Our inspiring academics

Dr Bill BuchananDr Bill Buchanan

Bill is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier, and was recently named one of the “Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World” by FutureScot. He is a Fellow of the BCS and the IET, and leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks and Security and the Cyber Academy. He has published dozens of books, hundreds of academic papers, and consistently wins awards for his teaching, nominated by peers and students alike.

Alistair LawsonAlistair Lawson

Alistair is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing. His teaching is in the area of robust scalable systems development and in data integration, data analytics and applications development.

His extensive experience of Research and Knowledge Exchange projects includes the application of Data Analytics and Systems Development in the areas of Finance, Health and Wellbeing, Speech and Language and Information Sharing.

Dr Gordon RussellDr Gordon Russell

Gordon has an international reputation built around Cryptography, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.

He is active in both teaching and research, while maintaining strong links to industry. He has also developed a range of innovative online teaching environments and has extensive cloud computing and computer network experience. He is a certified Cisco Instructor in both CCNA and CCNP, and holds a CCAI in both areas.

Gordon helped develop The Cyber Academy, which disseminates cyber intelligence at both a national and international level, with current links in Europe to law enforcement.

His current research includes the use of secret shares for storing information in the cloud, the development of fast digital forensic techniques for dealing with images, and the detection of malware within virtual machines from the hypervisor.

Interested in the Cyber Academy? Find out more information online at thecyberacademy.org.

Dr Colin SmithDr Colin Smith

Colin joined Edinburgh Napier in 2003, following a period south of the border developing one of the first e-Business Master’s qualifications in England.

His research looks at technology, strategy and change, with a particular focus on how digital technologies bring about new and transformative processes within organisations and between them, customers and other stakeholders. His work with the innovative ‘e-Placement Scotland’ project has allowed him to develop a good understanding of business priorities in sourcing and developing a talented workforce, and he’s committed to building models of education that close the gaps between the classroom and the workplace.

Pritam ChitaPritam Chita

Pritam has worked in industry as a senior project manager and as a project management consultant with extensive public and private sector experience. Recently, he was seconded for a year to the Scottish Government as a project and programme management consultant.

He is a certified PRINCE2 and Agile PM trainer. His main area of research is in project management learning and development.