Professor Malin Premaratne is an electrical engineer with diverse interests in physics, mathematics and computer science. He specializes in theory, modeling and simulation of light propagation through different media such as optical fibers, active semiconductors and biological media. These interests have naturally led him to investigate the emerging state of the art technology areas such as surface plasmons polaritons that result from light interacting with metals and artificial material composites (metamaterials) with extraordinary ability to control light. He has pioneered many novel techniques in theory, modeling and simulation of light interaction with guided and scattering media and published over 300 research papers (200+ Journals) and one book. Malin has won over $3.5 million direct funding, over $4.0 million students` scholarship funding, and about $750,000 on computer resources and time from competitive grants agencies, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) for this work.
Professor Malin Premaratne received a BSc degree in mathematics, a BE degree in electrical and electronics engineering (with first-class honors), and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1995, 1995, and 1998, respectively. From 1998 to 2000, he was with the Photonics Research Laboratory, a division of the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Center (APCRC), University of Melbourne, where he was the Co project Leader of the APCRC Optical Amplifier Project and was also associated with Telstra, Australia, and Hewlett Packard, USA. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a consultant to several companies, including Cisco, Lucent Technologies, Ericsson, Siemens, VPISystems, Telcordia Technologies, Ciena, and Tellium. Since 2004, he guided the research program in high-performance computing applications to complex systems simulations at the Advanced Computing and Simulation Laboratory (AχL), Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, where he is currently the Research Director. He is also a Visiting Researcher with the University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Rochester, New York, Oxford University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is a Fellow, Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and Fellow of the Optical Society of America (FOSA).