About Me

I am an Australian, currently a first year Ph.D candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in Computer & Information Science. My main research interests are Security and Cryptography.

Prior to my Ph.D, in 2014 I completed a Bachelor of Science (Physics/Computer Science) along with a Diploma of Music (Practical - Classical Singing) at the University of Melbourne.

During my undergraduate studies, I participated in study abroad at the University of Pennsylvania and achieved the grades to be awarded a Dean's List Citation.

Additionally, I have been tutoring/TAing undergraduate courses across three semesters and have been awarded an Excellence in Tutoring Award from the University of Melbourne.

I was a winter intern at Facebook Inc. in their Menlo Park HQ during 2014 and worked on the account deletion system.

I currently offer services tutoring high school and college students in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science and also freelance as a Web Developer and IT Support Technician.

Contact Information

Address 406 Harrison
3910 Irving St
Philadelphia PA,
Email shaananc[at]cohney.info

Fields of Interest

Cryptography; Computer Security; Experimental Particle Physics


  • 2013 Spring Semester (UPenn) - Algorithms and Data Structures
  • 2013 Semester 2 (Unimelb) - Engineering Computation
  • 2014 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - Computer Systems
  • 2014 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - Foundations of Computing
  • 2014 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - TRICS Presenter (Theoretical Research in Computer Science), Cryptography


JS/Jquery; C; PHP; Python; HTML/CSS; Linux Systems Administration;

Recent Coursework