The Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC) has awarded this year’s CTIC Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Penn Law student Milad Emamian L’21, who is pursuing a joint PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Each year, the competitive scholarship provides funding for students seeking joint degrees in law and technology. Recipients also have the opportunity to work closely with CTIC faculty as they complete their studies and plan their careers.
“I’m grateful to CTIC for this scholarship and for providing further opportunities to do interesting work at the intersection of law and technology,” he said.
Emamian graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a B.A. in Government and Politics, combining his interests in technology and the law. Those interests ultimately led him to the joint JD/PhD program at Penn.
“I’ve always had a foot in both camps,” he said. “In particular, once I learned about some of the issues that exist in intellectual property law, I thought it would be interesting to prepare myself to both do legal work and also build up some further subject matter expertise in a specific area: bioengineering.”
At Penn Law, many of Emamian’s activities outside the classroom have focused on law and technology issues. He is a member of the Penn Intellectual Property Group and the Partnership for Entrepreneurial Engineers and Penn Law, and this year he will work on the upcoming issue of the Journal of Law and Innovation under the supervision of Christopher Yoo, the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and Director of CTIC. He is also an Associate Editor of the Regulatory Review.
This summer, Emamian worked at AT&T in Washington, D.C., as a privacy and technology intern in the policy group. There, he reported to attorneys working on issues relating to internet policy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and telecommunications. Ultimately, after completing his studies, Emamian hopes to work at a law firm practicing intellectual property law.