Our goals

Women@INI (WINI) is committed to promoting and supporting the professional and academic goals of Information Networking Institute (INI) students. The goal of our organization is to create a nurturing and inspiring learning environment that promotes and celebrates gender and cultural equality and diversity, both within and beyond the INI.

Our values

WINI promotes leadership and a standard of excellence. Through the organization and the scholarship program of WINI, we will cultivate leadership qualities in INI students.

WINI is committed to "giving back to society," for we believe that tomorrow's leaders in information technology must be well versed in social, as well as technical, issues. Our participants will be encouraged to become involved in community building projects on campus, in the greater Pittsburgh area, and across international boundaries.

Our approach

WINI will take an active and integral role in recruiting, career placement, and the daily enrichment of student life. We will work with local communities and international organizations to promote networking and leadership opportunities for participants and to benefit society at large.

WINI will collaborate with parallel organizations on campus to foster interdisciplinary learning and career opportunities. In addition, WINI will facilitate training and career development programs to prepare individuals for a challenging career in information technology.

The WINI scholarship program will award scholarships each year to students who show academic merit and proven leadership in WINI and other academic programs. These scholarships will allow recipients to attend conferences focusing on women in technology.

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WINI MS28 Officers

Pittsburgh campus:

Sindhu Simhadri email
Zoe (Zhiyuan) Lin email

Silicon Valley campus:

Alin Nagraj email
Vibha Iyengar email 

WINI MS27 Officers

Pittsburgh campus:

Melanie Rich-Wittrig email
Jennifer Burns email

Silicon Valley campus:

Vrushali Bhutada email
Aparna Sridhar Murthy email

WINI Advisor

Dr. Limin Jia
email | web

WINI Coordinator

Jessica Becker
email | web

WINI Links

At Carnegie Mellon:

Women in ECE
Women at SCS
Society of Women Engineers
Gender Issues at Carnegie Mellon

Broader Organizations:

Association for Women in Science
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine
Computer Science Online, Programs for Women


Google Anita Borg Scholarship


Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing