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Patrick Szewczyk

PhD candidate

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

Research community fosters passion for research

I began my academic journey enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at Edith Cowan University. In my final year, I was exposed to research through participation in a third year research and implementation project. This in turn motivated me to pursue research further through an honours degree about end-user perceptions in computer security - a subject I became fond of whilst undertaking the computer security minor in the undergraduate degree.

Whilst conducting honours level research, I was given the opportunity to present my research publications and network with renowned local and international researchers within the field. Having been surrounded by a supportive community of staff and students, I was able to promptly and effectively conclude my research with a first class honours.

After much deliberation, I decided to continue my research through a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science on a problem which became evident to me during my honours research. As I considered where to apply for a PhD position, I realised ECU has a solid research foundation with numerous staff with a high level of expertise in the field of computer security and forensics. My research in progress focuses on the acquisition of potential evidence from home based ADSL routers. Working on this research problem has further permitted me to publish my findings and meet additional experts in my field.

A little over a year into my PhD, I found employment on a full time basis as a lecturer at ECU in the field of computer security. This has allowed me to build upon my research conducted at the honours level through my interaction with both students and other academics. Furthermore, my employment at ECU has allowed me to enhance my research passion by engaging with the public through educating end-users in SoHo environments on topics including computer and network security.

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