A statement issued by the White House quoted President Obama:“I am
pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals
have decided to serve our country. I know they will serve the American
The White House communique also mentions AIT in its statement.
It says: “Dr. Tissa Illangasekare is a Distinguished Endowed Chair of
Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for
the Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes at the
Colorado School of Mines, positions he has held since 1998.
Previously, Dr. Illangasekare was a Professor of Civil, Environmental,
and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder
from 1986 to 1998. From 1983 to 1986, he was an Assistant
Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University, and from
1978 to 1983, he was a Research Assistant Professor of Civil
Engineering at Colorado State University. Dr. Illangasekare
received a B.S. from the University of Ceylon in Sri Lanka, an M.Eng.
from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and a Ph.D. from
Colorado State University.”
Dr. Tissa, who graduated from AIT with a Master’s in Water Resources
Engineering (1974), was also recently honored with the 7th Prince
Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) at an award
ceremony organized at the United Nations Headquarters. The event, held
on 2 November 2016, was presided by the UN Secretary General HE Ban
Ki-moon and HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, Chairman for the committee of
the Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz International Prize for Water.