About the INI

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 H. John Heinz III College, the INI's professional graduate degree programs represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics and policies of secure communication networks, systems and services.

The INI also promotes safe and responsible online behavior to citizens at all levels and partners with like-minded organizations to extend cyberawareness educational and outreach programs to the broad audience of people using information networking as part of their daily lives.

The INI programs at global partner institutions have become a paragon for international education within Carnegie Mellon and around the world. Using advanced facilities and resources, the programs combine local and distance education to train students in cutting-edge technologies.

Top students from around the world attend the INI, seeking the broadened perspective and enriched skill sets necessary to design solutions, manage teams and lead enterprises in today's global networked information technology marketplace.

National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) Designations

Carnegie Mellon, through the INI and CyLab, has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD), a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) and a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops). In that capacity, the INI and CyLab participate in the:

  • Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program
    U.S. students pursuing graduate degrees in information security may be eligible for full-tuition scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)
    U.S. students pursuing graduate degrees in information security and seeking careers with the Department of Defense may be eligible for scholarships.
  • Information Assurance Capacity Building Program for Faculty
    The INI and CyLab developed an intensive summer program to help build information assurance education and research capacity at minority-serving institutions. This program is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Interdisciplinary Culture

The INI builds on the collaborative and interdisciplinary culture of Carnegie Mellon. The INI teaching faculty are drawn from:

College of Engineering, (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy), an organization at the forefront of engineering education and interdisciplinary research.

Heinz College, which advances the public interest through internationally acknowledged excellence in interdisciplinary research and education.

School of Computer Science, a leader in developing technologies with real world impact on science and the business world.

Software Engineering Institute's CERT Division, a leading, internationally-recognized center of Internet security expertise..

The Tepper School, a pioneer in management science and analytical decision making whose interdisciplinary curricula are the foundation for numerous business models worldwide.

Broadened Perspective

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Director

Dena Haritos Tsamitis

 

 

 

Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis

Recognition

Carnegie Mellon, through the INI and CyLab, has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education, a CAE in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and a CAE in Cyber Operations.

Industry Connections

The INI works closely with companies who seek out the unique talents of our students and graduates. An array of avenues exist through which companies and the INI can come together to continually spur innovation.

The INI has graduated over 1,400 alumni. See our post-graduation placement statistics and list of employers.

Faculty & Researchers

The INI is the educational partner of CyLab, a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative that involves more than 50 faculty and 100 graduate students. Through its research, CyLab builds upon Carnegie Mellon's continuing leadership in information technology.

Faculty involved in teaching and advising in the INI programs conduct cutting-edge research in all aspects of information networking, information security, mobility and software management. Learn more about research at CyLab and its affiliated research centers.