Dr. Asanga Wijesinghe is a Research Associate at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in engine and emission measurement technologies. He obtained his B.S. in physics from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Houston. He is also a National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer. Since coming to HARC, he has been involved in software and hardware system development for many air and energy-related research project with a focus on engine emission control technologies and air quality monitoring.
Dr. Wijesinghe has designed and developed an engine performance and exhaust emission test system for stationary engines used in oil and gas production facilities. This test system includes an interactive web application in Amazon EC2 cloud platform to visualize emissions and engine data to evaluate the engine performance and fuel consumption in real-time. He has also developed a natural gas/diesel dual fuel engine control system using field programmable gate array (FPGA) based engine controller system for the compression ignition diesel engine to run on natural gas for the Coastal Impact Assistance Program and a volatile organic compound (BEETEX) monitoring system with real-time data broadcast techniques for the HARC mobile air quality laboratory.
Dr. Wijesinghe's current projects include testing and evaluating engine performance and emissions in oil and gas production facilities, optimizing nano-particle diesel fuel additives, and monitoring regional air quality with the HARC mobile laboratory.