A research group led by the distinguished Professor of Communication Security and Space Science, Karu Essella, has been honored with the coveted Eureka Award, presented by the Department of Defence in recognition of their groundbreaking innovations in Australia’s defense sector.
The Eureka Award, often referred to as the “Oscar of Australian Science,” is an esteemed accolade presented annually by the Australian Museum since 1990, celebrating excellence in scientific advancements.
The group’s outstanding accomplishment lies in the development of an energy-efficient and easily controllable antenna system tailored for critical military situations within the Australian armed forces. This advanced technology not only facilitates the transmission of substantial data volumes but also possesses the capability to clandestinely monitor suspicious radio wave activities across extensive areas, ensuring the utmost security in military operations. Importantly, this covert monitoring goes undetected by potential adversaries.
Professor Karu Essella, an eminent expert in electromagnetic and antenna engineering affiliated with the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, played a pivotal role in this groundbreaking endeavor. His academic journey began at Moratuwa University, where he earned his first degree.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field, Professor Karu was also bestowed with the prestigious title of Australia’s National Professional Engineer of the Year in 2022.
The research team, led by Professor Karu, consisted of talented individuals hailing from Sri Lanka, including Manik Atigala and Dr. Dushmantha Thalakotuna, along with Indian collaborator Khushbu Singh, all of whom played pivotal roles in the success of this remarkable project.