Computer Science graduate student wins highest academic honours

A recent PhD graduate of the Department of Computer Science has received the top award for graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Dr. Mohammad Masudur Rahman (PhD), who received his PhD at 2019 Fall Convocation, is a recipient of the 2019-20 Governor General's Gold Medals at USask.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Rahman.

Presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, the medals are among the highest honours for scholastic achievement that Canadian students can receive. The Governor General’s Gold Medal recognizes outstanding academic performance in a graduate program based on a student’s thesis, coursework, publications and other criteria.

Rahman, who was also awarded the USask Graduate Thesis Award for Physical and Engineering Sciences, completed his PhD in computer science and software engineering under the supervision of Dr. Chanchal Roy (PhD) of the Department of Computer Science.

Rahman’s research focuses on understanding software bugs and developing software solutions to combat them.

“I want to make a significant difference in the way software is developed and maintained,” Rahman said. “I like solving problems and challenging myself every day with tough, interesting and real research problems. I believe my work will inspire more interesting ideas and hope that my developed tools and technologies will lead to industry-wide adoption in the coming years.”

Rahman has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Polytechnique Montreal since October 2019.

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