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Nisal Herath

Nisal studies the feedback loop between Climate Change and global land use in terms of forest cover and agricultural cultivation. Climate Change affects land use for various sectors, and in turn, the change in land use potentially feeds back into Climate Change.

Why Purdue?

Primarily because of Academics and Research

Favorite fact about Purdue?

There have been 22 astronauts from Purdue.

One word that best describes your work?


If you have free time, how do you choose to spend it?

Reading, playing sports and watching sports

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

Facebook and Whatsapp

I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper

What are you currently reading, or what is the last thing you read (aside from academic reading)?

The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

How do you recharge physically and/or mentally?

TV shows, going to the gym and reading

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Work hard and stay humble

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Number of Graduate Students Enrolled Since 2010: 26

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What alums from this country are saying about their Purdue experience

I was extremely lucky to have had my graduate education at Purdue University, and it had boosted my reputation as a researcher and an educator both nationally and internationally. I came to Purdue initially to do my M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering through the Fulbright Scholarship, and I was lucky to get a Ph.D. position also at Purdue. I was at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering as well as School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Purdue working as a graduate teaching assistant as well as a research assistant. The exposure to the great team of intellectuals, cutting edge technology as well as the vibrant and multicultural global community at Purdue transformed me into a more technically sound, mature, and open minded human being. The reputation of degrees I received from Purdue as well as the experience at Purdue, always gives me an edge in my community. I will never forget the beautiful memories at Purdue and in my opinion, it is one of the greatest universities in the world. Go Boilers!

Dr. Ruwan D. Ranaweera

Dr. Ruwan D. Ranaweera, Senior Lecturer
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
University of Peradeniya

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