2006 Pittsburgh INI Graduation

July 06, 2006

On May 20, 2006 the Information Networking Institute (INI) graduated its sixteenth class of Master of Science in Information Networking (MSIN) students and its second class of Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM) students at Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh.

76 students from 16 different countries graduated this year, including six students from the Athens MSIN program who have been completing their program in Pittsburgh. In her graduation speech, Director of the INI Dena Haritos Tsamitis celebrated the diversity of this group, which represents more countries than any other class that the INI has graduated.

"As I look out at our students today," Tsamitis said, "I see a concrete example of the flattened world. In recent years, the world has truly become smaller, as people across the globe communicate with each other as easily as if they were in the same room. And with the skills that they have learned at the INI, these students will go on to make the world even more interconnected as they create new, more secure networks for communications."

The graduation speaker this year was Laurie Priddy, who was in the first class of INI students 15 years ago. She has over 20 years of experience in the Internet, cable and telecommunications industries, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of MX Logic, a Colorado-based security and messaging company. Ms. Priddy shared with the graduates how the skills she learned at the INI helped her weather the ups and downs of her career. She also emphasized the importance of staying in touch with fellow graduates.

At the ceremony, several students were recognized for their achievements. Outstanding Student Service Awards for Research Assistants went to Evan Gaustad and Theocharis Kampouris, and the Outstanding Student Service Award for a Teaching Assistant was presented to Rahul Iyer. Verizon Fellowship Awards went to Vishal Gehani and Vishakha Gupta. Patrick Lanigan received the Frank J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship, and Matt Karr received the Pradeep K. Khosla Leadership Award, which was presented by the Dean of the College of Engineering, Pradeep K. Khosla.

The evening culminated in a reception at Rodef Shalom for the graduates and their families.