Dr. Faisal Khan receives President's Award for his outstanding supervision of graduate students

Dec 23rd, 2014

By Jackey Locke

Dr. Faisal Khan
Dr. Faisal Khan receives President's Award for his outstanding supervision of graduate students

The President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Supervision recognizes outstanding supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. As a person who naturally wants to help and make life better for his students, Dr. Faisal Khan is truly deserving of this award.

Dr. Khan is a wonderful mentor to his students. His dedication and delight when they succeed is evident in the way his students talk about him.

“Throughout my academic and industry career, I have not worked with a supervisor who is more caring and connected to his subordinates or who more actively pursues opportunities for his students than Dr. Khan. I am proud to be part of his team,” said Susan Caines, one of Dr. Khan’s students.

“Dr. Khan has the skill set, accomplishments, and drive which is expected from a graduate supervisor,” said another of Dr. Khan’s students, Javad Hashemi. “I am confident that Dr. Khan is a perfect supervisor.”

Dr. Khan is known to provide timely, detailed, and constructive feedback on his students’ research progression. He goes above and beyond to accommodate meeting requests from his students – even meeting them outside normal hours. His students appreciate his ability to listen intently in order to understand their concerns and to resolve issues as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

But what Dr. Khan’s students appreciate most is his willingness to learn about their research ideas and findings. He is always open to new strategies and willing to modify old ones in the light of new information and experiences from his interaction with his students. He strongly believes that a graduate student’s education is greatly enhanced by the nature of supervision and the quality of communication between graduate students and their supervisors – improving the quality of their dissertation or thesis and their educational experience.

Dr. Khan works closely with each and every student at every stage of their research, from formulation of their research projects through establishing methodologies and discussing results, to presentation and possible publication of dissertations. He feels personally responsible for their successes or failures. As a result, they are his highest priority.

For Dr. Khan, earning an award such as this is just part of doing his job.

“My students are very important,” said Dr. Khan. “As an educator they are my highest priority and my success is their success. They are the reason I show up to work each day.”

Dr. Khan earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, a master’s in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a PhD in environmental engineering from Pondicherry University. He is the head of the process engineering department in Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Vale Research Chair in Process Risk and Safety Engineering.

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