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Dr. Don Wenura Dissanayake

Maths, Physics

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 managing director of Donash Australia Pty Ltd, which owns Tutors SA and STEM Centre Australia education institutes. Don has been working as a research scientist for more than 7.5 years at 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.

Don is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. In 2010, he worked as a lecturer and a course co-ordinator. Don has supervised and mentored research associates, masters and undergraduate students from various engineering disciplines. Don has developed a high level of research and development expertise in embedded computer systems and advanced digital signal processing fields.

He has a relentless passion and recognised ability to teach and extensive tutoring experience (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 and mathematics subjects. 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 co-authored a book on biomedical devices and has published over 20 journal articles and conference papers which he has presented internationally.

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