Sunanda Dissanayake, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor of civil engineering at Kansas State University who specializes in transportation engineering, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Dissanayake joined the department at KSU in 2002 as an assistant professor. She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2008, and became a full professor in 2014. She now serves as the department’s graduate program director.
In 2011, Dissanayake received the prestigious Fulbright Award for a sabbatical leave and served as a senior scholar for the University of Peradeniya, in Sri Lanka. Her research focuses on solving applied and practical problems related to transportation engineering, with an emphasis on traffic operations and safety of the highway mode. She was recently appointed as a high-end foreign expert in traffic safety and as a member of the First Advisory Board for the Joint International Research Lab of Transportation Safety at Tongji University, in Shanghai, China.
She is highly active in several professional societies, a member of two journal editorial boards, a member of two TRB technical committees, and the chair of the Transportation Safety Committee of ASCE/T&DI. She has won the Outstanding University and Professional Service Award, Advisor of the Year Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, and Outstanding Researcher Award at KSU Civil Engineering Department several times. She has successfully completed numerous externally funded research projects in the area of transportation engineering and teaches courses related to those topics at KSU, preparing the future generation of civil engineers ready for the real world.
Dissanayake earned a bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of South Florida.