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Staff Profile

  • Dr Suraj Ajit is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Deputy Subject Leader in Technology overseeing the postgraduate courses in computing. He first studied Computer Science and Engineering at Bangalore University in India. He attained a first-class undergraduate degree and came to the UK to pursue PhD study in Computing at the University of Aberdeen under Professor Derek Sleeman in a multi-million pound Advanced Knowledge Technologies project. He also worked as a part-time Research Assistant in the project. His thesis involved collaborative work with Rolls-Royce to develop methodologies and tools to capture and maintain engineering design rules. He then worked as a Software Engineer for the University of Dundee in a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with a start-up company. On successful completion of the project, he joined BAE Systems as a Research Scientist and worked in model-based software engineering projects for three years. Suraj joined the Computing department at the University of Northampton in 2011. He teaches modules in Computing and Software Engineering for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. He has experience of supervising PhD students to completion.

    Suraj has extensive experience of external validation/advisory and examining of degree courses (postgraduate/undergraduate) in other higher education institutions in the UK including Cardiff University, De Montfort University, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Westminster, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, University of Bedfordshire, University of Brighton, Buckinghamshire new University, Teesside University, Leeds Beckett University, University of Derby and Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Deputy Subject Leader (Postgraduate Courses)

    Course Leader for MSc Computing, MSc Computing (Placement), MSc Computing (Software Engineering), BSc (Hons) Software Engineering.

    Teaching on the following modules:

    • CSY2006 – Data Structures and Algorithms – Software Engineering2
    • CSYM025 – Visual Object Software (MSc)
    • CSYM026 – Software Engineering (MSc)
    • CSYM023 – MSc Dissertation
    • CSY4010 – BSc Dissertation
    • CSYM035 – Placement
    • CSYM036 – Career Futures: Employability Skills
    • CSYM037 – Research Project
  • Suraj’s research interests lie in the areas of model-based software engineering, assessment in higher education (models and tools including automated marking and peer marking), domain ontologies and semantic web. He has experience of supervising PhD students to completion. He was the principal investigator of a jointly funded research project (PhD studentship) in model-based software engineering with GE Aviation. He has obtained several innovation grants and bursaries to work on collaborative research projects. Suraj has experience of working in Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and other industrial research projects involving Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. He welcomes doctoral proposals and industrial consultancy projects in the areas of software engineering, applied computing and education.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Suraj Ajit’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.