Faham Khan | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Faham Khan

Faham Khan presenting his 3-Minute Thesis at U of G


Computer Science, MSc

Why I Chose Guelph… 

I was given an opportunity to pursue a masters during my final semester in undergrad. I personally am a firm believer in taking every opportunity that is given and thus I decided that I would take the opportunity and hopefully grow my technical knowledge within the field.

About my path… 

I always have thought that by taking the most important step which is the next step we grow as people. I've always strived to have a mentality of pursuing any opportunity I can get my hands on, and using those opportunities to grow myself in various aspects. When I was given the opportunity by my professor to obtain a masters degree, I felt that this step would in fact be a challenging yet gratifying step, and so I decided that although I would continue working at my job, I would also complete a masters degree alongside it. When it comes to "what it took for me to be successful" I always try to keep a mindset of "I'm not there yet" and move forward, because the day we become complacent is the day we stop moving.

Words of wisdom for prospective graduate students:

Be informed. Always make sure that you understand each and every step of what you're trying to accomplish, but at the same time don't be afraid to plunge into the unknown. Be mindful of what makes you happy, and pursue your goals with a passion because at the end of the day, when we look back at our accomplishments, the gratification from that is what keeps us going.

About the work I am doing here at Guelph… 

My current research topic resides in cybersecurity and machine learning. Throughout my time here, I've run across various different moments that stand out, but what stands out most is the challenge of actually completing a masters. It has given me a whole new view into how difficult it can be and thus I have obtained a great amount of respect for those who pursue academia. What drew me to cybersecurity was the magic to it all. The idea of being able to manipulate and protect one of the greatest tools in the world (computers) is extremely fascinating to me. 

How can my research Improve Life?

I believe that if we are able to publish this research we'll be able to help various large companies deal with the unknown malware that enters their systems. By solving this we'll be able to protect the users of those companies' products/services. 

About my advisor... 

My advisor is a man I look up to and hope that I can one day gain a fraction of the knowledge he has. He's extremely passionate about his field and that itself is what made me want to pursue my masters.

Plans after graduation...

My plan is to take the knowledge I've gained in my master's program and hopefully apply it to my job. But at the end of the day, I didn't pursue a masters for its monetary value, I pursued it for the sake of knowledge, and for the sake of accomplishing an opportunity.