Ritesh Ajoodha’s expertise across diverse topics of interest is truly remarkable. A senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Ajoodha combines his passion for pedagogy with his interests in music, mentorship and academic citizenship. At only 29 years old, Ajoodha has accrued degrees, diplomas and distinctions across music, education and computer science, rising through academia and actively restructuring courses and curricula. He fundraises for the National Research Foundation, has published 42 peer-reviewed articles and leads the Probabilistic Graphical Models Laboratory, where his students participate in research presentations to encourage the machine learning research community. His broad range of research topics feels disparate until you hear Ajoodha point out the common thread in his work: problem-solving. He says: “I feel strongly that if one nurtures a positive attitude and enthusiasm towards problem-solving, then one will have the potential to succeed in any domain.”
I feel strongly that if one nurtures a positive attitude and enthusiasm towards problem-solving, then one will have the potential to succeed in any domain.