Waruna Seneviratne

Waruna Seneviratne
National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)

Dr. Seneviratne is currently the Director of Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS) and a Sr. Research Scientist (Composites & Structures) at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). 

The mission of ATLAS is to develop a multi-disciplinary manufacturing environment and an engineering education program to prepare engineers and educators for the Factory of the Future and to aid the current workforce in seamlessly adapting to advancements in the workplace.  Currently Dr. Seneviratne is responsible for a research portfolio that includes projects from the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and aircraft industry in the areas of advanced manufacturing and inspections, durability and damage tolerance, certification, and aging of composite aircraft structures.  He is an active member of Composite Materials Handbook (CMH-17) and his previous research findings have contributed to damage tolerance, disbond delamination, data review, and statistics working groups, and supported world-wide composite damage tolerance and maintenance workshops sponsored by FAA, NAVIAR, and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).   

Prior to joining Wichita State, Dr. Seneviratne worked as a Stress Analyst for Airbus, where he collaborated with the European Aeronautic Defense & Space (EADS) and AIRBUS partners on advanced material research and AIRBUS composite stress analysis methods training.  He was responsible for performing detailed stress analysis (FEM and in-house AIRBUS analysis methods) on AIRBUS A380 passenger aircraft wings per FAA and EASA regulations and preparation of certification documents.