The Information Networking Institute (INI)

The Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University offers master’s degree pr

The Information Networking Institute (INI) was established by Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 as the nation's first research and education center devoted to information networking. As an integral department of the College of Engineering and a collaboration of the School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business, and Heinz College, the INI's master's degree programs represent an exceptional

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INI director Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis was inaugurated into the Pittsburgh Smart 50 class of 2023. Her exceptional leadership and visionary contributions to CMU, the INI and engineering education have earned her this well-deserved recognition.

Read more about her achievements and profound impact:

Photos from Carnegie Mellon University CyLab's post 01/30/2024

🔐 Data privacy was no joke! During International Data Privacy Day, students and alumni, including INI alum and Associate Director Hana Habib, came together to celebrate the vital importance of keeping our digital secrets safe! 💻 🔒

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 01/18/2024

Our staff always put their heart into their work. Today we celebrate our amazing staff at the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering Staff Recognition Awards.

Nancy Doyle, after her 18 years of dedication and leadership at the INI, was honored with the Continuous Excellence Award. Asia Donegan received a Years of Service Award for 10 years with CMU. Renny Hartono, a rising star at the INI, was nominated for the Rookie Award. Sari Smith was also nominated for the Inspirational Leadership Award for her tireless and encouraging guidance. Congratulations to all our award winners and nominees!

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 01/12/2024

We are proud to introduce the newest members of the INI Alumni Leadership Council! Hugrun Hannesdottir is a 2021 graduate who works as a Senior Security Engineer at Electronic Arts Inc. Wayne Tung graduated in 1994 and is a Managing Director at Sendero. We are thrilled to have you on the Council!

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 01/11/2024

Yesterday marked the start of the new spring semester for the INI. Our incoming students introduced themselves and met our faculty, staff, and current students at INI's Spring Orientation. We can’t wait to see what they achieve!

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 01/09/2024

Last night at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship for Service (SFS) Annual Symposium, INI Director and SFS Principal Investigator Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis presented Samuel Edoho-Eket the honor of being inducted in the SFS Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Sammy, on this incredible honor!

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Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 01/05/2024

Holiday lunch at team building fun at OnPar Now. Happy New Year everyone!


The INI has an exceptional community and for the we’re shining a spotlight 🔦 on our team!

20. INI Director Smart 50 🏆- INI Director and Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking, Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis was named among the Pittsburgh Smart 50 class of 2023. The Pittsburgh Smart 50 honors 50 of the most innovative leaders and entrepreneurs in the greater Pittsburgh area.

21. INI faculty member, Joanne Peca, proudly stood as the sole faculty representative in the inaugural CMU Police Citizens Police Academy class ⭐.

22. New faculty addition 🏫 - Quinn Jacobson, joins our flourishing faculty as a professor of the practice with a passion for entrepreneurship.

23. New Staff 📣 - Our new team members include
Amber Dworek as Director of Admissions and Jessica Jeffers as Senior Administrative Coordinator.


Each year brings a new class of graduates. Today, the celebrates our Class of 2023 and the family and friends who support them.

18. Celebrating Moms at Graduation ❤️ - This year our graduation ceremony fell on Mother’s Day and gave us the opportunity to thank the moms and caregivers who helped and supported our students all the way to graduation.

19. Class of 2023 🎓 - Every class is unique and 2023’s is no different. This year we honored a record-breaking class, the largest in INI history!


The INI has a flourishing network 🌐 of students and alumni. For the we’re highlighting some of our favorite events.

15. INI Alumni Event in Seattle 🏙- Our alumni network stretches far and wide and it’s always great to come together and reminisce. This year our alumni met up in Seattle, Washington for a fun night of ping pong.

16. Welcoming the MS35’s 🎓- It’s always exciting to welcome a new class to the INI. This year we were introduced to our MS35 class during our Fall Orientation.

17. INI Practicum Showcase 📣- Our students are doing incredible work and the INI Practicum Showcase is their chance to share their innovative solutions to real world problems.


Today for our we look back on the impactful connections 🤝 we made at conferences and with our partners.

13. INI at Conferences – INI students attended and presented at major 2023 conferences like Grace Hopper Celebration, WiCyS, Tapia and the Diana Initiative.

14. INI Announced Education Partnership with US Cyber Games to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap


The INI continues with a look back on the vibrant student life of the INI’s brightest stars 💫 .

9. Thanksgiving Potluck 🦃- Every year the INI community gathers to share food and laughs at the annual Thanksgiving Potluck.

10. INI Boat Cruise ⛴- At Fall Orientation we take a boat cruise around Pittsburgh to kick off the fall semester and extend a warm welcome to our newest members of the INI community.

11. WINI Pumpkin Carving 🎃- Our students love to express their creative side at our annual, WINI- hosted, Pumpkin Carving celebration during the Fall.

12. GOINI Picnic 🖼- When the weather is warm, we break out the picnic gear and celebrate the spring with games and fun.


For today’s we’re looking towards the future 🌐 with these exciting new programs and initiatives!

7. First Cohort of the AI Engineering Program in Information Security

The first cohort of INI’s new graduate program started in the fall of 2023. The MSAIE-IS program prepares students for careers at the intersection of information security and the rising realm of artificial intelligence (AI).

8. Launch of TECH - The Technical Entrepreneur Coaching Hub

INI Introduces TECH - The Technical Entrepreneur Coaching Hub! A 14-Week Certificate Program Tailored for Mid-Career Engineers Transitioning to Technical Founder Roles. TECH's Dynamic Curriculum Equips Technical Experts to Launch Entrepreneurial Ventures Focused on Technological Innovation.

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 12/21/2023

⛄ Happy holidays from the INI community!


Our INI students and alums take part in some intense battle of wits 💡. We’re celebrating 🎉 some of our biggest wins 🏆 for INI’s !

5. INI Students and Alumni Secure 7th DEF CON Capture-the-Flag Title with Carnegie Mellon's Hacking Team

6. INI Students Defend CMU Hacking Team's Title at MITRE Cybersecurity Competition


🌐 Drumroll, please! 🌐

Introducing The Information Networking Institute's Top 23 of ‘23 - a stellar lineup of highlights from the past year.

👩‍🎓👨‍🎓 Whether it's alumni blazing new trails, faculty and staff igniting innovation or students boldly pushing boundaries, these stories not only celebrate our achievements but also pique our excitement for what lies ahead! 🏆

Over the next days, get ready to be inspired by stories of dedication, brilliance, and impactful contributions in our Top 23! 🌟

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Today for INI’s hashtag we illuminate some of our outstanding alumni!

1. Devika Yeragudipati Devarakond Named a CMU Alumni Award Honoree

2. Rohyt Belani and Hooman Radfar Named to Tartans on the Rise

3. Henry Howland Lands Among the Stars at SpaceX

4. Inês Oliveira (MS18) Publishes Her First Children’s Book

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 12/13/2023

Enjoyed Information Networking Institute (INI) end of semester activities on both campuses with students, faculty and staff - practicum showcase in Silicon Valley and “celebrate the tartans” in Pittsburgh.

Loved reconnecting with the alumni who joined us and greatly appreciate the alumni whose companies sponsored student projects.


Ready to take control of your career and start your own company?

The INI is launching an executive education certificate program for aspiring technical founders. Join us at the CMU Silicon Valley campus for an in-person, 14-week entrepreneurial course.

Learn more about TECH Executive Education and apply to join our February 2024 cohort at


INI students have teamed up with incredible organizations for 12 amazing projects highlighted in this year’s INI Practicum Showcase.

🚀 It’s the perfect opportunity for students to unleash their creativity and craft innovative solutions to real-world challenges. Don’t miss out on the brilliance! 💡

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 11/29/2023

Congratulations to INI Director Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis for being named to the Smart Business Pittsburgh Smart 50 Class of 2023!

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 11/22/2023

Today we celebrated our Thanksgiving Potluck at the INI, hosted by WINI! The INI family came together to share food and community as we all get ready to take a break for the holidays.

Photos from The Information Networking Institute (INI)'s post 11/20/2023

WINI (women in INI) hosted a special event where students learned from recent alumni about how to successfully transition into the workplace with confidence.

Thank you to Shmuely Sam Dlinn, Hugrún Hannesdóttir and Nishant Tayade for sharing your experience.


The priority deadline to apply for Fall 2024 is 11:59pm EST, December 1st!

All admitted students, who request funding assistance, are considered for scholarship opportunities.

Domestic students may be considered for the following full tuition opportunities, including Cybercorps Scholarship for Service (SFS), Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)-DoD Cyber Exchange, or CMU Rales Fellow Program.

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