Wasantha teaches in the disciplines of geotechnical engineering and geomechanics in the College of Engineering & Science, Victoria University.
Wasantha is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, and completed his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at Monash University, Australia in 2014. His career as a postdoctoral researcher started from Monash University in 2014 followed by research fellow positions at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, in 2015-2016 and at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2016-2017.
Wasantha's research ensures sustainability and safety in energy generation from renewable sources, particularly during geothermal energy extraction and natural gas production. More specifically, he is interested in understanding the fracture propagation behaviour in reservoir rocks and induced seismicity associated with hydraulic fracturing, which is a widely using technique in these applications, to improve productivity while preserving sustainability and without jeopardising environmental safety. With his sound knowledge on the behaviour of expansive soils in Victoria, gained mainly through industrial experience, Wasantha is currently working on better understanding the long-term behaviour of Victorian expansive soil.
See Wasantha's website for more information.
- Member: International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM)
- Member: Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)
- Associate member: Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL)
- Geotechnical Engineer - Intrax Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia: Feb 2014–Feb 2015
- Civil Engineer - International Construction Consortium Pty Ltd, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Jul 2008–Sep 2008
- Civil Engineer - Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Apr 2007–Jul 2007
Areas of expertise
- Geotechnical engineering
- Foundation engineering
- Rock mechanics
- Hydraulic fracturing
- Induced seismicity