Mac Milin Kiran
“I chose CCT because it perfectly encapsulated all my interests into one single graduate program – communication & journalism, policy & international affairs, and technology.“
Academic Background: BEng in Computer Science, with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity, and a minor in Public Policy & Global Affairs
Area of focus in CCT: Technology Law & Policy, Political Communications, Diplomatic Studies
What did you do before CCT? I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore just a few months before I started my studies at CCT! Over the course of my undergraduate degree, I explored various areas of interest through internships at a large corporate firm, a national newspaper and a start-up. My undergraduate journey culminated with my final year research project – Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis for Climate Change tweets. I took a short two-month break after graduating to visit family and travel.
What activities do you participate in at CCT? I’m a Fritz Family Fellow at the Georgetown Initiative on Tech & Society. I’m working on a super interesting elections security project with Professor Meg Leta Jones and Professor Paul Ohm. I’m also working as a Program Assistant with the MS in Environmental and Sustainability Management program. I joined GradGov and the Georgetown Technology Policy Initiative (GTPI). At GradGov, I work as the Deputy Director of Elections & Membership and at GTPI, I’m leading the Hackathon Working Group.
Why did you choose CCT? I chose CCT because it perfectly encapsulated all my interests into one single graduate program – communication & journalism, policy & international affairs and technology. The fact that I could curate my own journey at CCT with such interesting and cutting-edge electives, topped it off for me!
What surprised you about CCT? I was pleasantly surprised by how approachable the CCT faculty are, and how each of them is so doing such vividly distinct work (I hope I get to know all of them by the end of two years!). I was also surprised at the diversity of the cohort and how no two students are the same!