- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
+ Computer Science
I have always been fascinated by the world around us and it has always been a quest of mine to decipher the codes in our nature. Since I was a child, I have always asked how our world came to be and how the things we see came to take the form that they did. I loved taking things apart and challenging myself to put them back together.
When I first started college, I majored in computers and business. I learned about computers, hardware, networking, and most importantly, programming. The more I learned about computers, I also learned how they are betrayed by their own design and therefore vulnerable. So it began my hobby and passion for Information Security - the land of playful knowledge. Soon I started writing computer code in a quest to further understand computer architecture, and of course, taking them apart to learn the functions in the hardware level.
What I didn't realize then, was that I had only chosen a field that was available to me at the time, and as always, I started questioning its genesis. Especially after coming to the United States and seeing all the different field of studies available, I was feeling unjust with what I was studying. Often, I was left feeling unsatisfied, even after learning something new. There was always that part of me that knew there was a lot more to what I had previously learned. Most importantly, I realized that I was trying to learn all the different inventions of a field that is so fundamental in nature, and I knew I had to find that field. Moreover, I was trying to satisfy my curiosities with the wrong approach. I soon began to ask myself, “Instead of learning how to use someone else's invention, why not also learn to create it on my own?” This got myself into a lot of trouble quickly, because my brain went into overdrive. Clearly, there is way too much knowledge in the world, and no one can necessarily learn it all. It was a hard time to say the least.
One summer day, I was feeling confused as to what I should do about this problem of needing to know everything in sight. I decided to reach out for help to figure this out. As I was searching for answers on the internet, I ran in to a YouTube video of Dr. Randy Pausch giving his "Last Lecture" on "Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". After watching this video, my goals for the summer were clear. I ran to the Edinboro campus seeking advice on this matter. The first person I talked to was Dr. John Polo in his office at the Physics department. We talked for almost two hours about everything: The Universe, Exobiology, Spirituality, Existence, Consciousness, Nanotechnology, Electronics, Communication Systems, etc. After that conversation with Dr. Polo and watching the video by Dr. Pausch, it was clear that Physics was that fundamental field, "the Natural Science", that I was looking for. The gap I was trying to fill. Most importantly, it was the very field that gave birth to the field of Chemistry, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and therefore, almost all inventions are a byproduct of Physics.
Finally, I felt like I was at home in the physics department after a long journey. The first few years of my life in physics were not that easy. I had to overcome a language barrier, which I never knew I had, while learning a whole new method to learning. Then, there was the actual basics of physics. I struggled since it wasn't all pretty for the first few years. One thing stood out during all those sleepless nights and failures. It was the fact that physics was the only subject I could learn and keep learning, regardless of what anyone said about my struggles. Right then, I made a promise to myself to never give up. With all the struggles in physics, and other hardships, I finished my degree in Physics, Individualized Studies (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Leadership training from the Army ROTC program at Edinboro University. After all the years of physics, mathematics and computer science, I learned that I like the research based approach the most.
All experiments have a vital engineering component when it is being constructed. I intend to do research someday. After graduating from Edinboro University, I started pursuing two masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Throughout the program, my background in physics, mathematics and computer science played a key role in helping figure out solutions in projects related to Signal Processing, Photovoltaics, Control Systems Design, Thermography and Artificial Intelligence. At the end of the day, everything is a business project that is lead by physicists, engineers and other managers. Using the opportunity of the mechanical engineering bridge program with the Engineering Management, I saw the value in learning how to manage engineering projects, since I will eventually be doing the same thing. Therefore, I decided to finish my third masters in Engineering Management as well. As for the future, I intend to pursue doctoral studies in a physics related field. Until then, I am enjoying the knowledge I am gaining everyday. I especially love seeing how all the different fields come in handy due to their rooted connections to each other.
My life long passion for scientific advancement has now given me the ability to theorize ideas, as well as, actually build them as experiments to be tested. All my education and experiences allow me to be a good resource to research projects in different fields - even different from my own. It gives me the pleasure of learning about all the other wonderful fields that make our world a better place.
A. H. Fernando
Always imagining tomorrow's future...
Topics of Personal Interest:
+ Mathematical Physics Modelling and Simulation Techniques
+ Quantum Physical Nature of Space-Time and Forces
+ Mathematical Foundations of the Human Brain
+ Experimental Frequencies and Advanced Signal Processing Techniques
+ Energy Research and Storage Techniques
+ Mathematical Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare Strategy using Game Theory
|Student Member||Institute of Physics||United Kingdom||August 2012|
|Student Member||American Physical Society||United States||February 2014|
|Member ||Society of Physics Students||United States ||February 2014|
|Student Member ||Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ||United States||May 2015|
|Member||Experimental Aircraft Association||United States||December2015|
|Founding Member||Alpha Kappa Psi - Chi Lambda||United States||August 2014|
|Member||Lambda Chi Alpha - Beta Delta||United States||August 2014|
|MSc. Engineering Management||Gannon University||United States||January 2017||May 2018|
|MSc. Mechanical Engineering||Gannon University ||United States||January 2016||December 2017|
|MSc. Electrical Engineering||Gannon University ||United States||January 2016||May 2017|
|BSc. Physics||Edinboro University ||United States||September 2011||December 2015|
|BA. Individualized Studies (Mathematics / Computer Science)||Edinboro University||United States||September 2010||December 2015|
|P.Dip. Business Computing||NCC Education||Sri Lanka / UK||January 2005||December 2008|
|Offensive Security Certified Professional||Black Hat||United States||July 2008||August 2008|
|Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator ||EC - Council ||United States||May 2008||July 2008|
|Certified Ethical Hacker||EC - Council||United States||March 2008||April 2008|
|Security 360||Singapore Informatics||Singapore||February 2008||March 2008|
|Founder / Chief Research Officer||FernLabs Research||United States||January 2008||Present|
|Graduate Researcher||Gannon University||United States||September 2016||May 2017|
|Instructional Designer (Project Management)||Edinboro University||United States||April 2010||October 2010|
|Information Security Researcher||Virtusa Corporation||Sri Lanka||February 2008||August 2008|
|Lecturer (Distance Learning)||University of Moratuwa||Sri Lanka||July 2007||August 2008|
|Management Executive, Information Security Consultant, Lecturer||OpenArc Systems Management (PVT) Ltd.||Sri Lanka||August 2007||February 2008|
|Instructor||IDM Computer Studies (PVT) Ltd.||Sri Lanka||April 2006|
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