Dr. Don Wenura Dissanayake
PhD (Electronic Engineering), The University of Adelaide; Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) with First Class Honours, The University of Adelaide
Dr Don Wenura Dissanayake is the founder and managing director of Donash Australia Pty Ltd, which owns Tutors SA and STEM Centre Australia education institutes. Don is an enthusiastic and energetic Research Scientist, a Research and Development Engineer, Educator, and an Entrepreneur possessing over 14 years of multi/interdisciplinary research and development expertise in Electrical and Electronic, Embedded Computer Systems, and Biomedical Engineering. He has gained collective experience from various defence, commercial as well as academic organisations. Don is a successful academic who has completed his PhD in Electronic Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) with first class honours. In 2010, he received the prestigious Adelaide University Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Don has also co-authored a book on biomedical devices and has published over 22 journal articles and conference papers which he has presented internationally. Don worked as a research scientist for more than 7.5 years at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group, formally known as DSTO); one of the leading government organisations in Australia. Further, he also contributed as the External Engagement Manager at Technology Partnerships Office at DST Group, and collaborated with academia and other industry partners. He is also contributing as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia and has worked as a lecturer and a course coordinator for a masters level engineering course. He has supervised and mentored research associates, masters and undergraduate students from various engineering disciplines. He has a relentless passion and recognised ability to teach and extensive tutoring experience for more than 15 years for school years 5 – 12. Don has tutored and mentored more than 500 students to achieve successful outcomes in mathematics, physics and undergraduate engineering, computer science and mathematics subjects.