

+44 (0) 1772 89 4224

ryapa@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Engineering, Energy and Sustainability

Ruchira Yapa is a Lecturer in Electronics and Robotics engineering. His research interests lie in the fields of Energy, Power Electronics and Systems. He obtained his PhD degree from The University of Manchester in 2016, based at the Rolls-Royce UTC, Manchester. Before joining the University of Central Lancashire he held positions at GE Power Conversion, UK and the University of Sheffield.

Dr.  Yapa is open to MPhil and PhD applicants who have interests in his research fields.

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Dr. Yapa obtained his BSc. Eng (Hons) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2009, his MSc and PhD degrees in the area of Power Electronics from The University of Manchester in 2011 and 2016 respectively. His research interests are in Energy, Power Electronics and Systems. These include design, construction and control of high performance converters for renewables, robotics and more electric transportation systems (electric vehicles, trains, ships and aircrafts), SiC and GaN wide band-gap devices, modelling and optimizing magnetics, piezo-electric transformers, energy storage and energy management.

Dr. Yapa also posses significant industrial experience; these include designing multi mega watt distribution transformers at LTL Transformers. Designing and commissioning electrical ship propulsion systems at GE Power Conversion, UK, which included working in number of state of the art Marine and Naval projects. During his PhD he was based at the Rolls-Royce, UTC in Manchester where he developed high performance power electronic converters for aircraft applications. After his PhD he joined the University of Sheffield as a Research Associate where he researched piezoelectric transformer based power electronic converters. In 2017 he was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire.