Sam Han, PhD

Marietta, Georgia
Degree earned from WPI:
PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Degrees earned from other institutions:
JD, Georgia State University

Why did you choose WPI?
I selected WPI because I wanted solid training in engineering.

Job title:
Law professor

Current employer:
I am currently a law professor at the University of Dayton. I wanted to go into teaching because of the profound influence that my PhD advisor had on me. By his actions, former professor Christopher Sotak conveyed to his students that they were valued as both individuals and as colleagues. Having been the beneficiary of such a good mentor, I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

How did WPI's philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepare you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace?
Having served as the litigation counsel for OFS Fitel, LLC (formerly, AT&T), my daily routine was taking (legal) theory and putting it into practice for the benefit of the company. Insofar as litigation is not a one-man show, it truly took a team to advance the company's objectives. As one can imagine, my training at WPI was highly relevant—even though it was not applied in an engineering setting.

Groups or extracurricular activities in which you participated at WPI:

  • Christian Bible Fellowship

Awards you earned:

  • Nominee for Judicial Appointment to Cobb County Superior Court, 2007
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2002-2003
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Georgia Practice and Procedure, 2001 
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