April 2013 Contributor Of The Month: Suranga Kasthurirathne

Michael Downey | OpenMRS | April 1, 2013

Each month, we highlight one of our community contributors so you have the chance to learn to learn more about the people involved in OpenMRS. This month, our community manager Michael Downey “sat down” virtually with Suranga Kasthurirathne from Sri Lanka to learn more about his story.

MD: Hi Suranga. Congratulations on being named the April 2013 contributor of the month! You’ve got a really interesting story about your current activities and how you got involved with OpenMRS. To start, could you tell us a little about yourself?

SK: Thank you! Well, I’m currently an undergraduate university student in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I’m just a few months away from completing my degree in software engineering. My education is only part time, as I’m also employed by Jembi Health Systems in South Africa. Although my educational focus was in traditional software engineering, over the past few years I’ve gradually strengthened my commitment to health informatics, and am planning to make it my life’s work.

MD: It sounds like OpenMRS is a perfect project for many of your interests. When did you first hear about us?