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Anita Nagarajan

Freelance Editor and Writer, Communications Consultant

I’m a communications consultant and freelance English-language editor and writer, specializing in educational, scientific, and technical content. I offer content creation/development, copywriting, editing, and proofreading services for the web, print, and social media to academia, publishers, scientists/researchers, non-profit organizations, and businesses/corporates.

I help organizations and individuals communicate effectively with their audience by enhancing the structure, clarity, and relevance of different types of content:

  • textbooks, instructional material, case studies, teaching guides, teaching notes
  • research articles, research papers, scientific reports
  • corporate slide decks, technical presentations, reports
  • newsletters, flyers, social media posts, website content

I have a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. In continuing professional development, I have pursued and completed various courses in content writing, science writing, professional editing, effective communication, and human-centered design.

I am a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).

Training and CPD

  • Editing, Copyediting, Editing for the Web, SEO
  • Enhancing Readability, Writing Alt Text
  • Writing Grant Proposals
  • Writing in the Sciences
  • House Styles, Social Media Communication
  • Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation
  • Science Journalism Workshop, Basic & Advanced Levels
  • The Digital Teacher - An Online Course on Digital Pedagogy
  • Virtual Instruction, Online Education, Improving Human Talents (Personal and Social Capabilities)

Education

  • MS degree in Computer Science

    North Carolina State University, USA

  • BE degree in Computer Engineering

    Government College of Engineering, Pune, India

  • French language

  • Italian language

Services

For academic research projects:

Writing and editing content for effective communication of science and technology to various audiences.

Creating and editing teaching/learning material and educational tools.

Creating and managing documentation and style guides.

For non-profit organizations:

Creating content for websites, newsletters, reports, and fundraising campaigns. Copywriting, copyediting, and proofreading of newsletters, flyers, reports, and social media and website content.

Developing communication material for outreach and dissemination efforts.

Creating and managing documentation and style guides.

For researchers:

Copyediting and proofreading research manuscripts and technical papers (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and related interdisciplinary fields).

For technology firms and other businesses:

Copywriting, copyediting, and proofreading technical presentations, newsletters, reports, corporate decks, product decks, and social media and website content.

Creating and managing documentation and style guides.

Experience

Content Creation and Editing:

I have edited case studies and teaching notes for a leading business school; worked on a three-year global climate change education project funded by the International Science Council; edited STEM content for leading publishers such as Pearson and companies like Editage (CACTUS Communications) and American Journal Experts; and written and edited content for global non-profits, multinational companies, and organizations in the UN network. In these projects, I have collaborated with domain and subject matter experts from countries across the world.

My experience includes

  • editing case studies and teaching notes in business and management topics
  • creating teaching aids (teaching tools and lesson plans) for teachers/educators
  • designing and facilitating workshops for students
  • editing textbooks and research manuscripts
  • developing and editing instructional guides and training material (in collaboration with subject matter experts)
  • facilitating teacher training workshops globally in English and French
  • creating project documentation (including in-depth reports, articles, and communication material)
  • creating survey and analysis reports
  • writing and editing grant proposals
  • creating fundraising initiatives and developing content for fundraising campaigns
  • creating, editing, and publishing newsletters, social media posts, and website content
  • coordinating and implementing outreach and dissemination efforts
  • coordinating global partnerships
  • managing translation efforts with translators from various countries
  • facilitating training sessions in various aspects of content writing and documentation

Software Design and Development:

  • Technical Team Lead and Software Engineer, Intel India

I was a software engineer in the graphics display driver team (Intel Integrated Graphics) and was later the technical team leader of the Video BIOS team. I implemented new feature requests, enabled new display technologies, provided technical (engineering) inputs in product development meetings, reviewed design and technical specifications with the architecture team, created High Level Design documents for new display technologies, provided engineering impact analysis for new feature requests, and suggested and implemented process improvements and new methods for improved efficiency (as member of a virtual quality team).

  • Software Engineer, IBM Global Services, India

Publications

Education, Pedagogy, Climate Change

• “Educational strategies to achieve global awareness of climate change and its impact”, by R. Chopra, A. Nagarajan, A. Joshi, N. Fomproix and L. S. Shashidhara in Global Campus Innovations, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2020, Volume II.

Volume II - Curriculum Advances: https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=10404

All Volumes: https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21789

• “Climate Change Across the Curriculum”, by R. Chopra, A. Joshi, A. Nagarajan, N. Fomproix and L. S. Shashidhara in Climate Change and the Role of Education (Eds. Walter Leal Filho, Sarah L. Hemstock), Springer International Publishing, 2019, Chapter 4, pages 53-69. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-32898-6. https://www.springer.com/in/book/9783030328979

Computer Science (Research)

• “Detailed Cache Coherence Characterization for OpenMP benchmarks” by J. Marathe, A. Nagarajan and F. Mueller in International Conference on Supercomputing, June 2004, pages 287-297. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/1006209.1006250 https://arcb.csc.ncsu.edu/~mueller/ftp/pub/mueller/papers/ics04.pdf

• “Detailed Cache Coherence Characterization for OpenMP benchmarks” by A. Nagarajan, J. Marathe, F. Mueller in TR 2004-9, Dept of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, Mar 2004. https://arcb.csc.ncsu.edu/~mueller/ftp/pub/mueller/papers/TR-2004-9.pdf

Children’s Literature

• “A Special Journey” by Anita Nagarajan. For Pratham Books Storyweaver https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/13175-a-special-journey

• “When Pilloo Grows Up” by Anita Nagarajan. For Pratham Books Storyweaver https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/5946-when-pilloo-grows-up

• “An adventure of the Acqua family” translated (from Italian to English) by Anita Nagarajan. For Pratham Books Storyweaver https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/165302-an-adventure-of-the-acqua-family-a-story-created-and-illustrated-by-class-i-b

• “Classes begin after the holidays” translated (from French to English) by Anita Nagarajan. For Pratham Books Storyweaver https://storyweaver.org.in/stories/134086-classes-begin-after-the-holidays

Other Contributions and Mentions

• Editor, Book “Karmic Design Thinking” by Dr. Bala Ramadurai. https://dt.balaramadurai.net/

• Science Communication Expert and Contributing Author Chapter 1, Report “Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region”, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India (Eds. Dr. R. Krishnan, Dr. J. Sanjay, Dr. Chellappan Gnanaseelan, Dr. Milind Mujumdar, Dr. Ashwini Kulkarni, Dr. Supriyo Chakraborty), Springer Singapore, 2020. https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/assessment-of-climate-change-over-the-indian-region/18078846

Presentations

  1. Toward Effective Communication: Writing and Editing for Your Target Audience
    A presentation for the Indian Copyeditors Forum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy9zOIl1jUo)

  2. COEXIST: Actionable Stories for Sustainable Change
    A flash talk that was first presented at the NCSE Drawdown Conference 2021, Science & Solutions for a Planet under Pressure (https://youtu.be/2PeUWceDCrs)

  3. Adaptiv People
    An interview with Adaptiv
    https://www.adaptiv.me/blog/adaptiv-people-anita-nagarajan/

Recent Posts

Reflections: What Did I Edit This Year?

A blog post on the topics and subject areas of my editing projects this year

Hemingway and Readability

A blog post on readability and the Hemingway App

Story Clubs, Storytelling, and More: The Magnificent View From Up There

A summary of a magical storytelling session at a neighborhood library.

Contact

I live in the charming city of Pune, considered to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra, India.

For inquiries and discussions about consulting or freelance opportunities in editing, writing, documentation, or training, please contact me via e-mail or LinkedIn.