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Grad student earns award for graphics know-how

July 08, 2008

Bemly Randeniya, a graphic information technology graduate student at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, recently earned $1,500 for placing first in the GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing Contest. He will have his essay published in the August issue of GRAVURE Magazine, a leading publication for the rotogravure industry, a printing process that engraves images onto cylinders for high-volume production.

Randeniya, an international student, also will be honored in September at the Gravure Association of America’s annual Leadership Summit in New Jersey.

Randeniya rose from production assistant to deputy production manager for the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited in Sri Lanka. When he decided to further explore the field of printing, Randeniya transferred to ASU at the Polytechnic campus, in part on the reputation of Thomas Schildgen, chair of the Department of Technology Management, and partly for the Arizona weather.

Randeniya says he valued having a mix of practical and theoretical experiences in his program, but he credits the guidance given by one of his professors the most.

“Dr. Howard Nelson’s direction helped me achieve this national-level accomplishment,” says Randeniya, who also received a gold medal in graphic reproduction photography certification from the Sri Lanka Institute of Printing.

Randeniya, who is active in his community, is a founding trustee of Karuna Trust, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the living standards of people in Sri Lanka.

He has six credit hours left to complete his degree and hopes to graduate in December.

Stephanie Patterson,
Public Affairs at the Polytechnic campus