Ms. R.A. Nipuni S. Wijesingha, is a Lecturer (Probationary) in the field of Apparel Production & Management at the Open University Sri Lanka since 2022. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Industrial Studies Honours degree with a First Class – Specialized in the field of Apparel Production & Management from the the Open University Sri Lanka in 2016/2017. Later in 2019, she obtained her Master’s Degree in International Marketing Management from the University of Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.
During her bachelors, thanks to the open and distance education mode of the open university, she had the opportunity to work as an Assistant Merchandiser at RM Holdings PVT Ltd, Negombo in 2012/2013. After completing her bachelors, she joined her university as a Temporary Demonstrator in the Department of Textile & Apparel Technology and she also worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Textile & Apparel at the Advanced Technological Institute, Gampaha, Sri Lanka in 2017. In 2019, she has undergone an internship in relation to her masters research thesis, as a Market Research Intern at Associazione Italiana Tecnologie Additive, Milan, Italy.
Areas of Specialization:
Apparel Merchandising, Non-Woven Textiles, Marketing and Management
Natural Fiber Production and New Developments
Textile, Fashion & Apparel Market
Psychological Aspects of Apparel & Fashion Marketing
Editor – Student Academic Conference (FETSAC 2016), Faculty of Engineering Technology, The Open University Sri Lanka.
Abstract Presentation in the discipline of Textile & Apparel Technology – Student Academic Conference (FETSAC 2016), Faculty of Engineering Technology, The Open University Sri Lanka.
TAM6457 – Fashion Marketing
TAX4539 – Quality Assurance for Textiles & Clothing
TAI4344 – Industrial Garment Washing & Finishing
TAX2585 – Introducing Textiles
Awarded the Textile Institute Sri Lanka Section Gold Medal for the Best Student of the Bachelor of Industrial Studies (Textiles) Year 2017 in the Department of Textile & Apparel Technology, Faculty of Engineering Technology, The Open University Sri Lanka.
Awarded the “Dean’s List of Distinguished Students”, Certificate of Outstanding Achievement with a Scholarship in 2015/2016.
2016/2017 – Developing Sanitary Napkins From Corn Husk Fibers.
This research was focused on developing sanitary napkins with a natural waste product – corn husk fibers, for which a prototype was designed. The necessity of having such product development was raised due to the increased risk of cancer and other diseases caused by the use of tampons and napkins which are composed of super-absorbent gels and layers. The final product was successfully tested related to American Standard Testing Methods (ASTM) and Sri Lanka Standard Institute (SLSI) standards.
2019/2020 – Italian Additive Technology Market- Data and Trends.
The main intention of this research was to elaborate specified statistics on the Additive Technology Market in Italy. The research was based on a more quantitative analysis with a self-administered questionnaire using Computer-Aided Web Interviews (CAWI) as the tool to obtain the answers from the respondents and the sample population was 76 AITA associate companies. Meanwhile, several qualitative interviews with higher professionals such as CEOs and Technical Managers of the member companies of the AITA association were also done.
*Wijesingha, R., 2016. Developing sanitary napkins from corn husk fibers. Student Academic Conference 2016, (TE312), p.77.
*Wijesingha, R. and Perera, M., 2017. Developing sanitary napkins from corn husk fibers. Open University Research Sessions (OURS 2017), [online] ISSN 2012-9916, pp.129-132. Available at: <https://ours.ou.ac.lk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/OURS2017-all-part-2-1-133-136.pdf>
Ranathunga, N., 2022. Il mercato italiano della tecnologia additiva: dati e tendenze – Additive Journal. [online] Additive Journal. Available at: <https://www.publiteconline.it/additivejournal/2022/02/17/il-mercato-italiano-della-tecnologia-additiva>