Professor Malin Premaratne is an electrical engineer with diverse interests in physics, mathematics and computer science. He specializes in theory, modeling and simulation of light propagation through different media such as optical fibers, active semiconductors and biological media. These interests have naturally led him to investigate emerging state of the art technological areas such as surface plamsons polaritons that results from light interacting with metals and arftificial material composites (metamaterials) with extraordinary ability to control light. He has pioneered many novel techniques in theory, modeling and simulation of light interaction with guided and scattering media and published over 250 research papers (150+ Journals) and one book. Malin has won over $1.8 million direct funding and about $750,000 on computer resources and time from competitive grants agencies including the Australian Research Council (ARC) for this work.

Employment History


Research Director Advanced Computing and Simulation Laboratory (AXL)

Director of Research

Director of Research Training

Institution - Monash University (from 2003 to present)

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

  • Participate in research steering and curriculum planning.

  • Teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Member of Monash University Academic Board since 2011.

  • Member of Engineering Faculty Board since 2004.

  • Member of Information Technology Faculty Board since 2008.

  • Member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Research Committee since 2004

  • Member of the Mathematics Liasion Committee since 2005.

  • Member of Student and Professional Society Liasion Committee since 2006.

  • Examinations Officer since 2005.

  • Member of the Monash University High Performance Computing Sub-Committee since 2008.

  • Member of the Monash University Research Data Management Advisor Group since 2008.

  • Member of the Engineering Faculty Research Committee since 2008.

Product Manager – Research and Development

Institution - VPIsystems Melbourne/Holmdel, Australia/USA (from 2001 to 2003)
  • Responsible for research and development of computer aided analysis and design tools for optical networks.

  • Responsible for photonics and software specifications and manage the full software development cycle of optical network analysis and design tools. I was directly responsible for the development of two commericial software products, Link Configurator and Network Configurator for Cisco Systems and Lucent Technologies.

  • Direct supervision of over thirty full-time software engineers and scientists worldwide. I was also partially responsible for over ninety programming staff, mainly in Minsk, Belarus.

  • Ensured contract compliance, cost effectiveness of research and development, proper application of processes and timeliness of deliverables.

  • Development of a strategic plan for next generation telecommunication software development including the marketing impacts of required products and technology.

  • Collaborative/Joint work with major industry customers including Lucent Technology, Siemens, Ericsson and Cisco.

Director and Co-Founder

Institution - Ceynex Solutions Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (from 2001 to 2003)
  • Managed the company as a non-executive director.

  • Developed business proposals and set the marketing direction for an e-commerce based business strategy.

  • Participated in several consulting work through Ceynex for major software and telecommunications companies including Tellium-USA, Ciena-USA, InfoSys-India, Agility Communications-USA and Telecordia Technologies-USA.

Senior Network Architect

Institution - Redfern Broadband Networks (RBN) Inc., Sydney/San Francisco, Australia/USA (from 2000 to 2001)
  • Responsible for specifying the system and functional architecture of a product line of electronically switched optical metro-network (GigawaveTM).

  • Carried out extensive research work on existing and emerging technologies relevant for optical metro-networks including Multi-Protocol (Label/Lambda) Switching (MPLambdaS) and network modeling and design.

Research Fellow/Lecturer

Institution - The University of Melbourne (from 1998 to 2000)

Photonics Research Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

  • Carried out numerous research on optical networks including fiber amplifier design and laser stabilization.

  • Co-project leader of the optical amplifier project and optical network stability analysis project sponsored by Australian Photonics CRC, Hewlett Packard, USA and Telstra Research, Australia.

  • Participated in undergraduate teaching programs (coordinator for the final year Optical Communications Systems subject) and undergraduate and postgraduate student supervision.

Consultant – Numerical Modelling of Optical Devices

Institution - VPIsystems Melbourne/Holmdel, Australia/USA (from 1998 to 1999)
  • Formulation and modelling of complex domain Fabry-Perot (FP) and Distributed Feedback (DFB) laser simulator modules in C-programming language and subsequently linking it to the Labview based OPALS 3.0 optical device/link simulator.

Tutor – Engineering and Mathematics

Institution - The University of Melbourne (from 1995 to 1997)

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering / Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

  • Conducted tutorials in Networks (2nd year), Fields (2nd year), Mathematics (1st year) and 3rd year electrical engineering laboratory classes.