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Alumni Come Together to Celebrate Five Years of Success

June 02, 2008

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute (INI) is set to celebrate the 5th anniversary of its Athens Master of Science in Information Networking program (Athens MSIN). An alumni reception will be held at the Arion Resort and Spa in Athens, Greece, on June 12, 2008, the day after the Athens MSIN Graduation Ceremony.

This year’s graduates are the fifth graduating class from the INI’s collaborative program with Athens Information Technology (AIT). Modeled on the Pittsburgh MSIN program, the Athens MSIN provides students with a solid foundation in information technology and introduces them to management, strategic thinking, and policy. Students are taught by Pittsburgh faculty via video teleconferencing technologies, as well as by onsite Carnegie Mellon adjunct faculty.

The Athens MSIN program attracts students from around the world, including Greece, Turkey, the United States, China, Nigeria, India, Jordan, Iran, Lebanon, and Bulgaria. 97 students have graduated since the program began in 2002 and have gone on to assume a variety of positions. Alumni include a software engineer, networking engineer, technology consultant, IT analyst, computer systems consultant, systems & software engineer, corporate security officer, financial software developer, security consultant, and Ph.D. candidate.

The program was initiated in 2001 by Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering and former Director of the INI. Key to the creation of the program was the partnership formed by Carnegie Mellon trustee, John G. Rangos Sr., and founder of INTRACOM, Socrates Kokkalis.

In the summer of 2003, the entire first Athens MSIN graduating class was able to visit Pittsburgh and to attend classes with Carnegie Mellon INI students. Some Pittsburgh INI students and faculty then traveled to Athens for two weeks to complete the semester. These opportunities were sponsored by John G. Rangos Sr., who, along with Socrates Kokkalis, is still central to the success of the program. Mr. Kokkalis continues to provide generous scholarships for all Athens MSIN students.

Since the Athens MSIN program began, the INI has launched programs in Japan and Portugal. The model used in Athens has become a catalyst for the INI’s global expansion initiatives. Over 100 alumni, staff, faculty, and graduating students will be attending the reunion to observe the success of this influential program and to celebrate this five-year milestone.