Graduate student's paper earns prestigious award

October 11, 2010

A paper by a doctoral student in the College of Communications has been selected as the winning entry for the O.S. Braunstein Student Paper Prize, an annual award presented by the internationally respected Pacific Telecommunications Council.

Sangyong Han earned a monetary award and support for travel expenses to present his paper at the PTC conference in January in Honolulu, Hawaii. The paper, which focuses on a portion of the Digital Copyright Act of 1998, will be included in a conference session specifically about consumer behavior.

Han, originally from the Republic of Korea, completed his master's degree in telecommunications from Indiana University in 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in public administration and public policy from Hankuk University in foreign studies in 2000.

He has seven years of work experience in the field of telecommunications in Korea. His primary academic interests include media economics, new media industry and media policy. His research at Penn State has focused on the social and economic impacts of information and communication technologies.

The Pacific Telecommunications Council is an international community of members with a common vision and mission. Through a network of members extending across more than 60 nations, PTC promotes the development and use of telecommunications as well as information and communications technologies to enhance the lives of people in the Pacific hemisphere.

Several Penn State faculty members are active within the organization, including Richard Taylor, the Palmer Chair of Telecommunications Studies and Law who serves as co-chair of the PTC conference, and Rob Frieden, the Pioneers Chair in Cable Telecommunications.

The PTC conference is scheduled Jan. 16-19, 2011, in Hawaii.

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Last Updated October 13, 2010