The Sri Lanka Institute of Chemistry has bestowed one of its highest honors on a Walters State faculty member.
Dr. Eugene de Silva, associate professor of physics, received the Sri Lanka Ruby Anniversary Award in recognition of excellence in his academic career and his accomplishments to both Sri Lanka and the field of chemistry.
“Dr. de Silva is an internationally-recognized scholar whose passion for integrated curriculum inclusive of research is redefining division priorities and exposing our students to key networking opportunities early in their academic careers,” said Dr. Jeff Horner, dean of natural sciences at Walters State.
When de Silva worked in the United Kingdom, he developed the first martial arts education degree and continues to use martial arts in the teaching of physics. He has been named to “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and “Who’s Who in America.” He has also received the “Innovative Teaching Award” and the “Above and Beyond Award” from the Tennessee Academy of Sciences. He was named a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce in recognition of his work in the field of education.
He has also established a syllabi system, START, with the goal of improving education attainment. Pilot projects based on this system will be initiated across the state.
De Silva joined Walters State in 2011. He lives in Harrogate and teaches on the Morristown campus.
In the picture: From left, Dr. Eugene de Silva, associate professor of physics at Walters State, receives the Sri Lankan Anniversary Ruby Award from Professor H. D. Gunawardena, president of the Sri Lanka Institute of Chemistry.