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Supraja is a PhD student studying security at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Cristina Nita-Rotaru. A native of India, Supraja is a graduate of Mumbai University, where she received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering.

Supraja’s research focuses on security and systems & networks, and she is a member of the Security Group, Systems Security Laboratory, and Network and Distributed Systems Security lab. She is interested in in data privacy and hopes to develop new techniques and strategies that help to strengthen security in software defined networking (SDN) systems.


  • BE in Computer Engineering, Mumbai University – India

About Me

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I am a first year PhD student in the Computer Science program. I joined in September 2016. My research interests encompass the areas of software-defined networking (SDN) and network security.

What are your research interests?

I am very interested in projects that involve security and privacy. I primarily wish to study how to make SDN systems more secure and resilient from attacks, particularly to the data plane layer and the controller layer.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I would like to discover a new strategy, technique or protocol that strengthens security in SDN systems. I wish to do my part (however big or small it may be) and contribute to improving the security of established systems across the world.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

I think it’s quite fascinating that no matter how secure we build our systems, there is always someone out there to challenge it and bypass our security measures. It’s a constant battle to protect our data and privacy. What I find most alluring is collecting relevant data and analyzing it in order to devise ways to protect our systems.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

After graduating, I hope to work in an industrial research lab for a few years and then work my way into academia.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

I earned my bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Mumbai University, India.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I spent my entire childhood in Mumbai — a fascinating city in India.